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Best Smelling NEST Candles Ranked

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Today we will be ranking the best nest candle scents, which is one of the top luxury brands out there. This will be of course in our opinion but we will try to make sure the picks that we make are more widely accepted favorites as well.

Below is a brief overview on Nest candles.

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Nest Fragrances are a luxury brand which was founded by the previous creators of Slatkin & Co. If you have heard of that name it’s because they used to create some of the best candles around and this new brand which was founded in 2005 is looking to improve on what that company created.

Nest candles are on the more affordable end of the luxury candle market. They are more expensive than a few of the very mainstream brands of candles like Yankee Candle and the Bath and Body Works candles. However, they are less expensive than many of the other big name luxury candle brands such as Jo Malone, Diptyque, or Cire Trudon.

Recently we did a post discussing why Nest candles were as expensive as they are and going over what gives them that price tag, if they were worth it, and who should buy them.

If you are a fan of these candles already, I’m sure that you already have a favorite, but hopefully you can still get something out of this. If you have never tried a Nest candle before we will show you some of our favorites.

How we will be ranking the best nest candle scents

We will be listing these scents from our least favorite to the best smelling Nest candles. That isn’t to say that the ones at the start of the list are bad, but if we had to rank them, this is what we would personally go with. Everyone has different tastes and opinions though so don’t worry if your scent is on the bottom, I’m sure a ton of people love it!

This is also only the candles that we have had a chance to try out for ourselves. If a scent is missing from this list it may mean that we haven’t spent enough time trying it out.


The 10 Best Smelling Nest Candles Ranked From Our Least To Most Favorite

You can find any of these candles online by clicking on their pictures or the links below. We usually linked the 3-wick size candles because those are our personal favorite sizes, however there are smaller and larger sizes available. Generally, the larger the candle, the more space the fragrance will fill. Go with whatever you feel you’d need.

10. Velvet Pear

Anjou pear and crisp apple with lemon and hints of peony accented with white musk and amber.

Ah, Velvet Pear. With me being a big fan of pear scents I was super excited when they announced this candle. It’s not quite what you would expect from a pear candle but it is an awesome unique fragrance. This candle is not super sweet and tends to go a little more on the muskier, smooth side of things rather than in your face pear fragrance.

It’s still one of my favorites, but it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. I’d give this one a smell in person if you can before buying online.

Found online at Amazon or Nest Fragrances

9. Birchwood Pine

White pine, fir balsam and Birchwood over a base of rich musk and amber.

Birchwood Pine is one of the candles that comes out at the holidays and has been one of my favorites ever since I first smelled it. It’s one of those candles that truly smells like Christmas trees but not in a cheap fragrance kind of way. It’s a great scent for all winter long.

Found online at Amazon and at Nest Fragrances during the holidays

8. Moss and Mint

Garden mint, apple blossom and muguet that are infused with a touch of oakmoss and vetiver.

Moss and mint surprised me a little bit. It’s not as heavily a earthy scent as I had first expected. While it does have a mossy undertone, I found the notes of apple blossom and vetiver to have a more prominent presence. The light minty scent really tops it off well.

Found online at Amazon or Nest Fragrances

7. Ocean Mist and Sea Salt

Ocean mist is combined with hints of sea salt, white tea and coconut.

Ocean Mist and Sea Salt is really a candle that just shows off what I like so much about Nest candles when compared to other candle brands.

When other candle brands try to do a fragrance like this I often find that they either go the way of making it smell like cologne or making it smell so over the top with it’s coconut that it seems like someone just spilled pina colada all over your house.

This candle does neither of those. It’s a fresh fragrance that seems to somehow sprinkle light notes coconut and sea salt that come and go and on top of vanilla-like base. Excellent candle.

Found online at Amazon or Nest Fragrances

6. Sicilian Tangerine

Sicilian tangerine and bergamot are entwined with exotic mango and passionfruit.

This one is a nice citrus scent with a very light spiciness underneath. The tangerine is what jumps out the most and is a very true tangerine fragrance. it’s one of the best candles to burn in the summertime.

Found online at Amazon or Nest Fragrances

5. Holiday

Pomegranate, Mandarin orange, pine, cloves and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla and amber.

Quick side note with this candle, I just love seeing that red velvet box during the holidays. Nest candles always look excellent but with this one you don’t even want the box to be damaged.

