Whether you're ready to unwind after a grueling day at work or looking to set the mood for a sumptuously sexy dinner with your beau, there's no better way to spend a winter night than curled up next to an aromatic candle.
But with tons of brands and price points to choose from, selecting a candle is no easy feat. Then, of course, there are boundless blends of key and secondary notes to sample. So we culled the market for the most delectable candles around and found these six options that will light your fire.
Floral: Byredo Saints Rose Water Candle
Consider Byredo's Saints Rose Water Candle ($80) from Barneys the perfect match for a girl's night in. A medley of rose notes — think Bulgarian rose, rose petals, and rose absolute — and geranium, this cool-girl candle sets a relaxing mood, perfect for an evening of sushi and rosé in your PJs.
Wood: Diptyque Forét Givrée Scented Candle
Diptyque is known for its signature scents like Feu de Bois and Baies, but if you're looking to shake things up this winter, give Forét Givrée ($70) from Neiman Marcus a try. Evoking the scent of a "frosted forest," the storied French brand couples invigorating mint with woodsy conifers like Hinoki wood and fir needles. As a bonus, a metallic unicorn gives the candle a majestic finishing touch.
Citrus: Atelier Cologne Pomélo Paradis Candle
Citrus might go hand-in-hand with oceanside bungalows and frozen margaritas, yet Atelier Cologne's Pomélo Paradis ($55) from Sephora gives the decidedly summery scent a soft, wintry twist. Here, the Parisian parfumerie juxtaposes cheery Calabrian mandarin and Moroccan orange blossom with brooding notes like Haitian vetiver and amber.
Oriental: Le Labo Santal 26 Vintage Candle
Want to turn up the heat? Le Labo's Santal 26 scent ($65), available at Barneys, is the one for you. It's leathery, smoky, and a tad spicy, yet it's subtle enough to burn all winter long. Best of all, the warped tin will double as some cool artwork on your bookshelf or coffee table.
Clean: Voluspa Maison Candle Tin in Macaron
If the aforementioned aromas are out of your olfactory wheelhouse, you might want to try a cleaner scent. Voluspa's Macaron Maison Tin ($16), sold at Anthropologie, is a creative concoction of almonds and meringue that's equal parts sweet and refreshing. Once its 40-hour burn time is over, you can use this printed tin to store jewelry, snacks, or miscellaneous knick-knacks.
Green: Cire Trudon Abd El Kader Classic Candle
Oh the weather outside is frightful, so why not cozy up with a candle that has notes of fresh mint, deepened by the spiced aromas of ginger and clove? Enter Cire Trudon's Abd El Kader Classic scent ($95), which you can pick up at Bloomingdales. This luxurious blend of spearmint, jasmine, and vanilla smells wintry, but not overtly festive, so you can burn it all year long. As a bonus, its gilded canister will look great with your tablescape.