Fall might have had a bit of a rocky start weather-wise, but thankfully, some respite is on the horizon. Till we officially start breaking out those fall sweaters, though, we’re relying on the accouterments to set the mood — and what better harbinger of cooler times than the humble pumpkin candle?
How do we love thee, pumpkin spice? Allow us to count the ways. No longer just reserved for lattes, pumpkin spice is a flavor that is just so warm, cozy, and satisfying however you encounter it, like a weighted blanket for the soul. One mention of this famous scent and flavor and cozy autumn vibes immediately come to mind. With good reason: These candles are chock full of signature fall scents, ranging from the classic allspice, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg medley to pumpkins baked in pies simmering over the stove with butter, pressed into waffles, roasted with chestnuts, combined with sweet, homey classics like vanilla — you name it.
If you’re not exactly a pumpkin-spice lover, we have plenty more options for you, too! Consider this guide to the best pumpkin candles to be our declaration of unceasing admiration. These are our favorite pumpkin-scented candles that make fall the 365-day celebration that it should be for you and your gourd squad.
Pumpkin and spice and everything nice, this pumpkin candle looks ripe for repurposing once the decadently scented wax has burned away. It smells of clove, mandarin, patchouli, and creamy vanilla.
The modern farmhouse-appropriate vessel is made of glass with a metal lid, and we can certainly see this as a great place to stow small bits and bobs on our vanity or desk. In our heads, mason jars also equal fall, so this is doubly on point.
For those looking for a slightly stronger kick than what a PSL can give, we present another fetching combo: pumpkin and whiskey. Sweet, smoky, and slightly more subdued, this Anecdote candle is made with a coconut-soy wax blend and has a burn time of 55 hours, so you get major bang for your buck.
We can definitely see this one as the perfect mise en scene item on your mantel or console next to that vintage vinyl record player.
Glasshouse is a well-loved Australian brand that’s thankfully hit this side of the hemisphere, and we’re so stoked: Known for its sophisticated fragrance blends and thoughtfully curated scent stories, its offerings hit all the right notes (pun intended) without being cloying or overbearing.
The scents in the In Season candle make it a pick worth adding to your rotation. With a mix of pumpkin, coconut, orange, nutmeg, cinnamon, cumin, clove, maple, caramelized sugar, musk, and vanilla, you get a fall fragrance with a hint of sparkle to make it sing. Irresistible!
If you’ve ever found yourself bored with the usual gourd-shaped, cottagecore vessels out there or want something that integrates better into an earthy or beachy aesthetic, then this is your stop. Housed in a real upcycled coconut husk, it combines the best of both worlds — tropical and autumnal, duh — without compromise.
Backyard’s No. 40 candle is a self-described “casual yet elegant” scent with its rendition of the Pumpkin Spice candle, featuring pumpkin, clove, black tea, orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and graham crackers (wow!). We also definitely put it under the “refreshingly original” column. And at $15? Hard yes to adding this one to cart.
Our beauty editor, Nicole Saunders, is all about a more elevated version of pumpkin spice and thus gushes over this fab collab from Snif. “Snif teamed up with food blogger Tieghan Gerard to create an adult version that fills your room with warm notes of brûléed orange, cinnamon stick, pumpkin spice, salted maple, whiskey, and roasted chocolate,” she explains.
“I love that Snif is also a nontoxic brand that utilizes soy wicks on their candles for an even burn,” she says, adding, “And with up to 50 hours of burn time for the 8.5-ounce candle and over 200 hours for the massive 50-ounce candle, I can’t wait for my home to smell delicious all fall.”
This elegant, hand-poured pumpkin candle literally features fall’s greatest hits in a jar: It’s a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and clove.
Apart from its addictive scent, we love the classy pumpkin-shaped vessel (so meta!), which, even better, is made from recycled glass. Polished and elevated, they make for lovely hostess gifts for the holidays, too.
Unlike other candles in the market, this pumpkin candle not only masks unwanted odors, but its special proprietary tech actually removes up to 95% of them.
Great for bathrooms, kitchens, and smokers’ and pet owners’ households, this candle features a well-rounded (and, TBH, delicious) fragrance blend of orange, chai spice, cafe latte, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, and musk.
Made from 100% natural soy wax, this luxurious three-wick candle with scent notes of creamy pumpkin, cinnamon, spiced sugar, and nutmeg makes a fabulous fall hostess gift. It also has up to 50 hours of burn time and comes with a soft-close gold lid for a clean and easy snuff-out each time.
