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10 Best Scented Candles Under $30 2018 (and less than $3 per ounce)

April 8, 2018

Our first best smelling candles under $30 post turned out to be one of the most popular posts on the blog. However, that original post was made over two years ago now (where does the time go?) and while the picks on that list are all still great, we thought it would be a good idea to update the list for 2018 and share some of our new favorites at that price point.

If you are unfamiliar with that list you may be asking yourself, “Well can’t nearly all candles be under $30 if they are miniature versions of a certain candle?”. And you would be correct, but the way that we are differentiating this list is by calculating a general price per ounce (wax) of $3 and under. This way you aren’t getting a tiny candle for that $30.

Please remember that the prices of the candles on this list are from the time of writing and are based on the MSRP. Be sure to check for the current prices of any products found on this list before buying.

I’m super excited to share this new list with you as I have really been digging all of these candle scents lately. I tried to pick scents that would be real people pleasers and I can confidently say that these are some of the best scented candles around right now.

If you try any of these candles after reading this list please let me know how you liked them in the comments below! I try and use the feedback that I receive from all of you amazing readers to better make the future lists as helpful as possible.


10 Best Scented Candles Under $30 2018

  1. Voluspa Large Glass Jar Candle – Goji & Tarocco Orange

    Candle Junkies Best Scented Candles Voluspa Japonica Collection Large Embossed Glass Jar Candle Goji Tarocco Orange

    Note of Goji Berry, Ripe Mango, and Tarocco Orange.

    We are big fans of Voluspa here at Candle Junkies. They use a coconut wax which is some of our favorite to burn and are just great quality candles overall. For this list we chose the best selling ‘Goji & Tarocco Orange’ candle in it’s 3 wick tin version. This is a candle that you need to experience if you are a true candle lover.

    Wax Type: Coconut wax blend

    Burn Time: 40 Hours

    Price Per Ounce: $$

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  2. P. F. Candle Co. No. 04 – Teakwood & Tobacco

    Candle Junkies Best Scented Candles PF Candle Co No 04 Teakwood & Tobacco Soy Candle

    Bold & Complex, This Scent Starts Out Musky And A Little Bit Sexy With Lead Notes Of Leather, Pepper, And Tobacco. A Base Of Teak + Sandalwood With A Hint Of Orange & Patchouli Make This Best Selling Fragrance Popular With Both Men + Women

    P. F. Candle Co. is a brand that is indie candle brand that is relatively new to me. I’ve seen them around some small local stores in my city and from the first time I twisted the lid off one I knew I was going to be hooked. These things are good!! You’ll find some unique scents including ‘Orange Cardamom’ and ‘Copal’ to name a few. With this list, I again had to go with the best seller as that many people can’t be wrong.

    Wax Type: 100% Soy Wax

    Burn Time: 40 – 50 Hours

    Price Per Ounce: $$$

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  3. Anthropologie Candlefish Hexagonal Candle 081 – Melon / Papaya / Musk

    Candlefish Hexagonal Best Scented Candle 081 Melon Papaya Musk and Strawberry Soy Wax Candle

    Ripe melon, strawberries, papaya and musk.

    Try visiting an Anthropologie store without stopping to smell their candles. It’s impossible! I often find myself stuck in their store just smelling candle after candle because they are soo good. The candle above is a popular scent from the Candlefish library of scents and was put into these gorgeous looking hexagonal vessels. They look perfect in any modern home and the fragrance is to die for. If you are looking for a bonus suggestion from Candlefish I also have to recommend No 30. which is lemon, bergamot, ginger, and musk. It is such a well balanced fragrance and I wanted to add it to this list seperately but I didn’t want to overload the list with this brand.

    Wax Type: Soy Wax

    Burn Time: 90 Hours

    Price Per Ounce: $$

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  4. Paddywax Library Collection Mark Twain Soy Wax Candle – Tobacco Flowers and Vanilla

    Candle Junkies Best Scented Candles Paddywax Library Collection Mark Twain Soy Wax Candle Tobacco Flowers and Vanilla

    Tobacco Flower and Vanilla Scent Created With All Natural Fragrances

    Not only are these candles perfect for the book lovers out there, they are also some of the best smelling candles around. I chose Mark Twain for this list, but nearly any other candle from this collection could fit here as well. They are too good.

