The Top 16 Bestselling Candles of 2016

It’s hard to believe a whole year has gone by since I launched Candle Fandom. I’ve had an amazing time candle blogging about my favorite scents.

Recently I discovered that I can find my next favorite candle by searching other people’s favorites on Amazon. Amazon keeps a Scented Candles bestseller list, so I can see what other people are buying, and it updates hourly.

I can’t tell exactly what the bestselling candles of the entire year are, but I can tell you this—as 2016 comes to a close, these were people’s 16 favorite candles to buy.

Starting at the most frequently purchased, here’s Amazon’s bestselling candles in 2016:

Art Naturals Aromatherapy

Whimsical names and powerful, essential oil-based scents made this set the bestselling candle product of the year. From citrine (fruity/floral) to garnet (cinnamon/spice) to peridot (marine), there’s a candle in this trio for every mood.

Wax Oils Lavender

Aromatherapy is a hot trend this year, it seems! A classic scent in a classic tin, I’ll never say no to lavender’s relaxing herbal aroma.

Yankee Candle Grab Bag

It makes sense that the third most popular pick for candleholics isn’t one single scent at all, but a grab bag of ten of Yankee Candle’s famous votives. You don’t get to choose which randomly-selected scents you get, but that’s half of the fun!

Mrs. Meyer’s Merge Clean Day Geranium

A springlike floral scent to brighten up your home. It’s a subtle scent with hints of rose and eugenia flowers to make a blend. The cute jelly jar gives it a homey feel.

Nest Classic Holiday

Winter is the ultimate season for candles, and nothing beats a good holiday scent. Nest’s fruity spice blend of pomegranate, mandarin orange, pine, cloves and cinnamon fits the bill perfectly.

Bath & Body Works Mahogany Teakwood

This candle’s rich woody scent makes for the ultimate cosy atmosphere. I like how it uses subtle floral notes to keep the wood fragrances from becoming overwhelming.

Northern Lights Spirit Jar Whiskey & Tobacco

This crafty cocktail candle blends an earthy presentation with a rich, smoky scent. Light one up to be instantly transported to the wood-paneled British study you never had.

Man Cave Set of Three

A trio of masculine scents add some manliness to your home. You could gift Straight Razor, Leather, and Mahogany to your favorite guy, or do what I do and light them when my husband isn’t home—it smells almost like there’s a man in the house, just nicer!

Nest Birchwood Pine

With a sophisticated gold and glass votive, this candle looks as beautiful as it smells. It’s a cedar and amber musk that gives your home a complex, enchanted-forest feeling.

La Jolie Muse Blue Lotus

A luxurious scent based on one of the rarest of flowers, the blue lotus. It’s invigorating and sensual and in a travel size, you can bring it wherever you go.

Votivo Red Currant

A lush, almost wine-like berry scent characterizes this luxury candle. Its understated votive design makes it a piece of elegant home decor, too.

Thymes Aromatics Votives

A trio of Frasier Fir scented votives will fill a house with the aroma of a sparkling winter wood in no time. Fir is the scent the Thymes candle brand is known for.

La Jolie Muse Plumeria

A gorgeously packaged, powerfully scented candle with a tropical floral fragrance. Perfect for gift-giving or to give your home a spa-like athmosphere.

Nest Bamboo

The THIRD Nest fragrance on the bestseller list! Bamboo is a fresh green scent with invigorating citrus undertones, and the whole thing is packaged in a sophisticated glass votive.

Diptyque Baies

This is the Cadillac of luxury candles. Baies is a delicate rose and full-bodied black currant blend that feels chic and Parisian. A cult scent well worth the price.

Yankee Candle Cranberry Chutney

Rounding out the list is a warm Yankee Candle cranberry blend. A fruity and spicy blend perfect for the kitchen, it’ll provide a homey feel.


    1. Dear Lauren,

      Your blog is amazing and so full of great information. I would love to talk to you over the phone or send you a couple questions over email. Your “contact me” address isn’t working. Can I ask you some candle questions? You are so passionate about their industry, it would be great to gain your perspective.

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