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I’m not gonna lie: That slump after the holiday season can be a slog. There never seems to be enough time to rest after seeing every single one of our relatives and, not to mention, the mere six hours of sun we get a day. But, I’ve got a solution that can help to take a little of the blah out of your winter blues (which you might already have guessed, based on the headline you had to click to even get to this page), and it’s none other than cozy winter candles.
There are some days it seems hard to recognize anything joyful about wintertime while dealing with all the nitty gritty of daily life, but candles are like magical portals to places where the stress is less and the vibes are jolly as hell. They can turn your studio apartment into your grandma’s kitchen or an alpine forest—all for the price of a gas station lighter. Luckily for all of you, I’ve searched out the very best in cozy winter candles to combat the Grinch that lives inside all of us, and I’ve returned with some real champions.
Light one of these cozy babies any time you can’t believe how many work days are standing between yourself and your spring vacation days, you’re desperately hoping not to catch your roommate’s cold or the moment the grocery stores start carrying Valentine’s Day candy. These candles use the science of coziness (obviously a very real thing that I did not just make up in this moment) to turn your winter into a less-dreary and more-cozy reality.
We’ve got boozy candles that smell like a nightcap, candles that smell like you definitely took time to bake even one thing this calendar year—and you know we’ve got those pine tree scents. Winter is also a really peak time for the “handsome man scents” like tobacco, smoke, musk and leather. They’re all perfect (in moderation, just like men). (That was a joke.) (Or was it?) Regardless, these candles are ready to bring a little relaxation and coziness to your winter.
This delicious combo of chilly peppermint and vanilla is the sweetest scent winter has to offer. It’s got Big Tundra Energy without all the frostbite.
With hints of warm oats and honey this candle will make your kitchen smell like the perfect winter breakfast you didn’t have time to make.
With hints of pine tree and spices, this candle literally smells like stepping into your favorite Christmas store.
You know it and you love it: It’s evergreen. Make your apartment smell like it might be in the middle of a perfect holiday forest with this soft cypress scent.
A sweet, light, scent of ginger to waft through your kitchen or living room. It’s juicy and warm without being overpowering.
This is my go-to winter bath candle. Luxurious, light, sparkly and it comes in a gorgeous pink vessel. Bottoms up!
This is that primo handsome man smell. These wizards managed to bottle perfect boy scent. If you’re trying to have a low maintenance cuffing season I’d recommend just getting this light cologne-y candle and skipping the dating apps.
If you want a candle that has something for your ~soul~, this gorgeous candle is supposed to bring you confidence, drive and ambition for the season with a blue goldstone crystal and fresh scent of pine, eucalyptus and mistletoe.
After Sledding smells exactly like someone in your home has just baked 12,000 of the best holiday treats—which is exactly what you deserve to smell when you get home from work, in my opinion.
Somehow, Merry Mule literally smells like a fizzy ginger beverage with just a hint of alpine freshness. It’s subtle but festive, and perfect for evenings (Which, for the next month, officially begin at 4pm)!
Black Velvet smells like the best florals that winter has to offer. When it burns, I can literally picture myself falling asleep in a perfect forest on like a pile of moss or something. The sweet scents of jasmine, violet and alpine woods are perfect if you’re craving a little nature on a winter day.
Smells like the best peppermint mocha you could order with mint, chocolate, and creamy undertones for when you don’t have that Swiss Miss on hand.
LOOK—I feel like someone is about to tell me that pumpkin is a fall scent, and to that I say WAKE UP. It’s 2019. You can’t afford to live in a box anymore. Pumpkin desserts are delicious, and I would eat them on any winter day, because they are the epitome of cozy, as is this perfect candle. Ignore my wisdom at your own peril.
If you’re a big fan of rich cinnamon scents, you’ll love this candle. It smells like taking a bite out of a warm cinnamon apple.
This candle smells exactly like a tray of gingersnaps that just came out of the oven.
If you’re a fan of spirits—or just want it to smell like you’ve got an immaculately kept study with a fireplace in it—this dark musky candle with hints of spice will create a warm atmosphere in any room.
Another solid ~Man Scent,~ this candle smells like a wooden cabin where it’s recently snowed, all with notes of dark patchouli underneath.
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