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30 Famous People on Their Favorite Scented Candles

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Welcome to our series Famous People On, in which we crowdsource the best stuff to buy by turning to the on-the-record favorites of celebrities. While we’ve written about celebrities’ favorite underwear and lip balms, here we’re going deep into their favorite scented candles.

Ryan Seacrest
“I fell in love with a new candle. It’s the Cire Trudon Cyrnos. I do love candles. I light them as soon as I get home in the evening, and I keep them lit throughout the course of the evening. But this brand and this scent just really relaxes. It’s nice, it’s not too strong, it’s elegant, and it’s a very old candlemaker. It was founded in the 1600s, so they’ve been around for a while. In my New York apartment, they are in front of my sofa on the coffee tables. There’s two in the bedroom, there’s one in the bathroom. They’re placed strategically all over.” — “The Strategist,” March 2019

Kristen Bell
“Preemptive Love is a business that really warms my heart. All of the products are made by Syrian and Iraqi refugees who are working to rebuild their lives and provide for their families. They make the most delicious-smelling candles and soaps, plus super comfy sweatshirts. I have one of their candles in every room of my house. I tend to buy a bunch of them at once and give them to all my friends. These women are strong, powerful, and unbelievably resilient. I am in complete awe of their ability to shed the past and focus on the future. Every time I burn one of their candles, it’s a reminder of the fortitude of the human spirit.” — “The Strategist,” December 2018

Shay Mitchell
“I love this candle. It’s the one I have on the island in my kitchen. I love it so much I sometimes throw it in my bag before heading to the airport just because the scent reminds me of home even when I’m far away.” — “The Strategist,” June 2019

Nicole Richie
“Lighting a candle is one of my favorite ways to just practice a little self-care in my day. The Diptyque scents are always distinctively fragrant and immediately bring me joy. We light them throughout the house most evenings to set the mood. My mother’s actually had Diptyque candles in her house for as long as I can remember.” — “The Strategist,” May 2019

Courtney Love
“It’s not the sexiest or most expensive of candles, but it’s dense with lilac and lasts forever. I love most candles, but I really love this brand. It fills your home. I love the smell of lilac from this one. All the candle scents are assigned to rooms — “Penthouse” is a Champagne scent. The gardenia (“Living Room”) is great, too.” — “The Strategist,” October 2017

Amy Sedaris
“But I also love Cire Trudon’s Ernesto candle. I’m really serious about lighting candles for people when they come over. And this one burns really nicely.” — “The Strategist,” April 2019

Uzo Aduba
“I’ve since moved, but at my old apartment I didn’t have a fireplace. I’m from Boston so it’s classic New England, and in fall your fireplace is going; I missed that smell in New York. My assistant found this crackling Christmassy candle, and I fell in love with it. I’m telling you I bought a case of them. They burn very quickly is the only thing. But they smell so great even from outside the hallway of my apartment building — even when they’re not burning! It’s a light waft from the hallway in a good way. And every time someone comes over to my apartment, they’ll be like, “It smells delicious.” The candle’s so warm that it makes me wanna curl up with a great book and a blanket.” — “The Strategist,” October 2017

Victoria Beckham
“My flagship store on Dover Street is all about awakening the senses, and scent was a really important piece of the store experience. Over time, Diptyque’s Figuier Vert candle has become our signature fragrance — everyone who walks in always talks about the amazing smell of the store, and that’s just because of the candle. I love the warmth of fig wood so much that I often have one for my office, too.” — “The Strategist,” February 2019

Dita Von Teese
“My striptease candle! One of my really close friends and I have similar tastes in everything — home décor, clothes, design, fragrance — and we love exotic and obscure and even strange and polarizing fragrances, and so we came up with this idea of making a striptease candle. He made the technology so that when the candle heats up, the clothes fall off — then the clothes come back when it cools. You have to burn the whole candle to get to the whole naughty bits with the illusion of nudity. The fragrance is great too.” — “The Strategist,” January 2019

Lindsey Vonn
“I’m a big candle person, so when I have my outdoor barbecues I need to keep the mosquitoes away. Most bug candles smell like shit, but this one smells really, really good. It’s not your standard citronella candle.” — “The Strategist,” July 2018

Linda Rodin
“I’m not a big candle person, but I’ll use my own and this one from D.S. & Durga (they make my perfumes, too). It’s fresh and heavenly. I keep it in my bedroom.” — “The Strategist,” March 2017

