14 best scented candles for a fresh glow at home

Tried and tested, these are the best scented candles to buy this year, to impress guests and to fragrance your rooms

Best scented candles graphic with Jo Malone candle, Damselfly Grace candle and Diptyque candle
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If you are searching for the best scented candle to impress guests and freshen your space, then you've landed in the right place. Our Deputy Ecommerce Editor has been testing some of the best home fragrance buys – that's everything from scented candles to reed diffusers – for the best part of a year now. The result? A list of 14 of the top candles that you definitely want to buy for your home.

We consider a candle to be an essential element of home décor, no matter its size. They can help set the mood and atmosphere of space, plus a delicious-smelling candle can put your mind at ease, energise a dull room, or add to seasonal celebrations.

When choosing the best candle for you, it's all down to personal preference. Some of us might prefer a fresh fragrance while others will be a fan of floral scents, or warm or spicy candles might be more of their thing. Whether you're looking for a subtle, striking, or in-between scent, we've rounded up a shortlist of the best candles that are brilliant for lighting at home.

12 of the best scented candles

Damselfly Grace Universe CandleReal Homes Rated Gold badge

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1. Damselfly Grace Universe Candle

The best scented candle money can buy

Specifications

Burn Time: 60hrs
Size: 300g
Notes: Tonka bean, Vanilla, White Musk
Wax: Soy-based

Reasons to buy

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Great for filling rooms
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Unobtrusive vessel
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2 lead-free wicks
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Burns clean

Reasons to avoid

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Not the best for lighting during winter months

This incredible scented candle from Damselfly Grace completely wowed us when we lit it in our amply sized living room. Its gentle yet sweet fragrance has the ability to fill a room from corner to corner, and we think it's the ideal scented candle for use almost anywhere in your home. Light it in your hallway, living room, bedroom, bathroom, wherever! It's scented with vanilla, clove bud, citrus and florals. Better yet? It's crafted using soy-based wax with a burn time of 60 hours and two lead-free cotton wicks. Sitting inside a white matte glass vessel with decor on the glass, this candle burns completely clean.

Diptyque La Droguerie scented candleReal Homes Rated Gold badge

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2. Diptyque La Droguerie scented candle

The best odour-repelling scented candle

Specifications

Burn Time: 60 hours
Size: 190g
Notes: Basil, Mint, Tomato Leaves
Wax: Paraffin

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous amber glass jar
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Great for use all year round
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Can be used in any room
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Never too overpowering
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Burns clean

Reasons to avoid

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Just one wick so doesn't feel as premium
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Made using paraffin wax

We've constantly been impressed with Diptyque's new candle, which was made in France and designed to banish odours in your kitchen whilst cooking. From the deliciously delicate piece of fish you've just made for guests, to the rather unpleasant smell of your deep fat fryer doing its magic, it can tackle any task. 

Light it 30 minutes before you cook and blow it out 30 minutes after you finish cooking. It offers an impressively clean burn from start to finish, and this amber glass candle is perfect no matter the weather, thanks to the likes of basil, mint and tomato leaves. We loved lighting it in a kitchen but really, you can enjoy it anywhere you like including a living room, bedroom and bathroom. The only downside is that these candles are made with paraffin wax, though do note it has a lead-free wick. We're obsessed.

Pott Candle Scented CandleReal Homes Rated Gold badge

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3. Pott Candle Scented Candle

The best eco-friendly scented candle

Specifications

Burn Time: 20hrs/60hrs/70hrs
Size: 80g/290g/600g
Notes: Huge range of scents available
Wax: Natural Rapeseed & Coconut Wax

Reasons to buy

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Refillable
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Vessels are hand made
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Huge range of scents available

Reasons to avoid

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You need to wait until finished to switch scent
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High price

This eco-friendly candle encourages you to reuse the same candle vessel (known as a Pott), you'll just need to refill the fragrance each time which costs from £15. Pott Candles are a genius invention if you're forever wanting to try new scents in your home. In fact, there are even subscriptions (opens in new tab) available so that you can get new scents delivered to your doorstep on demand. Otherwise, you can buy as you go and as you please. 

