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The Best Luxury Scented Candles for Thanksgiving This Year

The Best Luxury Scented Candles for Thanksgiving This Year

Scent is one of the most powerful triggers of memory. And surrounding ourselves with a fragrance is one way to transport ourselves back in time. Or to help us seal in precious memories of the present. Our correspondent Jillian Tangen has curated a list of the best luxury scented candles with the fragrance of fall and Thanksgiving this year.

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It’s no secret that we love Thanksgiving here at Dandelion Chandelier. The delectable food and delicious wines, the beautiful tablescapes topped with seasonal flowers and of course, the sweet hum of family, dear friends and good tunes as everyone gathers around the table to celebrate.

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But there is one more element to our festivities that we’ve neglected to cover in our preparations for the big day – scent. And when it comes to eating and drinking, selecting the right match is essential. From a dud candle to an overpowering kitchen aroma, an off smell can be, well, off putting.

The Best Luxury Scented Candles for Thanksgiving This Year

The best luxury scented candles for Thanksgiving this year.

It should come as no surprise that when hosting a gathering as important as Thanksgiving, your scent selection is imperative. Intense fragrances affect your sense of taste and therefore, the enjoyment of your meal. And anyone who has been sat next to an over perfumed aunt or distant cousin knows what we are talking about. That means not just any fall essence will do.

Instead, opt to limit overpowering fragrances and consider the type of gathering you are hosting. Just the two of you for turkey? Romantic bouquets of rose are always a good idea. Or if you are celebrating a child home from their first semester away at college, choose an uplifting fragrance in the fruity and fresh family to set the tone of celebration. And you can never go wrong with warm, earthy or otherwise spicy notes that people associate with the kick off of the holiday season.

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So what types of scented candles fit the bill? Here are our 15 favorite scented candles to help put the finishing touches on your Thanksgiving celebration this year.

The best luxury scented candles for Thanksgiving this year

1. rewind pinot noir barrel aged

Red wine season is officially upon us and what better way to celebrate it than with Rewind’s earthy and complex Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Candle ($32).

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Our guide for the best luxury scented fragrance candles for Thanksgiving: Rewind Pinot Noir Barrel Aged. Courtesy Photo.

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2. otherland tapestry

Inspired by countryside weekends where bonfires blaze, cider heats on the stove and friends become family, Otherland’s Tapestry Candle ($36) is infused with burnt maple, smoky oud and vetiver.

luxury scented candles Thanksgiving

Our guide for the best luxury scented fragrance candles for Thanksgiving: Otherland Tapestry. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW – $36

3. no. 22 woodstove

Conjuring the comforting aroma of a fireplace, No.22’s hand poured Woodstove Candle (£40) is infused with oil from Palo Santo trees, giving it a complex, fragrant smoke when burnt. The label’s signature cable-knit motif vessel makes it extra-cozy.

luxury scented candles Thanksgiving

Our guide for the best luxury scented fragrance candles for Thanksgiving: No. 22 Woodstove. Courtesy Photo.

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4. joya armes soeurs

Trimmed with gold, Joya’s smokey grapefruit scented Armes Soeurs Candle ($78) is a delicious and welcoming scent that’s the perfect backdrop to an elegant evening celebrating.

luxury scented candles Thanksgiving

Our guide for the best luxury scented fragrance candles for Thanksgiving: Joya Armes Soeurs. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW – $78

5. aerin buckhorn amber

Missing your annual family ski trip to kick off the season? Aerin’s Buckhorn Amber Candle ($80) will make you feel like you’re at the Aspen ski lodge after which it’s named. This scent is designed to evoke the fresh air, open sky and snow-covered pines that line the Colorado mountain range.

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Our guide for the best luxury scented fragrance candles for Thanksgiving: Aerin Buckhorn Amber. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW – $80

6. thymes heirlūm pumpkin

With notes of heirloom pumpkin, creamy caramel, warm vanilla bean and spicy cinnamon, Thymes Heirlūm Pumpkin Candle ($30) is truly the essence of the season, creating a soft blanket beckoning with cozy promises.

luxury scented candles Thanksgiving

Our guide for the best luxury scented fragrance candles for Thanksgiving: Thymes Heirlum Pumpkin. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW – $30

7. jo malone townhouse pastel macaroons

Head straight to dessert with Jo Malone’s Pastel Macaroons Candle ($125). It conjures up the essence of almond tarts, freshly baked scones and pastel macaroons.

