Wood-Scented Candles

Diptyque Feu de Bois
Penhaligon Maduro Leaf
Catbird Campfire
Pendleton Wood Smoke
Ski Haus Fireside & Tobacco

New York really has everything. Except for space. And working fireplaces. Come winter, how nice would it be to gather ‘round a crackling fire? Or have a toasty hearth to dry our mittens on after a friendly snowball fight? Or a welcoming blaze to sit by with a cup of hot chocolate, while the smell of burning wood drifts through the air (everyone grew up in 1950s suburban America, right?)? Not to sound ungrateful, but there are some things a radiator just can’t replace, chief among them the scent of a delightful winter afternoon. And for that, we have only “fireside” candles to trigger that old olfactory miracle of making this city smell like “home.” Depending on how festive you want your flame (from waking-up-on-Christmas-morning to manly-campfire), the size you’re looking for, and the ever-important packaging, trust that there is a candle for you.

Let’s begin with the tried, the trusted, and the infallible Diptyque Feu de Bois. Smelling just like a log freshly placed on the fire with a hint of frankincense, it’s the failsafe option. I mean, the name literally means "wood fire." For something a little more pine-y, and impressive in size yet smaller in terms of fragrance heft, Penhaligon's Maduro Leaf  is your best bet. Its impressive size also earns this candle the Best Gift title of the lot for any forthcoming or current holidays (Happy Hanukkah!). And how cool is it that this woodsy candle is set in a wooden box? The Brits, man. They're good.

For the equestrians among us, Catbird Campfire's notes of leather will satisfy your longing for a tack shop right in your living room (which is maybe also your kitchen and bedroom?). Ahh, long-lost smell of saddles, welcome (to our) home. Or maybe you’re searching for a slightly less feminine, more manly candle—a mandle, if you will—that will not only leave your apartment smelling of a (contained) fire burning in a log cabin full of family history, but also help you and all your guests grow that extra hair or two on your chest. See: Pendleton's Wood Smoke. Wood Smoke’s cloth container also comes with matches, so it’s a two-in-one purchase, really.

As for the scent that best conjures a Christmas morning, replete with stockings hanging on the fireplace, a light-festooned tree, and an array of perfectly wrapped presents? It’s Ski Haus Fireside & Tobacco. Are those snow-covered conifers outside? No. It’s just your awesome new candle.

So, while this December may have begun with unseasonably warm weather, let’s hope for some cooler temperatures (if only for our planet’s sake) and invest in some wood-burning wax to bring that eau de fireplace to wherever our hearth is.

Photos by Mathea Millman.

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  • Natasha Kembrey

    I just want to hibernate with all of these candles!


  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

    I'm currently using Lily Flame's Winter Woods and if you like the scent of pine, you'd love it :o). Xx


  • beeswaxnoneofyour

    Adding, Cire Trudon Solis Rex and Diptyque Bois Cire - totally insane if you're into the highly beeswax polished old wood floor scent, like in churches, libraries and old houses. These two are so strong you don't even have to light them to experience the smell in the room!

  • http://www.vibrantbeautyblog.com/ Jennifer Monforton

    Ooh, I love smokey, woodsy scents, especially at this time of year. The Diptyque one will be mine!


  • http://www.paigeone.com/ Paige

    AH love this post. These look great. I've been obsessed with wood wick candles lately because it sounds like you're by a fire.


  • http://sselinaj.blogspot.com/ Selina J

    These look so amazing, I think I'm going to buy more candles after reading this haha.... :)

  • Evelyn Brockmann

    Just reading this made me feel all warm and fuzzy (needless to say I am actually waiting for the bus in the freezing cold)! Thank you from across the big pond! :D

  • Emma and Emily

    Adore fire smelling candles so much!


  • Erica Rae Deutsch

    I have Nest's Birchwood Pine candle burning right now and feel like I'm in a forest of trees made from cinnamon sticks and amber leaves. It's freaking amazing, and it also has the best "aroma saturation" of any candle I've ever tried, including Diptyque. I highly recommend!

  • http://thoughtsofglam.com/ ThoughtsofGlam

    I love these candles. I just realized that when I did my gift guide posts for $10, $20 and $30, I never included any candles, will definitely keep them in mind for my next one.


  • Mandie

    Bath and Body Works Marshmallow Fireside has questionable packaging but smells so, so good. Woodsy and smokey with just a hint of burnt sugar.

  • thebeautyhaul

    Emily, if you like Diptyque, try our brit version, La Fumee by Miller Harris. It's just the right side of smokey and oh-so sophisticated. Love your mini fireplace line too, might have to rip you off on that one...

  • capriciouscat

    Just wanted to put in a plug for the much more pedestrian but also super awesome and far more accessible Bath & Body Works Fireside. I'm not really a fan of the different versions of it (marshmallow fireside is way too marshmallow for my tastes) but the original is pretty awesome. It's like a gentler, more approachable Feu de Bois while still being amazing. I like burning it with the White Barn Chestnuts and Clove - together they smell like Christmas and at 2 for $22 when B&BW does their 3-wick candle sales it's pretty unbeatable. These are the candles I burn when I am having guests over in the fall/winter.

    And while they don't really smell like fireplaces or wood fire, I am seconding Diptyque Bois Cire (it is pretty much my favorite candle ever) and adding Diptyque 34 St. Germain.

  • Anne

    Agarwood by Carriere Frere creates a wonderfully warm forest aroma. It's featured on my gift guide: http://definingdelphine.com/the-gift-guide-part-1/

  • Sandra Francesca

    I will try all these candles, They sound like heaven, I already use Diptyque Feu de Bois, and adore it. Another amazing woody candle is Kringle's 'Cozy Cabin', the most magical scent ever. Does what it say on the tin, really.

  • JXP

    I love Mine Design candles, I buy the Flint candle in their signature Flint scent, smells just like a winter fire place.

  • Sonia Chhinji

    Thanks so much for the love, Raynah! xoxo

  • Denice Waters

    All of these are ridiculously expensive!


diptyque Feu de Bois Scented Candle
Penhaligon Maduro Leaf Candle
Pendleton's Thomas Kay Wood Smoke Joya Candle
Catbird Campfire Candle
Haus Interior
Haus Interior Ski Haus Candle