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15 Scented Candles to Buy in 2021 to Bring the Holiday Joy Home

Best luxury scented candles for the 2021 holiday season to fill your home with the most popular and best-smelling fragrances 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 our guide to the best luxury scented candles for the 2021 holiday season, with tips on how to fill your home with the most popular and best-smelling fragrances this year.

the best luxury scented candles this holiday

With December just around the corner, it’s time to set the mood for the holiday season.  From trimming the tree to Christmas tunes and treats, we’re ready to get full on into the spirit of the season.

The best luxury scented candles for the 2021 holiday season to fill your home with the most popular and best-smelling fragrances this year.

And if you ask us, dear reader, there are few things more festive than a seasonal scent to welcome the winter holidays. But how to fill your home with wonderful seasonal fragrance this holiday?

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Candles conjure feelings of warmth, comfort and light to see us through the period of shorter days and longer nights. And it’s even more true during the holiday season when the scents of Frasier fir, gingerbread and crackling fires in the fireplace fill the air.  Not to mention, a beautiful candle helps to put finishing touches on all those efforts you made to deck the halls.

Best luxury scented candles for the 2021 holiday season to fill your home with the most popular and best-smelling fragrances this year

The best luxury scented candles for the 2021 holiday season to fill your home with the most popular and best-smelling fragrances this year.

So, which holiday scented candle is for you?  From refreshing peppermint to classic evergreen, we’ve found 15 beautiful candles that will have you feeling merry and bright all holiday season long.

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1. diptyque biscuit candle

Who doesn’t want their home to smell like freshly baked cookies? Diptyque’s new limited edition Biscuit Candle ($42) brings to mind the aroma of festive baking with notes of biscuit, cinnamon and patchouli.

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2. susannah garrod merry moments boxed candle

Anthropolgie collaborated with U.K. based-illustrator Susannah Garrod to create the exclusive and playful Merry Moment Boxed Candle ($28) collection. Choose from three different scents including Frosted Mistletoe & Holly, Peppermint Stick and Fresh Balsam & Cedarwood.

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3. forvrmood home for the heaux-lidays

There’s no place like home for the holidays, right? Jackie Aina’s Home for the Heaux-lidays ($72) duo of Fine Pin and Naughty Nice candles will ensure your home smells like the perfect blend of citrus and woods.

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4. illume woodfire candle

If you’re not lucky enough to be able to sit near a crackling fireplace on a cold winter’s evening, light Illume’s Woodfire Candle ($58) and enjoy the fragrance of cedar, smoke and vanilla.

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5. thymes gingerbread candle

This cinnamon and clove scented Gingerbread Candle ($32) from Thymes conjures memories of grandma’s kitchen.

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6. d.s. durga prime chanukah

According to Jewish tradition, Chanukah is celebrated to commemorate the victory of the Maccabees in reclaiming the Temple of Jerusalem. When they entered the temple, they found only enough oil to last one night, and yet, it burned for eight straight nights – the Chanukah miracle. D.S. Durga’s Prime Chanukah Candle ($65) evokes what that ancient, holy oil might have smelled like: green, floral olive, bright citrus, and incense.

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7. boy smells future classics holiday votive set

The limited edition Future Classics Holiday Votive Set ($58) from Boy Smells features modern takes on classic seasonal scents. You’ll find fig leaves mixed with black pepper, lavender and cardamom, cedar paired together with rose, moss and cinnamon leaf and finally almond matched with rhubarb, violet, blueberry and juniper.

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8. jo loves christmas trees candle

With this Jo Loves Christmas Trees Candle ($71.50), you can have your whole house smelling of fresh Christmas trees, thanks to notes of fresh pine, lavender, incense and amber.

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9. voluspa candy cane candle

What could be more festive than a Candy Cane Candle ($62) from Voluspa in a perfectly coordinated red-swirled glass?

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10. lafco ski house feu de bois candle

Instantly transport yourself slopeside with LAFCO’s Ski House Feu de Bois Candle ($65) filled with notes of sandalwood, leather and frankincense.

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11. anecdote winter social candle

Christmas is all about gathering with loved ones and spreading joy. Anecdote’s Winter Social Candle ($34) captures that essence with notes of orange, prosecco and pineapple together with apricot, berry, and white woods.

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12. otherland pomander woods candle

It’s easy to welcome the Christmas spirit with Otherland’s rich Pomander Woods ($36) that contains notes of honeybell orange, toasted cloves and mahogany.

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13. homesick latkes and lights candle

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with savory latkes dipped in applesauce and sweet jelly donuts via the Latkes and Lights Candle ($34) from Homesick.

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14. skandinavisk jul candle

Enjoy Christmas the Scandinavian way with Skandinavisk’s richly spiced Jul Candle ($45). It’s filled with yummy notes of baked gingerbread, melted honey, cloves and warm gløgg that ooze hygge.

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15. harlem candle co. holiday night club map candle

Swathed in a green and gold design, Harlem Candle Co.’s Holiday Night Club Map Candle ($50) was inspired by Billie Holiday’s favorite perfume, Emeraude. It features notes of green pine, eucalyptus, hyacinth, cedarwood and balsam fir.

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the best luxury scented candles this holiday season

That’s our take on the best luxury scented candles for the 2021 holiday season to fill your home with the most popular and best-smelling fragrances this year. Whether you’re buying them as a gift or treating yourself, these candles will bring plenty of joy.  Happy holidays!

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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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