11 brands that’ll take your candle addiction to the next level
Fine fragrance candles for when you want to up the ante
By Carli Alman
Beauty Crew Editor / December 19 2017
A few years ago, scented candles probably reminded you of that generic vanilla or lavender candle burning in your grandmother’s home.
These days? A home fragrance in the form of a multi-note scented candle is pretty much the norm, and you’re likely to own at least three chic-looking votives.
And while we are so spoiled for choice when it comes to affordable, quality candles, there are a few brands that have taken the category to a whole new luxurious level.
Think fine-fragrance based candles, featuring top, middle and base notes that permeate the room as the candle burns. Essentially like a perfume in wax form.
And while these certainly don’t come cheap, if you’re a bonafide candle addict, the appearance and scents of these luxe candles are guaranteed to up the ante on your addiction. Our tip? Once they’re done burning, repurpose the votives - more bang for your buck!
The quirky and striking designs of these ceramics will speak to the stylish at heart, while the rich scents will not let you down.
Our pick: Bacio
The pop of red on the lips will speak to your inner beauty addict, while the warm and spicy notes of the candle will have you reaching for a glass of red while settling into that comfy couch.
While cult French brand Sisley Paris may make you think more of skin care, makeup and perfume, they have an excellent candle offering, too (when they’re available!).
Our pick: Tuberose
This limited edition scent won’t be around for long, so get it while it’s hot. The sweet floral combination of jasmine and tuberose paired with hints of black pepper will pep up any room (and your mood).
Eight & Bob
This slick fragrance brand has more than just the scents you spritz; their home fragrance collection of candles and reed diffusers will help you bring that swagger and style to any room.
Our pick: Tanganika L’Afrique
Featuring bergamot as its hero note along with iris, citrus and rose, this exotic candle is the perfect mix of sweet and spicy. Guaranteed to liven up any party.
Thanks to iconic scents like Gypsy Water and Bal D’Afrique, this perfume brand has built itself a reputation for fragrances that are a little bit different. And their candles are equally unique, alluring and totally addictive.
Our pick: Peyote Poem
Fresh, green and reminiscent of a warm summer’s day after the lawn’s just been mowed. Hints of sweetness and spice add layers to this beautiful scent.
Infused with rich, high quality fine fragrance oils, these candles are nothing short of a delight to the senses - lit or unlit! Handy hint: the perfume oils are just as good.
Our pick: Cuban Tobacco
This cult scent has very much earned its status. Evoking the grittiness and liveliness of Old Havana, the warm, spicy and sensual notes will kick up the ambience of your home a notch.
With candle scents to match its perfumes, lotions and washes, you’ll have a hard time figuring out where your money should go (or, you know, just pick up one of each…)
Our pick: Lime Basil and Mandarin
Sounds like the start of a pretty excellent cocktail, but this zesty and herby combination works just as well burning in your lounge room. We can’t be held liable if the food-based combo sets off those hunger pangs…
This artisanal fragrance brand with its hand-blended scents has fast become a go-to brand for perfume lovers who want to smell like nobody else. Candle lovers should flock to the brand for the very same reason.
Our pick: Santal 26
As a perfume, Santal 33 may very well be Le Labo’s most well-known scent. But here’s a fun truth: the smoky and leather notes make for a damn good home fragrance, too. You may never want to burn this one so you can hold onto it forever, but we highly advise getting that lighter going. Also, this limited edition vintage tin packaging won’t be around for long so get in quick.
Another candle brand that - you guessed it - has a strong heritage in fine fragrance. And beyond looking pretty chic with its gold-emblazoned packaging, we promise this is a luxury candle experience that delivers in spades.
Our pick: Cyrnos
Like the other scents in the Cire Trudon brand, this candle has a beautiful story behind its notes that is worth reading up on. But here’s what you need to know about how it smells: expect hints of herbiness and zest from the thyme, lemon and myrtle, finished with a woodsiness from the addition of pine, cedarwood and cashmere wood. Literally the antithesis of a vanilla candle.
Combining an effortlessly cool New York City aesthetic with ethical practices like sustainable and responsible sourcing, these candles will make you feel as good as your room will smell.
Our pick: Pseudonym
Fresh figs paired with pepper, jasmine and violet give this candle a peppy start, while the sandalwood and tonka beans add a nice edge that make it an easy aroma to be enjoyed by all.
There are many, many things that Tom Ford does well, and candles are certainly no exception. Housed in stylish almost-square votives in a rich brown hue, there’s no denying the elegance that a Tom Ford candle will bring to your abode.
Our pick: Neroli Portofino
This subtle yet uplifting scent is inspired by the fishing village of Portofino, but don’t worry - you won’t find notes that remind you of a fish market. Instead, you can expect sharp and zesty notes of Italian bergamot, citrus oils and florals that evoke memories of clear, turquoise waters.
Diptyque has earned itself a stellar reputation in the luxury candle department, so we probably don’t need to convince you to invest in one of the iconic votives all that much. This is more of a friendly reminder.
Our pick: Tuberose Rouge
Sure, you could pick up the popular Bais or Figuier, but we highly recommend opting for this light, floral and energetic scent instead. Besides the eye-catching colour, you will not be disappointed by the vibrant notes that’ll fill your home.
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Which of these candles would you like to have most? Please share with us in the comments section below.
Image: Sevak Babakhani
Carli is BEAUTYcrew’s Editor and has been since the site launched in 2016. She is currently on a quest to find the perfect medium-coverage foundation for combination skin, is trying to narrow down her mascara collection to just three, and is embracing the power of AHAs. You can find her words right here on BEAUTYcrew, and previously on beautyheaven.