5 of the best candles to make your home smell like Christmas

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You know the Christmas smell, right? It’s a little spicy, a little sweet, a little woodsy — and it will make your home feel extra cozy this time of year.

OK, technically speaking, winter scents tend to have notes of fir or pine trees, cranberries and apples, cinnamon and clove or even champagne grapes. That’s because these are the natural ingredients that are in season this type of year. You’ve probably had them on your dinner table or smelled them in your backyard at some point.

However, the best smells typically evoke a little bit of nostalgia. For me, my mother used to burn apple-spiced candles around the holidays, and we’d bake cookies with our grandma. I always feel a little extra warmth when I get a whiff of these scents. Also, the scent of pine reminds me of the freshly cut trees that line the streets of NYC leading up to the holidays — it’s my favorite time of year.

All that considered, take a look below at the best, most festive winter candles to make your home smell like Christmas.

1. Capri Blue Fir & Firewood Jar Candle, $26.60 (Orig. $38)

Credit: Anthropologie

Notes: Clove, fir, pine needle, white birch, cedar, vetiver, musk and a hint of green apple

Anthropologie’s Fir & Firewood candle is a favorite amongst many in the winter. You could easily burn this one all season long — not just around the holidays.

2. Pottery Barn Winter Spruce Scent Collection, $41 (Orig. $59)

Credit: Pottery Barn

Notes: Juniper berry, Siberian fir, green apple, oakmoss, vetiver, clove and sandalwood

Pottery Barn’s candle has a fir and pine smell but is a little more earthy due to the oakmoss and vetiver. However, it has a slightly spicy twist with the clove notes added in.

3. LAFCO Cinnamon Bark Candle, $34.50 (Orig. $46)

Credit: Bloomingdale’s

Notes: Pepper, cinnamon and tonka

LAFCO’s candles all come in gorgeous glass-blown jars, and their fragrances are strong. This Cinnamon Bark candle should fill your whole house with its warm and spicy scent.

4. Noble Objects The Nutcracker Candle, $38

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Notes: Sea salt, brown sugar, pecan, hazelnut, vanilla, caramel and tonka bean

Noble Objects makes literary-inspired candles, and its holiday collection is not to be missed. The Nutcracker scent is based on the story itself.

5. Boy Smells Incensorial Candle, $44

Credit: Nordstrom

Notes: Orange peel, incense, cardamom, blond tobacco, salted amber and suede

Boy Smells’ Incensorial candle is part of its holiday collection, and it evokes a warm and spicy scent. Think of it like the hot toddy of candles on this list.

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