It Smells Like Fall: The Candles We’re Burning This Season

It’s warm, cozy candle season! We’re sharing our favorite scents with you.

Red kitchen as the sun goes down, candle burning, fresh-picked apples nearby. via Yellow Brick Home
Currently burning: Kush

Cozy Candle Season

Cozy and candles go together like… mac and cheese? PB +J? Mary Kate and Ashley! But really, there’s nothing quite like lighting a candle to signify the start of relaxation. Just completed a whirlwind housecleaning session? Light a candle. The end of a long work day? Light a candle. Friends coming over for dinner and a movie? Light that candle!

So much of our memories are tied to scent, and as an (extremely) nostalgic person, I enjoy choosing candles that take me back to different times in my life. Growing up, my parents rarely burned candles unless it was a chilly day or the holiday season. So it makes a lot of sense why I find the lighting of a candle to signify warm throw blankets and a mug of tea with honey!

Pink and white bathroom with candle burning. via Yellow Brick Home
Currently burning: Charcoal

Our Favorite Scent Notes

As an adult, Scott and I like scenting our home year-round. Our friends are accustomed to coming into our home and being greeted by a few of our signature scents – oakmoss, cedar, and a slight hint of something floral. But fall is when we unapologetically pull out the candles that remind us of baking cookies in the kitchen or hiking in the woods.

A moody nook with shelves of vinyl, bench seating and a burning candle. via Yellow Brick Home

Cozying up in our snug with this Harvest candle! Notes of cinnamon, clove, brown sugar and whipped cream. Yes, we really lean into fall!

What We’re Burning This Fall

Below, we’ve rounded up candles that we either burn (and love), have personally sniffed and given the thumbs up, or added to our own wish list (how cute is #3?). If you have any favorite brands to try, please let us know! This is by no means an exhaustive list, rather, what we’re enjoying this season. Happy candle burning!

A round up of the candles we're burning this fall - and all winter long, too! via Yellow Brick Home

1. Balsam Petite Reed Diffuser, $24

Technically not a candle, but equally delicious (you describe scents as ‘delicious’ too, right?). Notes of tart mandarin, crushed pine, cinnamon leaf and rosemary.

2. Charcoal Apotheke Candle, $45

This is a longtime favorite! Plus, it looks super cool in monochromatic black. Notes of cedar, sandalwood, amber, patchouli, and a smoky fire combine to mimic the scent of Binchotan charcoal.

3. Mushroom Lamp Candle, $32

Do you have a pie in the oven, or? Notes of champagne and sparkling orchard apple, sugared orange peel, and lime zest.

4. Checkmate Candle, $33

These have been popping up on decor blog everywhere, and I can see why! My pick would be Cotton + Teak in the baby blue check. Notes of ginger, clove leaf, and dark teakwood.

5. Le Labo Palo Santo 14, $81

The next best thing to burning Palo Santo sticks in every room of your home. Be gone, bad vibes! Notes of cedarwood, labdanum, incense, and patchouli.

6. Woodsmoke + Amber Candle, $34

Sydney Hale Co. is a longtime favorite of mine, and this one is reminiscent of warming up next to a fire. Count us in!

7. Teakwood & Tobacco Incense Sticks, $24

If we’re burning incense in our home (like, every day), this is what we’re using. Hands down, always. Notes of leather, teak, and orange.

8. Cypress & Fir Candle, $16

This cutie treads the line between fall and the holiday season, but I like to push the limits (much to Scott’s chagrin). Notes of fir needles, white eucalyptus, pine cone, and sandalwood.

9. Fluted Taper Candles, $30

Not scented, but these are ALL about ambience. We love a good cluster of candlesticks for everything from family dinners to a small gathering with friends.

10. Ribbed Glass Harvest Spice Candle, $40

I like how this large 3-wick candle can double as a candy dish once finished for the rest of the season!

11. Discotheque Candle, $26

This might be in my top 3 favorite Moco candle scents. It reminds me of walking through the Fern Room at the Chicago Garfield Park Conservatory, which is our favorite chilly day activity. Notes of grass, bergamot, cassis, tobacco leaves, rose, musk, cedar, leather.

12. Kush Candle, $27

I’ve never smelled a Boy Smells candle I didn’t love. If you’re new to the brand, start with Kush, a cult classic. Notes of cedarwood, amber, suede, eucalyptus, cannabis leaf.

13. Wick Trimmer, $10

A great price for a candle accessory necessity! Available in multiple finishes to match your home.

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  • Julie9.27.23 - 8:22 AM

    I’m not a candle person but I could get behind some of those beautiful containers! My nostalgic memory growing up was the sound of the dishwasher running after a large family meal. It was only for special occasions it got used, so that post dinner whirl was the sign and sound of a good evening at home. ReplyCancel

  • Katie10.13.23 - 1:35 PM

    I love that you included a Sydney Hale Co. candle! But wish the link took you directly to their site, rather than buying them through someone else. On their site, all products are currently 20% off through Sunday, with candles coming in at $27! The Bergamot + Black Tea is a favorite in our house.

    • Kim10.16.23 - 9:57 AM

      Bergamot and Black Tea is DELICIOUS. Definitely a top favorite for us as well! Thanks for sharing the promo code!ReplyCancel


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