Home fragrance will furnish any room in your home an instant uplift, whether you like florals, woods, or sweet-smelling scents. Whether you enjoy the glow of a lit candle or the elegance of a reed diffuser, we've rounded up the very best home fragrances you can buy.
All the fragrances in our buyer's guide have been tried and tested by us, so we know first-hand just how sensational each choice is. From how long every option will last to what size room they suit best – we've featured home fragrances that will work well in any temperature and at any time of year – you'll be able to enjoy these candles and diffusers in all seasons. We've also including a wide range of prices.
These home fragrances range from $4 buys you can find at your local store to $100+ splurges that are great for gifting or burning on special occasions.
Take a scroll for our top picks, and for more home freshening advice — check out our list of the best candle buying guide for more options.
11 of the best home fragrance to invest in
One of the White Company's best ever scents, Pomegranate is a juicy, grown-up fragrance for every room.
This is a dark take on pomegranate that makes it a sophisticated, grown-up scent that will take you all through fall and even Christmas. The amber and patchouli ground the fruitiness, making the fragrance more complex.
The White Company doesn't do fancy packaging, and this is no exception: frosted glass with the signature italic font. Nothing special, but it's classy enough to look good.
What we like
This fragrance will appeal both to those who love juicy pomegranates and those who like dark woods – it's exactly in the middle. It's calm enough to be used in a home office but fruity enough to liven up a living room.
Apotheke's home scents are a perennial favorite. We find almost all of their fragrances to be elevated and delightful, but the White Vetiver scent is the biggest crowd-pleaser.
In short: The White Vetiver smells sophisticated, like something you'd find in an upscale department store or your fancy friend's New York apartment. The scent combines its namesake Vetiver with Bergamot, eucalyptus, lilac, sandalwood, amber, and cedarwood.
Style The White Vetiver scent comes in a candle or reed diffuser and arrives packaged in frosted glass jars that easily complement a wide variety of styles.
What we like
Aside from the scent, we love that Apotheke fragrances are handmade in Brooklyn and that the company is female-founded.
According to the brand, the Rosso Nobile by Dr. Vranjes diffuser delivers a scent reminiscent of "the finest Tuscan wines."
Scent Think of sweet strawberry jam and ripe plums scattered around your home. Yum.
Style Encased in a tall brown bottle, the design feels decidedly Tuscan. It'll fit well with traditional spaces and add a little gravitas to neutral, modern ones. But if your decor style is farmhouse or coastal inspired, or you prefer bright boho vibes, you might want to hide this in a larger jar.
What we like In reality, this diffuser is a delicious (and surprisingly non-sickly) blend of red fruits and berries. Chose from a handful of sizes and available in a spray format; you'll find this scent magnificent in every room.
Full disclosure: Those who were hoping for a realistic rendition of the scent of wine will be disappointed.
Mrs. Meyer's fans will already know this scent well since it's also available in everything from hand soap to dryer sheets. But we're still not sick of it, and the crisp, fresh, and inviting lavender scent is one of our favorite choices for a powder room or entryway.
The only way to describe the scent of this is as light, floral, and clean. It definitely fills a room.
The Mrs. Meyer's Lavender candle comes in an eco-friendly recycled glass jar that complements casual or farmhouse spaces well.
What we like
The light scent, which is perfect for warmer months. plus the fact that it's made
from renewable ingredients like soy and vegetable wax.
Think most rose-based home fragrances smell dusty and unrealistic, and nothing like real roses? We're with you. The freshness of a rose is very difficult to get right in a scent, but fortunately, that's not the case here. Diptyque has nailed it, though, by blending the rose fragrance with blackcurrant leaves.
The Diptyque Baies Scented Candle has a floral scent that's fresh and zesty and not one bit old-fashioned.
Thanks to Instagram, the Diptyque jar may be the most iconic candle packaging of all time, although it's just a standard glass vessel and branded sticker. The candle's trendiness has waned, but the good news is that the simplicity of the design makes it timeless.
What we like
The smell of this candle is swoon-worthy, and it does a superb job of filling an entire room fast. We also love that you can purchase a matching reed diffuser.
Good to note
We have found Baies, like all other Diptyque candles, the scent is powerful, so it's best to start with the smaller size until you find what best works for you. It also doesn't tend to last very long in comparison to other candles.
One of Jo Malone's most successful fragrances, the mysterious and moody Pomegranate Noir, is now available in both candle and diffuser format.
The secret of this scent is its spicy, slightly edgy woody base (hence the 'noir'), which grounds the composition, preventing it from ever turning sweet. It reminds us of the lobby in a fancy boutique hotel.
This reed diffuser arrives in a classy black box, and the liquid sits in a glass vessel. It also comes with ten black reeds, which feel like a style upgrade from the standard rattan versions.
What we like
Perfect for a study or hallway, this diffuser is pretty, smells great, and it's a classic.
