Usually, candles are supposed to smell pleasant. But The Stinky Candle Co. has carved out a niche by making candles that smell like strange, unexpected, and downright gross stuff. Fragrances include gasoline, garlic, exhaust, skunk, and dill pickles. They also make pleasant scents like chocolate cake and bubble gum.
THE BEST Candles
The Conspiracy Candle Co. makes fragrance combos that conjure a sense of mystery and mystique. This set of four soy wax candles includes Area 51 (cactus flower, alow, alien spacecraft), Roswell (desert amber, smoke, sandalwood), Atlantis (Caribbean teak, sea salt, lost civilization), and CLASSIFIED CASE #001 (redacted).
MysticGlo’s gigantic hand-poured candle makes a dramatic centerpiece. It has six wicks and measures 15″ across by 3″ high. They come in a variety of colors and unscented or scented for $15 extra. They also make a 20″, 8-wick version, and a 15″ square, among other designs. Made from a blend of paraffin, soy, and beeswax.
Etsy store Candlelit Desserts makes candles and soaps that look like a variety of food. Its bestseller is this candle that not only looks but also smells like Froot Loops. The 14oz candle comes in a 6″ bowl and has a spoon embedded in it. Not part of a nutritious breakfast.
Are you the middle kid? Do you have days where you feel like Jan Brady? Remind them you won’t be ignored with this purple candle from Whiskey River Soap Co.. Despite its “Largely Invisible Scent” labeling, it actually smells like grape. The 17oz. candle burns for about 60 hours.
Books and fire are a terrible combination (except as the premise of Fahrenheit 451), but reading and candles are perfect partners. Digital reading service, Scribd, teamed with Dorothy B & Co. on a fragrant candle scented with teak, sandalwood, patchouli, amyris, and dark musk. Includes a 3-month Scribd subscription.
C’mon baby, light my skull fire. Badass Candles‘ signature product is a slow-burning soy wax candle that burns inside of a skull. Its cutout eyes glow as the candle burns down, while its Cowboy’s Wild Ride scent fills your room with a woodsy mahogany teakwood fragrance. Available in 11oz, 24oz, and 40oz sizes.
Part of Flint Candle Co.’s Halloween 2020 collection is this scent inspired by the famously-strong green spirit, Absinthe. The candle’s intoxicating fragrance incorporates notes of anise, fennel, oakmoss, amber, oak, and cherry wood. Available in 3oz., 7oz., and 11oz. sizes.
Since the quarantines began, many of have us have been stuck home with our families. If you need a break from the chaos, go hide in a bathroom and burn Crimson & Clover’s soy wax candle to help you temporarily escape the drama with the delightful scents of coconut, lime, and verbena.
Despite its low alcohol content and questionable flavor, White Claw spiked selzer has become something of a cultural phenomenon. Now you can enjoy the delightful citrus fragrance without the hangovers with this lemongrass candle from Meriwether. It’s made from an upcycled can and hand-poured soy wax.
Light a flame and say a prayer to Saint Sweatpantsia, the patron saint of homebodies. This 12.5″ tall prayer candle features an image of the bespectacled holy woman, decked out in her ocean blue snuggie, bunny slippers, and knit skull cap, ready to lounge on the couch and possibly dial in for a Zoom call.
Gift shop SnarkyFlair offers this line of handmade soy candles that make great birthday presents. Each one features a sarcastic and concise assessment of the recipient’s character, along with an appropriately delightful candle scent. Each 10 oz. candle has a rose gold lid and burns for about 45 hours.
UCO’s camping lantern provides a warm and natural source of light and heat. It has three spring-loaded candle tubes to keep them stable, and is made from lightweight aluminum with glass windows. Its top heat shield can be used to warm up small amounts of food or water. 9-hour candle refills available here.
Truckee, California’s Rescued Wine recycles wine bottles to house these great smelling candles, which combine the fragrances of whiskey and bourbon with notes like oak, cedar, tobacco, leather, and various herbs. Made from 100% natural soy wax, with an appx. 70 hour burn time.
You might not be able to see mom in person this year, but you can send her a gift of love with California Handcrafted’s customized candles. They’re available in fresh-cut rose or unscented, and can be embellished with photos you upload. They’re also offering 15% off their Explore California gift sets with code MOM2020.
Handmade in Santa Clarita, these natural soy candles from California Handcrafted offer scents inspired by some of the state’s greatest locales. For instance, Big Sur is a delicious mix of lemon, wood sage, sea salt, and beach juniper. Packed in 8oz or 16oz travel tins. Buy two and get one free with code THEAWESOMER (expires 1/31/20).
Fury Bros. used to make loud music as We Are The Fury. Now Jeremy and Stevie make manly, vintage-inspired, awesome-smelling candles, soaps and solid colognes in their Hell’s Kitchen apartment. Their oil can soy candles combine clever graphics with robust scent blends like gunpowder + charred hickory and campfire + tobacco.
Whiskey River Soap Co. makes these hilarious candles with an attitude. They offer up custom blended aromas for all kinds of people and occasions, from unnecessary workplace meetings, to salty servers, to guys with dad bods. They also make a hipster soap that smells like coffee, bacon, and craft beer.
Alex Dodson of Burned by Design makes some pretty sweet Star Wars fire pits. But if you’re looking for something you can burn indoors, check out this dogfighting duo. The pair of steel candlesticks is handmade to order using laser-cut steel, and will look great sitting on your bookshelf as the Empire and Rebellion battle it out with fire.
UCO’s compact lantern provides a warm, natural source of light anywhere. It collapses to just 4.25″ tall, then expands to make room for a candle, surrounded by a windproof glass chimney. Its refills burn up to 9 hours, and a spring mechanism keeps its flame centered.