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October may be foliage season, but it’s also candle season. And what’s more autumnal than luxury candles with notes of spices from around the world? The best fall luxury candles warm the crisp air while emulating autumn’s natural beauty, layering the scent of pine and burning leaves with sweet, multi-dimensional vanilla or chai. These candles can spruce up your bedroom, line your living room mantle, greet guests in the foyer, and of course, accompany an epsom salt bath in a claw-footed tub.
Here, the best luxury candles to welcome fall.
Byredo, a high-end lifestyle brand founded in Stockholm, brings a polished aesthetic to every product they make, be it makeup, sunglasses, or fragrances. Their candles are no exception; the signature black packaging is as alluring as the scents themselves. Bibliothèque is a fan-favorite candle, marrying stone fruit, vanilla, and patchouli. It’s not your typical apple-and-pumpkin fall scent—it’s elevated and inviting, perfect for receiving guests with a bottle of cabernet on a cold night.
To buy: $85, Byredo
Teakwood & Tobacco, PF Candle Co.
Teakwood & Tobacco is the scent that really launched PF Candle Co.’s cult following. The Los Angeles-based candle maker with nationwide reach rolls out seasonal scents, like Spiced Pumpkin, Smoky Cinnamon, and Spruce. But really, their classic Teakwood & Tobacco, with its notes of leather and teak make for a perfect fall scent. The soy candles are hand-poured into “apothecary inspired amber jars” and come in standard and large size—and their Teakwood & Tobacco scent is available as a reed diffuser as well.
To buy: $28, PF Candle Co.
MALIN+GOETZ is synonymous with high-end face and body products, but the upscale Manhattan-based apothecary has expanded since they opened their Chelsea flagship in 2004. The candles, hand-poured in Brooklyn, emphasize quality over quantity—MALIN+GOETZ’s candle line has just 11 scents. In their words, the leather candle is a modernization of “the centuries old practice of fragrancing artisanal leather goods with custom perfumes.”
To buy: $55, MALIN+GOETZ
Woods, Sunday Club
Welcome to Sunday Club, a San Francisco candle house looking to “set your Sundays on fire.” Sunday Club’s candles use a blend of hand-poured soy and coconut wax and wooden wicks. And their curated selection of just three 10-ounce candles makes things simple—because this company is all about relaxation and creating space for yourself. Sunday Club’s Woods candle is extraordinarily fresh-smelling—a blend of juniper, pine wood, and eucalyptus. It’s clean with just a hint of fall scent, and the candle’s cozy crackle makes it an ideal bath-side accessory.
To buy: $38, Sunday Club
Ambre, Diptyque Paris
As luxury candles go, Diptyques are a must-have around the house. While they have signature fragrances, made on Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris since 1961, they also have aromatic candles that mimic the seasons, and in the fall, tending toward their line of Woody scents is best. Encased in burnt-red hand-blown glass, Diptyque’s Ambre candle (or bougie, if we’re going to be French about this) has warm woodsy notes of patchouli, aniseed, Tonka bean, and other spices.
To buy: $98, Diptyque
Cedar Stack, Boy Smells
Boy Smells, founded by business and real-life partners Matthew Herman and David Kien, both hailing from the fashion world, offers a line of candles that go beyond gender binary confines. Their candles use a blend of coconut and beeswax and braided cotton wicks, and are picturesquely packaged in black glass tumblers with signature light pink labels. Many of their best-selling candles are ideal for fall—Ash, Slow Burn, Hinoki Fantome—but you can’t beat Cedar Stack for an October scent. With notes of cedar, musk, and juniper, Cedar Stack is “a prettier take on the classic wood scent”—it won’t disappoint.
To buy: $32, Boy Smells
Cinnamon Chai, Sukie’s Candle Co.
Sukie’s Candle Co. is a one-woman Los Angeles operation with innovative fragrance choices and long-burning candles. Sukie’s double-wick candles radiate light, heat, and delicious scents—from Blood Orange to Red Ginger and Saffron to Brown Sugar and Fig. For the ultimate fall scent, opt for her Cinnamon Chai double-wick candle. The 100% soy candle blends black tea, cinnamon, and vanilla for a candle that will burn perfectly through autumn and into the cold-weather holiday season.
To buy: $26, Sukie’s Candle Co.
Blank Candle, Hox Shop
Always wanted your boudoir to smell like a hotel room? Done and done. The Hoxton makes a candle for each of their properties, but from London to Los Angeles, their signature scent is the Blank Candle. And as luck would have it, they sell it for guests to take the warm, lightly fragrant candle home with them. The soy wax candle has woody notes perfect for fall, and burns for a full 45 hours.
To buy: $39, Hox Shop
Brooklinen, the chic bedding company, is committed to making the home cozy beyond luxurious throws and percale sheets. Hence, their line of candles. They make one for each phase of your day; wake, magic hour, dusk, and nightcap. If fall were a time of day, it would be dusk, the candle Brooklinen calls the “scent of a cozy cabin in the woods.” The plant and mineral-based candle, made in Brooklyn, is displayed with clean minimalism in a clear glass holder.
To buy: $35, Brooklinen