If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you’ve probably figured out that I have a low-key obsession with fancy candles from brands like Diptyque, Le Labo, Jo Malone, etc. And while they are 110% worth the splurge (and make a fab gift!), they’re also just that: a complete and total splurge.
I mean, logically, a candle that is handmade in France by 12-step process probably isn’t an actual life necessity. Luckily, if you like nice things but spending $60+ on a candle is just ridiculous to you, you won’t be forced to resort to Yankee Candle or whatever. There are plenty of luxe options out there that smell just as lovely as Diptyque, for literally a fraction of the cost. Here are some of the best affordable candles for your home:
Anthropologie is a wonderful go-to for its candle selection, and Candlefish is a relative newcomer to their offerings. The brand is based in Charleston, South Carolina, where each scent is custom-blended in their library. Yes, candle library. It’s as amazing as it sounds.
An Anthropologie stalwart, Capri Blue’s candles are cult classics for a reason. The candles are all poured from soy wax into recycled vessels, and smell completely amazing (duh). You basically can’t go wrong.
PF Candle Co is based in Los Angeles, and takes its scent and packaging inspiration from apothecaries. Each candle is hand-poured using soy wax and cotton wicks, featuring scents like Golden Coast, Sweet Grapefruit and Amber Moss.
True story: I once bought the “Amber + Smoke” candle not because I particularly enjoy the scent of amber, but because the concrete and gold matched my ~aesthetic~. I am ridiculous. Luckily, it smelled great.
These candles have slightly ridiculous names (wtf does moonsparkle even mean, Urban Outfitters), but oh my gosh the Night Storm scent smells fantastic. It is, apparently, a blend of “Fresh blood orange, sugared lemon and white tea” — super light and citrusy.
Tocca may be known more for their fragrances, but their candles are lovely as well. Named after famous women (Cleopatra, Florence, etc), their candles are decidedly feminine.
Founded in Southern California in 1999, Voluspa candles feature luxurious scents and a custom-blended coconut wax. The champagne and rose scents are two of my favorites.
I’ve actually featured 42 Pressed on the blog before — each candle attempts to capture the spirit of its namesake city. Chicago has a basil base that would be perfect for a kitchen. I just picked up the London candle from Foursided and am so excited to burn it.
Last but certainly not least, this natural soy wax candle is meant to evoke ocean air and, you know, the beach. Kind of like the Maison Martin Margiela Beach Walk candle for about half the price!
Shop the best affordable candles below!
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