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12 luxurious scented candles we’re burning this winter

Feeling cosy in colder weather all comes down to your nose.
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Nothing says warm and cosy like the flame of a candle and a nice scent wafting through the house.

This winter, making your home inviting and peaceful should be a top priority, and what better way to do it than with a candle? 

Not only does a candle cover any stagnant odours, it also brings ambience and presence to your indoor space. Light candles and turn off the ‘big light’ so you can relish in the flickering glow. 

As for the best candles during colder weather, sticking to aromas of vanilla, sandalwood, tobacco and subtle spices will warm you up from your nose to your toes! Cuddle up under a winter throw or a weighted blanket, put on your favourite music and light ones of these candles: 

The best winter candles for 2024

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Moss St Fragrances 320g vanilla caramel soy candle, $49.95, Temple & Webster

Starting off strong, this vanilla caramel candle from Moss St Fragrances is bold in every way. If you love stand-out colours and a rich aroma to encompass your home during winter, then this is the perfect candle for you.

And after the sweet, cloying scent of vanilla has been used up, the candle vessel can be kept as a decor item to brighten up your space!

Key features:

  • Scent profile: bergamot, caramel, brown sugar, milk, almond, vanilla, and amber. 
  • Made with 100% soy wax and a cotton wick. 
  • Australian-owned brand. 
  • Extended burning hours, with a guaranteed burn time of 60 hours. 
  • Made with a bespoke ceramic jar and lid. 

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The Commonfolk Collective dictionary meaning candle ‘Family’, $36.95, The Iconic

This dictionary candle from The Commonfolk Collective is the very definition of comforting. Describing ‘family’ as “your favourite people whom you can dream, laugh and play with”, this candle votive is perfect for warming up the home in the colder months.

The creamy scent of almond and coconut milk will bring a sense (or scents!) of calm during heavy rain and wind.

Key features:

  • Scent profile: almond milk and coconut milk.
  • Up to 40 hours of burning. 
  • Natural non-toxic wicks.
  • Australian made fine fragrance oils enriched with essential oils.
  • Reusable jars feature a suction timber lid.
  • Locally made on the Mornington Peninsula.

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Hunter Candles Tasmanian Creek candle, $59, The Iconic

Nothing can compare to the beautiful smells of the outdoors on a sunny afternoon. Although nothing can compare to the actual thing, this Tasmanian Creek candle does a damn good job at being an indoor replacement.

Light this candle when you’re longing for fresh scents of eucalyptus and grapefruit, and bask in the natural aromas of the Aussie outback.

Key features:

  • Scent profile: paperbark eucalyptus, red cedar, vetiver, grapefruit, white peppercorn and olive leaf.
  • 50 hour burning time.
  • Made from 100% soy wax.
  • Non-toxic.
  • Made in Australia.

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Ecoya Cedarwood & Leather Metro candle, $34.95, Ecoya

A leathery and woody fragrance is ideal for wafting in the home during cold weather. It’s surprisingly how much your sense of smell can affect your levels of warmth, and this Ecoya candle will certainly lull you into a sleepy spell with it’s thermal aromas.

This scent, combined with a weighted blanket and a roast dinner will get you back to being toasty and snug!

Key features:

  • Scent profile: vetiver, bergamot, leather, clove and cedarwood.
  • Glass jar vessel with sealable glass lid.
  • Bur time of 55 hours.
  • Made with natural soy wax.

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Hunter Candles Andrew candle, $49, The Iconic

Think fireplaces and decadence with this candle from Hunter Candles. This masculine blend of tobacco flower and burnt hay will lure you in.

The overall feel of this candle is luxury comfort, so be prepared to sit back and sink in to this scent.

Key features:

  • Scent profile: tobacco flower and burnt hay.
  • 50 hour burn time.
  • Made from 100% soy wax.
  • Non-toxic.
  • Made in Australia.

