Buying Candles Online? This Genius Guide Is Here to Help

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Welcome to the Hunker Holiday Gift Guide. From joyful decor picks to gifts that give back, these items are sure to delight everyone on your list.

Choosing a fragrance for another person is challenging enough when you're sniffing jars of aromatic wax in the store. Shopping for candles online is even more difficult, but we have one simple trick that will help you pick a gift your recipient will love: If you shop by scent profile, satisfaction is nearly guaranteed.


Every fragrance falls into an olfactory family that describes its dominant qualities. Such categories will guide you to the perfect candle for your person, based on the types of smells you know they like. It's just that easy.


1. Cire Trudon Cyrnos, $105

An ode to the Mediterranean villa that hosted queens and poets in the early 20th century, this candle celebrates the property's lush citrus garden. On the nose, lemon and myrtle mingle with black fig, lavender, and cashmere wood.

2. Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin, $69

Limes on a Caribbean breeze meet peppery basil and white thyme in this bright, citrusy scent. Expect juicy mandarin oranges and warm amber wood to come through, as well.

3. P.F. Candle Co. Sweet Grapefruit, $20

Bitter grapefruit, aromatic yuzu, and tart lemon are sprinkled with sugar to create a candle that feels like ice-cold lemonade on a summer day. It's like enjoying a meal al fresco.



1. Brooklyn Candle Studio Tuileries Escapist, $38

With notes of tuberose, Muguet, jasmine, and gardenia, this botanical candle mimics a romantic stroll through the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris.

2. Diptyque Roses, $68

Imagine a yard full of blooming rose bushes in the peak of spring. That's what this fresh, flowery candle evokes as it burns.

3. Maison Louis Marie No.07 Dame de Bumois, $34

Named for the most elegant woman in 18th-century France, this violet blossom scent is graceful and refined. Green leaf and pear appear on top, while vanilla and rosewood can be found at the base.


1. Anecdote Candles Laundry Day, $24

We wish our laundry smelled as good as this chore-glorifying candle that blends lily, white musk, and powder. It echoes the pristine sensation of folding clean clothes.


2. Byredo Cotton Poplin, $85

This comforting candle is like burying your face in freshly washed linens. It's a soothing combination of clean fabric, chamomile, cedar, and musk.

3. Otherland Canopy, $36

California fig, ivy greens, and summer dew inform this refreshing fragrance. It smells like sunshine, bare feet, rolling hills, and tangled vines all at once.


1. Capri Blue Pumpkin Dulce, $32

Fans of the pumpkin spice latte will swoon over this cool-weather fragrance that's filled with white pumpkin, sweet gingersnap, and whipped vanilla. It's a seasonal winner.

2. Overose Euphoriasme, $58

Serving up the delicious aroma of warm croissants straight out of the oven, this sugary candle will turn your home into a Parisian bakery. A hint of tart cranberries adds some depth.


3. Voluspa Santal Vanille, $30

Smooth, and sensual, this is the vanilla candle of our dreams. The creamy sweetness is balanced with woody santal and oud.


1. Boy Smells Cedar Stack, $32

If glamping were a candle, this would be it. Defined by cedar chips and dried tobacco, it's laced with notes of labdanum and spicy peppercorn for a delicate, beautiful take on the great outdoors.

2. D.S. & Durga Big Sur After Rain, $65

Breathe in the distinct aroma of soaked earth, coastal rain, and minty eucalyptus with this Big Sur-inspired candle. It embodies the forested, seaside region right after a storm.

3. Le Labo Palo Santo 14, $75

The energy cleansing ritual of burning palo santo has been squeezed into a luxurious candle with layers of cedarwood, resinous labdanum, incense, and patchouli.


Morgan Goldberg is a writer based in Los Angeles. She likes pasta, hiking, and crossword puzzles.