After a sweltering summer, September hit with a blast of crisp autumn air. The seasons change so quickly here on the east coast—one day I’m drinking rosé on my rooftop deck on a warm summer night; the next I’m curled up with a book on a cool rainy day, a lit candle on my table. And what better scent to get me ready for fall than the cult favorite, pumpkin spice?
Pumpkin spice is no doubt the scent most synonymous with the season. Even before Starbucks released their iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte, the aroma of buttery pumpkin paired with the spicy scents of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove has been fall’s most comforting combination. Whether it’s a pleasant autumn day where the sunlight filters through the changing leaves, or a dreary one with raindrops in the forecast, the wafting smell of pumpkin spice is always welcome.
Here are eight of my favorite takes on the quintessential pumpkin spice candle. Read on to choose the pumpkin spice candle that’s best for you:
|Chesapeake Bay Pumpkin Latte
If you’re a fan of the seasonal Starbucks treat, you’ll love this cozy tin. Catch a whiff of praline, pecans, and pumpkin frosting as you snuggle into sweater weather this fall.
|Bath & Body Works Pumpkin Cupcake
Inhale a blend of whipped buttercream, madagascar vanilla, pumpkin spice, and freshly baked cupcake. Capture the comforting scent of home baked pumpkin treats without accumulating excess calories or even lifting a finger in the kitchen.
|Nest Fragrances Pumpkin Chai
Create a cozy autumn ambiance with wild pumpkin, spicy masala chai, cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon. An elegant votive in the burnished color palette of changing leaves completes the effect.
|Trapp Seasonal Collection Fireside Pumpkin
The intoxicating combination of smoking white birch logs and New England Pumpkin creates a warm and inviting fragrance—even if you don’t have a fireplace and aren’t a baker!
|Yankee Candle Sugared Pumpkin Swirl
A base of raw pumpkin puree with mid-notes of cedar, vanilla, and caramel, it’s a more sophisticated pumpkin scent than usual. If pumpkin spice candles tend to be too sweet or cloying for you, this would be my recommendation.
|Woodwick Pumpkin Butter
With its crackling wooden wick, any Woodwick candle is a cozy fall choice. But with its sweet butter and pumpkin aroma, this one is especially fitting for a chilly September night.
|DW Home Honey Pumpkin
Cinnamon infused pumpkin with creamy honey butter, sweet vanilla nutmeg and spicy fresh ground cloves—all together in a golden ombré votive.
|Homesick Candles Pumpkin Patch
Homesick specializes in transporting you to places from your childhood in their scented candles, and this one is no exception. This candle smells like a day at the pumpkin patch, with the smell of cinnamon and spice wafting on a chilly fall day. So nostalgic!
This article was originally published on September 4, 2017.