When it comes to scented candles, there are endless options. We've all been there, standing in a store, sniffing all the candles until everything just smells like countryappleseabreezemusk. So if you want to avoid the confusion altogether, or take a leap of faith and order candles online, allow us to make things easier for you. The following eight scented candles are Hunker staff favorites.
"I adore Le Labo, from their candles to their perfumes. I was first introduced to their candles when a friend gave me one as a hostess gift. (Note: they make great hostess gifts.) Santal 26 is my favorite scent (woodsy, kind of masculine), and I love the version that comes in a vintage-looking tin container. It includes a top, so it's easy for me to bring when I travel. It's true that the candles are on the pricier side, but believe me when I say that they're worth it." — Laurie Grossman, Director of Editorial Operations
"The Milo House is a company by dear friends of mine, Zach and Tess. They hand-pour these beautiful candles in L.A.'s Highland Park neighborhood. You can check out the Hunker tour of their home here. I love Marfa's woody scent and the fact that its wood wick crackles comfortingly when it burns. Plus, it looks great on your mantel." — Brooke Wolin, Brand Partnerships Manager
"I can't get enough of the sweet — but not too sweet — smell of Canadian brand Seracon's 100 percent soy wax Maple Syrup candle. Maple Syrup's wood wick, which crackles like logs on a fire, combined with its mouthwatering aroma is undeniably cozy. Plus, the charming vintage can it comes in looks more like a nonperishable food item than a candle. Seriously. I had to explain to TSA that it was in fact a candle and that I was not trying to smuggle food in from Canada." — Ariane Moore, Associate Editor
"Tyler candles, from Tyler, Texas are a southern boutique staple. My favorite is Entitled, which has a tropical, fruity scent very reminiscent of the cult-classic Capri Blue Volcano candle (but at a more affordable price point)." — Carolin Lehmann, Associate Editor
"I like this candle because it makes my apartment smell like I'm the sophisticated bachelor I pretend to be most days." — Archie Page, Video Director
"I was gifted this candle when I was a bridesmaid in my friend's wedding, and she really nailed it! Aside from loving the color (it goes perfectly on my nightstand), the scent is bright and refreshing. The best part is the candle subtly fills the room after only a few minutes of being lit and doesn't get terribly strong no matter how long you leave it going." — Garineh Magarian, Senior Social Media Manager
"In the winter, I like burning this candle by Diptyque. It smells like a musky open fire, but isn't overwhelming like some of those candles that try to emulate a fire-y smell. This one is a bit more perfume-y." — Leonora Epstein, Senior Director of Content
Carolin Lehmann is an Associate Editor at Hunker. She's a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and has previously written for HuffPost, Seventeen magazine, and a variety of local news outlets. As a studio apartment dweller, she's always on the lookout for new ways to decorate a rental on a budget.