These 12 Candles Smell like Autumn. Sad Girl Fall, Anyone?

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Best autumn candles

by Phoebe Lee |

We need no excuse to light a candle. When we're not meditating to the flickering flame of an Aromatherapy Associates one, we're lighting our favourite Diptyque (you know, the one that's saved for best), or dotting tea lights around the bath.

Yes, there's a candle for every occasion. And better still, every season.

Whether you revel in the colder days and darker nights, or are mourning the loss of balmy summer evenings, you can always count on a candle to lift your mood. Below are some of the best to scent Sad Girl Autumn. Cosy up, hunker down and enjoy.


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CREDIT: Selfridges

A modern scent, Tree House is clean, crisp and fresh, with a hint of raspberry. Inspired by a Japanese tree house that's exposed to rain, there's a real green quality, too. Oh and it's Taylor Swift's favourite.

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Rich, warm and sensual, this is a hug in candle form. Expect a heavy hit of amber (naturally), balanced with vetiver, patchouli and sweet honey. Cosy, cosseting and then some.

Space NK
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When Space NK's Shimmering Spice candle gets rolled out, you know it's about to turn cold. One of the most autumnal scents, it features cinnamon, cedar and all spice.

The White Company
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Fresher and fruitier than your average autumn candle, this is laced with pear, quince and apricot, and is grounded by a rich amber base.

& Other Stories, Arabesque Wood Scented Candle, £17
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If you love long walks in the countryside, this is the scent for you. Within earthy moss and warm amber are uplifting notes of lemon and ginger. Happy strolling!

Aromatherapy Associates, Candle Collection, £65
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Create the ultimate self-care sanctuary with this three candle collection. Thanks to the calming blend of essential oils, each one will help to drop your shoulders and unwind your mind. Perfect for that at-home spa feeling.

ESPA, Fireside Jewels Candle Collection, £48
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This limited edition collection includes ESPA's signature Soothing, Restorative, Energising and Positivity blend candles. With four in the collection, there's enough to scent every room with something different. What. A. Luxury.

Anya Hindmarch, Large Candle Pencil Shavings, £120
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From 'Chewing Gum' to 'Sun Lotion', Anya Hindmarch's candles pack plenty of personality and nostalgia. Something about the wood, mandarin and amber in 'Pencil Shavings' reminds us of school, just without the homework.

All Saints, Metal Wave Candle, £39
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The first candle from All Saints, this delicious blend of juniper berries and papyrus echoes the contemporary cool of the store. With a touch of magnolia and sweet honey, there are few it won't seduce.

Miller Harris Rendezvous Tabac Candle, £45
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Looking for something a little richer, deeper and transportive? Miller Harris Rendezvous Tabac is as seductive as it sounds. There's tobacco, spice, pine needles and sage, made creamy and smooth by tonka bean and patchouli. Yum.

Boy Smells X Ganni, Park Life Candle, £45
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Boy Smells have a whole host of fantastic fragrances and seasonal scents to choose from, but the latest candle in collaboration with Ganni is worth noting. With plenty of fresh, aromatic green notes like basil, sage, and fir balsam, with sweet fig, vanilla, and tonka bean, Park Life is a veritable garden of comforting, natural smells.

Nette, Another Life Candle, £60
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Nette have a knack for complex, layered fragrances that smell like no other. Another Life has zingy, revitalising top notes of fresh citrus and ginger, with a cocoa, vanilla and patchouli heart and base. The perfect zesty and comforting fragrance to light and enjoy with a good book. It's also currently part of Selfriedge's Planet Earth: For Animals edit, which includes vegan options, cruelty-free formulas and animal-derived fibres and materials from certified, more responsible sources.

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