Let’s face it, if there is one season our sense of smell was made for it is fall. Hot apple cider simmering on the stovetop, fresh pumpkin pies baking in the oven, crisp leafy air wafting through the window — autumn is an aromatic olfactory feast! There’s nothing better than curling up in a chunky-knit sweater and basking in it (maybe throwing in some mulled wine and getting a fire going). But if you can’t live the autumn fantasy day-to-day — and, really, how often do any of us bake pies, no matter how easy it looks in those Instagram videos — here is a solution for you: scented candles.
Candle makers have really gotten creative and are spiking their formulas with the most amazing fall scents and flavors, and they’ve become hard to resist. Case in point: I burned so many Spicy Apple candles last year I am sure my neighbors thought I had opened a pie-baking business. And this year, I’m already teeing up the Pumpkin Chai. We’ve pulled together an assortment of some of the most enticing fall scents below. Time to get your fall on. Oh, and always remember, never leave candles burning unattended. Bonfires should stay in the great outdoors.
If you get only one fall candle it should be this one. Nothing puts you in the mood to eat some pie and then go work it off kicking up the leaves like this mix of pumpkin, masala chai, cardamom and ginger from Nest Fragrances. Mmmm.
Sweet Vanilla Cinnamon
A vanilla candle that is anything but vanilla. This clean-burning (meaning no sooty residue) candle by Boulangerie is composed of food-grade ingredients and intermingles vanilla with cinnamon crust and nutmeg.
Take it from one who knows, the aroma from this Spicy Apple candle by Rosy Rings is so rich and flavorsome it will become part of your daily ritual.
Can’t get out for a walk through the crunchy leaves? This Bath & Body Works autumn-scented candle will take you there.
Toasted marshmallows. Enough said.
This 100% soy candle from Wax & Wick gives off a woodsy aroma with subtle notes of amber, vanilla and sandalwood. Includes two wooden wicks — one of them crackles, so you get that fireplace feeling.
There are two kinds of people: Those that live for sweater weather, and other people we just don't get. A special blend of aromatic eucalyptus, juniper berry and fresh sage, this Bath & Body Works candle is like a big bear hug of cozy.
Feu de Bois
A blend of rare woods fragrances by Parisian scent geniuses, diptyque’s “bonfire” candle is as refreshing as a weekend in Vermont.
This more traditional pumpkin candle by Boulangerie has a touch of sweetness and is inspired by the best French bakeries.
Brown Sugar Chestnut
Roasted chestnuts, brown sugared pecans and cinnamon vanilla swirl with earthy notes of acorns, maple trees and fall leaves — I’m so there.
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