The 20 Best Candles Will Instantly Improve Your Home (and Mood) in 2022

Don Penny

Candles are basically magic. People try to undercut them as a shitty play-it-safe gift but this is simply flattening the experience of what it means to give and to receive a candle. Don’t get us wrong—a cheap candle from the bodega that you give your aunt or your office Secret Santa can be a play-it-safe gift. But that assumes that you picked it up thoughtlessly or regifted it or some other form of nonstrategic gift buying. This is not the way it has to be.

A good candle (a good candle) is truly a game-changer for your home, and by extension, your life. Spark up a fancy candle and feel instantly transported back in time, to a memory you’d long forgotten of a place that gives you peace and joy. Or incorporate a special scent into your self-care routine, lighting a meditative candle as you unwind from the day. Any way you want to do it, with the flick of a lighter or spark of a match, candles make a room feel instantly better.

Fun candles are a whole movement unto themselves after spending so much time at home, too. Not only are candles smelling good, an essential, but they are also looking cool, too. There are candles coming in fun shapes and sizes, and ones that are housed inside creative jars that you can clean out and use as home decor when the wax runs out. Here, 20 of the coolest candles you can buy right now.

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No. 04 Teakwood & Tobacco Soy Candle

P.F. Candle Co.

Also known as the “boyfriend candle” because it smells like all things sturdy and reliable: teak, black pepper, tobacco, and leather.

Sweetgrass Candle

Indigenous-owned and inspired, Sequoia’s candle is a lovely, fresh, grassy scent with a hint of sweetness underneath.

Wild Blackberry + Absinthe Candle

228 Grant Street Candle Co.

Hand-poured by a Black-owned business in Baltimore, these small-batch candles have complex, layered scents that brighten up any space.

Volcano Candle

Capri Blue

Warm. A little bit sweet. Distinctly tropical. Capri Blue’s Volcano scent makes you feel like you’re in the midst of a vacation on an equatorial island that, yes, probably has a volcano on it.

Roland Pine Candle

Soap and Paper Factory

This is the Christmas tree candle to end all Christmas tree candles. If you want that comforting, nostalgic, piney scent for your home—because who says you can’t have Christmas tree feelings year round?—this is it.

Daybed Candle

Otherland’s refreshing Daybed scent is a rosy pick-me-up in toxin-free candle form.

Amber + Smoke

The idea, of course, is a take on a campfire that doesn’t make your clothes smell like bacon for the next week. Like fresh forest air, mixed with a touch of cinnamon and sandalwood. And the effect? Relaxation, pure and simple.

Birthdate Candles

Birthdate Co.

Celebrate yourself with this astrology-based candle, for a customized birthday scent “that matches your inner spirit.”

Charcoal Candle

Brooding and minimal. Its cedar and sandalwood scent serves up serious yet subtle vibes.

Twist Candle

Perhaps more aesthetically pleasing than scent-forward, these funky neon sculptural candles make a bold centerpiece for your table.

Grapefruit Candle

That refreshing spritz of citrus you get when you peel open a grapefruit? This is that, just in candle form.

Cannabis Candle

Malin + Goetz

Earthy with a slight sweetness, it’s the closest you’ll get to an herbal scent without stepping into a garden. In other words, it doesn’t smell like weed.

Concrete After Lightning Candle

D.S. & Durga

No joke, this was meant to smell like a thunderstorm over asphalt. Amazingly, it does.

Ambre candle

The Diptyque amber is ubiquitous for good reason: There’s no way you won’t like the complex mix of woodsy smells with spice.

Santal 26 Candle

Le Labo artisanal candles are to be treasured. They’re that good. Santal 26 in particular is a favorite, with smoke and leather tones.

Crime and Punishment Amber Candle

Noble Objects

Noble Objects is using classic books as inspiration for its candle scents, which is exactly the kind of place we want candle inspiration from. This Crime and Punishment candle has notes of geranium, amber, light musk, and tonka bean, and no notes of 19th century Russia.

Blue Label Candle

D.S. & Durga x Johnnie Walker

You love good smells. You love Jonnie Walker. This D.S. & Durga Blue Label candle marries the two to make a very good scent that pays homage to Scottish sea air and woody whisky barrels.

Replica Lazy Sunday Morning Candle

Maison Margiela

Maison Margiela’s Lazy Sunday Morning-themed candle is aptly named. The notes of pear and iris accords, orange flower, and white musk is light, breezy, and utterly relaxing.

Knot-Shaped Candle

Yui Brooklyn

This is the kind of candle you don’t actually need to light to make use out if it. The knot shape is a fun addition to every desk or nightstand that needs a little life.

Do Not Disturb Candle

Cancelled Plans

The perfect candle to light after bailing on Friday night dinner in favor of take out and a movie. It smells like coconut, apricot, and freedom.

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