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To celebrate, we 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 three 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 Favorite Holiday Candles
- 1. Ranger Station, Birch Bark, $44, East Dane
Staff Description: Campfire, forest floor, men, someone trying too hard to be outdoorsy, clean old man
- 2. Yankee Candle, Warm Luxe Cashmere, $8 - $16, Walmart
Staff Description: White soap, baby nursery, clean sheets, detergent, cheap car air freshener
With notes of vanilla, sandalwood and amber, this candle creates a welcoming atmosphere.
- 3. Bath & Body Works, Flannel, $25,Bath & Body Works
Staff Description: Heaven, men's cologne, the boyfriend I don't have, armpit, middle-school boys' locker room
This candle was definitely a staff favorite. It features notes of orange peel, patchouli essential oils and soft musk.
Stuff We Love
- 1. Rewined, Spiked Cider, $33, Amazon
Also available on Walmart.
Staff Description: Butter cooking, light and airy, spicy butter cookie, woodsy, old car
This candle incorporates the season in a spicy, but not-too-sweet scent. It features cinnamon, clove and fresh apple. It's also held in an old wine bottle!
- 2. Bath & Body Works, Sweater Weather, $21, Amazon
Staff Description: Martha's Vineyard wedding, sweet laundry detergent, fresh laundry, dryer sheets, old person
While the photo on the jar isn't indicative of the holidays, the actual candle tells a different tale. It smells like fresh sage, juniper berry, aromatic eucalyptus and fresh woods.
- 3. Yankee Candle, Balsam and Clove, $16, Amazon
Also available on Buy Buy Baby.
Staff Description: Christmas, old Lip Smackers, cinnamon gum, old Celestial Seasonings tea, Big Red gum
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.
- 4. Bath & Body Works, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, $21, Amazon
Staff Description: Thanksgiving, acorns and clove, cider doughnuts, pumpkin spice but bitter and angry, allspice
This sweet fall candle consists of spiced clove, brown sugar, vanilla cream and harvest pumpkin.
- 5. Spicy Pepperberry & Spruce, $18, Amazon
Staff Description: Cranberries, camping, Christmas, cough syrup, gross dinner experiment
Prep for Christmas dinner with notes of cinnamon stick, clove, vanilla and winter berry.
- 6. Sweet Fig & Pomegranate, $20, Amazon
Staff Description: Jolly Rancher, Sour Bubble Tape, pie, strong and sweet, warm berries
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.
- 7. Bath & Body Works, Fresh Balsam, $24, Amazon
Staff Description: Narnia, happiness, pine trees, Christmas tree, hiking
You guessed it — this candle smells like pine trees! It actually consists of pine, cedarwood and essential oils. The TODAY staff was in love.
- 8. Bath & Body Works, Hot Cocoa & Cream, $25, Amazon
Staff Description: The inside of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, a really, really, really good cup of cocoa, brownie batter, Christmas tree, cocoa nibs
Curl up next to a fire and grab your favorite hot cocoa! This candle smells like milk chocolate, nutmeg and steamed milk.
- 9. Yankee Candle, Cascading Snowberry, $26, Amazon
Staff Description: A store at Christmastime, sweet pine, a ski lodge in heaven, a pine-and-mint smoothie, laundry
This candle smells like evergreens and snowberries. It definitely brings the holidays to mind.
- 10. Bath & Body Works, Leaves, $25, Bath & Body Works
Staff Description: Nutty, warm, mulled cider, cinnamon bears, like if a woodland elf farted
This may be the ultimate fall candle. It's sweet with notes of golden nectar, crisp red apple and warm clove spice.
This article was originally published on Nov. 2, 2017 on TODAY.com.
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