The 8 Best Scented Candles of 2021

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Scented candles can be a great addition to your work-from-home office setup. Not only do they look nice on your desk, but a pleasant fragrance can help you focus and de-stress from a long day of work. Whether you’re looking for a candle that'll last for days or a gift-giving option for co-workers, here are the best scented candles to consider.

Best Overall: Nest New York Moroccan Amber Candle

Nest New York Morrocan Amber

 Courtesy of Bloomingdales

Nest New York's Moroccan Amber Candle boasts a frosted and clear striped holder that will easily complement any office decor, from traditional to contemporary styles. Its fragrance is spicy with notes of Moroccan amber along with heliotrope, bergamot, sweet patchouli, and a bit of fresh eucalyptus. Made in the United States from high-quality, cosmetic-grade wax, this candle can burn 50 to 60 hours, which may also justify the price.

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Best Luxury: Diptyque Baies Candle

Diptyque Baies

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Treat your home office to one of Diptyque's luxurious candles, Baies, which has a universally appealing scent. Featuring notes of freshly picked blackcurrant berries and rose, it smells just as chic as it looks. It also pairs well with floral fragrances, should you want to use more than one candle at a time. Made in France, this candle has a generous burn time of approximately 60 hours, making it a great value.

Best Budget: Chesapeake Bay Candle Tobacco Cedar Candle

If you don't want to spend too much of your budget on a candle, Chesapeake Bay Candle's Tobacco Cedar Candle is a great choice. While most cheap candles have simple, single notes like vanilla or are food-themed, this one has a more complex scent with spicy and woodsy notes, including red mahogany, earthy cedarwood, smoked birch, and pine with a tobacco leaf base. The fragrance is also gender-neutral, according to the brand, making it fitting for open offices. Poured in the United States, this candle is eco-friendly as the packaging is 100 percent recyclable. Just keep in mind that it has a burn time of about 28 hours.

Best Long-Lasting: Yankee Candle Lemon Lavender Candle

Keep your office space smelling fresh all day long with Yankee Candle’s Lemon Lavender Candle, which has a burn time of 110 to 150 hours. Its scent is ideal for deodorizing, as the citrus note of lemon tends to cancel out any unpleasant smells, making it great for bathrooms. Lavender has similar qualities and is also known to help improve relaxation. Because of the candle's large jar, you may need a long lighter once you’ve burned through half of it. 

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Best for Gifting: Apothia Chrismukkah Candle

Apothia's Chrismukkah Candle makes an excellent office gift for the holidays. Voted Interior Scent Collection of the Year by The Fragrance Foundation in 2006, this isn’t a typical pine-tree scented candle—it boasts notes of fresh green fir and clove, along with ocean air. Made in Los Angeles of naturally derived ingredients, this candle has a non-toxic soy wax blend that will burn cleanly and has a generous 60-hour burn time. Packaged in a glass jar, it has a rubber ring that makes it easy to move and safe to touch when the jar is hot (which also gives the flame a unique halo-like glow).

Best for Decor: Jonathan Adler Gold Muse Candle

More than just a candle, Jonathan Adler's Muse Candle is a decorative accent that looks fabulous on a desk or bookcase. With an approximate burn time of 48 hours, the candle can also be used as a vessel to hold paperclips or jewelry when it's finished burning. Featuring notes of pink pepper and sage balsam, the candle is made from a blend of soy and paraffin waxes, while the jar is made of porcelain and gold glaze. With two wicks, it’s recommended that you keep them trimmed to a quarter-inch, so the candle burns more slowly and lasts longer.

Best Soy Candle: P.F. Candle Co. Golden Coast

Compared to other types of wax, soy candles are more natural and sustainable. They also have a lower melting point, which means they burn slower and last longer—making them a better value than most types of candles. One of the best soy candles, P.F. Candle Co.’s Golden Coast, is hand-poured into an antique-inspired glass jar with a craft label and brass lid. Golden Coast is a nature-based scent with notes of wild sage, the ocean, sea salt, redwood, eucalyptus, and palo santo.

Best Set: Voluspa Mini Glass Candles

Voluspa Mini Glass Candles

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Candle sets make great gifts for clients, though they also look good on desks and windowsills. Hand-poured and made from coconut wax, this set of Voluspa Mini Glass Candles are an excellent choice. There are also three different sets of three candles each to choose from: the Pink Roses set comes with a gourmand-themed candle and two floral-scented candles, the Celebration set features a floral-scented candle and two gourmand candles, and the Ambers and Wood set has three woodsy candles.

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Meet the Expert

This roundup was written by Amanda Lauren, a lifestyle writer who covers fashion and office accessories for The Balance and The Balance Small Business.