The Best Fall Candles for a Cozy Home This Season

I burn candles year-round, but there is something extra special about lighting one at that time of year when first sign of crisp air arrives. I head straight to my couch, snuggle up in a blanket to watch When Harry Met Sally, and enjoy the scents of the season from my favorite fall candles.

Fall candles are an easy way to instantly immerse yourself into that cozy feeling of autumn, right from the comfort of your own home. Whether it’s the aroma of pumpkin spice, cinnamon bark, and clove or the classic fall scent of an apple orchard, these earthy and warm blends have the power to transform your living space into a true haven of autumnal bliss.

Today I’m sharing the 16 best fall candles with a list of my favorites, plus a handful of reader recommended picks. These candles will light up your senses and your home, making it feel like the ultimate fall retreat.

Sweater weather is among us, and it’s about to smell amazing!

The 16 Best Fall Candles

1. Nest New York Pumpkin Chai Classic Candle

Nest’s Pumpkin Chai candle isn’t just one of my favorite fall candles, it’s also the top recommended fall candle by CBC followers. You have your usual fall candle scents like pumpkin and cinnamon, but it’s not a pumpkin spice candle. It feels a little extra special and unique, with a smooth yet spicy component to this thanks to masala chai, cardamom, and ginger.

PRO TIP: Forget the ugly old school lighters with lighter fluid! A USB lighter will never run out, and just needs a quick charge every so often.

Burn time: 50-60 hours | Size: 8.1 oz. | Other sizes available

2. Nest New York Autumn Plum Classic Candle

If you’re someone who wants the cozy aroma of fall but you’re not a fan of pumpkin, this is my top pick. It’s the perfectly blend between fruity, earthy, spicy, with notes of plum, cinnamon, and patchouli. Despite its name, this Autumn Plum candle is one of those fragrances that you can burn well into the holiday season.

Burn time: 50-60 hours | Size: 8.1 oz. | Other sizes available

3. Homesick Vermont Candle

Last fall I went on a trip to Vermont and got this candle. This soy wax candle smells exactly how you’d think Vermont smells in the fall. This Vermont candle is full of sweetness from maple syrup, fruitiness from crisp apples, and just a touch of clove and vanilla that’s reminiscent of those famous apple cider donuts.

Burn time: 60-80 hours | Size: 13.75 oz.

4. Bath & Body Works Leaves Candle

For a quintessential cozy fall scent, I love Bath & Body Works Leaves candle. Golden nectar, clove spice, and red apple provide the perfect blend of autumnal fragrances.

Burn time: 25-45 hours | Size: 14.5 oz.

5. Bath & Body Works Sweater Weather Candle

I don’t know how to explain this Sweater Weather candle, but this smells like a cool, crisp morning. Sage, juniper, and eucalyptus are the main scents here, and this is a fall candle for those who want to have a seasonal candle without the pumpkin. (The eucalyptus in here makes it a great bathroom candle or for an autumnal spa day at home.)

6. Bath & Body Works Pumpkin Bonfire Candle

Pumpkin Bonfire is an unexpected fall candle win. At first sniff, this is your classic pumpkin candle. However, there’s a delightful, subtle smokiness to it that makes this soy/paraffin wax candle a little different and unique than all the other pumpkin iterations you’ve probably tried. Almost like if you a pumpkin pie and a woodburning fire had a baby.

Burn time: 25-45 hours | Size: 14.5 oz.

7. Boy Smells Hinoki Fantome Candle

Technically, Boy Smells Hinoki Fantome candle isn’t a seasonal fall candle, as it’s sold year-round. However, it’s perfectly smoky and woody, making it a great option for autumn. There are a ton of fragrances in this complex candle, including cedar, jasmine, and fir, but it’s not overly “green” smelling thanks to that perfect timber sent from the hinoki tree.

Burn time: 50 hours | Size: 8.5 oz. | Other sizes available

8. Illume Noble Holiday Woodfire Candle

Illume is a newer to me brand, but after seeing the luxury soy candle brand pop up frequently for best holiday candles, it piqued my interest to check out the candle company’s fall selection, too. Woodfire is another great fall scent if you’re overloading on pumpkin spice everything. The combo of smoky cedar and earthy amber is a winning combination, and great for a chilly night in, especially if you long for a real wood burning fire of your own.