Our guide for the best luxury scented fragrance candles for Thanksgiving: Jo Malone Townhouse Pastel Macaroons. Courtesy Photo.

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8. studio stockholm chai breton stripe

Cozy up with Studio Stockholm’s Chai Breton Stripe Candle ($49), a warm, aromatic blend of black tea and milk infused with cardamom and clove.

Our guide for the best luxury scented fragrance candles for Thanksgiving: Studio Stockholm Chai Breton Stripe. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW – $49

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9. balmain x trudon

Cire Trudon joined forces with Balmain to create a limited-edition inspired by the fashion house’s signature Ernesto perfume. The Balmain X Trudon Candle ($150) opens with refreshing Cedarwood and Bergamot notes followed by a spicy leather heart and musky patchouli base that oozes sophistication.

Our guide for the best luxury scented fragrance candles for Thanksgiving: Balmain X Trudon. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW – $150

9. aromatherapy associates inner strength

Looking to decompress? Aromatherapy Associates’ Inner Strength Candle ($69) was formulated to soothe the mind and bring about inner peace.

Our guide for the best luxury scented fragrance candles for Thanksgiving: Aromatherapy Associates Inner Strength. Courtesy Photo.

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10. fornasetti small scimmie

Toast the start of the holiday season with the Small Scimmie Candle ($215) from Fornasetti featuring Piero Fornasetti’s ‘Scimmie’ or ‘Drunken Monkeys’ artwork. The beautiful fragrance is enriched with notes of Thyme, Incense, Cedarwood and Lavender for a warm and spicy aroma.

Our guide for the best luxury scented fragrance candles for Thanksgiving: Fornasetti Small Scimmie. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW – $215

11. nest hearth

The Hearth Candle ($42) from Nest will bring the aroma of a warm crackling fireplace with rich oud wood, frankincense and hints of smoky embers into any space.

Our guide for the best luxury scented fragrance candles for Thanksgiving: Nest Hearth. Courtesy Photo.

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12. lafco house and home sage and walnut

Lafco’s House and Home Sage and Walnut Scented Candle ($65) subtly reminds of the scents of the kitchen on Thanksgiving day with its blend of walnut, green sage and chestnuts.

Our guide for the best luxury scented  fragrance candles for Thanksgiving: Lafco House and Home Sage and Walnut. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW – $65

13. diptyque floral majesty

Filled with a bouquet of rare roses paired together with spices and fiery cinnamon, Diptyque’s Floral Majesty Candle ($78) will radiant the warm energy we need this holiday season.

Our guide for the best luxury scented  fragrance candles for Thanksgiving: Diptyque Floral Majesty. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW – $78

14. heretic dirty fig

Indulge in the sweetness of the season’s favorite fruit with Heretic’s Dirty Fig ($85). Grapefruit, bergamot and sweet geranium balance with black currant and ripe raspberry in this warm, ripe, intoxicating fragrance.

Our guide for the best luxury scented fragrance candles for Thanksgiving: Heretic Dirty Fig. Courtesy Photo.

Dirty Fig – $85

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15. homesick state Missing home this Thanksgiving?

Homesick’s State Candles ($34) will transport you there, whether you pine for the big bouquet of Texas, the botanical grandeur of South California or the sweet, smokey scent of North Carolina.

Our guide for the best luxury scented fragrance candles for Thanksgiving: Homesick’s State Candles. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW – $34

There you have it, our favorite scented candles to add a finishing touch to your Thanksgiving this year. Cheers to a delightfully fragrant (and delicious) holiday filled with love and gratitude

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Jillian Tangen is the Head of Research at Dandelion Chandelier and a former Senior Research Analyst at McKinsey & Co and Analyst at Shearman & Sterling. She is an avid fan of Nordic design, having owned an independent lifestyle store and sales agency focused on emerging Scandinavian design. Jillian lives in New York and is married with three young children. She loves cross-country skiing, the New York Rangers, reading, travel and discovering new brands.

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