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10 best candles for autumn: Longlasting scents that will make your home feel cosier

From woody, earthy aromas to sweet floral notes, bring the hibernating scents of the season to your space

If you find the glass on your candle becomes sooty, try trimming the wick a little between each burn ( The Independent/iStock )

All of a sudden it’s coat weather and the evenings are beginning to draw in. It’s that time of year where our minds turn from the fresh, sea-breeze scents of summer to the homely, hibernating fragrances of autumn. 

We’ve picked our favourite seasonal candles to make your space cosy and inviting, paying special attention to how well the scent diffused throughout the room, and how long it lingered after the candle had been extinguished. 

Burn your candle for two-four hours, until the wax has melted in an even pool the whole way across; this will help your candle last for longer and also burn down evenly, so you won’t be left with wasted wax up the sides of the jar.

If you find the glass becomes sooty, try trimming the wick a little between each burn.

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Skandinavisk hygge: £30, Hus & Hem

A candle called “hygge” is almost guaranteed entry on to this list. It’s a light, everyday kind of scent, with notes of tea, strawberry, mint and rose; there’s not much better to burn while enjoying a cuppa. The scent is potent but not overpowering, and diffuses quickly around the room.

Burn time: 50 hours

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PF Candle Co apple picking: £22, The Little Deer

It doesn’t get much more autumnal than apple picking. This has a spicy, warm, mulled cider-like fragrance – we get nutmeg and orange notes – that reminds us of damp leaves underfoot. We found we got more from the scent when we burned it in an enclosed space, such as a bedroom, rather than an open-plan living area.

Burn time: 40-50 hours

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Laboratory Perfumes tonka scented candle: £45, Laboratory Perfumes

Sweet vanilla-y tonka bean, mandarin and pink peppercorns make for an earthy, spicy scent that’s properly cosy and gives us Christmas vibes without the usual OTT cinnamon and orange. It’s also one of the longest lasting scents we tried, lingering for hours after the candle had been blown out.

Burn time: 40 hours

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Boy Smells cedar stack: £35, Selfridges

This is a proper woody, smoky scent, with tobacco, pepper and cedarwood notes, but elevated and accentuated by juniper and white musk. The result is a slightly more feminine, sweeter take on the log fire candle. The scent fills the room within 20 minutes of lighting.

Burn time: 55 hours

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Eym rest: £39, Eym

We love Eym’s gorgeous minimalist designs, which will suit any interior-loving candle fan. Rest is the most therapeutic-feeling candle we smelled, with sweet orange, chamomile and lavender oils creating a soothing, calming scent. It’s perfect for bathtime. Eym candles are non-toxic and don’t have a chemical booster, so burn for two-three hours for best effect.

Burn time: 50 hours

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Byredo chai: £57, Byredo

This candle was inspired by brand founder Ben Gorham’s childhood trips to India, and has the spiciness and the comforting creaminess that you'd expect from a scent called chai. Plus there’s not much that’s better than Byredo’s chic black glass packaging.

Burn time: 60 hours

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Overose valkiria: £46, Cult Beauty

This isn’t an obvious entry for an autumn candles roundup – Overose describes it as “summer but better”, after all – but it transports us back to hot days with its ripe, figgy, milky scent, and makes us feel warmer by association. Overose candles are some of the most potent we’ve tried; we can smell them even when they’re not burning.

Burn time: 60 hours

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& Other Stories bryggeriet: £17, & Other Stories

We were always going to love this one as it’s named after a Swedish brewery – the Stockholm offices of the brand were formerly the premises where St Erik was brewed. Bryggeriet is a spicy, woody scent, with cardamom, sandalwood and suede, perfect for cosying up on autumnal nights.

Burn time: 45 hours

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Diptyque ambre: £62, Space NK

Never mind the scent, the rich reddy brown of this jar looks like autumn. Ambre is a rich, sophisticated blend of woods, balms and resins that somehow manages to be both earthy and outdoorsy and warm and comforting. It’s the candle equivalent of a blanket. Of all the candles we tried, this was the one with the longest-lingering scent – it could even be smelled outside our flat.

Burn time: 60 hours

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DS & Durga Rama won’t you please come home: £60, Osmology

Brooklyn-based DS & Durga takes an experiential approach to scent, building its fragrances around evocative memories or images, such as “portable fireplace” and “85 diesel”. The new “Rama won’t you please come home” conjures north India, Diwali and the story of the titular Hindu god Rama. It is a floral, earthy and subtly exotic scent, with teak, gardenia, sandalwood, tree flowers and tuberose. It’s a subtle scent but perceptible almost immediately after lighting, and lingers in a room long after the flame has been extinguished.

Burn time: 60 hours

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The verdict: Autumn candles 

Boy Smells' cedar stack is an unusual, slightly sweeter take on the classic smoky candle that brings the outside in, while Eym's rest is perfect for a relaxing, cosy evening.


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