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20 Candles That Look Just As Good As They Smell

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Design by Morgan McMullen

Let me just start off by saying that I am very passionate about candles—I have three burning in my apartment at any given moment and also have a shelf dedicated to the ones that are "just for display." Most people will try to tell you that the more well-known brands (ahem, Diptyque) aren't worth the price, but you and I both know that there's nothing better than laying on the couch next to a dreamy candle that looks and smells good. Stock up on our top picks, ahead, that will carry you through all four seasons from pine to wood sage to sea salt to vanilla bean.

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Voluspa Limited Edition Cut Glass Jar Candle
Voluspa Anthropologie
$22.40

File this candle under: thing I would obsessively spend my Anthropologie discount on when I worked there. Voluspa's gorgeous Mokara scent is a coconuty blend of goodness that will leave any room feeling fresh and clean. 

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Santal 26 Candle
LE LABO Nordstrom
$75.00

It's not Le Labo's classic Santal 33, but it's the next best thing. Santal 26 is blended with amber, coco, vanilla, cedar, spices, musk, and sandalwood for a scent that's just the right hint of intoxicating. 

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Arabian Oud
Lumira
$70.00

With an 80-hour burn time, Lumira's Arabian Oud will transport you to the Middle East mostly thanks to oud, a rich wood scent, mixed with rose and sandalwood. 

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Bibliotheque Candle
BYREDO Nordstrom
$85.00

For all of my book lovers out there, Byredo's Bibliothéque will leave you feeling nostalgic for all of the libraries you've found yourself wandering in over the years. Think: Peach and plum topped with peony, violet, leather, patchouli, and vanilla.

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Diptyque Baies
Diptyque Net-a-Porter
$65.00

Yes, this is the candle your friend has been obsessing over for years (and for good reason). If you already own Baies, try Figuier or Verveine, which smells equally as amazing as Baies' rosy presence.

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Capri Blue Volcano
Capri Blue Anthropologie Anthropologie
$32.00

There's a reason why this is Anthropologie's top-selling candle: Its gorgeous exterior is at home in nearly any room and the perfection of its beachy scent—tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons, limes, and mountain greens—can't be denied.

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Boy Smells Ash Scented Candle
BOY SMELLS Nordstrom
$32.00

This modern candle with 55 hours of burn time is made from a rich blend of coconut wax and beeswax, and infused with dry hay and coal, as well as a dash of juniper berry.

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Brooklinen Wake Scented Candle
Brooklinen
$59.00

Wake up near the ocean with Brooklinen's "Wake" candle. The home brand isn't only known for its soft and comfortable sheets—it has a small candle collection with the option to buy one regular size or a four-piece mini candle set. 

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Homesick Candles
Homesick Uncommon Goods

Alexa, play "A Thousand Miles." Homesick candles are great gifts for friends and family who live far away from you, complete with customized scents depending on the state you choose. 

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Aromatherapy Stress Relief Candle
Bath & Body Works Amazon
$19.95

Light up Aromatherapy's eucalyptus and spearmint candle, take a deep breath, and feel the stress slowly release from your body. I own the lotion, and I get compliments every time I put it on. Trust.

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Linen Scented Candle
NEST Sephora
$16.00

Your home will smell like fresh laundry everyday with Nest's linen candle even if you haven't done laundry in two weeks (I won't tell). 

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No.15 Cedarwood + Lavender
Outdoor Fellow
$36.00

Outdoor Fellow's candles, handmade in NYC, never disappoint. No.15 features a Earth-y mix of lavender, cedarwood, pine needle, and a hint of rosemary. Five percent of proceeds support The Trust for Public Land—an organization that protects the environment by preventing public lands from being built on. 

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Jonathan Adler Muse D'Or Ceramic Candle
Jonathan Adler
$88.00

Forget a fancy piece of art—this porcelain candle can double as a table centerpiece or a nice addition to your not-at-all-in-any-way-cluttered dresser. Its pink pepper and sage balsam scent is ideal for burning year-round. Also noteworthy: If you don't want the wax to run out quickly, you can buy this candle warmer to release the scent without lighting the wick.

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​P.F. Candle Co. No. 29: Piñon
​P.F. Candle Co.
$20.00

Earth signs will appreciate this mixture of amber, pepper, pine, cedarwood, and light vanilla. The California-based brand began as an Etsy pop-up shop and later found itself in West Elms across the country.

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The Holiday Candle
Rifle Paper Co.
$28.00

Who says you can't burn a holiday candle year-round? Get in the spirit with Rifle Paper Co.'s beautifully illustrated cranberry, balsam fir, and cedarwood-scented candle. After it's done, use it as a pen/pencil holder for the office or as a mini vase. 

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Nest Bamboo Classic Candle
NEST Fragrances Bloomingdales
$42.00

Can't decide between this and the other Nest candle I mentioned earlier? Consider this one more "springtime appropriate," giving off a blend of flowering bamboo mixed with white florals, sparkling citrus, and fresh green accords. Approximate burn time: 60 hours.

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Elizabeth and James Nirvana Candle
Elizabeth and James Ulta
$40.00

Elizabeth and James' signature Nirvana scent is now available in a matte black frame—a sleek upgrade to your home decor. It's infused with violet, sandalwood, and vanilla accents. Sexy and dark.

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Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Candle
Jo Malone London Nordstrom
$67.00

For all of the Jo Malone perfume lovers out there, your room can now smell like your favorite scent with this luxe candle that lasts 45 hours.

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Lunya +One Candle
Lunya
$38.00

Lunya describes its +one candle as every woman's plus-one dream: great smelling, super hot, and completely silent. Need I say more? 

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Snowe Staycation
Snowe Home
$30.00

This 100 percent soy wax candle releases baking spices and juniper berries for 75 hours (!) and encourages lighting up for some Netflix and Chill, a.k.a our ideal Saturday day.

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