Best home fragrance: 11 year-round scents to spruce up your space

From reed diffusers to candles, these are the best home fragrances that will elevate your home in seconds.

Included in this guide:

A selection of the best home fragrance from The White Company, Dr. Vranjes and diptyque candles
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The best home fragrances will give your room an instant upgrade — that extra oomph that doesn't just smell good but makes you feel good. 

Whether it's the best candle or best reed diffuser, it doesn't matter if you like florals, woods, or simply sweet-smelling scents; it's the small change that makes a big difference. Plus, it's a relatively affordable buy that won't break the bank to do so. 

Still, finding the best home fragrance is no easy vice. There are hundreds if not thousands of options on the market, and with a new scent or selections coming out every day (or so it feels), consumers are bound to feel a little overwhelmed. And that's where we come in to play. 

11 of the best home fragrances according to our team

Regardless of whether you rent or own your home, have a lot of space or barely any, or even prefer floral over woodsy scents (or vice versa), we've got it covered. We've rounded up the best home fragrances for every price point, preference, and budget below. 

the best home fragrance from the White Company

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1. The White Company Pomegranate Candle

The best home fragrance: a rich scent to promote a sense of well-being

Specifications
Best for: An uplifting and fruity scent
Type: Candle
Size: 27 oz.
Notes: Pomegranate, mandarin, amber, patchouli
Reasons to buy
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A rich, fruity scent
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It will last at least three months
Reasons to avoid
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A little pricey 
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It will be a bit heady for some

One of the White Company's best home fragrances, this candle is layered with pomegranate and is a juicy, grown-up scent for every room. 

How does it smell?

Consider this a dark take on pomegranates. It's 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.

Design 

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.

Why it's the best home fragrance?

This fragrance will appeal both to those who love juicy pomegranates and those who like dark woods – it's a perfect in-between. The scent is calm enough to be used in a home office but fruity enough to liven up living rooms. 

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2. Apotheke White Vetiver

The best home fragrance: a superb scent available at an appropriate price

Specifications
Best for: those who love a sultry, sophisticated scent
Type: candle, reed diffuser
Size: varied
Notes: vetiver, sandalwood, amber, lilac, eucalyptus
Reasons to buy
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Superb quality
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A classy, characterful scent
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Extremely long-lasting

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.

How does it smell?

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.

Design?

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. 

Why it's the best home fragrance?

Aside from the scent, we love that Apotheke fragrances are handmade in Brooklyn and that the company is female-founded. 

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3. Dr. Vranjes Rosso Nobile Room Diffuser

The best home fragrance: a fruity reed diffuser that is easy-to-use

Specifications
Best for: those who love fruit scents
Type: reed diffuser
Size: 250ml – 5000ml
Notes: plum and berries
Reasons to buy
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Delicious sweet fragrance
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Available in a variety of sizes
Reasons to avoid
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Higher price point
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No candle option

According to the brand, the Rosso Nobile by Dr. Vranjes diffuser delivers a scent reminiscent of "the finest Tuscan wines." 

How does it smell?

Think of sweet strawberry jam and ripe plums scattered around your home. Yum.

Design

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. 

Why it's the best home fragrance?

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. 

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4. Mrs. Meyer's Lavender Large Jar Candle

The best home fragrance: an affordable option that brings uncomplicated floral delight

Specifications
Best for: those who like an uplifting, simple scent
Type: candle
Size: 7.2 oz.
Notes: lavender
Reasons to buy
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Simple and cheerful fragrance
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Inexpensive
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Widely available
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Soy wax
Reasons to avoid
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Short-lived

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. 

How does it smell? 

It's light, floral, and clean, reminiscent of a bright spring day in the park.  

Design 

The Mrs. Meyer's Lavender candle comes in an eco-friendly recycled glass jar that complements casual or farmhouse spaces well.

Why it's the best home fragrance?

Perfect for the warmer months, this home fragrance is made from renewable ingredients like soy and vegetable wax that make it a sustainable scent, too. 

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5. Diptyque Baies Scented Candle

The best home fragrance: a fruity fragrance that offers an contemporary twist on rose

Specifications
Best for: those who want a fresh rose scent
Type: candle
Size: 70g, 190g
Notes: rose
Reasons to buy
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A versatile fruity-floral fragrance
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Stunning glass vessel
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Can be re-purposed
Reasons to avoid
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Can smell quite strong

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.

How does it smell?

The diptyque Baies Scented Candle has a floral scent that's fresh and zesty and not one bit old-fashioned.

Design?

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.

Why it's the best home fragrance?

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.

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6. Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir Scent Surround Diffuser

The best home fragrance: the diffuser version of Jo Malone's bestselling fragrance

Specifications
Best for: Jo Malone fans
Type: reed diffuser
Size: 165ml
Notes: pomegranate, pepper, woods
Reasons to buy
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Home scent version of a beautiful fragrance
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Lovely presentation
Reasons to avoid
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What you pay for and what you get are not aligned

One of Jo Malone's most successful fragrances, the mysterious and moody Pomegranate Noir, is now available in both candle and diffuser format. 

How does it smell?

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. 

Design

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.

Why it's the best home fragrance?

Perfect for a study or hallway, this diffuser is pretty, smells great, and Is a classic.

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7. Voluspa Maison Noir Crisp Champagne Candle

The best home fragrance: exceptional scent for those working with a smaller space.

Specifications
Best for: small spaces
Type: candle
Size: 12oz
Notes: Brut champagne, vanilla, barrel oak
Reasons to buy
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A warm and subtly sweet fragrance
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Perfect for the living room or bedroom
Reasons to avoid
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The scent is not as powerful as we expected.

