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We smelled 15 holiday candles so you don't have to — these are our favorites

Holiday prep is in full swing, and nothing gets us in the spirit quite like candles inspired by the fall season!

To celebrate the season, we've rounded up the TODAY staff for a candle smell test. The rules were simple: They had to take a whiff of the candles and then write down the first word that came to mind. They didn't hold back.

The first five candles listed below were voted as the favorites. In addition to our staff's reviews, you can find a product description and summary of ingredients for the candles.

TODAY Staff Favorites

Ranger Station, Birch Bark, $36, East Dane

Ranger Station Candles

This candle combining birch and cedar was the clear winner among our staff. Bonus: Once the candle melts, you have a whisky glass! The website includes instructions on how to use the glass here.

Staff Description:

  • Campfire
  • Forest floor
  • Men
  • Someone trying too hard to be outdoorsy
  • Clean old man

Bath & Body Works, Flannel, $25, Bath & Body Works

Bath and Body Works

This candle was definitely a staff favorite. It features notes of orange peel, patchouli essential oils and soft musk.

Staff Description:

  • Heaven
  • Men's cologne
  • The boyfriend I don't have
  • Armpit
  • Middle-school boys' locker room

Candlefish, Candlefish No. 46, $22

Candlefish

This little candle fully embodies fall. With notes of pumpkin flesh, anise and nutmeg, you'll feel ready to bake a pumpkin pie!

Staff Description:

  • Graham crackers
  • Snickerdoodle
  • Fancy spa
  • Sweet spice
  • Aggressive brown sugar

Candlefish, Candlefish No. 70, $10, Amazon

Candlefish

This candle marries rosewood, pink peppercorn, cardamom, cypress, amber and tonka bean — and trust us, the result is lovely. (At least, most of us thought so.)

Staff Description:

  • Sugar cookies
  • Cake batter
  • Spa
  • Clean sheets
  • Public bathroom

Yankee Candle, Warm Luxe Cashmere, $27, Amazon

Yankee Candle

With notes of vanilla, sandalwood and amber, this candle creates a welcoming atmosphere.

Staff Description:

  • White soap
  • Baby nursery
  • Clean sheets
  • Detergent
  • Cheap car air freshener

Runners-Up

Bath & Body Works, Leaves, $23, Bath & Body Works

Bath and Body Works

This may be the ultimate fall candle. It's sweet with notes of golden nectar, crisp red apple and warm clove spice.

Staff Description:

  • Nutty
  • Warm
  • Mulled cider
  • Cinnamon bears
  • Like if a woodland elf farted

Rewined, Spiked Cider, $28, Amazon

Rewined

This candle incorporates fall in a spicy but not-too-sweet scent. It features cinnamon, clove and fresh apple. It's also held in a wine bottle!

Staff Description:

  • Butter cooking
  • Light and airy
  • Spicy butter cookie
  • Woodsy
  • Old car

Bath & Body Works, Sweater Weather, $22, Amazon

Bath and Body Works

While the photo on the jar isn't indicative of fall, the actual candle tells a different tale. It smells like fresh sage, juniper berry, aromatic eucalyptus and fresh woods.

Staff Description:

  • Martha's Vineyard wedding
  • Sweet laundry detergent
  • Fresh laundry
  • Dryer sheets
  • Old person

Yankee Candle, Balsam and Clove, $26, Yankee Candle

Yankee Candle

The title gives it away, but the candle smells of clove, fresh balsam and cinnamon. It will make you want to bundle up in front of a fire this winter.

This candle really drummed up some memories for the TODAY staff; you'll notice that a few childhood favorites were referenced in their descriptions.

Staff Description:

  • Christmas
  • Old Lip Smackers
  • Red Hot gum
  • Old Celestial Seasonings tea
  • Big Red gum

Bath & Body Works, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, $23, Amazon

Bath and Body Works

This sweet fall candle consists of spiced clove, brown sugar, vanilla cream and harvest pumpkin.

Staff Description:

  • Thanksgiving
  • Acorns and clove
  • Cider doughnuts
  • Pumpkin spice but bitter and angry
  • All spice

Spicy Pepperberry & Spruce, $28, Yankee Candle

Yankee Candle

Prep for Christmas dinner with notes of cinnamon stick, clove, vanilla and winter berry.

Staff Description:

  • Cranberries
  • Camping
  • Christmas
  • Cough syrup
  • Gross dinner experiment

Sweet Fig & Pomegranate, $25, Yankee Candle

Yankee Candle

This candle will put you in the mood for some candy! With top notes of blackberry, fig and raspberry, its resulting scent is very sweet.

Staff Description:

  • Jolly Rancher
  • Sour Bubble Tape
  • Pie
  • Strong and sweet
  • Warm berries

Bath & Body Works, Fresh Balsam, $26, Amazon

Bath and Body Works

You guessed it — this candle smells like pine trees! It actually consists of pine, cedarwood and essential oils. The TODAY staff was in love.

Staff Description:

  • Narnia
  • Happiness
  • Pine trees
  • Christmas tree
  • Hiking

Hot Cocoa & Cream, $25, Bath & Body Works

Bath and Body Works

Curl up next to a fire and grab your favorite hot cocoa! This candle smells like milk chocolate, nutmeg and steamed milk.

Staff Description:

  • The inside of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory
  • A really, really, really good cup of cocoa
  • Brownie batter
  • Christmas tree
  • Cocoa nibs

Cascading Snowberry, $25, Yankee Candle

Yankee Candle

This candle smells like evergreens and snowberries. It definitely draws to mind the holidays.

Staff Description:

  • Saks at Christmas
  • Sweet pine
  • A ski lodge in heaven
  • A pine and mint smoothie
  • Laundry
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