Holiday is of course, one of the candles that Nest brings out for the holidays. It’s one of my absolute favorites and I’ve raved about it on the blog before in this post and also here…. and here. Yup, I really dig this candle.

Found online at Amazon and on Nest Fragrances during the holidays

4. Moroccan Amber

Moroccan amber, sweet patchouli, heliotrope and bergamot are accented with a hint of eucalyptus.

Now we are really getting into the signature Nest candles. These ones helped cement Nest Fragrances as one of the top candle brands out there.

Moroccan amber might be the most divisive of the classics but most people, including myself, absolutely love it. It’s one of the stronger scents in the Nest lineup for sure. You don’t get too much of the heavy patchouli so it’s not overly earthy. What you will get is a spicy, warm fragrance, with the amber being the focus. You pick up on some light eucalyptus fragrance in this one as well but it is kind of subdued.

Found online at Amazon or Nest Fragrances

3. Pumpkin Chai

Wild pumpkin, spicy masala chai, cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon.

Pumpkin Chai is truly fall in a candle. It’s got all the warm spices baked in with a creamy pumpkin fragrance that is just perfect for the season. I love this candle. Some people compare this one to Pumpkin Patch from Bath and Body Works, and while it is similar, I think this one is hands down, the better fragrance.

This candle is one of the only ones from Nest that uses a colored wax instead of the uniform, creamy white, but I find that the darkened orange color is a nice change in this case.

Found online at Amazon and at Nest Fragrances during the fall season.

2. Bamboo

Flowering bamboo is mingled with a variety of white florals, sparkling citrus and fresh green accords.

Bamboo is a long time favorite from Nest. The floral notes in this are not too overpowering, so if you are someone who is iffy on floral scents, you might still really enjoy this fragrance. What you do get however, is a nice clean, ozonic fragrance which is great year-round and really freshens up a space.

Found online at Amazon or Nest Fragrances

1. Grapefruit

Pink Pomelo grapefruit and watery nuances are blended with lily of the valley and coriander blossom.

You’ll have a hard time finding someone that wouldn’t find this candle to be a pleasant fragrance. It is another candle that has a slight floral undertone to it but not enough to turn someone that doesn’t like floral fragrances off.

This scent bursts with fresh, citrusy fragrance that just permeates the space that it is lit in. It’s one of the strongest candles that Nest has and for those that love a nice fragrance punch, this one is it. I love this candle.

Found online at Amazon or Nest Fragrances


As always, I hope you enjoyed this list. We were considering ranking every fragrance that Nest has but the post was beginning to get too long so we kept this to 10 fragrances. We might do a post later on that just ranks every scent they have with less of our opinion thrown in so it is not such a long read.

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3 Comments

  • Reply N February 27, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    I have been burning Nest candles for years and I’ve tried a lot of them. I have my favorites I’d like to share in no particular order of preference, but I included what seasons or months I prefer to burn them in. I find that more nuances of the Nest candle fragrances come out when I burn them as opposed to on cold sniff. I like to try the votive sizes to try them out first to see if I like them. I am going to try out the two new spring/summer 2020 scents and am looking forward to the new Apple Blossom the most which I might just go right for the classic size.

    Apricot Tea- spring, summer
    Linen- spring, summer
    Cedar Leaf & Lavender- end of winter, early spring, end of summer
    Grapefruit- summer
    Pumpkin Chai- October! (Love this one around Halloween)
    Holiday-December
    Birchwood & Pine- December, winter
    Spiced Orange & Clove(new for holidays), winter

    • Reply The Candle Junkies February 27, 2020 at 6:01 pm

      Awesome! Yea, choosing a candle for the time of year can be a little more helpful than just flat out ranking all of the candles. Thanks for that!

      I haven’t tried Spiced Orange & Clove yet. I’ll have to give it a try. I’m looking forward to Apple Blossom! =)

  • Reply N February 28, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    I forgot to mention Nest on their online site usually has a 25% off sale in September and I think in the spring too. That is usually when I buy my full sized candles. I signed up for their emails to know when they have promotions going on. Sephora carries Nest too and if you’re Rouge, VIB, or Insider their you can get them on tiered discount depending on what status you are with them, i.e.- 20%, 15%, or 10%, during their sales a couple times a year.

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