Voluspa reigns supreme on of the best candle brands with a lengthy list of best-sellers, but our go-to pick from them is the Maison Noir Crisp Champagne Candle that makes a strong-yet-subtle statement. 

How does it smell? 

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. 

Design

Available in two sizes— small and large. Both choices are ready in a black jar paired with a geometric print. 

Why it's the best home fragrance?

This scent is moderate and joyful that it will delight even those who don't typically aren't looking for home fragrances. 

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8. Neom Organics Happiness Candle

The best home fragrance: a serene and satisfying home scent regardless of your preferences

Specifications
Best for: lifting low moods
Type: candle
Size: 75g, 185g
Notes: mimosa, neroli, lemon
Reasons to buy
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Strong and high-quality fragrance
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Natural
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Affordable
Reasons to avoid
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Will be too strongly scented for some

There is only one way to describe this candle by Neom Organics, and that's happiness in a candle. 

How does it smell?

As mentioned, there are nods of mimosa and sunny neroli blossoms, and while we can't smell either of them, the one scent we can smell is lemon. It's prominent and visible but not too powerful where it'd be mistaken for overbearing; it's the right amount.  

Still, with that said, this scent lacks lavender which most candles turn to balance out such a forceful scent. 

Design

This glass vessel takes a minimalist route with only a sticker on the front. 

Why it's the best home fragrance?

This candle smells incredibly natural, which is clear 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.

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9. Lulu Candles Pineapple Evergreen

The best home fragrance: an exceptional wax candle that everyone needs.

Specifications
Best for: those looking for a strong scent and natural was
Type: candle
Size: 6oz.
Notes: pineapple, fir
Reasons to buy
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Unexpected scent
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Made from soy wax
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Hand-poured in the USA
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Vegan, paraben-free, and cruelty-free!
Reasons to avoid
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Scent may be too strong for some

Yes, we too were a bit skeptical about the weird combination of scents that the Lulu Candles Pineapple Evergreen, but after testing it out first hand? We're right there with the rest of the Amazon reviewers lusting over it. 

How does it smell?

In short? It's a vacation in a jar! Jetset off to Hawaii with no passport required, thanks to the pineapple scent that's at the forefront and evergreen note that adds delicious depth, as the tropical vibe brings the scent home. 

Design

This candle also takes a minimalistic approach with a glass vessel and sticker, though the typewriter font adds a modern farmhouse flair.

Why it's the best home fragrance?

The smell — the smell is intoxicating! It's one of the most memorable scents on our list, and if that wasn't good enough as is, we also love its strides in helping us live a more natural life. It's constructed from natural soy wax and is vegan and Paraben-free. 

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10. DW Home Warm Tobacco Pipe

The best home fragrance: the best to light up and enjoy fall year-round

Specifications
Best for: a cozy vibe, man caves
Type: candle
Size: 215g
Notes: tobacco, patchouli, suede
Reasons to buy
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Soy wax
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Cozy smell perfect for cooler temps
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Sleek look
Reasons to avoid
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Might be too heavy for some

Go ahead and forget the pumpkin spice is a sentence we never thought we'd say, but after picking up DW Home's Warm Tobacco Pipe Candle, you'll understand why. 

How does it smell?

It's the perfect Fall day on repeat! The scent is earthy and leathery, but there's a sweet undertone reminiscent of tobacco smoke and a bit on the apple-y side. Overall, it's elevated and sophisticated but brings a sense of warmth all at the same time. 

Design

A sleek black vessel matches the black soy wax inside. 

Why it's the best home fragrance?

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. 

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11. LAFCO New York House & Home Candles, Breakfast Room — Citrus Berry

The best home fragrance: to wake up and enjoy early mornings in the comfort of family

Specifications
Best for: morning-use with family
Type: clean-burning, soy-based
Size: 6.5oz, 15.5oz, & 30oz
Color: teal
Notes : yuzu, grapefruit and berries
Reasons to buy
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Clean-burning
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Long periods of use
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A calming scent that isn't overwhelming 
Reasons to avoid
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Pricer side 

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. 

How does it smell?

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. 

Design

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.

Why it's the best home fragrance?

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. 

What to consider when choosing the best home fragrance?

Pricepoint

Not all home fragrances are created equal. So, to alleviate any potential run-ins with any duds, try to gravitate away from candles that have been marked down (in-store) or are too cheap where you know something is up. 

Ingredients

Most times, the reason those candles are cheap or more affordable is due to the ingredients featured; they're usually wax with a side of fragrance, and every candle enthusiast knows that's a recipe for disaster. 

Type of the best home fragrance?

Candles

Try hand-poured candles that will have fragrances layered into them. It will be a time-release explosion of sorts (for lack of better terms), and you experience one scent released after another. 

What to look for in candles?

Additionally, the quality of wax makes a world of difference; good or "better" candle wax will equate to longer shelf life, meaning a more worthwhile buy. A word to the wise: for an even burn, allow candle wax to melt across the top to avoid tunneling the candle in the first burn. 

To do this, it 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.

Reed diffusers

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. Keep in mind that you'll need to switch the sticks round to change which end is in the oil every couple of weeks to optimize the scent.

Brittany Romano is Future's U.S. Shopping Editor, based in New York City. From her start as a fashion market assistant at Marie Claire to building a highly profitable commerce vertical at Us Weekly and AMI brands, Brittany has produced award-winning content covering everything from celebrity beauty hacks to must-have items from online sales. She is a graduate of New England College. When she isn’t writing, you can find Brittany indulging in yet another DIY project or cheering on her beloved Boston Bruins. Find her on Instagram at @ItsBrittanyRomano.

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