17 Affordable and Unique Candles That Are Worth Your Money

Published on: Oct 7, 2021fb-roundtwitter-roundemail-round
the best candles to burn in your homeDesign: theSkimm | Photo: Birthdate Co.

We all may turn to different items to zhuzh up our space (like throws, pillows, mirrors, and more), but there’s one thing we consider to be a no-fail, must-have decor item: the humble candle. Service and style? We’re sold. 

Some can be surprisingly expensive, so we rounded up more affordable options, all under $40. We’ve got candles that make great gifts (hi, Birthdate Co.). Plus a few that are centerpiece-worthy and really deserve to be on display. Oh, and the fall season? We’re all about diving into the delicious scents of autumn. Burn, baby, burn.

For those who wanna light a candle year-round:

eucalyptus spearmint scented candlePretty Honest Candles
A eucalyptus spearmint soy candle to place in a bathroom…

It’ll smell 10 times better than any aerosol spray you can find. Customers rave about how refreshing and clean the scent is. It’s the perfect option to light before you climb into the tub for an evening soak. ($24, Pretty Honest Candles)

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odor-eliminating pet candleAmazon
One that’ll eliminate icky pet smells from your home...

If your couch currently smells like your furry four-legged friend, raise your hand. This soy wax candle to the rescue. It neutralizes unpleasant odors (like those from litter boxes), keeping your home smelling fresh and clean. It has a burn time of up to 60 hours and comes in more than two dozen scents. Plus it’s free of dyes, parabens, and formaldehydes. Wet dog? Smell ya later. ($21.99, Amazon)

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sandalwood candleOtherland
An Otherland candle with a scent you’ll never get tired of…

No matter what season it is. Each candle is hand-poured and is free of parabens, sulfates, and synthetic dyes. This scent blends sandalwood, golden amber, and warm musk, but you can also shop their core collection for more options. With their colorful labels, these make for a great gift option too — and are worthy of some real estate on any desk. ($36, Otherland)

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For anyone who is into astrology:

mercury retrograde themed candleBirthdate Co.
A candle for those who are just trying to survive Mercury retrograde…

Not only will the hinoki cypress fragrance lull you into a state of calm, but you’ll also get a reading to help you navigate what can be a crazy time. Inside the candle is a clear quartz stone to bring balance and good energy. Psst...this is part of a limited-edition batch, so grab one now before they sell out. ($34, Birthdate Co.)

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astrology themed candle for birthdaysBirthdate Co.
And an all-natural candle inspired by the day you were born...

These hand-poured ones burn between 60 to 80 hours and take some cues from the stars. There’s a candle for every day of the year, each with a custom scent and personalized info like personality traits and a tarot reading. They make a great gift for the person in your life who never skips their daily horoscope. ($48, Birthdate Co.)

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For those who want a pretty container they can reuse:

candle with colorful speckled jarAnthropologie
A candle that looks as beautiful as it smells…

It’s available in three scents: floral and hickory, sandalwood and cedar, and black plum and sugared dates. The three glass apothecary jars are colored and speckled, so they’ll make beautiful catchalls once you’re done burning. You can use them for bathroom items like cotton balls, Q-tips, or makeup brushes. ($32, Anthropologie)

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candle with wavy confetti-patterned jarAnthropologie
A candle with a colorful, confetti-like glass container…

These will be eye-catching on a coffee table or in an entryway. The three scent options are lighter with more floral tones, including citrus, gardenia, sage, and blue lavender. The containers also have a fun wavy appearance, so definitely something you’ll want to recycle and use as a small vase or a container for tchotchkes. ($19.95, Anthropologie)

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For those who are all about seasonal scents:

apple orchard inspired candleHomesick
An apple orchard candle to light as you bake a pie…

Its top notes consist of red apple and mandarin leaf, while its base notes include pomegranate and sugar cane. Homesick is all about igniting your sense of nostalgia with popular scents of your past. So if apple picking is the can’t-miss fall activity of your childhood, then we can’t think of a better candle to add to your home. ($34, Amazon)

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Mulled cider candleAmazon
A mulled cider candle for when you want to get in the festive mood...

What is this time of year  without something that smells like apples, cinnamon, and cranberries?  Yep, this one speaks for itself. ($20, Amazon)

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Wood suede candleNordstrom
A woody aromatic candle for nights spent next to the fireplace…

With a blend of saffron, vetiver, and cedarwood you’ll be inspired to cancel plans, slip into flannel pajamas, and sip a cup of tea. Put on a classic movie and your night will be complete. ($30, Nordstrom)

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For those who love an elegant tapered style:

ridged tapered colored candlesCaiCai Handmade on Etsy
Ridged candles that’ll make an excellent centerpiece…

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, these beauties are a must. They’re available in eight colors and are made with natural soy wax and beeswax. To avoid dripping, we suggest reading the burn instructions provided in the listing. ($17, CaiCai Handmade on Etsy)

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pastel spiraled tapered candlesBotanical Goods Store on Etsy
Pastel-colored spiral candles to add a pop of color to your home…

These are bright and ideal for the spring and summer seasons, but fret not — there’s also an October collection with darker hues. Each one is poured individually, so there may be slight variations. They’re also unscented so you can light a few at once without having to worry about an overwhelming smell. ($6.95+, Botanical Goods Store on Etsy)

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floral tapered candlesUrban Outfitters
A set of four floral candles that’ll make a dinner way more romantic…

They’re delicate and honestly very pretty to look at, so we won’t blame you if you never get around to burning them. Customers love them, and with their multiple five-star reviews, we don’t think you can go wrong. ($18/4 pack, Urban Outfitters)

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zig zag tapered candlesAnure
A zigzag candle that certainly makes for a playful decor piece…

There are four colors available, each with a different scent. These one-of-a-kind candles are made individually, so they’ll slightly differ. And they work just as well displayed individually as they do as a set. ($35, Anure)

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For those who want a fun shape:

bubble candlePerpetual Bliss
A bubble candle with a concrete base…

It’s made with a mix of all-natural soy wax and raw industrial concrete, so you’ll see the color variation at the bottom. Like the taper candles, this one can double as decor when it’s not being burned. It almost looks like it would be squishy with its smooth and rounded bubbles, but trust us, don’t poke — you’ll want it to last a while. ($20, Perpetual Bliss)

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goober green candle that looks like a blobban.do
A goober candle that’s really just a too-cute blob…

There are four blobs available, but this green one looks like it’s lazily lounging. To make it even more perfect, it’s named Eh. They’re part of a collection created by Talbot & Yoon for Areaware. You can purchase them individually, but once you see ‘em all, you’ll want to keep the lil’ family together. So fun. ($30, ban.do)

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geode candleUncommon Goods
Amethyst and aquamarine geode candles that looks too real…

Once you peek inside, you’ll be mesmerized. These handcrafted candles strikingly resemble geodes, with a bit of sparkle and a whole lot of texture. The amethyst option smells of bergamot and violet, while the aquamarine smells like fresh salt air. When the wick is gone, you can insert a tea light to keep enjoying the inner crystalline structure a bit longer. ($34, Uncommon Goods)

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