11 of the best luxury candle brands money can buy
An olfactory investment, if you will
By Briar Clark
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / March 18 2022
We’re all about investing in fragrance. From mini perfumes to discovery sets, and scents for summer, autumn, winter and spring – we’re practically hoarding the stuff.
So you’re probably not that surprised to hear that we consider a luxury scented candle the greatest celebration of all (well, at least in terms of the olfactory world).
Heck, they’re practically like a spa day in a jar.
That’s why we’ve hunted down the best of the best in luxury home fragrance to bring you a list of definitive favourites – with a few recommendations thrown in too…
Diptyque is like the elevated cool girl of home fragrance. With a range of scents available that speak to a refined palette and minimalist tastes, you’ll always find something special, charming and unique when selecting a Diptyque candle.
We recommend: Camomille Scented Candle ($130 at MECCA)
There’s nothing more comforting than a warm cup of chamomile tea in the evening, and this candle emulates the relaxing experience. Lit up or not, it’ll wrap the room in a scent of calming botanicals that are both sweetly powdery and refreshingly green.
A candle for the design conscious, Maison Balzac is an olfactory offering that blends interior aesthetics with the heady aroma of intoxicating fragrance.
We recommend: Le Soir Candle ($69 at Adore Beauty)
This particular scent captures a distinctly summer-centric experience, transporting you to another land entirely via an ephemeral cloud of tangerine, cedarwood and myrrh.
The influence of Le Labo is astounding. For a few years there, everyone and anyone’s home seemed to smell distinctly of the brand’s cult-favourite Santal 26 scent.
We recommend: Santal 26 Candle ($120 at MECCA)
Beloved the Internet over, this woody, smoky candle offers an earthy touch to any home setting. However it’s the touch of addictive and warm leather that’ll keep you buying wick after wick of the stuff.
D.S. & Durga
Delivering a conceptual understanding of fragrance, D.S & Durga illuminate unexpected moments where scent is both paramount and a universal connector.
We recommend: Big Sur After Rain ($97 at MECCA)
Big Sur After Rain captures the warm, fresh heat after rainfall with a blend of eucalyptus, wet woods, magnolia and pacific ocean spray.
You may know (and love) Byredo for their eclectic range of aesthetically pleasing perfumes, but the brand also offers a tight collection of equally unique home scents too.
We recommend: Tree House Candle ($61 at MECCA)
Encapsulating an appealing, warm, comforting and fresh experience, this candle teams up a veritable forest of wood-leaning notes; we’re talking bamboo, hay, blonde cedarwood, guaiac wood, and sandalwood. Meanwhile leather, pimento, labdanum, and myrrh add a distinct incensed aroma to the burner.
Heritage brand Trudon delivers quality fragrance unlike any other. Potent, powerful and heady, their candles only need to be burned momentarily for hours of enjoyment.
We recommend: Giambattista Positano Candle ($140 at Adore Beauty)
Trudon collaborated with fashion house Giambattista Valli to create this gently femine fragrance that honours white blooms of jasmine, gardenia and tuberose.
Collector’s items in their own right, Fornasetti candles are undeniably an investment of the ornamental variety. Burn at will and repurpose as functional art, or savour the scent for rare moments of luxury.
We recommend: Profumi Comme Des Forna Scented Candle ($867 at MECCA)
This particular Mediterranean-inspired scent is the result of a collaboration with Comme des Garçons. Featuring the famed lips of opera singer Lisa Cavalieri, this herb and wood fragrance is the perfect statement for one’s humble abode.
Technically Costa Brazil has its fingers in many pies, with the brand offering everything from skin care to body care, as well as fragrance. Their candle and resin home scents are just one part of the multi-faceted approach to the brand’s holistic perspective on beauty.
We recommend: Vela Jungle Candle ($247 at MECCA)
An ode to the Amazon rainforest, this utilitarian-designed burner offers a collaboration of crushed cypress root and Brazilian vetiver to soothe and invigorate the senses.
Jo Malone London
Jo Malone London is one of those fragrance brands that really understands the relationship between personal and home scents, offering a range of distinct and memorable signature fragrances.
We recommend: Wood Sage & Sea Salt Home Candle ($99 at MECCA)
One of the brand’s more uniquely perfumed candles, this fragrance offers a seaside exhibition of oceanic influence. Driftwood, sea salt, and touches of sage simultaneously refresh and warm whichever space this candle burns in.
A newcomer to the luxury candle market, Zodiaque Moon is an Australian-owned brand that bases their home fragrances on the 12 signs of the zodiac.
We recommend: Virgo ($65 at Zodiaque Moon)
Soft, reassuring, comforting and refined, this ode to Virgo utilises notes of cedarwood, lavender, Siberian fir, fennel, geranium, and ylang ylang.
Another homegrown hero, Ukiyo World hails from Melbourne and aims to protect the home while transporting you to places unknown via scent.
We recommend: Cosmic Interlude ($89 at Ukiyo World)
Like a weightless euphoria felt as one drifts through the far reaches of space, this candle attempts to carry you to worlds never before experienced with a crisp clean palette of fig, fresh leaves and warm bark.
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.