12 Holiday Candles With Unusual Scents That You’ll Love

Who doesn't love to indulge in the holiday spirit? You probably had your fair share of pumpkin-flavored drinks and spent a little too much on your Halloween costume, and now it's time for holiday candles. Now, with winter on the approach, regardless of what holidays you might choose to celebrate, it's time to get in the holiday spirit. I'm talking festive lights, comfy sweaters, and hot toddies galore. One thing I've always loved about the holiday season is how delicious it all smells. Luckily, even if you aren't at home around your family members baking cookies or putting up a Christmas tree, you can still capture the atmosphere thanks to the glorious invention that is candles.

There are plenty of classic holiday candle scents: pine tree, candy cane, anything cookie-related. But why not try something equally as festive, but slightly more unique? Whether you're looking for something sweet or spicy, there are plenty of candle scents that are outside the norm that will do the trick! I've found that it is all about unusual scent combinations that typically result in an unbelievably perfect holiday smell. So ditch last year's scents and get ready for something a little different. Here are 12 unusual holiday candle scents and find the perfect match for your nose's needs.

1. Nutmeg And Amber

Aspen Bay Candles To And From Glass Candle, $32, Urban Outfitters

A subtly sweet and spicy combo will keep you as cozy as some warm egg nog.

2. Frankincense And Oud

P. F. Candle Co. Frankincense & Oud 7.2 Oz. Soy Candle, $18, PF Candle Co.

This soy candle keeps your holiday spirits high, but offers a more sophisticated scent than the typical Christmas Tree or Sugar Cookie variety. 

3. Peppermint and Eucalyptus 

The Tiny Collection Peppermint and Eucalyptus 8 Oz. Candle, $11, Etsy

For something equal parts festive and refreshing, a peppermint and eucalyptus combo is the perfect combo.

4. Bourbon And Vanilla

Formulary 55 Frosted Glass Candle in Bourbon & Vanilla, $24, Formulary 55

You can never get in enough cocktails during the holidays if you ask me, so why not add a delicious dose to your candle collection? Bourbon and vanilla will warm you from the inside out — just like any good holiday drink will.

5. Mohogany Wood, White Musk And Freesia

Found Goods Market Homestead Hammered Copper Candle, $24, Urban Outfitters

Woody, musky scents are what winter is all about.

6. Pear Spice

Still Water Candles Pear Spice Scented Mason Jar Candle, $16, Etsy

Pumpkin spice, apple spice — all your usual holiday candle culprits. Try a new play on an old favorite with this pear spice candle!

7. Winter Spruce, Citron, Balsam And Sugar

Voluspa Glass Maison Candle, $28, Anthropologie

Get all those good woodsy holiday whiffs in with just a touch of sweetness. 

8. Amber And Black Vanilla

LAFCO Foyer Candle-Amber & Black Vanilla, $60, Shen Beauty

If vanilla is your staple scent, mix it up a little bit with this amber and black vanilla candle.

9. Bergamot And Black Spruce

Skinnyskinny Bergamot & Black Spruce Soy Candle, $35, Shop Cultivar

A little bit of citrus and black spruce essential oils makes for an incredibly unique holiday smell.

10. Sweet Fig

Brooklyn Candle Studio Sweet Fig Mason Jar, $24, Brooklyn Candle Studio

Something as simple as sweet fig can do no wrong.

11. Patchouli, Oakmoss, Amber, And Cedar

Mercury Moonglow Candle in Fireside, $38-68, Anthropologie

For a slightly more complex palette of atypical holiday scents, try out this "Fireside" candle. 

12. Blue Spruce And Spearmint


A little bit woodsy, a little bit minty. 

Yup, I'll take one of each.

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