Best candles: 6 designs to add ambience and an uplifting scent to your home

Buy the best candle to create an intimate mood after dark or to relax and unwind with at the end of a hard day

Best candle: Yankee candle clean cotton
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Looking to buy the best candle? There’s nothing quite like relaxing after a hard day at work or looking after the kids at home than running yourself a hot bubble bath, locking the door and immersing yourself in a long hot soak surrounded by scented candles. Add a glass of wine into the mix and you have the ultimate in me-time. 

But before you buy the first candle you see in your local high street shop or supermarket, check out our selection of the very best designs available online right now, which not only come with a long burn-time so you get your money’s worth, but also leave a lovely lingering scent, too.

Check out our best buys below to ensure you choose the perfect scented candle for your home, from those with natural aromatherapy oils to eco-friendly designs. And for candle-buying advice, scroll to the bottom of this buyer's guide.

What is the best brand of candles?

In our opinion, the best candle brands are: YMing, Penguinos, and La Jolíe Muse. Read more on them below, or see our at-a-glance list of the best buys:

The best candles you can buy 2019

Best candle you can buy: Yming Scented Candles

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1. Yming Scented Candles

Best candle you can buy: this pretty travel set comes in four fabulous scents to cleanse and uplift the spirit

Burn time: 25-30 hours
Scent: Lavender, lemon, Mediterranean fig and rose
Reasons to buy
+Helps get rid of negativity and unwanted energies+Energises, purifies and cleanses+Soy wax with natural oils and 100% cotton woven lead-free wicks
Reasons to avoid
-Some say the sticker doesn’t come off the tin easily so not great if buying as a gift-Others complain the lids are on too tight-A few buyers reveal the smell isn’t very strong

Best for… 
In our opinion, the Yming Scented Candles are ideal for taking on the road when you want a little home from home or for giving as a gift.

The natural aromatherapy oils are said to help cleanse and purify, while getting rid of unwelcome energy and negativity.

Natural materials
Made from soy wax with natural oils and lead-free wicks, these candles won’t harm your environment or any pets.

A long burn time of 25-30 hours per candle gives good value for money and you can always re-use the decorative tins afterwards for tealights or trinkets.

Good to know
This set makes a great present all year round, perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s day or just because…

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Best candle for relaxation: Penguinos Premium Scented Candle

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2. Penguinos Premium Scented Candle

Best candle for relaxation: this citrus aromatherapy design is said to help with stress relief

Burn time: 40 hours
Scent: Citrus
Reasons to buy
+Made from eco-friendly soy wax+Attractive glass jar and wooden lid+Citrus orange aromatherapy fragrance 
Reasons to avoid
-Quite pricey-Some may find the orange fragrance a tad sickly-It’s smaller than some other candles

Best for… 
When you want a really long burn time to get your money’s worth. This Penguinos Premium Scented Candle burns up to 40 hours with an even scent throughout.

Its citrus orange fragrance is said to enhance a stress-free environment, ideal for when you need a little R&R after a hectic day.

Natural materials
Perfect for when you’re searching for an environmentally-friendly candle, this one is made from biodegradable, sustainably sourced soy wax.

Perfect present
Whether it’s for a personal pick-me-up or when you need a last-minute gift for family or friends, this candle is just the thing.

Good to know
Its decorative design is right on trend and will complement all types of interior décor, especially with its funky green plant styling.

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Best candle to gift: La Jolíe Muse Large Scented Candle

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3. La Jolíe Muse Large Scented Candle

Best candle to gift: this candle comes in a really attractive tin which would make a great gift

Burn time: 95 hours
Scent: White tea
Reasons to buy
+Lovely aromatic fragrance with hints of lemon, bergamot and tea+Makes a fantastic gift for all occasions+Ideal for medium to large rooms
Reasons to avoid
-Some say they can’t smell the fragrance very well-Others say the scent is a little sickly-While some buyers complain of an uneven burn

Best for… 
When you’re looking for something completely natural. The La Jolíe Muse Large Scented Candle is made with lead-free cotton wicks and premium perfume-grade fragrance oils for a biodegradable solution.

Along with the underlying notes of lemon, bergamot and tea, there are also hints of violet, rose, cypress, musk and amber. 