Abby Elliott
“It’s a great alternative to smoking pot. It doesn’t necessarily smell like pot, but it’s nice and smoky, especially in the winter. It doesn’t get you high, unfortunately, but the little container is really cute, and we keep that after the candle’s out as a container for the apartment.” — “The Strategist,” July 2017

Alexa Chung
“Oh, my relationship with candles. I really like things to smell nice, and I find these so perfect because Cire Trudon candles are very potent. They smell sort of like a wealthy 60-year-old man’s smoking lair. And I love that. I’m drawn to a more masculine scent rather than anything floral. I like things that are woody — it’s from growing up in the country, I think — and things that smell like grass or a bonfire. That’s why Byron is my favorite. I’m burning candles constantly, but that has its own problem. I’m forgetful and have a low attention span, so I’ll leave candles on sometimes. My biggest fear, though, other than things smelling bad, is burning things down. I don’t know if you follow my Instagram (you probably don’t), but once a day I have to do a story where I go back and check that I haven’t left anything burning. I thankfully never have and it’s always blown out, but I do have a fear of fires. I maybe died in one in a past life.” — “The Strategist,” March 2018

Carole Radziwill
“I’ve always had candles in the apartment, but I was so nervous about the kittens and kitty litter that I started burning candles 24/7. I found these Nest candles in the Sicilian Tangerine that I just love. That and the Grapefruit are my favorites. It just has this great smell that’s not perfumy but a little like fresh laundry. You wake up and smell it and think, It’s going to be a good day. I like the way they burn, too. Some candles are $40 and you burn them for two days and they’re done. These burn long and evenly. It’s like life. Slow and steady wins the race.” — The Strategist,” April 2017

Olivia Munn
“I also like to wind down with these candles from Aloha Elixir. They’re really great candles. They’re made with actual crystals and stones inside them, so when you burn them down, you see them.” — “The Cut,” June 2017

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LeBron James
“Diptyque is one of my favorite brands. I love all their ranges of candles. I carry those.” — GQ, May 2019

Selena Gomez
“Before I lived in my own house, I’d have a bunch of candles for my room in my parents’ house, and they would last forever. But now that I have this whole house, every room must have a scent! And I want them to be lit every night because it just feels so good — I’ll light them in the piano room, where we always have jam sessions, or even during the daytime when I’m doing my makeup. My favorite scents are Voluspa Mokara and Voluspa Saijo Persimmon; neither of them are too expensive. I was into Le Labo for a while but only in my room because they’re expensive. I’ll save that for my tour bus now.” — Into the Gloss, October 2014

Beyoncé
“Vanilla. Warm and sweet. I have a lot of Diptyque candles around the house. Even when I’m away, I have someone burn them. I like having the scent in my pillows.” — InStyle, December 2007

Kylie Jenner
“I love candles that smell like the holidays.” — People, September 2015

Alexander Wang
“I discovered their shop when I was in Paris, and they just opened a little shop in ABC Home here in New York. Their scents were amazing, and all the candleholders are hand-blown glass. My favorite scent is called Mantes La Jolie. It’s so fresh, minty, and crisp. I love it.” — GQ, February 2011

Blake Lively
“These [Le Labo Santal 26] are my favorite candles because you can personalize the labels, so they make good gifts.” — Marie Claire, August 2013

Poppy Delevingne
“My home is overflowing with Jo Malone London candles, and I scented my wedding with Orange Blossom, which still gives me butterflies.” — Vogue, April 2015

Kendall Jenner
“When I know I need a ‘me’ day, I’ll take a long, hot bath with my favorite Byredo candle burning.” — US Weekly, August 2016

Amanda Seyfried
“I love those Yankee candles [in] Buttercream Frosting or Angel Food Cake. I mean, who doesn’t put a vanilla-scented candle out in their kitchen? [Those scents] relate to the child in me, which will live on forever. That’s also probably the pregnancy talking; I’ll blame it on that.” — Refinery29, July 2017

Jennifer Connelly
“And I love the smell of Cire Trudon’s Abd el Kader candle. That’s what I burn at home.” — Vogue, July 2013

Oprah Winfrey
“These soy candles are the next best thing to being outdoors, transporting me to a forest of pine, cedar, and cypress.” — New Beauty, November 2016