“I love candles that smell like nothing!” said no one, ever. Can you tell this roundup is brought to you by personal frustration? Recently, I purchased two different candles, each $40, both of which promised to smell like some version of a vanilla dream. But when I lit their wicks, they smelled like... nothing. This can happen even if you’re able to sniff a candle’s scent before it’s lit (what’s known as its cold throw); that enticing smell can disappear the second you actually light the candle at home. Disappointing!
Lucky for you, I turned my annoyance into a the helpful guide I always wanted, highlighting 15 candles I’ve personally tried that definitely throw their scent when lit. No more burning (literally) money the next time a candle’s scent has you fooled.
Ahead, the best-smelling candles — my tried-and-true favorites — that actually fill a room with their delicious aroma.