Natural materials
As well as being eco-friendly, this soy wax candle is also paraben and cruelty-free.

Long burn
Offering a really long burn time of 95 hours, this candle is designed for medium to large spaces, making it ideal for open-plan living areas or bedrooms with an en-suite.

Good to know
White tea is a favourite scent in Asia and it’s full of essential nutrients so even as a fragrance it will enhance mood and relaxation.

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Best candle for sleep: Neom Organics London Scented Candle

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4. Neom Organics London Scented Candle

Best candle for sleep: a sedative blend of fragrance, which is part of Neom Organic London’s therapeutic Scent to Sleep collection

Burn time: 20 hours
Scent: 19 essential oils including lavender, rosewood and jasmine
Reasons to buy
+Said to aid a good night’s sleep+Made from natural vegetable wax and natural fragrance+Ideal for smaller rooms or taking away on an overnight stay
Reasons to avoid
-Some buyers say the wicks are difficult to keep alight-Expensive option-Burns quickly

Best for… 
Creating a relaxing setting in the bathtub just before bed. The Neom Organics London Scented Candle is a great choice if you find you have trouble getting off to sleep.

Combines 19 essential oils to create a calming, therapeutic scent including English lavender, sweet basil and jasmine.

Natural materials
No petrochemical paraffin or mineral wax in this candle, just the purest possible ingredients for a 100% natural product, ethically sourced and made in Britain.

Sleep soundly
Fill the bath with bubbles and lie back as you relax with this lighted candle, letting the fragrance fill the air. 

Good to know
The advice is to keep alight for 2-4 hours for an even burn.

Find more Neom Organics candles at Amazon

Best vanilla candle: Shearer Candles Vanilla and Coconut Large Scented Silver Tin Candle

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5. Shearer Candles Vanilla and Coconut Large Scented Silver Tin Candle

Best vanilla candle: this candle will make you dream of holidays in the sun with its warm coconut and vanilla pod fragrance

Burn time: 40 hours
Scent: Vanilla and coconut
Reasons to buy
+A lovely scented design+Long burn time+Pretty tin makes it an attractive gift
Reasons to avoid
-Some buyers say the scent is too subtle-Others complain the candle is quite small-As well as pricey for what it is

Best for… 
Picturing yourself relaxing on a sun-kissed beach thanks to its heady mix of coconut and vanilla. We looooove the Shearer Candles Vanilla and Coconut Large Scented Silver Tin Candle.

Portable design
As well as making it the perfect gift, the attractive tin means this candle can be taken anywhere such as trips away, overnight stays at a friend’s house or just as easily moved from room to room.

Collect the set
Additional fragrances are also available in the same design, including Orange Pomander and Egyptian Cotton.

Historic heritage
Shearer Candles were founded back in 1897, so they know what they are doing, with 121 years’ experience in handcrafted candle making.

Good to know
Its 40 hour slow burn means you’ll get your money’s worth and you won’t need to be constantly splashing out on a new candle every weekend.

Find more candles at Shearer Candles' Amazon page

Best Yankee candle: Yankee Candle Large Jar Clean Cotton

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6. Yankee Candle Large Jar Clean Cotton

Best Yankee candle: you’ll get an extremely long burn time with this one, making it a great investment buy

Burn time: 150 hours
Scent: Clean Cotton
Reasons to buy
+A pared-back fragrance for a subtle smell+Premium wax gives a clean burn+Ultra-long burn time
Reasons to avoid
-Some buyers say the smell is too subtle-Others have complained that the jar isn’t full of candle-And some say it’s poured into the jar unevenly

Best for… 
The Yankee Candle Large Jar Clean Cotton gives a clean, even burn thanks to its 100% natural fibre cotton wick, which is straightened and centred by hand for the best quality burn.

Elegant design
The classic jar suits all room schemes and makes an ideal gift for family and friends.

Premium wax
The premium-grade paraffin wax gives a clean, consistent burn.

Sweet scent
Using natural essential oils, this candle is so alluring with its sun-dried cotton overtones with hints of white flowers, green notes and lemon.

Good to know
There’s also a matching Car Jar to give your motor a fresh smell, too!

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How to buy the best 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.

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