5 Candles that are perfect for a cozy fall day

After a long day, I’m usually curled up on the couch with a big blanket, a cup of tea, and my favorite candle lit.

Candles are certainly a year-round home decor item, but for me, I find special comfort in them on chilly fall and winter nights. There is something about seeing that tiny flame that adds warmth to any space, which is welcome during that time of year when the days are shorter and it feels like it’s bedtime at noon.

Below is a collection of some of my go-to candles, from old favorites to new finds.

Flannel- Bath & Body Works

Source: Bath & Body Works

LISTEN. If I were asked to create the perfect candle, this would have been it. Flannel is easily my most-bought candle (Seriously. I once ordered a case of these.) I’m drawn to woodsy and musky scent families (think oud, sandalwood, patchouli), and Flannel does not disappoint. Bath & Body Works has really shone in the home fragrance sector (in fact, quite a few of the candles on this list are from BBWD) and I make it a point to stock up on these seasonal goodies every fall.

Fragrance notes: fresh bergamot, heirloom mahogany, and soft musk

Fireside- Woodwick

Source: Yankee Candle

For as long as I can remember, I have loved the smell of burning wood. I’ve always thought “they should make a candle out of this!” Yankee Candle clearly heard my plea. Fireside smells (and sounds) exactly like a bonfire. As the name suggests, the Woodwick collection feature wooden wicks that replicate the sound of a crackling fire, further adding to the warm and cozy ambiance.

Fragrance notes: bergamot, amber, exotic woods, musk (you’re probably beginning to notice a theme here)

Vanilla Sandalwood- Sand + Fog

Source: Sand + Fog

TJ Maxx is one of my favorite places to pick up candles, and I discovered this women-owned home fragrance company last year. Sand + Fog has a wide variety of scents that are all West Coast inspired, and they are free from parabens, sulfates, and petroleum. Most recently, I picked up this earthy delight, and I’ve already burned through it. The image shown is their 21 oz 3-wick candle, but I was able to find the larger 34 oz 4-wick that makes for a nice coffee table centerpiece.

Fragrance notes: orange, bergamot, amber, orchid, sandalwood, cedarwood, musk, vanilla

Confidence + Freedom (Oak Wood Amber)- Chesapeake Bay

Source: Yankee Candle

By now, you probably notice that every candle I’ve mentioned has a similar scent profile. That’s because it’s so good! This candle, like the Woodwick selection above, is owned by Yankee Candle’s parent company, Newell Brands. Their Mind & Body collection features soothing scents that you’d likely smell in a wellness spa, and are aptly named based on what you’ll feel when you light them. I love the subtlety of this candle, and it is easily an oldie but a goodie.

Fragrance notes: orange, lavender, sea moss, amber, patchouli

Honorable Mention- Rose Water + Ivy- Bath & Body Works

Source: Yankee Candle

The final candle on this list is an honorable mention for two reasons: 1) it’s a bit different in scent (albeit not much) from the others, and 2) I haven’t bought it yet. I smelled this candle unlit in store a few months ago and fell in love with it but decided to pass on it that day since Bath & Body Works wasn’t having one of their many sales on 3-wick candles (which are my favorites.) However, this one will absolutely be in my next home fragrance haul. It smells grown and sexy, and is the perfect candle to light for an intimate date night in.

Fragrance notes: rose petals, English ivy, lemon blossom, soft spring musk

It’s been a cooler start than usual to Summer so far, so there’s no better time than now to get a head start on the cozy Fall vibes.

What are your go-to candle scents? I love adding to my collection!


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