Our Favorite Fall Candles

Shaun Anderson | 14 September, 2021

SEP 9, 2021

Our Favorite Fall Candles

Candles are a great shelf styling accessory, especially when they come in a cute tin or jar. And while we’re definitely candle fanatics all year round, there is just something about a new fall scent that makes the season that much better. And if that candle has a crackle wick? Oh, sign us up!

Our candle criteria is pretty high, we don’t mean to toot our own horns but we just may be super scent sleuths. Good candles have top, middle, and base notes, or scents, that work well together to create an overall smell that works well. Top notes are the first initial scents you smell, middle notes make up the bulk of the scent, and base notes give the scent longevity. Together, all of the individual scents should combine when your candle is burned.

So where do we shop for candles? We love hand poured candles and supporting small businesses — which is why Etsy and small businesses are always our first candle stop. But, on occasion, we do grab a candle from Anthropologie, Target, Boy Smells, TjMaxx, Yankee Candle, or another chain store. Some of our favorite small business candle shops are Southern Elegance, C&E Craft Co, Crackling Wick Candles, and Frostbeard.

So with no further ado, pull out your candle wick trimmer and start shopping the most festive fall scents.

Orange Spice by Southern Elegance

True love does exist and it comes in the form of this scent fromSouthern Elegance. We have this scent in about ten different sizes of candle because it’s just that good. It’s fruity with a sweet cinnamon hint, which we love. Because we miss our summer citrus scents, this candle is the perfect transition into fall and cooler weather. It’s bright and warm and has a perfect blend of top, middle, and base notes.

Musked Flannel by C&E Craft Co

Musked Flannel is one of our favorite fall scents. It’s a strong blend of bergamot, mahogany and musk, with notes of lavender and patchouli. It’s a warm, inviting smell that has affectionately been dubbed a “man-dle” around here because of the strong musk. We also love the simple design of this candle because it looks great on thefloating shelves in our kitchen. 10/10 for the scent, 10/10 for the presentation.

Crisp Fall Night by Yankee Candle

This fresh, clean scent has both floral and woodsy notes that combine to make a candle that really does smell just like a cool fall evening. This candle has a great throw, which means the inviting fall scents fill up the room and give your house an extra feeling of cozy. It’s the scent equivalent of a warm, fuzzy blanket.

Autumn Wreath by Sweet Water Decor

Here is everything that you get to smell inthis perfect candle all at once: Lemon Peel, Pomegranate, Cranberry, Red Currant, Apple Cider, and Spices. This picture perfect candle smells like the epitome of a cozy fall afternoon in your favorite sweater and boots. This candle smells like what we think living in an Anne of Green Gables novel would smell like, or a Nora Ephron movie.

I’ll Give You Pumpkin to Talk About by Get a Whiff

This candle smells great, comes in a fun, vintage-inspired jar, has a wood-wick, and has a punny name. That pretty much checks all the boxes for us. We love Get A Whiff candles and this fall scent is one of our favorites. It smells like someone is baking fresh pumpkin pie and the scent easily fills up a room. This candle comes in black and white jars and is a great way to pumpkin spice up your life.

Apple Orchard by Homesick

Homesick candles are some of our favorites and their fall collection looks great on a shelf and is very giftable. In fact, these candles are one of our go-to gifts for any occasion.This candle gets over sixty hours of burn time and makes your whole house smell like a bright, fresh apple cider. It’s so yummy.

Leaves by Bath and Bodyworks

We know, we know. Does it get any more basic than this?? Probably not but we don’t care becausethis scent is one we come back and look for year after year. Though we don’t love most of B&B’s candles, this one is the exception. The scent is fresh with a strong cinnamon note and literally smells like nostalgia in a candle.

Burning Woods by Volusap

It should come as no surprise that a bunch of people who work in a woodshop love the smell of this warm, woodsy cedar candle. We have a set of white oak shelves that we love putting this candle on in the cooler months because it’s just so pretty, and it pops off the shelves perfectly.This candle is smoky with sweet notes and is definitely considered a “mandle” if you’re looking for a fall gift for a guy in your life.

Cranapple Marmalade by The Burning Magnolia

This cute candle is hand poured, only $10, and it smells like a fall afternoon in an apple orchard. We literally could not ask for more. We love that there’s nothing artificial in this soy candle and that it still smells absolutely dreamy. When you open this fall favorite up, it smells great. When you actually start to burn it, it’s a whole new ballgame. 10 out of 10.

Ash by Boy Smells

Boy Smells is one of our favorite candle companies. The designs of the jars are sleek and classic, which make them perfect shelf decor candles — and everything they make smells fantastic. Palo Santo is one of our favorite scents for the fall. It’s woodsy and very unique. So a Palo Santocandle from Boy Smells is pretty much a dream combo. Do yourself a favor and spice up your fall with this candle.

Fall Harvest by Anchored Northwest

Citrus, cinnamon, apples, and woodsy scents all have one big party in this very yummy candle. This hand poured candle is one of our favorites because it’s such a unique blend of scents. If you want a fall candle that looks cute on an open shelf and has a scent that’s not totally typical, start here.

Cinnamon Rolls by Sweet Water Decor

This candle literally smells like your grandma pulling hot cinnamon rolls out of the oven. Do we need to say anything else?



Did we miss your favorite fall candle? Tell us in the comments below!

Written by Maddison Driggs

Maddison is a copywriter who has been working in the interior design and home improvement area for the last five years. From hands on projects to writing for your favorite HGTV home reno couples, Maddison has developed a deep love for a well-styled room with the perfect personal touch.


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