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

Updated For April 2020

Our first top candles under $30 post turned out to be one of the most popular posts on the blog. However, that original post was made over 3 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 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 greatest choices.

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.


Top 10 Scented Candles Under $30 (Pin it!)

1. Voluspa – 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 one of the best sellers ‘Goji Tarocco Orange’. This is a candle that you need to experience if you are a true candle lover.

Wax Type: Coconut wax blend

Burn Time: 25 Hours

Price Per Ounce: $$

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2. P. F. Candle Co. – Golden Hour * Editors Choice *

Mellow, dry, tranquil. Bergamot, hay, and golden poppy.

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!! For this iteration of the list I chose to go with ‘golden hour’ in the sunset candle collection. These are 10 oz candles in earth motif decorative tins.

Wax Type: 100% Soy Wax

Burn Time: 50 -60 Hours

Price Per Ounce: $$$

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3. Paddywax Library Collection – Charles Dickens *Editors Choice *

Pairing favorite quotes with exquisite fragrances, we pay homage to the literary greats.

Not only are these candles perfect for the book lovers out there, they are also some of the best smelling candles around.

Charles Dickens is one of my all time favorites from the collection, and might just become one of your new favorites as well.

Also, if it’s your first time purchasing from the Paddywax website, you get 20% off that entire order!

Top Notes: Tangerine, Cinnamon, Lemon, Orange
Middle Notes: Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Clove
Base Notes:  
Fir Needle, Eucalyptus

Wax Type: Soy wax blend

Burn Time: 60 Hours

Price Per Ounce: $

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4. Capri Blue – Volcano

Tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons and limes, redolent with lightly exotic mountain greens

Volcano from Capri Blue is THE Anthropologie candle. It’s that scent that is wafting through all their stores and treating all our noses. 

We add this candle to many of our favorite lists as we feel it would be a disservice to people that may have not tried it before. It doesn’t always have the perfect burn, but it is a scent that will please even the most picky of fragrance snobs.

Wax Type: Paraffin – soy blend

Burn Time: 85 Hours

Price Per Ounce: $$

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5. Homeworx – Hot Cider Donut

Harvest apple, cinnamon sugar, vanilla bean, and spiced cider.

You’ve got to try one of these bad boys from Homeworx if you haven’t had the chance yet. The hot cider donut candle is a favorite of mine.

This brand is from Harry Slatkin who has been in the industry for a long time. After playing a part in making Bath and Body Works what it is today, he left and started this line of candles.

These 4 wick candles are great for their price and can be found at Ulta for 2 for $40.

Wax Type: Soy – paraffin wax blend

Burn Time: 30 – 55 Hours

Price Per Ounce: $

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6. Illume Boulangerie Jar Candle – Whipped Cream & Pear * Editors Choice *

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 as well, so take a peek at the other scents too.

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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7. Partylite – Raspberry Rhubarb

Berries and tart rhubarb with a twist of almond wood and mandarin.

Partylite has been around forever. You may have even been a part of a hosted ‘candle party’ with friends in the past with this company.

You don’t have to go through all of that work to get one of their great candles, however. You can find whatever you want from there collection on their website.

We recommend raspberry rhubarb. A long time favorite here at Candle Junkies.

Wax Type: Paraffin blend

Burn Time: 25 – 45 Hours

Price Per Ounce: $$

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8. Homesick Candles – New York City

Scents of spring days in Central Park, fine department stores, and concrete

Homesick has been making big strides over the last few years. Their candles are crafted to remind you of nostalgic scents. For the most part, they hit their mark.

The New York City candle is a best seller which is reminiscent of a stroll through the city on a spring day.

Wax Type: All natural soy wax

Burn Time: 60 – 80 Hours

Price Per Ounce: $$

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9. Aira Soy Candles – Lovespell

Citrus, cherry blossom, hydrangea, apple and peach.

I think it’s even just soothing to look at these candles. It’s not a surprise that these also made our best candles for stress relief list.

These long lasting candles are organic, vegan, and kosher, so you can burn these babies guilt free.

The fragrance that was made popular by Victoria’s Secret is one of our favorites no matter the time of year and here is a slightly different take on it.

Wax Type: Soy wax

Burn Time: 60+ Hours

Price Per Ounce: $$

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10. Pure Integrity – Lemongrass & Clary Sage

Lemongrass with fresh green notes slightly enhanced by sage.

These are just amazing candles at a very affordable price. The fragrance is strong but not too overpowering and they are long lasting.

Pure Integrity focuses on what’s in the jar rather than what’s on the outside and what you get is something worth the price.

We also love the way the semi transparent glass gives off a warm glow as the flame burns down throughout.

Wax Type: Soy wax

Burn Time: 75 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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5 Comments

  • Reply Julio Gutierrez April 22, 2019 at 2:08 am

    The WoodWick Candles Hourglass Jars – Cinnamon Chai is much cheaper on Walmart: https://www.walmart.com/ip/WoodWick-Vanilla-Cinnamon-Chai-Large-Hourglass-Candle/130125302

  • Reply Love June 4, 2019 at 5:50 am

    Georgia Peach is another great find at bed bath and beyond.🤗

  • Reply Pamela February 4, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Thanks for these post! I’ve been spending a lot on higher end candles lately… my wallet will thank me with these cheaper but great quality suggestions! Can you maybe make a list of your top candles with the best throw? Thanks!

    • Reply The Candle Junkies February 4, 2020 at 9:47 pm

      Hey Pamela, thanks for stopping by! Yea, we hear you on the luxury candles, they are super nice, but man are they ever expensive.

      Sure thing, I’m trying to post on a more frequent basis lately so I will add that one to my to-do list and try and have it out in the near future. Be sure to check back for it 🙂

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