Burn time: 45 hours | Size: 9 oz. | Other sizes available

9. Yankee Candle Apple Pumpkin Candle

I feel like you can’t really talk about fall candles, or any candles really, without mentioning Yankee Candle. And if you can’t decide between apple or pumpkin for you fall candle, why not have both with this Apple Pumpkin fragrance? Fresh apple, orange, and greens meet pumpkin and nutmeg, with a touch of sweetness thanks to base notes of vanilla and caramelized sugar.

Yankee Candle will always be nostalgic for me; growing up we always had a Yankee Candle burning during fall and winter in our house. To this day, my mom still lights one of the Christmas candles every season.

Burn time: 110-150 hours | Size: 22 oz. | Other sizes available

10. Literie Apple Picking in Hudson Valley Candle

If you’ve ever been apple picking in New York state, then this Apple Picking in Hudson Valley candle is a must. Reminisce about your long weekend out of the city filled with this candle that smells like warm apple cider donuts. Who wouldn’t want their space to smell like apple-y, cinnamon sugary goodness? Yum!

Burn time: Up to 50 hours | Size: 9 oz.

11. Capri Blue Pumpkin Clove Candle

For a traditional pumpkin fall candle, you can’t really go wrong with Capri Blue Pumpkin Clove. It’s one of Anthropologie’s top selling scents, with notes of creamy pumpkin, orange zest, and a hint of vanilla and warm cinnamon. And if a candle isn’t enough, the brand also makes a reed diffuser in the same fragrance.

Burn time: 85 hours | Size: 19 oz. | Other sizes available

12. Capri Blue Spiced Cider Candle

This Spiced Cider candle is a lovely option to burn from fall into the holidays. It offers that crisp apple scent but with a twist thanks to berries, grapes, and a hint of fir. Made exclusively for Anthropologie.

Burn time: 85 hours | Size: 19 oz. | Other sizes available

13. Skylar Fall Cashmere Candle

Cinnamon bark and spiced ginger provide that classic fall candle scent, while notes of roasted almonds and a unique warmth for a cozy feel. Several reviews on the site claim that Fall Cashmere feels like a warm hug. Skylar candles are sustainably made with coconut wax, and if you want even more of this scent, you can also purchase it in perfume form.

Burn time: 45 hours | Size: 8 oz.

14. Homesick Autumn Hayride Candle

If you can’t take an actual hayride this fall, at least fake it with this Autumn Hayride candle from Homesick. This candle features earthy notes like hay, patchouli, and birch, mixed up with warmer scents like maple, clove and amber.

Burn time: 60-80 hours | Size: 13.75 oz.

15. Brooklyn Candle Studio Apple Cider Candle

My friend, Jessica Camerata of An Indigo Day loves Brooklyn Candle Studio. This Apple Cider candle screams fall. With notes of apple, clove, orange, and nutmeg, it smells just like the warm drink it’s named after.

Burn time: Up to 50 hours | Size: 7.5 oz.

16. Voluspa Spiced Pumpkin Latte Candle

To round out this list of best fall candles, I leave you with Voluspa Spice Pumpkin Latte. It’s everything you love about a PSL, with sweet notes of vanilla marshmallow. A familiar classic, all wrapped up to scent your home for the season.

Burn time: 100 hours | Size: 18 oz. | Other sizes available

Here’s to creating your coziest, snuggliest, best-smelling fall yet!

Do you have a favorite fall candle that didn’t make the list? I’m always searching for new scents to add to my list! Let me know your favorite in the comments section.

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Hi, I'm Camille! I'm a bi-coastal blogger splitting my time between LA and NYC and sharing elevated, yet relatable ideas so that you can achieve your most stylish life.

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  1. 9.18.23
    darlene rinker said:

    which candles have the most strongest smell

    • 9.18.23
      Camille said:

      Hi Darlene, Nest, Bath & Body Works, and Illume all have great strong scents even when lit. Hope that helps!

  2. 9.25.23

    Your list of the best fall candles is spot on! ️ Creating a cozy atmosphere is so important during the autumn season, and your recommendations will definitely help achieve that. Thanks for sharing!

    • 9.25.23
      Camille said:

      You’re welcome! I tried to include a variety of scents so it wasn’t just pumpkin!