Simply unwrap your candle refill and pop it in your Pott. Put the label on the bottom of your candle so that you know which scent you've got in there. Burn as you like and once there's around half an inch remaining, blow it out. Pop the Pott into a bowl of hot (not boiling!) water and you should be able to remove the remainder of the wax, like a disc. Wash your Pott and then refill with a new fragrance. It's that easy! Our favourite scent has to be the Mint fragrance as it's herbal, yet creamy and inviting. Hand-poured in East London, this candle burns clean thanks to its rapeseed and coconut wax. Plus, they are all fragranced with 100 per cent natural essential oils.

You can buy a Pott (opens in new tab) direct from their site, otherwise, you can shop Pott products (opens in new tab) at Wolf & Badger.

The White Company Blanc candle beside boxReal Homes Rated Gold badge

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4. The White Company Blanc Scented Candle

Our favourite luxury scented candle

Specifications

Burn Time: 55hrs
Size: 280g
Notes: Geranium, Juniper, Patchouli
Wax: Mineral

Reasons to buy

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Luxury scent and vessel
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Great gift idea
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Great for lighting anywhere at any time
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Never too overpowering
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Sizeable

Reasons to avoid

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Not a soot-free burn

Blanc has to be our favourite crowd-pleaser scent from The White Company. Light this candle at any time of year, and in any room in your house, to wow guests and complement your interiors. Its ability to flood a room is impressive, whilst its classic yet elegant vessel will be sure to add something special to your shelving. This crispy floral scent reminds us of fresh washing on a summer's day. With subtle notes and an impressively long burn time, this two-wick candle makes the ultimate gift for someone special. Mineral wax is used in the creation, and although it burns clean we did notice soot gathering around the edge of the vessel.

Soak Sunday Cleo's Paradise Honey & Oat Scented CandleReal Homes Rated Gold badge

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5. Soak Sunday Cleo's Paradise Honey & Oat Scented Candle

The best candle for warmer days

Specifications

Burn Time: 35hrs
Size: 230g
Notes: Honey, Oats
Wax: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Unusual combination
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Great for summer and spring
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Warm fragrance 
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Subtle

Reasons to avoid

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Plain vessel
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Unsure of wax used

This exquisite blend from Soak Sunday will be sure to impress this spring – in both looks and design. A fitting blend of honey and oat, it's the perfect signature candle for the warmer weather season. It's light, making it perfect for spring and summer, yet its throw is impressive. We've had guests comment on the scent of this candle, saying how impressed they are by its aroma. We'd recommend confining it to your bedroom, hallway, or living room as it's too nice to use in a bathroom or kitchen. It burns clean, though bear in mind you'll want to trim the wicks regularly. We love the white glass vessel that this candle is poured inside, though we're unsure what wax is used to create the fragrance.

Neom Bedtime Hero Scented CandleReal Homes Rated Gold badge

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6. Neom Bedtime Hero Scented Candle

The best scented candle for your bedroom

Specifications

Burn Time: 50hr
Size: 420g
Notes: Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood
Wax: Vegetable

Reasons to buy

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3 wicks
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Fragranced with essential oils
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Calming effect

Reasons to avoid

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Not the best for smaller bedrooms

This new fragrance from NEOM is ideal for your bedroom, for lighting a couple of hours or so before you sleep to get you there peacefully. Fragranced with 11 essential oils to soothe, this fruity yet sweet smell is designed to fill a bedroom from corner to corner. With immedate calming notes of chamomile, the ylang ylang brings the sweetness to the mix and the cedarwood is there for good balance. It burns super clean and to be soot-free, though you'll want to keep your wicks trimmed at all times as they tend to curl. Housed inside your classic NEOM vessel, this vegetable wax candle is a luxury addition to a bedroom for sure. You might want to avoid lighting it in smaller bedrooms, however, as it can be quite strong.

