20 Candles That Will Light Up Your World

How many candles is too many candles? (Asking for a friend.)

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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." Even if you're not a certified candle hoarder like I am, your home deserves a signature scent. Stock up on these candles that look and smell good—featuring a range that will carry you through all four seasons from pine to wood sage to sea salt to vanilla bean.

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1 Boy Smells Ash
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Boy Smells, $29

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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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2 Capri Blue Volcano
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Anthropologie, $28

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There's a reason why this is Anthropologie's top-selling candle: Its blue 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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3 Byredo Bibliothéque
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Byredo, $35

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This mini candle has three layers: peach and plum at the top, violet and peony in the middle, and patchouli, leather, and vanilla at the bottom. The ultimate three-for-one.

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4 Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt
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Jo Malone London, $65

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

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5 Nest Birchwood Pine Classic Candle
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Nest, $40

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Imagine lighting up a magical winter forest (minus the arson). That's what you get with this birchwood classic pine candle—a favorite of MarieClaire.com's digital director, who believes in a great candle year-round. (Who doesn't?!)

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6 Volupsa Mokara
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Voluspa, $28

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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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7 Boulangerie Espresso
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Boulangerie, $18

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Get your morning coffee fix with this espresso-scented candle by Boulangerie. (Boulangerie means bakery, for the non-French majors out there.) The Minnesota-based company makes their candles with all-natural, food-grade ingredients like coconut wax and essential oils, though we still advise against eating it.

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8 Nest Bamboo Classic Candle
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Nest, $40

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Can't decide between this and the other Nest candle we mentioned above? 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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9 ​Bath & Body Works Mango Dragonfruit
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Bath & Body Works, $25

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If you couldn't tell from the wrapping, this scent is mango dragonfruit and it will have you dreaming of summer. It's a very coveted candle of loyal Bath & Body Works shoppers who routinely find this scent out-of-stock.

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10 Grenville Society Dinner at 8
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Grenville Society, $32

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Light up a hint of vetiver and sandalwood when you get home from work for some R&R or a romantic date-night with your S.O.

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11 Jonathan Adler Muse Candle
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Jonathan Adler, $78

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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 floral 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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12 Elizabeth & James Nirvana Candle
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Elizabeth & James, $40

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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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13 Lunya +One Candle
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Lunya, $38

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

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14 ​P.F. Candle Co. No. 29: Piñon
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P.F. Candle Co., $18

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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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15 Kendra Scott Malachite Candle
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Kendra Scott, $65

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The famed jewelry line is introducing a collection of gemstone candles, available in-store and online March 28. The Malachite is a gorgeous blend of woodsy green ivy balanced with notes of exotic frankincense and warm amber. A+ in our book.

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16 Diptyque Baies
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Diptyque, $65

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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 smell equally as amazing as Baies' rosy presence.

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17 Lumira Persian Rose Candle
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Lumira, $65

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This seductive scent is an ode to the Middle East, featuring a mix of mandarin, budding Persian rose, geranium, soft musk, and dark amber.

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18 Tom Ford Amber Absolute Candle
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Tom Ford, $98

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"That's a great fucking scent." MarieClaire.com's designer gave his stamp of approval as soon as he saw this candle. Clearly gender neutral, this elegant Tom Ford torch offers a mix of African incense, labdanum, rich woods, and vanilla bean. If you don't get it for yourself, buy it for a deserving male in your life. (Not like they exist. Kidding...kinda.)

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19 Tocca Montauk Candela
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Tocca Beauty, $42

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The beauty brand has made a name for itself with its sophisticated bath, body, and fragrance collections—and it's candles are no exception. Transport yourself to the beach with this Hamptons-inspired candle boasting sea salt and cucumber scents.

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20 Snowe Staycation
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Snowe, $30

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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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