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The Best Winter Candles for That "Curled Up by the Fire" Feeling

Just add a hot toddy.

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Falling temps and long, dark nights call for both relaxed evenings at home and festive gatherings with your nearest and dearest. Whatever your mood, set the scene with the aroma of a wood-burning fireplace; a real-life pine tree; a library of leather-bound books; or cookies in the oven—with just a swoosh of a match. Pick up a few for you and all the others in your life tired of pretending to be extroverts.

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Smells Like a Cozy Cabin
Linnea's Lights linneaslights.com

We cannot get enough of the candles from Linnea's Lights. The scents are sophisticated and subtle like an expensive perfume (but at a much lower price point). And, as is the trend in personal fragrance, layering them adds an unexpected touch. Imagine sitting by the fire in your mountain cabin with help from the smoky, cedar, and leather notes of "Embers" brightened up by the earthy, fresh smell of "White Sage."

Smells Like Hot Cider
Spiced Orange & Clove Classic Candle
NEST Fragrances nestfragrances.com

Known for its evocative holiday scents with the strength to permeate the whole house, the latest from NEST Fragrances has notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, Saigon cinnamon, star anise, and gingered honey—it smells so much like hot mulled cider that it will have you licking your lips.

Smells Like a Wintry Forest
Icy Blue Pine Holiday Candle
Votivo votivo.com

A fresh bright forest scent with notes of fir and cedar evokes sleigh rides on snowy days. The glass tumbler with golden accents is tasteful and goes with any decor. Tip: Build a holiday centerpiece around it for a mantle or coffee table. (However, never burn scented candles during a meal.)

Smells Like a Cozy Get-Together
Three Candles Coffret
Diptyque Paris diptyqueparis.com

The OG luxury candle brand's latest holiday collection showcases three festive glass votives, each with charming folklore-inspired images by artist Olaf Hajek meant to bring good luck. The pine scent (in the green) is the cleanest, purest iteration of the fragrance we've come across.

Smells Like a Library
Bois Des Anges Candle
Ex Nihilo saksfifthavenue.com

Imagine yourself having a nightcap, enveloped by the aroma of grand floor-to-ceiling oak shelves lined with leather-bound classics. The sharp, smoky bouquet stings the nostrils as if you were enjoying a fine Cognac.

Smells Like Festive Cheer
Joyeux Noel Candle
Frederic Malle neimanmarcus.com

Housed in a berry-colored glass container (very festive, n'est ce-pas?), the top notes are spicy and pine-y like many holiday scents, but this one has a hint of cotton candy that sets it apart from the rest.

Smells Like Serenity
Cocon de Sérénité Relaxing Candle
L'Occitane loccitane.com

If the holidays are a stress trigger for you, try this candle from L'Occitane. The lavender helps soothe frayed nerves, while the citrus notes keep you energized enough to socialize.

Smells Like a Fireside Read
Red Cedar Candle
Urban Apothecary cieluxe.com

This scent magically recreates the scent of a library, from the faint whiff of pipe smoke and weathered pages of first editions to the rich smell of well-seasoned wood bookshelves and a roaring fire. It's a sensuous combination of cedar and Guaiacwood with patchouli and frankincense.

Smells Like Christmas Eve
Winter Plum
Hillhouse Naturals hillhousenaturals.com

Housed in a festive mercury-glass holder, the sweet, warm scent of black plum, amber and patchouli isn't cloying or over the top.

Smells Like a Winter Walk
SKANDINAVISK Scented Mini Candle Gift Set

The trio of mini scented votives pays homage to the Scandinavian ritual of bringing the outdoors inside during the darkest months of the year. Painted glass votives with engraved beechwood lids house distinct aromas of berries, pine, and florals, respectively—all as refreshing as cold winter nights. 

Smells Like Coming Home
Vancouver Candle Co. Boxed Candle
Muskoka indigo.ca

Eucalyptus sets apart this pine-and-cedar scent combination from others on the list. The fresh clean aroma will instantly transport you to the Pacific Northwest.

Smells Like a Winter Night
Armagnac Sauvage
Amanda de Montal amandademontal.com

This candle gets top marks for its handmade glass container which is hand-blown and hand-polished in the South of France. Plus, it's reusable. The dark masculine exterior belies the sweet scent of berries with just a touch of smoke.

Smells Like Celebrations
cinnamon + clove

The pure spicy smell of cinnamon is not sweet or overpowering—it's just magnificently fragrant and cheery. Bring on the holidays!

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