Aather Meet in the Greenhouse Bitter Orange & Green Leaf

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7. Aather Meet in the Greenhouse Bitter Orange & Green Leaf

The best scented candle for your hallway

Specifications

Burn Time: 55hrs
Size: 220g
Notes: Bitter Orange
Wax: Beeswax Blend

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful shape vessel
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Ideal for pretty much any room in your home
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Lovely box

Reasons to avoid

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Not one you'd want to light in small rooms

Aather's beautifully shaped Meet in the Greenhouse vessel smells like fresh air but even better, with a twist of bitter orange with underlying woody notes for good balance. This is why we say it works best in hallways, to flood a fresh combination scent through all of your rooms, subtly. You can really light it anywhere including in a living room on a coffee table, or even in a bathroom or kitchen to give off a fresh fragrance. Just avoid smaller rooms as its blend might be overpowering. 

This luxury scented candle is best placed somewhere airy, and although it does have woody notes, it's not a candle that you'd only want to light when the weather is cold. Its beeswax wax blend ensures it burns evenly from start to finish and this candle did leave behind soot when we used it at home. Sitting inside a mouth-blown glass vessel, these candles are hand-poured in France and they arrive inside a stunning box, ready to gift if necessary.

Jo Malone London Velvet Rose & Oud Scented CandleReal Homes Rated Gold badge

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8. Jo Malone London Velvet Rose & Oud Scented Candle

The best floral candle

Specifications

Burn Time: 45hrs
Size: 200g
Notes: Damask Rose
Wax: Soy

Reasons to buy

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Elegant packaging and it comes with a lid
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Unique floral mix
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Can scent a room without being lit

Reasons to avoid

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Maybe too strong for some noses

This gorgeous candle is serious without ever being too floral. It's an elegant blend of rose and smoky oud wood, making it classy and unique in comparison to other floral fragrances out there. Though it is strong and sometimes, it can scent a room without even being lit. It comes with a lid to conceal its fragance and to act as a protective plate when the candle is burning. Crafted using soy wax with natural cotton wicks, we tested the limited edition version of this candle which had black wax. It gets top points for luxury, and for fragrance impression, too. This could be our favourite Jo Malone fragrance out of all of them.

ESPA Restorative CandleReal Homes Rated Gold badge

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9. ESPA Restorative Candle

The best aromatherapy candle

Specifications

Burn time: N/A
Size: 200/g/410g
Notes: Rose, Orange, Lavender, Palmarosa
Wax: Soy

Reasons to buy

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2 sizes available 
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Comes with a lid and inside an elegant vessel
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Scented with essential oils
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Super soothing - great for bedrooms or bathrooms

Reasons to avoid

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Burn time information not available

The hand-poured ESPA Restorative Candle is scented with essential oils and ideal for conjuring up a refreshing atmosphere. Especially in springtime. Whether you want something to burn whilst doing your spring clean or a soothing fragrance to burn as you take a dip in the tub, this candle can do the job at hand. We love it. With both floral and sweet nods, this ESPA candle can fill an entire room, no matter its size. It's fragranced with rose geranium and sweet orange, with the addition of lavender to add a sooting smell, plus palmarosa for good balance. It's never too sweet or too heavy, and you'll find yourself reaching for a match to light it throughout all of spring (and possibly summer, too). Poured inside a white glass jar with a metal lid for standing atop, this elegantly housed candle is made using natural soy wax and it comes in two sizes.

Floral Street vanilla bloom candleReal Homes Rated Gold badge

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10. Floral Street Vanilla Bloom Candle

The best vanilla scented candle

Specifications

Burn time: 40 hours
Size: 200g
Notes: Vanilla
Wax: Soy

Reasons to buy

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Never too powerful
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Colourful vessel

Reasons to avoid

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Not the most exciting fragrance mix
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Flourescent vessel might be an eyesore in some homes

Floral Street fragrances are one of a kind, and their Vanilla Bloom candle is definitely something to shout about. It's warm, creamy and best of all: not too powerful once lit. We think this is a candle you can light at any time of the year, whether during summer on a cold evening, or in the winter for a welcoming effect. It's fragranced with, you guessed it: vanilla, but also plum for added sweetness, ambroxan to add a musky scent and obviously a hint of crisp amber and cashmere woods for warmth. We sometimes find vanilla fragrances to be too sweet, but rest assured this one is the perfect blend of almost every fragrance family there is. It sits inside a yellow glass vessel so as to stand out as much in looks as it does in scent. Floral Street is vegan, cruelty-free and sustainable and all of their products are responsibly made. This scent also comes in a reed diffuser.

