$30 seems to be that price point at which many of us back off when it comes to buying candles. It can seem hard to justify spending any more than that on something that smells nice. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my luxury candles, once you experience the intoxicating, unique scents from the likes of brands like Diptyque it gets addicting and you only want to buy the best. But let’s be honest, who really has the budget to be buying $60+ candles all the time?
I decided to put together a list of candles that I love that can all be found under that $30 mark (MSRP – please check current prices before buying anything on the list). These are still all very good candles that I do get frequently, but they won’t break the bank like some other candles will. Also, being under $30 can be quite vague for candles that come in various sizes so I’ve decided to pick candles that work out to $3 per ounce or under at MSRP. This way you won’t be getting a miniature candle that only burns for 10 hours for that 30 bucks! I’ve seen other blogs online doing this and I really don’t think that honestly counts as candles that fall into this price range 😉
Now to the fun part. The best smelling candles list!!
(These are in no particular order)
First up we have a very popular candle and those people that frequent stores such as Anthropologie will know this one well. Our pick is the Volcano candle, it has an intriguing and unique scent that I just love. The Capri Blue candles are all quite popular and for good reason. They smell great. They look great. But most importantly on top of all that? They are reasonably priced.
Ah, what would a best smelling candles list be without an appearance from Voluspa? Often times I categorize these candles as luxury priced candles when really most of them are not bad when it comes to prices. It’s hard not to think of these as luxury candles when they look so great though. Each scent is available in a variety of different containers that all have stunning designs from wide 3 wick tins covered in floral patterns to the one pictured above which is colored glass with embossed patterns wrapped around it. The pick above is French Cade Lavender from Voluspa’s best selling Japonica collection. It has notes of french cade wood, verbena, and Bulgarian lavender. Light this by the bath and be transported to a wondrous spa in your very own home. It is beautiful!
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This is the Chanterelle Moss candle from Illume Candles. I’ve also mentioned Illume before as luxury but again, when you look at those perfect containers for these candles it’s hard not to think of luxury. If you are looking for candles that not only smell great but you also want to spruce up your homes’ decor on a budget these candles will add that chic final touch. Wanting a scent that doesn’t smell cheap and works as a unisex candle? Chanterelle moss is woody, soothing, with a hint of citrus. A favorite of ours here at Candle Junkies.
Madison Valley Soy Candles are one of the newer candles that we have tried and it was quickly apparent how good their candles were. Soy candles are more popular than ever these days, they burn cleaner and last longer so it’s really not a surprise to see. Madison Valley takes their 100% soy candles claim seriously, they make their candles from soybean-based vegetable oil only. They don’t blend their candles with other waxes, they use natural essential oils to fragrance their candles and they are USDA certified organic, kosher, and vegan. That isn’t to say they don’t perform well either. These were some of the best burning candles that we have gotten in a long time and they are truly a bargain. Oh, and did I mention they smell good too? Cranberry Apple is to die for *drool*
Another candle that has an ECO friendly aspect to it is this Verbena and Lemongrass candle from Paddywax. The jars these candles are contained in are actually recycled wine bottles! That’s not the only thing that makes these candles wonderful though. The most important part for most people is the scent and with this candle, it delivers in that department. This scent of verbena and lemongrass gives you a refreshing citrusy fragrance throw that can fill up an entire living room. It is a fairly strong yet pleasing aroma and the candle even carries when unlit. I have yet to find a problem with the burn quality in this collection from Paddywax so that is an extra plus.
Apple spice & cinnamon, a classic scent that I for one cannot say no to. It may be done often, but Greenleaf does it better than most. This candle is absolutely scrumptious! The spiciness of this scent comes through a little bit more than the apple which in my opinion makes it even better.
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First things first, I love the packaging on these candles. Not only is it all recycled but they come in these decorative cardboard holders with colored patterns that match the wax color inside. The whole idea behind this line of candles is to bring science into the equation and have each candle relieve different ailments via aromatherapy. All of the scents are infused with a blend of essential oils and feature sustainable wood wicks. Whether or not you believe in holistic healing like this is up to you, but even if you don’t, I’m quite sure you will like these candles. The one above: ‘Eucalyptus Menthol‘ is one of my favorites from the collection. It smells fresh and soothing while not being overbearing.
Rewined is another company that uses recycled wine bottles as their jars but these ones actually look like bottles of wine and are scented after them! The rose scent from the ‘blanc’ collection is one of the best I’ve smelled EVER. They did a great job with the fragrance here, it’s quite fruity and floral and it throws very well. I found myself just cold sniffing this candle whenever it was near me without even thinking (yea I’m a weirdo). Pair the impressive scent with a spectacular look and solid burn quality and you’ve got a winner here.
Pure Integrity Soy Candles don’t have labels or any of the gimmicks that some of the other popular candles do but one thing they do have is an extremely well-made candle. I LOOOVE these candles. Once you try one of these you realize just how expertly crafted they are. The 16 oz candle which is pictured above has two wicks to ensure an even melt pool all the way to the bottom. They use a 7 step pouring process to ensure a strong fragrance not only when you first light the candle, but all the way through. And speaking of fragrance. They got the scents just perfect! A favorite of mine and also many others’ is the Vanilla Soy Candle of theirs. It is truly amazing, no cheap smells, just a honest smelling vanilla candle.
We have a similar candle to this already on the list but I wanted to add another cheaper alternative. Just because this one is cheaper does not mean it’s worse! Like Pure Integrity above, this candle may not be flashy but it means business. The lemon verbena candle by Mrs. Meyer’s gives off a strong, clean, and crisp scent. It can throw quite a bit of scent and adds a bit of freshness to any room around the house. I’ve had no issues with the burn quality of these candles so far.
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Old Factory Candles are experts at making masculine and feminine scents alike. They are also masters at making scents that compliment each other well. They even have themed sets of candles that you can buy that take 3 of their different scents that pair well and put them in a package set. If you put one candle from them on each side of a room and burn them all at the same it adds some great layers to the scent profile and sets a great ambiance. We did a review a while ago about the ‘Romance Themed Gift Set’ so have a look at that if you’re interested. The scent above: ‘Roasted Chestnut‘ will be a perfect scent for upcoming cool, fall days with it’s nutty, rich fragrance notes. Old Factory puts a good emphasis on making candles that burn evenly as well. From start to finish, we have not run into a problem in any of the candles that we’ve tried. They are made of a slow burning wax blend that ensures you are getting the most out of what you pay for. As an added bonus, their glass votives are also reusable and they can be reused as decorative drinking glasses when the candle is through.
Archipelago Botanicals may be the last on this list but they are one of our absolute favorites. These candles have intense, complex scents that can easily fill entire rooms. If you have guests over when these candles are lit, you can be sure that you will be receiving comments on them. Even upon cold sniff these candles throw a good deal of fragrance! One of my favorites – along with many others I know – is the ‘Havana‘ candle. It takes inspiration from the sights of Cuba and blends notes of ylang ylang, tobacco flowers, and bergamot with hints of sugar cane and grapefruit for a woody, yet citrusy aroma that is just right.
As you may have noticed throughout the list, naturally, most of the candles are creeping up close to the $30 mark we set. You really do get what you pay for with candles a lot of the time. With some exceptions, they last longer, they smell better, and they most definitely look better. That isn’t to say that there aren’t very good candles that are under $20. Keep an eye on the blog updates as we’ll be doing a similar list for those candles that don’t break the $20 price point but are still amazing.
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