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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
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Ranger Station, Birch Bark, $36, East Dane
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.
- Forest floor
- Someone trying too hard to be outdoorsy
- Clean old man
Bath & Body Works, Flannel, $25, Bath & Body Works
This candle was definitely a staff favorite. It features notes of orange peel, patchouli essential oils and soft musk.
- Men's cologne
- The boyfriend I don't have
- Middle-school boys' locker room
Candlefish, Candlefish No. 46, $22
This little candle fully embodies fall. With notes of pumpkin flesh, anise and nutmeg, you'll feel ready to bake a pumpkin pie!
- Graham crackers
- Fancy spa
- Sweet spice
- Aggressive brown sugar
Candlefish, Candlefish No. 70, $10, Amazon
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.)
- Sugar cookies
- Cake batter
- Clean sheets
- Public bathroom
Yankee Candle, Warm Luxe Cashmere, $27, Amazon
With notes of vanilla, sandalwood and amber, this candle creates a welcoming atmosphere.
- White soap
- Baby nursery
- Clean sheets
- Cheap car air freshener
Bath & Body Works, Leaves, $23, Bath & Body Works
This may be the ultimate fall candle. It's sweet with notes of golden nectar, crisp red apple and warm clove spice.
- Mulled cider
- Cinnamon bears
- Like if a woodland elf farted
Rewined, Spiked Cider, $28, Amazon
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!
- Butter cooking
- Light and airy
- Spicy butter cookie
- Old car
Bath & Body Works, Sweater Weather, $22, Amazon
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.
- Martha's Vineyard wedding
- Sweet laundry detergent
- Fresh laundry
- Dryer sheets
- Old person
Yankee Candle, Balsam and Clove, $26, 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.
- Old Lip Smackers
- Red Hot gum
- Old Celestial Seasonings tea
- Big Red gum
Bath & Body Works, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, $23, Amazon
This sweet fall candle consists of spiced clove, brown sugar, vanilla cream and harvest pumpkin.
- Acorns and clove
- Cider doughnuts
- Pumpkin spice but bitter and angry
- All spice
Spicy Pepperberry & Spruce, $28, Yankee Candle
Prep for Christmas dinner with notes of cinnamon stick, clove, vanilla and winter berry.
- Cough syrup
- Gross dinner experiment
Sweet Fig & Pomegranate, $25, 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.
- Jolly Rancher
- Sour Bubble Tape
- Strong and sweet
- Warm berries
Bath & Body Works, Fresh Balsam, $26, Amazon
You guessed it — this candle smells like pine trees! It actually consists of pine, cedarwood and essential oils. The TODAY staff was in love.
- Pine trees
- Christmas tree
Hot Cocoa & Cream, $25, Bath & Body Works
Curl up next to a fire and grab your favorite hot cocoa! This candle smells like milk chocolate, nutmeg and steamed milk.
- 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
This candle smells like evergreens and snowberries. It definitely draws to mind the holidays.
- Saks at Christmas
- Sweet pine
- A ski lodge in heaven
- A pine and mint smoothie