Ever since I was little, my family has always had fake Christmas trees. At first, it was because there were allergies to worry about. But over time, we began to appreciate the easy storage of fake Christmas trees (we use this compact model) and how it’s better for the environment.
Today I still put up a fake Christmas tree every year, but my apartment still smells like an evergreen forest all December—I use candles for that! For me, smooth, woodsy scents and flickering flames that twinkle like holiday lights are just as cozy as the tree.
I’ve used a bunch of woodsy candles to achieve this effect. Here are some of my favorites:
|Makers of Wax Goods Birch Wooden Wick
With gorgeous typography and a metallic votive that reflects the light, Makers of Wax Goods candles look great. Their woodsy scent Birch includes a wooden wick that makes a satisfying crackle as it burns. I photographed their discontinued Applewood scent up top, but I now prefer Birch and so do a lot of people—it’s their number one bestseller!
|WoodWick Frasier Fir
This candle’s crisp, sweet scent reminds me perfectly of a fir tree. And there’s a reason I keep going back to candles with wooden wicks, especially when it comes to woodsy scents—it evokes all the romantic feelings of sitting around a snowy winter bonfire, while you’re still snuggled up in the warmth of your pajamas.
|Nest Birchwood Pine
This is my high end pick, because when I smell this Nest candle I immediately envision a luxe Christmas tree festooned with crystals, feathers, and marabou trim. It blends its pine scent with amber and musk for an elegant atmosphere.
|Candlecopia Balsam and Cedar
The secret to this Candlecopia jar candle is that it blends the piney scents I crave with a familiar helping of calming eucalyptus. That means when I burn it, it isn’t just reminding me of a Christmas tree, it’s also relieving my stress. It’s a Christmas miracle!
|Pet House Candle – Evergreen Forest
This candle is designed to smell so strongly of Christmas spirit, it doesn’t matter if you’re burning it right next to the litterbox. I don’t have any pets, but I can assure you that this is among the most powerfully scented candles in my collection, and it’s a gorgeous, foresty scent.