    Wax Type: Soy Wax Blend

    Burn Time: 90 Hours

    Price Per Ounce: $

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  5. JewelScent Essentials Collection – Orchard Apple Soy Candle

    JewelScent Essentials Collection Orchard Apple Soy Candle Best Smelling Candles

    Crisp red apple meld with juicy tart fruit notes and sheer musk, reminiscent of the orchard under the hot summer sun!

    I’ve recommended this candle on the blog before and I’ve also done a review on it which you can find here. ‘Orchard Apple’ is from JewelScent’s Essentials Collection which is the alternative to their ring candle lines. They more than proved that their candles can match those of the greatest brands around with these strong scented soy candles.

    Wax Type: Soy Blend

    Burn Time: 65 Hours

    Price Per Ounce: $$

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  6. Illume Candles Collectiv Collection – Petitgrain Basil

    Candle Junkies Best Scented Candles Illume Candles Collectiv Collection Julia Jar Petitgrain Basil Lemon Vetiver Soy Candle

    Torn garden basil leaves surround peppery petitgrain, zesty lemon blossoms and deep vetiver

    I didn’t expect to like this candle but it was such a pleasant surprise. It was a fresh scent that had very slight earthy notes to it. Give this scent a shot and you won’t be disappointed. Leave it to Illume to make any scent smell good. This is another brand where I had a tough time picking which candle to include for this edition of our best scented candles list. For those that are curious, I was this close to picking ‘Blackberry Absinthe’ so if you are looking for a runner up scent than check that one out as well.

    Wax Type: Soy Blend

    Burn Time: 32 Hours

    Price Per Ounce: $$$

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  7. Paddywax Celestial Candle – Ivory & Twilight

    Candle Junkies Best Scented Candles Paddywax Celestial Collection Ivory and Twilight Soy Wax Candle

    Wild Fern, Coconut, Rose, and Fresh Waters

    The Celestial Collection from Paddywax are cosmic-inspired candles that feature tapered vessels with golden metallic lids. Aside from looking incredible, these candles pack a scented punch. My favorite scent from this 5 fragrance collection is ‘Ivory + Twilight’. Expect to get some compliments when one of these are in your home.

    Wax Type: Soy Wax Blend

    Burn Time: 80 Hours

    Price Per Ounce: $

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  8. Illume Boulangerie Jar Candle – Whipped Cream & Pear

    Candle Junkies Best Scented Candles Illume Boulangerie Jar Whipped Cream and Pear Coconut Wax Candle

    A decadent infusion of warm vanilla, fresh pear, whipping cream and a hint of apple peel

    This fresh, French bakery inspired scent is so unique and SOO GOOD. I can’t stress those last couple words enough. Every candle from the Boulangerie line by Illume is amazing. The other scents from this line include: Angel Food, Apricot Chantilly Creme, Espresso, Lemon Poppyseed, Lavender Shortbread, Oatmeal Cookie, Pumpkin Souffle, Sweet Vanilla & Cinnamon, and finally, Vanilla & Fig. If you are a fan of bakery scents and you hadn’t heard of these candles yet.. You’re welcome =)

    Wax Type: Coconut Wax Blend

    Burn Time: 35 Hours

    Price Per Ounce: $$$

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  9. Wax & Wick Scented Wood Wick Candle – Oakmoss

    Candle Junkies Best Scented Candles Wax and Wick Scented Soy Wax Candle With Double Wood Wick Oakmoss Scent With Notes Of Wood Musk Herbs and Amber

    Notes of Wood, Musk, Herbs, and Amber

    Wax & Wick candles have two wooden wicks in them with one causing the candle to crackle as it burns and the other to ensure the wax melts evenly throughout the entire burn session. If you want a fragrance that can please those with a more masculine fragrance preference than this is the candle.

    Wax Type: 100% Pure Soy Wax

    Burn Time: 60 Hours

    Price Per Ounce: $$$

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  10. WoodWick Candles Hourglass Jars – Cinnamon Chai

    Candle Junkies Best Scented Candles WoodWick Candles Hourglass Jars Cinnamon Chai

    Cinnamon Chai with a crackling wooden wick

    Like the candle above, this candle also has a wooden wick but in a crossed orientation. There are a ton of good fragrances from WoodWick but I had to choose one of my favs Cinnamon Chai for this list. I like it. You’ll probably like it as well.

    Wax Type: Soy Blend

    Burn Time: 90 Hours

    Price Per Ounce: $$

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To see our past picks please check out the first edition of this post by clicking here.

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