Whether you can see your breath the second you step outside—or if you’re in warmer climates and catch a winter chill the moment the temperature dips below 65—no matter where we are this time of year, we all crave that snuggly, winter feeling at home. And what’s the easiest, most affordable way to switch on those cozy, heavy sweater vibes? Clean-burning and delicious smelling seasonally scented candles, obviously. In honor of the winter season and our obsession with yummy-smelling candles, we’ve compiled a list of the four best scents of the season.
1. Evil Queen: Snowed In
The most decadent, no-holds-barred winter scent, Snowed In smells like you’re whipping up loads of gingerbread cookies for a massive bake sale—perfect for anyone nostalgic for holiday cheer. There are notes of sugar, frosting, vanilla, and cinnamon for the perfect cozy feel. These are great for enjoying with your morning coffee.
2. Evil Queen: Stolen Hoodie
The candle-making pros at Evil Queen know there isn’t a hoodie more comfortable than your crush’s. Stolen Hoodie can give even a broken heart a cozy pick-me-up with its woodsy notes of cedar, clove, amber, and a touch of musk. Made from 100-percent soy wax and 100-percent cotton wicks with phthalate-free fragrance oils, EQ’s products are never tested on animals.
3. P.F. Candle Co.: Golden Hour
You want that summer sunset feeling to last all winter long? P.F. Candle Co.’s Golden Hour is made special with a calming scent reminiscent of citrusy Bergamot and golden poppy—but without any of the cloying artificiality of supermarket candles.
4. P.F. Candle Co.: Black Fig
A sophisticated take on evergreen scents, base notes of mission fig and spice recreate the feeling of running among fruit trees and winter baking. All of P.F. Candle Co.’s products are made with domestically grown soy wax, cotton wicks, and fine fragrance oils, and poured in Los Angeles.
5. Floral Street: Fireplace
London-based Floral Street is best known for their vibrant, wearable fragrances but we’d be remiss to overlook their vegan-friendly candles. The brand’s fireplace-scented candle features a blend of Tuscan leather, birch leaf, and a touch of rasberry, perfect for curling up with a good book on a cold winter evening.
6. Vegan Candle Company: Smoky Bourbon
Hand-poured in Seattle, WA, Vegan Candle Company’s Smoky Bourbon incoporates base notes of fir needles and burnt orange layered with rose, cinnamon leaf, clove, and topped with hints of sweet vanilla in this warming scent.
7. Lite + Cycle: Urban Forest
Are you looking for a house-warming gift for your in-laws or a special thank-you gift for your coolest aunt? If so, LA-based Lite + Cycle’s is the gift to get. Described by its founder as being “inspired by a woodland refuge in the center of a bustling city,” notes of warm wood, sweet anise, and balsamic greens create a slightly gritty-but-elevated take on traditional winter scents. All of Lite + Cycle’s candles are crafted with pure essential oils often from wild-grown sources, as well as renewable biodegradable materials, soy waxes, and unbleached cotton wicks.
Margaux Lushing is a cadle aficionado, but is still on a search for the perfect candle for her very picky cat Louis.