The Best Fall Candles to Light This Season
From hand-painted taper candles to classic pumpkin-scented picks, these are the best fall candles for your home.
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We don’t know about you, but we’re really looking forward to fall. Between the announcement of the Starbucks fall menu and other pumpkin spice products becoming available, we can’t help but get in the mood for everything cozy. And what’s more cozy than candles?
With the help of our resident candle expert and visual production director, Stephanie Marchese, as well as her team of Taste of Home stylists, we’ve selected the best fall candles of the year. Get ready to fill your home with the latest scents and candle styles of the season.
Adding texture to your space is a great way to bring fall into your home decor, whether it’s with the addition of a knit blanket or fuzzy throw pillows on your sofa. But if you want to go the extra mile with texture, these 10-inch rope taper candles will do the trick. Strut your stuff and show off your sense of style by purchasing a pair from Etsy, whether you mix and match colors for a more eclectic look, or go for a more refined monochromatic pair. For more inspiration, check out these other fall decor ideas.
With its copper lid and golden, geometric cutouts, this pumpkin-shaped candle can stand on its own as a fall centerpiece. Combine its eye-catching good looks with a 40-hour burn time, and it’s the perfect candle to serve as a centerpiece for many dinners. Plus, the strong, classic scents of pumpkin, caramel and vanilla bean will have you craving pumpkin pie every time you light it.
No matter the season, Target always has a wide variety of seasonal candles—but when fall comes around, we get especially excited. This year, look to Threshold’s amber and vanilla cozy cashmere scent as one of the best fall candles. When you light a candle called “cozy cashmere,” you practically have to snuggle up on the sofa and grab a good book—and with 95 hours of burn time, you’ll have plenty of chances to do so.
Cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice are some of the most classic fall scents on their own. But when you house them in a mason jar, it makes them all the more perfect for autumn. A matte black lid on this candle from Joann makes it a modern, yet rustic choice that looks stylish and seasonal in any home.
While its $45 price tag might be more than you’re used to for a candle, this woodsmoke pick from the Stars are Fire collection from Tatine promises more than a candle with purchase. Once you’re done burning the intoxicating cedarwood, clove and fir balsam scents for the full 60 hours, the mouth-blown glass candle holder has been tested to be drink-safe. Plus, the super cute packaging is made from 100% post-consumer cotton paper.
Something about beeswax just reminds us of fall—and if you agree, you’ll love these pretty beeswax taper candles from Anthropologie. The intricate honeycomb pattern on the golden candles just makes sense, and would add the perfect amount of subtle texture and visual interest to your fall decor this season.
What better way to welcome fall than with the smells of hot cider, cinnamon, cloves, apple and nutmeg? Say hello to fall by burning Sweet Water Decor’s soy jar candle for up to 40 hours, if you burn it correctly. Here’s how to stop your candle wick from mushrooming.
Would it really be a list of the best fall candles if we didn’t include one from Bath and Body Works? This candle has notes of spiced pumpkin and forest pine branch; plus, the design of the candle holder emphasizes the warm, flickering glow of a candle that we all know and love. Bonus: It has a decorative lid, too! While you’re looking, don’t forget to check out the Bath and Body Works Halloween collection.
This gorgeous fall find features hand-painted falling leaves, acorns and golden swirls right on the candle. Since the candle is smokeless—and more importantly—dripless, you won’t have to worry about wax running down and ruining the 10 inches of pretty, hand painted details.
This glossy and gold-stamped tin is stunning enough to stand on its own on a bathroom countertop or living room side table. Plus, the scents of cinnamon, pumpkin, tobacco, amber and bergamot work together to create the perfect fall blend that can arrive on your doorstep in two days (thanks, Amazon) if you just can’t wait to get a move on those fall scents.
Why pick a candle that’s just one color when it could be three? Olive green and two shades of orange in this pillar candle from Wayfair just scream “fall,” and pair perfectly with other fall decor elements like acorns and fall leaves. Plus, it’s McIntosh apple scented! Psst—Don’t forget that McIntosh is one of the best apples for apple pie.
Botanical inserts like wheat, oranges and cinnamon sticks make these candles from Pottery Barn stand out as one of the most beautiful choices when it comes to fall candles. But not only are they beautiful—they’ll release their scents of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and vanilla for up to 90 hours (the longest burn time on this list)! If you can’t get enough of this scent, order potpourri or a diffuser to waft it throughout your entire home.
Cinnamon is most often combined with other scents in candles. But if you’re cinnamon-obsessed and just can’t get enough, get this pick from Yankee Candle to let its scent really shine on its own. Pair it with your favorite votive holder and you’re set for the season! Try these cinnamon recipes too, so your house can smell like cinnamon even when you’re not burning the candle.
Visiting an apple orchard is a common item on fall bucket lists, because harvesting your own apples for apple crisp, apple pie or crumble make it all the more rewarding when you finally dig into your homemade dessert. Lighting this McIntosh apple-scented candle will allow you to savor the scent of those sweets long past the last bite.