As we enter month five of the pandemic, it's important to find joy in the little things. Sometimes, those little things are luxury candles. Lighting up a great-smelling scent can make the 11th hour of sitting on your couch more bearable when you suddenly get a whiff of sea salt, transporting you to a beach in New England. (Reminder: We're working from home during a pandemic, not simply working from home.) Most importantly, these candles are just really pretty, and you deserve to treat yourself to one (or three!) to make your home feel that much cozier. Shop our favorites, ahead.
If you've never spent more than $15 on a candle, make the jump with a classic like Nest's ocean mist candle blended with ocean mist, sea salt, white tea, and coconut. It has a 50-hour burn time.
If you miss going on dates at fancy cocktail bars, Harlem Candle Co. makes a gorgeous candle that releases a blend of vanilla and dark chocolate topped with notes of bourbon, licorice, tobacco leaves, and more. This specific candle sells out fast, but you can submit your email on the brand's website to get notified when it's back in stock.
Talk about a statement candle. If not for the bergamot and black plum mixed with amber and vetiver, purchase Jonathan Adler's Muse Noir candle for the chic design alone.
Every candle hoarder has heard of the famous Diptyque candles, but few have actually made the investment into one of the bigger sizes with five wicks, handmade in the South of France. Earth signs will appreciate the Figuier scent emulating the smell of figs and fresh leaves.
Expect to receive plenty of compliments on Anya Hindmarch's lip balm candle, inspired by first kisses. This one has a stronger scent, with notes of dark cherry, plum, pomegranate seeds, jasmine, Japanese cherry blossoms, roses, French vanilla, and more. (Yes, it's a lot, but do you see that cute sticker?)
Gilded's marble candle belongs on every coffee table this fall. Choose from a variety of fragrances like limestead, eavestone, fig tree, cannabis flower, orange blossom, peach, peony, tobacco & cedar, and lavender with a 40-hour burn time.
Le Labo's widely known for its captivating Santal 33 scent. Now, the brand has taken its Santal 26 scent and transformed it into a candle. It has a 60-hour burn time and releases notes of amber, coco, vanilla, cedar, spices, musk, and sandalwood.
Country singer Kacey Musgraves partnered with Boy Smells to develop a special scent, "Slow Burn," named after her song. With the candle's calming blend of incense, black pepper, and guaiac wood, Musgraves is encouraging everyone to slow down, relax, and simply appreciate our existence.
With 80 (!) hours of burn time, La Botica's vegan, cruelty-free, and phthalate-free Casablanca candle smells like summer in a glass. Who needs the beach?
Every time I light up Voluspa's Mokara candle, I receive compliments from friends and family who are in my apartment. It's a clean scent made of orchid, lily, and moss that will instantly become apart of your aesthetic moving forward.
Not every luxury candle has to be super expensive. Goodnight Darling Co.'s black lavender wooden candle smells like a unique mix of ocean and lavender with vanilla and amber base notes. As one reviewer writes, "The smell on this candle is absolutely amazing and so relaxing. Smells good while lit or unlit. I will always have this candle on hand."
Joe and Monroe's Brandy Leather candle—composed of a oakmoss, patchouli, clove, and tobacco base—looks way more expensive than it is and is *chef's kiss* for winter. The best part? The coconut wax is gluten-free, toxin-free, paraben-free, and phthalate-free.
From its dark exterior, you wouldn't be able to tell that Lumira's candle radiates a fresh citrus scent mixed with jasmine, tuberose, and orange blossom petals. Who needs a trip to the Amalfi coast, anyways?
Hi, yes, I will be purchasing this Laguna Candles pick for the ceramic exterior alone. Need I say more?
Bella Freud Parfum's hand-painted "Ciao" candle will look perfect next to those new cocktail books you just purchased to help upgrade your at-home happy hours.
The 125 Collection keeps it real on every candle it makes with cheeky sayings like, "Do no harm, but take no sh*t." Sidenote: Actress, comedian, and author Phoebe Robinson loves the brand, and has a personalized collection in her office!
Marie Hunter Beauty wins the record for the most burn time yet at 90 (!) hours. Its Peony signature candle is inspired by a romantic spring night, which we're all a bit nostalgic for at this point.
Make your living room feel like a summer escape thanks to Apotheke's iridescent glass candle that releases a blend of coconut, vanilla, patchouli, and amber.
If you don't buy Jo Malone's English Oak & Redcurrant candle for yourself, gift it to the perfume lover in your life who's surely a fan of the luxury brand.
Light up Byredo's Bibliothèque candle and find yourself nostalgic for the crisp smell of books in a library with its woody scent topped with peach and plum.