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My Luxury Scented Candles Curation

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My Luxury Scented Candles Curation

Luxury scented candles are critical – yes critical in my spaces. They are so much more than just a flame and aroma. They are a must. They instantly, and effortlessly infuse ambiance with a beautiful scent that is one of the most important elements in creating an inviting space. Don’t skip on candles, my friends. Plus, they are affordable crowd-pleasing gifts, many being perfect styling accent pieces too. Luxury candles are a win-win always.

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Okay, so I know you are wondering. What are your all-time favorite luxury scented candles? Here’s the thing. There are a ton of amazing candles out there – many you can buy online. But unfortunately, there are some very underwhelming and less desirable options too. Don’t get duped. Here’s my list of top luxury scented candles (and stores) and a few candle maintenance tips. First…

Avoid Tunneling 

This is the most common mistake. While most luxury scented candles are made with great care and quality, you still want to make sure to avoid a thing called tunneling. Essentially this is where the candle burns down too fast and you can’t see the flame from the sides. It’s horrible. Plus it will greatly diminish your new candles burn time. No one wants that! 

To avoid this, make sure that your first burn is for a good three to four hours or long enough for the wax pool to reach the edges before blowing it out. Be sure to do this. Otherwise, it will tunnel. Also, don’t forget to clip your wick down to less than an inch on the first burn, and any thereafter too. This extends shelf life and reduces soot output.

Types Of Candle Wax Explained

Every different type of candle wax will give you a very different experience and is often found in blends. Different vendors tend to use their special blends of wax, but sometimes you’ll find a product that is 100% one type of wax. Here is a look at the main different types that you can purchase. 

  • Beeswax; Beeswax candles have a nice clean burn and help to remove toxins from the air. This is the oldest form of candle wax around and it also has the highest melting point. They also tend to drip less but are also generally more expensive. 
  • Soy wax; Soy wax is generally thought to be good for the environment but it has less of a clean burn when compared with beeswax. These types of candles last longer and emit fragrance very nicely. Plus, of course, they are vegan. 
  • Coconut wax; Contrary to what the name suggests, Coconut wax is odorless. This type of wax is also non-toxic and it produces less soot than other types. Plus, it’s vegan too. 
  • Parafin; Parafin wax is the cheapest type of wax available because it is made from petroleum. So, you tend to find it more often in the cheaper options.
  • Palm wax was considered a healthy option, but it is now thought to be a very bad choice for the environment as it is made from the same stuff as palm oil. Palm oil is a major cause of deforestation and endangered species habitat destruction. Need I say more? 

Okay….now for the good stuff. My favorite candles:

The Best Luxury Scented Candle Stores

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1. CAPRI BLUE

As summer is just around the corner, now is a great time to immerse yourself in the Capri Blue tropical fruits Volcano soy wax candle. This 18 oz number comes in a stunning cobalt blue container and makes an excellent lighter daytime scent. Or, for something a little more out there, they have a punchy Pineapple Flower candle too. 

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2. VOLUSPA

Voluspa is a great affordable artisan candle brand based in California. Their quirky candles are also beautifully presented but in reusable boho containers in a variety of shapes and sizes. Their handmade large jars and smaller tins also include some stunning scents. I recommend you try out their Forbidden Fig jar blend

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3. NEOM

NEOM candles are natural well-being products that are designed to help you with sleep, your mood, energy and stress levels. What I love about these candles is that they do what it says on the jar. If you’re stressed then opt for De-Stress. Or if you want to feel a little more joyful, you can try their Happiness blend.

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4. DIPTYQUE PARIS

Diptyque Paris is an iconic heritage candle brand that’s actually named after the French word for a boutique. Who knew? Their stunning candles are crisp, beautiful and a little bit bohemian but do not compromise on luxury. If you are looking for a really stand out gift, I’d 100% recommend the 6.5oz Baies / Berries Candle. 

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5. FORNASETTI 

In my humble opinion, a Fornasetti candle is not just a candle. It is a stunning piece of artwork that you can enjoy forever as well. The L’Eclaireuse 300g vegetal wax candle comes in a beautiful black and white Lina Cavalieri porcelain container and burns for approximately 60 hours. The scent blend is fresh but intense. 

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6. RITUALS

Whether it’s for yourself or as a gift, Rituals’ beautiful yet affordable luxury candles are designed to transform your mood. Each candle is inspired by ancient holistic practices like their Precious Amber. The perfume is delicate but sensual and soothing. So, perfect for a night in with a nice glass of wine. 

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7. JO MALONE

Jo Malone’s crisp handmade candles are very simple but elegant and expertly made. These candles come in perfect glass jars with a range of uniquely deep scents as well as sizes. Start with their signature Lime, Basil and Mandarin and I guarantee that you’ll never stop. 

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8. JONATHAN ADLER 

Jonathan Adler is a designer but also an expert candle supplier. This meticulously crafted gold ceramic candle has a unique glaze and emits a pink pepper and sage balsam scent. Like Fornasetti, this is a work of art and it smells good, but costs a tenth of the price. To give your decor a pop of color, try his Grapefruit Pop Candle

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9. TARGET

When you light this 14 oz $15 sea salt and coconut cream scented candle from Target it will take your mind straight to summertime at the beach. It comes in a cute textured ceramic jar and is a nice relaxing addition to your bathroom, or in a more laid back bedroom. 

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10. DW HOME 

DW Home creates affordable but unique hand-poured candles in their simple but classic glass jars that look good in any space. This 10 oz palm wax blend Warm Tobacco Pipe candle has a wonderful rich smell that isn’t too heavy. It contains an intense black wax with a single wick and has a burn time of up to 33 hours. 




Once your luxury scented candle finally arrives, I recommend sourcing some beautiful matches to make it even more of an experience. These long pinewood matches will look great next to your candle on a mantlepiece. 

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I hope that you’ve enjoyed my guide to your next luxury scented candle purchase. Remember to subscribe to my newsletter and be sure to let me know which one you ended up going for! Now, run a bath with some essential oils, grab a glass of wine and enjoy your weekend!

2 Comments

  1. Avatar for doyle.maureen@hotmail.com

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    May 19, 2022 at 1:33 am

    Thanks so much Anthony. Always overwhelmed by the choices out there and will be keeping this blog in a file for reference. I didn’t know what tunnelling was, but now that I do it won’t happen again. You’re the best 😁.

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    • Avatar for Anthony Rodriguez

      Anthony Rodriguez

      September 6, 2022 at 1:09 am

      I am so glad this was helpful. Enjoy and thanks for reading.

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