In our annual fall dream, we luxuriate beneath a cashmere throw while glowing embers smoke lightly inside our
home's vast hearth. In our annual fall reality, we're tangled up in a Snuggie while the digitized fire broadcast on our tiny apartment's TV lags. Since getting elbow-deep in mortar for bricklaying our way to peak seasonal bliss isn't the brightest idea, we elected the next best easiest thing: buying a fireplace-scented fall candle.
When you can't light a fire in your fireplace, because you don't actually have a fireplace, these smoky-essenced votives are here to save the autumn day (or, night). Ahead, seasonally strategic candles that reviewers claim smell like everything from freshly ignited logs to big ole bonfires in the woods — so you can cozy up somewhere in between your annual fall dream and reality with the swipe of a match.
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8oz Lidded Jar Candle, Fireside, $12.99
Buy Herland Home Bonfire Candle
Coconut wax infused with amber, clove, patchouli, and sandalwood blend together inside this craft votive for a top-rated candle that reviewers describe as, "a very warm and cozy scent," to, "beautifully subtle and calming," and "intoxicating."
Handpoured Coconut Wax Candle, Bonfire, $12.00
This festive votive — said to contain "the aroma of a wintertime fire" — totes 4.1 out of 5 stars, nearly 2,000 reviews, Amazon's Choice rating, and a direct from R29-reader's stamp of approval.
Classic Candle- Hearth, 8.1 oz, $42.00
According to this Nordstrom review, this popular scent from Diptique can warm up the grayest of London days; "Smells like a crackling fire and is my favorite candle to have burning during autumn and winter. Makes even my London home feel as though there's a crackling, cozy fire going and makes snuggling up on the sofa when it's too grim outside that much more of a pleasure. It's also one of the longer lasting candle scents from Diptyque. I always ask for this for Christmas!"
Feu de Bois Candle 2.4oz, $34.00
Buy Paddywax Amber & Smoke Candle
We'll just leave you with this Amazon review: "Close your eyes and imagine that you live in a cabin in the woods, surrounded by towering pine trees and creeping wildflowers. You live with your handsome, bearded husband who built the cabin with his own two hands. You go inside holding a basket of vegetables that you just picked from the garden, and a wave of warmth embraces you. You take in the scene: dried herbs hanging from ceiling, shelves and shelves of all your favorite books, and your husband sitting by the fireplace. He had been outside chopping firewood, and his strong muscles are glistening with sweat in the light. He looks up at you warmly as you enter, and you see a smear of soot on his cheek from building the fire. He sits in his favorite rocking chair smoking a pipe, and as he pulls you into his lap you watch the tobacco smoke drift lazily towards the ceiling. You take a deep breath, and it smells sweet, musky, and earthy. It smells like home."
Apothecary Collection Candle, Amber & Smoke,
$20.00 $15.61 Buy Outdoor Fellow
No.1 Fireplace + Clove, $37.00
Buy Maison Margiela 'REPLICA' By The Fireplace Candle
This warm and woodsy scent is supposed to evoke "the warmth of a cozy fireplace in midwinter" — and as one satisfied reviewer put it, "I can't stop smelling this candle. Reminds me of cozying up, by a fire, next to a really hot guy."
'REPLICA' By The Fireplace Candle, $62.00
Buy Wax & Wick Fireside Candle
For an even more authentic fireside experience, this smoke, amber, sandalwood, and patchouli-scented candle comes with a wooden wick (you know, to mimic lighting up a tiny log).
Wax & Wick
100% Pure Soy Wax Candle, Fireside, $35.00
Buy Brick & Mortar Campfire Candle
Wondering how to recall, "the welcoming aroma of a campfire with scents of cedarwood and vanilla accented with soft smoke," into your fireplace-less space? Just light up this candle.
Brick & Mortar
$28.00 $23.47 Buy Terrain Woodfire Candle
As one reviewer claims, this tin of soy wax infused with notes of patchouli and warm vanilla really "does smell like a burning campfire."
Woodfire Tin Candle, $12.00
Buy D.S. & Durga
Portable Fireplace Candle,
$65.00 $45.50 Buy WoodWick Fireside Candle
This top-rated and wood-wicked candle, as one R29 reader attested in the comments below, "both smells like and sounds like a real crackling fireplace!"
Candle Fireside Large Jar,
$23.99 $21.87 Buy World Market Linen & Tobacco Flower Candle
If your idea of a cozy-smoke smell skews more towards wood-burning pipe than it does fireplace, then this candle has your number — as one reviewer says, "The best way I can think to describe the smell of this candle is the smell of a wood tobacco pipe."
Linen & Tobacco Flower Candle, $15.99
Buy The Motley X LAD Woodsmoke Candle
This East Coast autumn-inspired votive was crafted to give off a scent experience around, "cozy memories of nights spent by the fireplace," with notes of woodsmoke, blood orange, sandalwood, and maple.
The Motley + LAD Candle, $48.00