The White Company Wild Mint candle in ceramic white pot by box and mint plantReal Homes Rated Gold badge

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11. The White Company Wild Mint

The best herbal scented candle

Specifications

Burn time: 45 hours
Size: 210g
Notes: Wild mint, tea, peppermint
Wax : Mineral

Reasons to buy

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Great for kitchens and bathrooms
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Unique ceramic vessel with lid
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Fresh fragrance for year-round use

Reasons to avoid

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Not one for smaller rooms 

Another refreshing candle on our list, The White Company's Wild Mint is a bestseller for a reason. It's unobtrusive while also being the perfect fresh fragrance for your kitchen. Its perfectly balanced blend of mint and sweet white tea results in a fragrance that is fresh yet distinctive. This is also a great choice for those who would like something fresh and non-floral for their kitchen. That being said, it also works great in a bathroom or hallway. Just avoid lighting it in small rooms as its herbal scent may become overpowering. Unlike other The White Company candles, this fragrance is housed inside an elegant white ceramic container, with a lid. It would make a very sophisticated addition to your home since it looks lovely (and unobtrusive) on a side. It burns clean, although watch out for soot in the vessel as it may produce some whilst burning. 

Noble Isle Whisky and Water candle lit with boxReal Homes Rated Gold badge

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12. Noble Isle Whisky and Water Candle

The best masculine scented candle

Specifications

Burn Time: 45hrs
Size: 200g
Notes: Whisky, Water
Wax: Mineral

Reasons to buy

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Great for larger spaces
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Elegant vessel
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Unique fragrance

Reasons to avoid

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Seriously strong
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Only for burning in winter or autumn

When we say that Noble Isle's Whisky and Water Candle is spicy, we truly mean it. It's also powerful so that you can smell it before it's even lit. Scented with, you guessed it: whisky and water, but also tonka bean and amber for good balance. It also has subtle floral notes to control its power, but otherwise, it's as spicy as they come. Use it to fragrance any size room – and to make a statement. It's fitting for a home office as it's quite a serious fragrance and isn't one for everyone, thanks to its super strong scent/ It's quite masculine but great for the warmer months. It burns clean, though you'll want to avoid lighting this candle in window-less rooms as it might become too overpowering. It's poured inside a matte black glass vessel and it arrives inside a lovely gift box with a bow on top.

Witchy The Moon Tarot Candle for Anxiety & FearReal Homes Rated Gold badge

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13. Witchy The Moon Tarot Candle for Anxiety & Fear

The best candle for autumn

Specifications

Burn Time: 50hrs
Size : 215g
Notes: Ginger, Cinnamon, Vanilla
Wax: Soy

Reasons to buy

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From a small business
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FSC-certified wick
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Never too overpowering

Reasons to avoid

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You need to remove the stones before lighting

Searching for the ultimate candle for autumn? This is it. Made by small brand WitchyHQ, this warming candle can fill an entire room with its impressive fragrance. Plus, it boasts an even burn and can be used right from autumn to the end of winter. With welcoming notes of cinnamon, ginger and the warmth of vanilla, this powerful candle will turn heads. We say to light it inside a hallway, bedroom or living room, simply because it's wow-worthy. We love that although it's spicy and autumnal, it's never too heavy – and the cinnamon doesn't take over. With an FSC-certified wick, it's even made using soy wax and is vegan and cruelty-free. Inside the wax sits two ethical crystals that will need to be removed once the wax has melted.

