Anyone who knows me well has heard me talk about how much power our sense of smell has. Our most familiar smells will always have a special place in our minds and hearts, connecting us to memories we might otherwise have forgotten. Some of my favorite smells are connected to the holidays, and many of you probably feel the same; the smell of a crisp tree, a crackling fire, or our favorite desserts can always help signal that the holidays and all the joy and connection that they celebrate are here again. Whether you live for the smell of cinnamon spice or want to curl up with a dark, musty winter scent, we have 11 winter candles that will help bring holiday cheer into your home.
Wax Cabin makes great candles for every season but, as their name suggests, the cozy winter months are where they really shine. Merry Mule has all the sparkle and cheer of our favorite copper cup beverage. Light notes of fizzy champagne and ginger will bring you cheer while deeper hints of Frasier fir will make you feel like you’re on your own alpine getaway.
If for you the holidays aren’t complete without a Christmas tree, this candle is the perfect wintry staple. The notes of evergreen and cedar wood are fresh and pure without being overpowering, bringing the smells of a snow-dusted forest with every lighting.
If you spend your days fantasizing about a cabin in the woods where someone’s always baking, Snowed In might become your new go-to winter candle. Sugary sweetness layered with all the best holiday spices will bring you comfort and warmth with every burn.
Sweet mornings smells exactly like warm honey drizzling onto a freshly baked breakfast pastry. If your biggest delight in the holiday season is sugary sweets, the warm scents of vanilla and oats that waft from this candle will be the perfect companion for winter.
The deep, rich notes of plum brandy and dried fruit will instantly transport you to a stately study lined with leather-bound books; this deeper and muskier take on the holidays is perfect for someone who prefers to stay away from sweeter scents, and the gorgeous gilded casing makes is the perfect centerpiece for any room.
Two of our favorite winter spices combine beautifully in this candle to set the mood for a holiday season full of warmth (and delicious baking)!
If the chilly weather always leaves you craving a crackling fire, then this limited edition candle filled with rich wood and leaf scents will be the perfect addition to your evenings.
The holidays are all about celebrating while staying snug, and this clear, crisp scent of prosecco will bring you an abundance of both. Perfect for bath time or a nightcap, this winter candle will bring a little something special to any occasion.
Perfectly sweet ginger and bergamot zest combine with deeper spices to make a delicious scent that’s both luxurious and complex.
This winter candle smells like the perfect peppermint hot chocolate, dripping with rich cocoa, warm vanilla, and fluffy whipped cream. If the holidays always make you think of peppermint bark, you’ll never want to put out this candle.
Sugar, spices and pine are all wonderful, but sometimes you might need something a bit simpler. Black Fig smells like walking through a musty forest on a winter night; it’s rich but subdued enough to bring you a woodsy winter whenever you need it.
Familiar scents can be such a comfort for us as we navigate our lives and create comforting spaces for ourselves. No matter which smells remind you of your treasured memories, favorite places, and loved ones, a winter candle can be the perfect way to create all those feelings wherever you find yourself this winter. I hope you find a new favorite on this list that you’ll keep coming back to every time the weather gets chilly.