Mrs. Meyer’s is a veritable staple known for its clean household brands, and we love how its version of a pumpkin candle sticks true to its clean, garden-fresh signature. This bright, slightly sweet, and nutty candle burns for up to 25 hours and is made of plant-derived wax.
Order up! This pumpkin candle smells like the breakfast of our dreams. CoCo Benjamin’s Pumpkin Pecan Waffles scent is rich, spicy, and drizzled with maple syrup. It also comes with a clean-burning cotton wick and, as per a stellar review, “the melt pool of this candle is sensational.” We’ll take two!
Packing quite the punch is this $5 (no, really) candle from Opalhouse, which also has scents of orange, clove, and caramel. If, as its name suggests, you prefer your pumpkin candles with a tiny bit more edge, the mulled citrus notes in this one are sure to please.
Yankee Candle’s pumpkin candle scent is truly outstanding. Spiced Pumpkin is as true-to-form as it gets: Nutmeg, vanilla, and citrus notes create a just-out-of-the-oven experience.
We love that this “sweet and spicy” scent comes in a wide variety of forms, including room sprays, air fresheners for the car, and of course, little tea lights for an hour or two of enjoyment.
Pumpkin candles pair so well with a roaring fire in the background, so why not combine the two?
This medium candle from WoodWick provides cozy smells and sounds with its sumptuous Pumpkin Butter scent that makes a light crackle-pop sound as it burns. You’ll enjoy a super-fall-centric blend of fresh pumpkin, vanilla, and warm spices as you bask in your main character “bonfire” moment — yeah, even in the middle of your living room.
Leaf peeping, cider sipping, and decorating for Halloween: Some fall activities never get old.
This Homesick candle pays homage to pumpkin picking (and subsequent pie baking) with its blend of nutmeg, ginger, and tonka bean, adding richness to the pumpkin base.
You know that this is a *fancy* pumpkin candle since its base notes list kabocha squash, coconut milk, and “winter spices.” So if you like your PSLs heavy on the pumpkin and light on the coffee, this candle is perfect.
Voluspa offers this exact scent (and beautiful textured glass jar) in four different sizes, ranging from this cute 5.5-ounce mini up to a 114-ounce, five-wick behemoth that burns for up to 250 hours!
A close cousin of the pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin chai is another beloved fall beverage.
This pumpkin candle from Nest smells too delicious to resist with its notes of masala chai, cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon. It also comes in a variety of sizes, from nightstand-friendly votives to the giant Luxury size, which can burn for up to 120 hours.
Another charming candle in a pumpkin-inspired jar, the crackled exterior of this Capri Blue candle’s glass adds just a subtle whiff of fall to a tabletop.
The soy-blend wax smells like a dollop of buttery pumpkin pie filling speckled with vanilla bean, cinnamon, and orange zest and burns for up to 70 hours.
This is quite possibly one of the most aesthetically pleasing woo-woo pumpkin candles we’ve ever come across. Not only is it made from 100% natural soy wax, but its gourmand prism of pumpkin, maple, and pecans with a hint of cherry, vanilla, and cinnamon evokes the familiar coziness of maple pancakes being whipped up in the kitchen (hence the name “Nostalgic”).
And, guess what: It comes with crystals! Embedded in the wax are dalmatian jasper (for mental sharpness and to bring out your inner child) and all-powerful clear quartz to amplify.
Live every day like it’s the first day of fall. Williams Sonoma’s Pumpkin Spice candle is very understated for year-round display — no orange glass or pumpkin shapes here! And the scent is lovely, too.
Comprising a blend of beeswax and vegetable wax, it smells of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.
Apart from its adorable snuffer lid that looks like a peduncle (aka the stem), this three-wick pumpkin candle smells like a warm, sweet-spicy dream.
Notes of creamy pumpkin and sweet orange peel are edged up with spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove for an overall profile that’s 100% fall vibes. Doesn’t help that the pumpkin-shaped vessel is also all sorts of homespun cute!
Glade’s candles are great for masking odors and making bathrooms smell a little fancier.
If you’re safely hosting guests for a fall feast, this cheap pumpkin candle is a great pick for brightening up the water closet with its sweet caramel and spicy notes.
Written by: Q1075