The White Company Fir Tree CandleReal Homes Rated Gold badge

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14. The White Company Fir Tree Candle

The best candle for winter

Specifications

Burn time: 5hrs/18hrs/114hrs/63hrs/63hrs/70hrs/135hrs
Size: 14g/75g/580g/660g/770g/895g/1555g
Notes: Eucalyptus, Pine, Cedar
Wax: Mineral

Reasons to buy

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Great for Christmas
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Available in a range of sizes
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Makes a fab gift

Reasons to avoid

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Only availalble at certain times of year
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Not ideal for any other time apart from Christmas

This candle currently isn't sold on The White Company website as it is out of season. Check back later in the year for a link to buy.

The White Company's Fir Tree candle is, without a doubt, our best pick for wintertime. Why? It smells like your Christmas tree, but better – and 10 times more fresh. This Christmassy candle has woody yet fresh notes of pine, eucalyptus and cedar wood. Though wintery, it still manages to give off a slightly ozonic fragrance to leave your rooms smelling fresh. We definitely suggest placing this candle in your living room, otherwise it works great in a hallway to greet your guests with a festive fragrance. We suggest picking the 585g size since it has the longest burn time of 114 hours. You can select whether you'd prefer this candle to come in a glass votive or unhoused and ready to light on a plate.


How did we test these scented candles?

Our Deputy Ecommerce Editor, Annie Collyer, who is also our home fragrance expert, has had hands-on experience with all of these candles, testing them inside her 2-bedroom flat. She tests these candles until they run out, considering everything from their throw ability to how clean they burn, and of course: their scent and packaging. All of the scented candles in this guide have been given a gold badge, meaning they are the best of the lot we have tested.

For more info on how we test products here at Real Homes, you can visit our about page.

How to know which scented candle I should choose?

It's crucial to estimate the place where you're looking to store your fragrance, ahead of choosing a scent.

For the living area, it's best to consider your aesthetic or decor. You can pretty much go for any scent in this room, from floral to herbal and even spicy. We would recommend going for a scent to match the season, and avoiding any heavy woody or spicy scents in the spring and summer. However, you do want to go for a strong scent, to fill each corner of this room especially if you spend a lot of time in here.

For kitchens it's best to reach for something lighter and airier; the last thing you want to do is compete with food aromas, so we suggest a herbal or ozonic aroma.  

For a bedroom you'll want to opt for an aroma that's lavender or vanilla-based; you'll want to calm your senses and create a peaceful oasis. Anything scented with essential oils is also a great option for a bedroom.

What to consider when buying a candle

It’s all too easy to be guided by price when it comes to buying a scented candle but the most important things are quality, burn time and fragrance. Think about the scent you want to fill your room with – something soft and subtle, calming and soothing or something that packs a punch? Some lose their smell too quickly so read buyer’s reviews to see what others think of their purchase before you buy. Look for good quality wax and for larger candles, two or three wicks for an even burn.

Soy wax candles are better for your health, as they burn cleaner and produce much less soot than paraffin versions. This helps keep your space pollution-free and is kinder on pets, too as well as avoiding stains building up on walls over time.

And if you want to be able to give a candle as a gift, look for a design that comes in an attractive tin, box or jar with a luxe look. Candles are great accessories for room revamps or bathroom makeovers so choose the packaging carefully.

Another way to fragrance your home is with a reed diffuser. These are safer to use than a candle, plus they emit a constant fragrance. 

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Annie is our Deputy Ecommerce Editor at Real Homes, with her particular area of expertise being home fragrance (there isn't a candle out there that she hasn't lit in her home). She's our guru when it comes to what to buy, when — and also where. She has years of experience when it comes to finding deals — Amazon Prime Day, Black Friday or not — and she particularly loves finding a bargain. With some of her favorite homeware pieces coming from Amazon, she's always looking for budget-friendly alternatives and dupes, as well as eco-friendly products to help her on her recent journey to being more sustainable at home. There's nothing she loves more than her Pug, Doug, and a bargain thrift shop find (yes, she once thrifted a brand new Le Creuset pan). Next up on her to-do list at home: DIY crittall-style doors...

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