Fall is one of those extreme-festive seasons that overwhelms the senses (sights, tastes, and smells all included). And because s m ell is the strongest of all the senses, it's tough to live our best autumn lives engulfed in a cloud of over-the-top fragrances. To avoid that fate this year, we hunted down the top-rated candles filled with only the softest and coziest fall scents — NOT the ones that smell like a PSL fever dream. The votives ahead hold reviewer nose-approved autumn aromas, from falling leaves to wood fires and sophisticated (subtle!) pumpkin spices. Don't live in fear of the season's infamous scent explosions — instead, celebrate all the evocative sweater-wearing, red wine-sipping, and apple-picking notes it has to offer. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.
Homesick makes candles infused with nostalgia, hence the brand name. If you're yearning for the fall feelings of youth, opt for the apple orchard candle. Fans love this scent, including one happy reviewer who exclaimed, "I love apples so when this came out I had to buy it. You nailed it! Smells just like your slicing the sweetest, crispest apples. A fresh and light scent that lingers even after you blow it out."
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Malin + Goetz has a plethora of delicious smelling candles but this one takes the cake, noted by a new fan: "I was at a clients house and could not imagine what this smell was. Finding this candle burning in the next room was amazing. It permeates everywhere! The smell is clean, organic, and calming."
Leather Scented Candle, $, available at
With rich scents of cedar and pine, you'll be instantly transported to a cozy cabin retreat. "I don't know how you layer the scents the way you do but this is enchanting. I love it. You have a lifelong customer," one pleased fan posted.
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Santal Noir Candle, $, available at
"These scents create the warmest, homiest fragrance that everyone should have in their house come fall. I use it on my bar area for a little accent and touch of color," an avid reviewer says of this highly rated candle, filled with hand-poured sandalwood, cedar, tonka bean, and tobacco scented wax.
Sandalwood Tobacco Apothecary Filled Jar Candle, $, available at
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Handmade in France, this luxury candle infuses the enticing scents of fire, iron, black raspberry, wood, and papyrus — resulting in an aroma that one reviewer describes as, "one of those fragrances that you come back and keep sniffing...This smells like the woods and a campfire but also it smells high end - maybe it is what a rich person would smell like if they went camping - in any event it is woody, smokey, fresh and earthy all at the same time...you must smell in person, it's like nothing else."
Apocalyptic Scented Candle, $, available at
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A top-rated bestseller on Anthropologie, this seasonal stunner from Capri Blue will make your space smell like a mix of green apples, fir, pine needles, white birch, cedar, vetiver, and musk. As one reviewer says, "Smells like I have a real wood fire going with a fresh cut tree in my house!"
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Blue Fir & Firewood Jar Candle, $, available at
It totes a premium price tag, but with 4.7 out of 5 stars on Bloomingdales this spicy autumn scent in a hand-blown and amber-tinted glass container is worth the seasonal investment.
As one reviewer gushed: "This is one of my all-time favorite candles from Diptyque. It has a really nice woody, spice scent that is beautiful in autumn and winter. I really like the beautiful colored glass of the bigger jars, which makes it even more special when it's out on display. I find that even when the candle isn't lit you can smell it faintly in a room which I really like."
Ambre Scented Candle, Colored Glass Jar, $, available at
The praise for this stylish votive — filled with hand-poured soy and coconut wax and scented with an autumnal blend of sandalwood, amber, and moss notes— is lofty. As one reviewer put it: "[I] Cannot say enough good things about this candle. I have raved about it to so many people and absolutely intend to buy more. The scent throw is impressive and the packaging is exceptional. This product is such a great value for money!"
Rattan Candle, $, available at
This luxury candle — filled with notes of pine to cedar, ash oak, and birch wood — as one
frankly put it, "really does smell like a wood fire."
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Portable Fireplace Candle, $, available at
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One Anthropologie shopper says the unique blend of scents like balsam fir, fig leaf, and sandalwood has made this candle her new favorite: "I love the quality and how it fills my entire room up with an amazing scent. I'll definitely be buying more!"
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From Warm Patchouli to Smoked Amber and Salted Sage, these black-glass votives are filled with scented soy-wax that reviewers call, "Literally the best candle!" from unique-sturdy packaging to overall amazing smell.
Parker Collection Candle, $, available at
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Crafted from soy wax infused with pumpkin and herb fragrance oil, one repeat purchaser describes this candle as a, "Great fall candle," that has, "such a soft pumpkin/spice/warm scent without being overwhelming."
Linnea’s Lights Candle, Pumpkin, $, available at
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The pretty pig candle boasts rave reviews such as, "Simple and sleek," and, "The scent is divine. It looks just as it appears online. Quality made and handsomely designed."
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Fraga Fig Scented Candle, $, available at
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This hot cider and cinnamon-scented candle is handmade in the U.S. with premium fragrance oils, soy wax, and a cotton wick — it also boasts over 2,000 reviews on Etsy with fall-obsessed customers raving, "I’m so happy I purchased the Hello Fall candle. Smells amazing, just like Fall, and beautiful jar. The shipping was lightning speed, and [the seller] Melissa was super helpful with my questions. I also love that this candle is handmade with soy wax. I can’t wait for Fall!"
Hello Fall Candle 9oz, $, available at
LAFCO wanted to craft the ultimate cozy candle, and they did just that with this clean-burning soy option. As one reviewer exclaimed: "I always have this candle burning at home - it has a warm, vanilla, and brown sugary smell that instantly relaxes me when I get home."
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If you prefer florals during the fall, opt for Baobab's scented candle. Light it and instantly fill your living space with notes of wood and Earth. According to one pleased customer: "Bought this for a friend's birthday alongside the diffuser, a beautiful gift and a lovely smell. Looks luxurious!"
Baobab & Patchouli Scented Candle, $, available at
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Infused with notes of chai spices, pumpkin, vanilla, amber, resin, and sandalwood, reviewers attest that this fall-essential candle is simply, "amazing."
One sensitive-sniffer went so far as to leave the following detailed praise: "When it comes to scented candles, a little can go a long way. It may be that I have a sensitive nose so it is important that a candle complements the mood/atmosphere and not become something distracting. This candle has a lovely and subtle aroma that is relaxing and soothing. I like to use it when I am studying, reading a book, or decompressing after a long week (works even better with a glass of nice red wine). Highly recommended."
Spiced Chai Candle, $, available at
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