As a New Englander living in Los Angeles, there aren’t a ton of things I miss about the East Coast. Southern California offers all the sunshine, hiking trails, and beaches I could ever want. And you can bet I never bore of the desert getaways, palm trees, or wineries. The only thing the City of Angels doesn’t have is fall.
That first crisp day after a muggy summer cannot be beat. Neither can scarves and knit sweaters, apple picking and leaf peeping, or spiced cider and cinnamon doughnuts. When I can’t get any of those seasonal luxuries, there is one magical thing that transports me to Connecticut in late September—a candle that smells like autumn personified.
Thankfully, there are a ton of scented candles that remind me of that glorious time of year. Whether you’re in a geographical location like that sadly lacks a true autumn or you want to celebrate apple cider donuts and crispy leaves all year around, you’ll love these 10 candles that smell exactly like fall.
1. Otherland Kindling, $36
Even if you don’t have a fireplace, you can achieve its soothing smoky scent with this Alaskan cedar and incense candle.
Call me basic, but I still can’t resist the comfort of pumpkin spice. In this candle, it’s buttery, creamy, and mixed with orange zest for a bright balance. And it’s from the same folks that make our all-time favorite Anthropologie candle, so you know it’s good.
Just like fall gently transitions us into cooler weather, this rich, woody Kacey Musgraves collaboration can ease us through the day.
Imagine hiking in the Catskill Mountains after an autumn rainstorm. With notes of pine, cedar, cypress, and juniper, that’s exactly what this candle evokes.
5. Byredo Woods Candle, $85
Another worthy option if you’re seeking to journey through the forest, this cedarwood and Tuscan leather candle is entirely immersive.
One of the original three candles from Diptyque, this cinnamon scent is a true classic. It’s somehow woody, spicy, and warm all at once.
Designed to smell like the German café where Bach wrote his famous Java Cantata in the 1700s, this idiosyncratic candle features notes of strong coffee, buttery almond pastries, and pipe tobacco.
8. Homesick Pumpkin Picking Candle, $34
If you’ve ever searched for the perfectly round and orange pumpkin, then you know the arresting aroma of the pumpkin patch. That’s what you’ll get with this sugary candle.
Warm and cozy, this vanilla and tobacco flower candle is ideal for cuddling up with a chunky blanket and a page-turning novel.
Before the pumpkin spice latte took over Instagram, hot apple cider was the quintessential fall drink. To me, it still is, and this spicy, cinnamon-forward candle embodies it perfectly.
This post was updated in August 2021 to include new candles that smell like fall.
What scents remind you of autumn? Drop some inspo in the comments below!
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