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

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Updated For 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

    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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    1. P. F. Candle Co. No. 04 – Teakwood & Tobacco * Editors Choice *

      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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    1. Paddywax Library Collection Mark Twain Soy Wax Candle – Tobacco Flowers and Vanilla *Editors Choice *

      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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    1. Capri Blue Iridescent Jar Candle – Volcano * Editors Choice *

      Capri Blue Volcano Candle Best Candles 2018

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

      Volcano is basically THE signature scent from Capri Blue candles. It is a unique scent that can pretty much please scent lovers of all types. We’ve shared this candle as one of our favorites before but thought that we should share it again as it is still one of our absolute favorites that will never go out of style. We recommend that you don’t pick this one up on Amazon however as we’ve been getting reports of candles arriving broken and also duds. We linked to Anthropologie this time which is where we recommend that you buy them as you can ensure you are getting the newest products without defects.

      Wax Type: Paraffin – Soy Blend

      Burn Time: 85 Hours

      Price Per Ounce: $$

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    1. Illume Candles Vanity Tin – Blackberry Absinthe

      Blackberries, sweet orange, and green leaves mingles with a heart of Egyptian jasmine petals, peppery anise, black sandalwood, and liquid amber.

      Our previous pick that we had for this list is not available anymore and so we decided to pick another of our long standing favorites to replace it. Blackberry Absinthe is one of Illume Candle’s essential scents and this one is not going anywhere.

      This version of the candle is also in a tin container, making online orders from Amazon a little bit safer. Candle companies are getting better and better with their glass shipments but accidents still happen. With a sturdy tin container candles like this one, you have a much greater chance of your candle arriving in one piece.

    2. Wax Type: Soy Blend

      Burn Time: 50 Hours

      Price Per Ounce: $$$

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    1. JewelScent Essentials Collection – Raspberry Crush

      raspberry candle

      Ripened raspberries and white citrus

      JewelScent originally were a ring candle brand, and one of our favorites at that. And while they are still making some of the best ring candles today, it’s their recent step towards traditional candles that have caught our interest. Jewelscent are experts at making a fragrant, elegant, candle and trying just one will be enough to convince any skeptics.

      Wax Type: Soy wax blend

      Burn Time: 65 Hours

      Price Per Ounce: $

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    1. Illume – Queen Beehive Candle

       A green, herbal blend of bright citrus, clary sage, and spicy cloves with earthy notes of crisp pine needles, cedarwood, and moss – finished with a lingering hint of patchouli and musk.

      A new addition to this list but it’s from one of my go-to companies. I love their wax, I love their container designs, and most importantly, I love their fragrances. This is another candle that will turn heads. This beehive candle comes in a metal jar with a nice looking wooden lid. You may be able to find it at some Anthropologie stores but you can also find it on the Anthropologie website currently. It just barely makes it onto this list price-wise but I felt it was worth including.

      Wax Type: Coconut Wax Blend

      Burn Time: 48 Hours

      Price Per Ounce: $$$$

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

      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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  1. 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: $$

    Find this candle on Amazon

    Check price on Bed Bath & Beyond

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

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

    The WoodWick Candles Hourglass Jars – Cinnamon Chai is much cheaper on Walmart:

  • 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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