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The Best Candles on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about the best fancy candle that’s not obscenely expensive, the candles that famous people really enjoy, plus the best holiday candle (which the reviewers on this list loved, too), the gift season wouldn’t be complete without a scouring of the best candles on Amazon, for every type of occasion and recipient. Sure, when you’re stumped on gift ideas, candles might seem like the most uninspired and impersonal option you could choose (one surely doomed for the white-elephant list), but these superfan testimonials might convince you otherwise. Below, a selection of the best conversation-starting, decorative, and divinely scented candles you can buy on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best soy candle

Lulu Candles Luxury Scented Soy Candles

“I love this candle! It is highly scented, so you can actually smell the scent of the candle when it’s burning — it fills the room. The packaging is so simple and stylish that it goes well with any type of decor. I also really appreciate that it comes with a lid — I have stopped buying candles without lids because the smoke from blowing them out is no fun just after you’ve been basking in their scents.”

Best essential oil candle

Chesapeake Bay Candle Mind & Body Medium Scented Candle

“This candle smells so good and also burns super slowly. I fell asleep and left it burning for eight hours, and the wick had barely even gone down when I woke up. It definitely makes you feel relaxed and well-balanced. The smell is so relaxing and you feel the positive vibes in your living area or wherever you place this candle. GREAT PURCHASE!!!”

Best Christmas candle

“Smells like a Christmas tree is in the house. Fresh, clean, and wonderful. I love the smell so much that I go through them about every three weeks with daily use, approximately five hours a day.”

[Editor’s note: Writer Jillian Mapes also considers this the most giftable candle at holiday times: “I know a fancy candle seems like the least personal gift imaginable, but this one is just that lovely — heavily scented so you don’t have to burn it all night, but not overpoweringly so, owing to its complexity of scents (pine candles can be truly cloying). I will weep if they ever stop making this candle.”]

Thymes Frasier Fir Candle
Nest Holiday Classic Candle

“A wonderful scent! I cannot say enough good things about this candle. It burns slow and steady; I’ve lit it now several nights in a row, and it’s barely made a dent in the candle. I believe longevity will be good. Scent is wonderful, smells just like the holidays, and is not overpowering. Have received compliments from friends who’ve stopped by when I have it burning.”

Best large candle

Bath & Body Works, White Barn 3-Wick Candle

“This is my FAVORITE candle scent, and I was so excited to find it on here. There’s nothing floral about it, it’s just a delicious masculine scent that everyone has loved when they’ve smelled it. Once it’s been lit for a few minutes, you can smell it throughout the whole house. Love, love, love this candle.”

Best luxury candle

Diptyque Baies Candle

“These candles do cost a pretty penny, but offer such a unique combination of fragrance and are quite long-lasting and potent. I always get compliments on the candles when they are lit in my home. This has a nice, mild rose, black-currant scent that people refer to as a ‘starter’ scent from Diptyque. Plus, when it burns down, you have a lovely little jar for your makeup brushes, pens, or what have you!”

Best pillar candle

Homesick Scented Candle, New York

“Candle smells AMAZING. Bought this as a gift but love the scent so much I want to buy one for myself, even though I’m not from New York.”

Best taper candle set

Root Unscented Collenette Candles

“I originally got these as a gift and have since bought more boxes for myself. These burn longer than any other candle I have tried, even pure beeswax tapers. The thicker shape and the texture make for more presence in the holder and on the table. Regular tapers now look ‘weak’ by comparison. The flame is bright and substantial (I wish I had had these during Hurricane Sandy). I’ve had guests ask me about these candles, as they seem so much better than the usual. Of course, I wish they were cheaper, but that’s life.”

Best votive candle set

Trapp Signature Home Collection No. 8 Fresh Cut Tuberose Votive Scented Candle, Pack of 4

“I always have a little flicker-flicker in my home to make it feel like a cozy retreat. I have tried every candle and this rose candle is the most fragrant one I have had the pleasure of lighting. It is on the small side, but it packs a powerful punch, delivering a delightful aroma. I plan on getting one for each of my girlfriends for Christmas.”

Best candle gift set

Anjou Scented Candle Gift Set

“Another Christmas gift that was well-thought-out. Candles you cannot really go wrong with. These are a great size and are packaged nicely — they look great. They also smell really nice — not too potent but also not too light, so you can barely smell anything.”

Best flameless candles

“This set is amazing. You get a total of nine LED candles that look so real, it is hard to tell they are not unless you look at the wick. They are made of real wax, so when you have them on display they look real. They are perfect to group together in one stunning display or to break apart into smaller groupings. You can also choose the level of light you want the candles to have, as there is a range of brightness from dim to bright that you can use.”

Comenzar Flameless Candles Set

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The Best Candles, According to Amazon Reviewers