I blame my job for my obsession with expensive candles. Before I worked in the beauty industry, candles were something that I bought as a gift for birthdays or Christmas, not something that I'd purchase for myself. However, one of the perks of my job is that I'm sent luxury products to try that I would never usually dream of buying—and candles are one such product. Over the last few years, I've had the chance to try the fanciest candles from brands such as Cire Trudon, Bella Freud and Tom Dixon, and I now have a taste (or should that be nose?) for the good stuff.
However, I am more than aware that dropping £80 on one candle is, quite frankly, ludicrous. My dad would tell me that it's literally like burning money away, and, to be totally honest, he'd be right. Lucky then that I've been doing my research, and there are tons of candles out there that are just as good as my favourite expensive ones.
Ahead, keep scrolling for my 15 favourite cheap candles that not only smell amazing but also look good in your home.
1. Marks and Spencer Restore Large Candle
I discovered this hidden gem when a friend told me that M&S was selling candles with "Aēsop vibes." She wasn't wrong. This candle contains an expensive-smelling mix of geranium, cedarwood, eucalyptus and lavender for serious spa vibes. Oh, and it's huge.
2. Zara Fleur de Patchouli Candle
3. Holistic London Co Neroli + Chamomile Scented Candle
4. P.F. Candle Co. Amber & Moss Soy Candle
5. & Other Stories
6. Blomus Sea Salt & Sage Scented Candle
7. Rituals The Ritual of Ayurveda Scented Candle
Rituals is one of my go-to bodycare brands, mainly due to its incredible-smelling shower gels and body scrubs. So it makes sense that its candles smell just as good. This one is a luxurious blend of Indian rose and sweet almond oil, and it really fills the room when lighted.
8. Earl of East Soy Wax Candle-Smoke & Musk
9. Paddywax Impressions Candle Wild Fig and Cedar
10. The White Company Sleep Candle
The White Company is a brilliant place to shop for affordable candles, with these little ones offering around 33 hours of burn time. This is very much a summer candle with creamy coconut, buttery vanilla, zingy bergamot and juicy orange to fill the room with balmy warmth.
11. Aldi Pomegranate Glass Candle
I'll make no bones about it: These Aldi candles are a direct dupe for Jo Malone's. This one is a nod to the brand's iconic Pomegranate Noir scent. I adore Jo Malone candles—they're up there with my favourite luxury ones—and while Aldi doesn't deliver the same complex, warming aroma, for less than £4, it does a very decent job.
12. Sanctuary Spa Tri Wick Candle
A three-wick candle always feels like a treat to me, and this one from Sanctuary Spa definitely delivers on the indulgent vibes. If you've ever used any of the body products from this brand, then you'll be familiar with the citrus, floral fragrance—it's one of my favourite affordable scents.
13. H&M Scented Candle in Eucalyptus
14. Urban Apothecary London Bay Berry Mini Candle
I'm kind of cheating here by including a mini candle, but allow me: Urban Apothecary London is an underrated yet amazing candle brand. And its full-size candles come in at around £35—so not as expensive as some of my other high-end favourites. This one smells of ripe blackberries and herby sage, and I think everyone will love it.
15. L'Occitane Uplifting Candle
Yes, you can get a L'Occitane candle that is somewhat affordable. Luxury beauty brands, like L'Occitane, could get away with charging double for a 190-gram candle, but this little slice of heaven is just £20. Each blended and created for specific moods, every candle in L'Occitane's line-up is as beautiful as the next. Our favourite, though, has got to be this one—herby and fresh thanks to basil and eucalyptus, it's sure to put a smile on your face this spring.