It's hard to pick a single Voluspa candle to feature on this list when there are so many from the brand that we love.
But if we have to choose, it's the Maison Noir Crisp Champagne Candle. Like many Voluspa candles we've owned, this one isn't very strong, perfect if you're into subtly, and strong scents give you a headache. However, if you're looking for something with enough throw to fragrance your whole home, this isn't it.
This candle is ideal for a small living room or bedroom (we love lighting ours after curling up on the couch or in bed with a good book). It's warm and welcoming without being overpowering and has a sweet scent that feels sophisticated, not sickly, thanks to undertones of oak and vanilla.
This candle is shoppable in two sizes: a larger version in a simple-but-sleek black jar and a smaller version; emblazoned with a geometric print.
What we like
This scent is unobtrusive and joyful that it will delight even those who don't typically aren't looking for home fragrances.
If ever the title of a home fragrance corresponded to the effect it creates, then this is it. Happiness in a candle? It's not just a marketing ploy. This all-natural Happiness candle by Neom Organics smells sensational, guarantee to bring a smile to your face.
A sparkly, sunny neroli blossom; we can't smell any mimosa here, and the lemon is in the background rather than dominant. We are drawn to how different this scent is when compared to other natural or spa-inspired choices on the market. This scent lacks lavender, which most cling to, and still strikes a balance with appearing distinctive and memorable.
This choice is simple yet effective, offering a glass vessel with a sticker.
What we like
This candle smells incredibly natural, which is utter perfect for those who prefer organic scents. With that said, this scent is by no means weak and will fill even the largest of rooms with the smaller-sized candle.
What we don't like
If you don't like neroli, steer clear, as it's the dominant note, and it's very, very strong. However, if you're a fan of orange blossom-based fragrances (or even just white florals), you find this candle heavenly.
Let's start with the obvious: This seems like a weird combo. And we thought so, too, until we read the Amazon reviews and decided to give the Lulu Candles Pineapple Evergreen a sniff. The balance of sweet and woodsy works in harmony, and it emits a strong scent that'll waft through an entire floor of your home.
It's like a Hawaiian vacation in a jar. While the pineapple scent is definitely at the forefront of this candle fragrance, it's not overkilling. The evergreen note adds delicious depth that downplays the tropical vibe.
Pretty basic: it's a glass with a sticker, but the typewriter font gives it some modern farmhouse flair.
What we like
The smell. Did we mention how phenomenal it smells? We also love that it's constructed from natural soy wax, as well as vegan and paraben-free.
Plus, Lulu Candles claims their candles are some of the longest-lasting you'll find. We haven't scientifically proven that, but they do appear to burn slowly.
Go ahead and forget pumpkin spice! DW Home's Warm Tobacco Pipe candle is our top pick for creating a warm, cozy ambiance for fall and winter at home. We first picked it up at Home Goods a few years back, and now we look for it every year as soon as September hits.
It's earthy and leathery but has a sweet undertone that's reminiscent of tobacco smoke. It feels elevated and sophisticated but cozy at the same time.
A sleek black vessel matches the black soy wax inside.
What we like
The soy wax blend is sustainable, and the price point is well below many of the other top home scents on our list. Not to mention we want to wrap ourselves up in the smell.
This one isn't really for year-round use, as the smell would be too heavy for spring and summer. It also has a cult-like following, and they're snatched up at stores pretty quickly.
In a bright corner by the window, as the sunshine signals the fresh start of a brand-new day — or morning, you'll find this deliciously sweet candle burning to uplift your (and your family's) mood.
Sparkling yuzu and tart orange pulp blend with fresh grapefruit and lychee to create an uplifting mood. Lively and joyful, delicious forest berries add a sweet finish. Plus, if you get close enough? You'll also sniff layers of vanilla to pull the entire fragrance together.
A beautifully designed handblown glass vessel not only enhances your burning experience but comes available in the most magnificent turquoise hue – and the best part? This vessel doubles as home decor, too.
What we like
The clean-burning soy wax blend is perfect for any economically conscious consumer out there, whereas the price point is stepper than we like but well worth the investment.
How to select the best home fragrance?
Choose quality candles
Not all home fragrances are created equal. We advise against very cheap scented candles, as they're often wax with a side of fragrance.
Look for properly hand-poured candles that will have the fragrance layered into them. The quality of the wax also matters; good wax equates to longer longevity.
For an even burn: let the wax melt across the top to avoid tunneling on the first burn. You will find this will take approximately an hour for each inch of diameter, so you will want to make sure you are around to attend that first burn for what could be a few hours.
Another popular home fragrance is reed diffusers, and they are sensational if you want more control over how strong the scent will be or have concerns about the safety of burning candles. Just remember to switch the sticks round to change which end is in the oil every couple of weeks – this optimizes the scent.
What type of scent? Opt for a selection that will appeal to all preferences. From fruity and cheerful to moody and complex, we've got all sorts of home scents covered, suitable for any room and occasion.