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Woodwick vanilla bean Heartwick soy candle, $59.95, Temple & Webster

Vanilla bean is one of those scents that you just can’t pass up on. Giving your space a clean yet comforting smell, this candle from Woodwick is a great option for winter warmers.

The long, natural wooden wick means your candle will burn with the crackle of a fireplace, so your indoor space is inviting not only by smell, but by sound as well.

Key features:

  • Scent profile: vanilla bean.
  • Made from 100% soy wax.
  • Burn time of 30 hours.
  • Natural wooden wick.

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Leif Products Boronia candle 280g, $79, The Iconic

If you had to describe this candle in one word, it would be ‘rich’. And why wouldn’t you want your home to feel rich and inviting, especially when it’s chilly outside?

This Boronia candle from Leif Products has scents of oud, floral spice and a rich amber, which are perfect for creating an ambient space when entertaining, or even when you want to relax by yourself.

Key features:

  • Scent profile: rich amber, oud and floral spice. 
  • In bold orange glass vessel. 
  • 44 hour burning time. 
  • 100% vegan and cruelty free. 

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Dusk star jasmine & golden amber Fleur 2 wick scented candle, $30 (was $44.99), Dusk

If you’re missing the sweet smells of blooming flowers during springtime, then this candle from Dusk is for you. Bring spring to your home early, and light this baby up during autumn and winter for a floral flourish. 

Notes of jasmine and violet will make any cold and dreary room feel alive again!

Key features:

  • Scent profile: star jasmine, violet, golden amber and oud.
  • Lead-free cotton wicks.
  • Twin wick for increased intensity.
  • Up to 36 hours burn time.

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Jo Malone London wood sage & sea salt home candle, $116, Myer

Described as an escape from the everyday, this Jo Malone candle reminds us of windswept shores and rugged cliffs. If your the adventurous type, but only in good weather conditions, then bring a bit of the wild coast to your home with this candle. 

An air of freshness and chaotic spirit is sure to liven up the darkness of winter. 

Key features:

  • Scent profile: wood, sage and sea salt.
  • In signature glass design. 
  • 45 hours of burn time. 

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CIRCA Amber & Sandalwood soy candle 350g, $39.95, CIRCA

Spicy sensuality is the key describer for this scent from CIRCA. Made up of notes of amber, sandalwood and musk, this rich candle screams decadent and bold.

If you need to bring a bit of sophistication to your home, set this candle alight and turn on the music. 

Key features:

  • Scent profile: amber, sandalwood, orange, magnolia, vanilla and musk.
  • Handmade in Australia.
  • Soy blend wax and lead free cotton wicks.
  • Reusable glass jar.

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Hunter Candles Buttery Popcorn Pepe Saya, $69, Hard To Find

Are you an avid fan of Pepe Saya Buttery like we are? A creamy butter scent layered with the sharp tang of salty popcorn will bring a rich, balanced scent to your home. Think of a movie night with a towering tub of lightly salted popcorn. 

Fill up your living room with the intoxicating aroma of buttery popcorn, and watch as your guests drink it all in.

Key features:

  • Scent profile: buttery popcorn with buerre de baratte culture butter from Pepe Saya buttery.
  • Biodegradable wax, free from pesticides, palm oil, petroleum and GMOs.
  • Burn hours 50+
  • Made In Australia.

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Aesop Ptolemy Aromatique candle 300g, $135, Myer

Named after an ancient Greek-Egyptian astronomer who catalogued the stars, this candle from Aesop brings a fragrance that is old as time itself. With notes of cedar and cypress, you should feel like you’re in a dense, other-worldly forest full of magic. 

Thick, heavy forest aromas are the perfect way to cover up the cold of winter, and bring us back to nature (while still being indoors!). 

Key features:

  • Scent profile: cedar, cypress and vetiver. 
  • Formulated with vegan-friendly ingredients.
  • Burn time from 55 to 65 hours. 

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