19 Holiday Candles That Will Make All Your Instagram Photos Feel A Lot Cozier
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In the grand list of things that are good about winter, holiday candles land pretty close to the top for a solid chunk of people. The spicy, pine-y, sweet, and sometimes-boozy fragrances of the limited edition scents that start to hit shelves in late fall seem to draw in shoppers more than their springtime counterparts. In fact, according to the National Candle Association (yes, that's a real thing) about 35 percent of candle sales happen during the holiday season.
But with the rise of social media, the scent isn't everything: You also need a candle that'll pair well with all the Instagram photos you plan to take while hiding inside, away from the horrific winter winds. Of course, your favorite candle brands are delivering on all fronts. Whether you like a minimal white votive or massive, gold-plated five-wick, there's a candle on this list that'll slot into your grid perfectly. Oh, and of course, they all happen to smell amazing, too.
1Fir & Mint
Between the green wax and the gold unicorn label, have you ever seen a candle begging to be photographed more?! If you're really into the mystical motif, you can buy a set of three that includes a dragon and phoenix print as well.
2Saffron & Tobacco
Indie fragrance brand PHLUR sells clean, white candles that are reminiscent of a perfect little snowball — and the ceramic vessel is specifically designed to reuse after you've burnt up the wax. All the scents work pretty well for any season, but Howl's smoky tones make it excellent for cooler weather.
3Orange & Cinnamon
These candles give off a cool, crystal vibe — and they smell like the holidays in a jar.
4Eucalyptus & Clove
Sure, it has snow in the name, but this pretty gold and white candle will look great in your photos all year round.
5Sandalwood & Smoke
If you love a scent that reminds you of wandering through the woods but you're kinda over all-pine-everything, this lovely sandalwood and smoke candle is a perfect upgrade. Plus, that green glass looks ultra glam in photos.
The light pink packaging and cheeky name on these candles make them the ultimate Instagram catnip. All their scents are delightful, but the Cedar candle is particular good for winter.
7Holly Berries & Cardamom
If your IG aesthetic is less "minimalistic" and more "as extra as possible," this massive candle is basically a must-have. It's a whopping 120 oz. (peep it on @voluspacandles for scale) and has an impressive 250-hour burn time, which actually makes the $200 price tag less scary — as long as this is the only candle you buy all season.
Not only does this frosted white vessel look chic AF on your rustic stone mantle (or, you know, kitchen table from IKEA), but the candle inside smells exactly like sugar cookies.
The glitter trend doesn't show any signs of stopping, so you should certainly stock up on a bunch of these sparkly candles.
Looking for a slightly boozier candle option? This sleek black tin comes packed with a crisp, citrusy fragrance reminiscent of a gin and tonic.
This minimalistic 12-piece set will keep you stocked up on candles well past the holiday season.
13Spearmint & Chamomile
For anyone whose IG grid has more of a rustic vibe.
You can buy the 10.5-oz. candles individually, or get all four scents in 3.5-oz/ for $59.
How good would this marble candle look in literally every photo?!
The dark brown wax of this candle makes it great for all your ~moodier~ nighttime pics. Plus, the rum scent pairs perfectly with your eggnog.
These striped candles are just-holiday-themed-enough to give any of your snaps a little non-cheesy festive vibe.
18Book, Oolong, & Orris
All three of these highly 'grammable candles have winter-appropriate scents, but don't smell like pines trees or cinnamon. You can get mini versions all three in a $38 set during the holidays, but the full-size candles are now part of Commodity's permanent collection.
19Stemmed Tea Holder
It's easy to turn a bunch of plain tea lights into an Instagrammable festival: Just get some really pretty holders that can be used over and over again.