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9 Candles That Smell Fancy AF to Impress Your Holiday Guests

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Ah, the pressures of holiday hosting duties. There are dinners to cook, beds to make up, and some serious dust balls to tackle. But, before you get too bent out of shape about transforming your home into Lisa Vanderpump's Villa Rosa overnight, know that the right candle (yes, seriously!) can go a long way toward impressing your guests. 

The candles below all have exotic, cozy, rarified fragrances that will give your home a monied vibe. Just light one up while you're serving welcome cocktails, or leave one burning in the guest room before your friends and family members arrive. Before you know it, your house will smell just like a five-star hotel — even if your sheets aren't quite 500 thread-count.

12.29 It Was All a Dream Candle


Made in France, this candle is scented with jasmine and soft oriental notes. 12.29, which created the heady scent, also develops custom fragrances for luxury shops and runway shows. 



Cire Trudon La Marquise Classic Candle



With a fragrance inspired by a noblewoman's boudoir, the luxe candle lets off aromas of cedar, rose, lemon, and verbena. The gold seal on the glass adds another glimmer of wealth. 

Byredo Tree House Candle


In a chic, hand-blown vessel, the worldy candle has a scent inspired by a famous architect's tree house in Tokyo. It's also a clever way to get a little sniff of Byredo. The Swedish brand makes unisex scents that are coveted by the international fashion crowd, and its spritz-on fragrances go for about $200 a bottle. 

Nest Cashmere Suede Scented Candle


The Real Housewives of New York pal Dorinda Medley, queen of "making it nice," is obsessed with Nest candles. And, what smells more luxurious than cashmere and suede? 

REPLICA By The Fireplace Scented Candle


This is how high-fashion house Maison Margiela interprets a cozy winter evening: it's smoky, woodsy, and laced with pink pepper, orange flower petals, and Peru balsam. 

Calypso St. Barth Figue Scented Candle



Stylish jetsetters love Calypso St. Barth for its bohemian, resort-ready styles. The brand's candle — fragranced with fig, violet petals, and vanilla — smells like an expensive vacation in the South of France.


Jonathan Adler Champagne Pop Candle


Champagne on ice is a hallmark of a luxurious holiday celebration — but we'll take it on fire, too. In a pretty, rose-gold vessel, Jonathan Adler's candle has hints of pink grapefruit, sparkling wine, French cassis, and rose petal. 


Creed Pekin Imperial Candle



Convince your guests that you have personal florist: this candy-colored candle, made by a Parisian perfume house, smells like a collection of bouquets. 


Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Candle

Tom Ford based this spicy, creamy fragrance on the scent of an English gentlemen's club. In other words, it reeks of exclusivity. 


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