I love candles and I love love. When you combine my two favorite things, you get Valentine’s Day candles. For every reason you might be celebrating this February 14th, we’ve put together a customized list of the best candles. Maybe you’re throwing a Galentine’s rager, or maybe you’re going out with a new fling. Whatever the reason, there’s a candle for you to burn. Below, find 12 candles I’ve known and loved for every type of V-day celebration.
For the Hopeless Romantic
Infused with actual roses, this candle is
everything he’s not every cheesy RomCom line in one place: “I’m just a candle, burning in front of a girl, asking her to smell me.”
The roses are balanced with the sweet smell of fresh rain. I have this candle, I love this candle, I would hold a boombox in front this candle’s house.
For the New Crush
A candle that reminds you of your latest fling. The candle’s notes include musk, wood, and citrus. It’s the perfect balance of feminine and masculine, sweet and sour, rough and refined. Burn this while you gaze into your loverboy’s eyes.
For the Longterm Relationship
Diptyque’s Centifolia candle is inspired by a field of roses that have been cultivated in the Grasse region of France since the 16th century. You’ve been coming up roses for years and this candle is further proof of your amour.
For Those Who Like Bad Boys
The notes include cannabis, suede, white musk, tulip, and amber —aka the makeup of all bad boys. If Jake Ryan, Daniel Cleaver, and Jess Mariano could take candle form it would be in Boy Smells’ Kush candle.
For Relationships Labeled “Let’s not put a label on this”
Described as ”a sunny afternoon in a French garden” Madewell’s Rosewood cassis is a mix of scents like cassis, green ivy, pear, and rose. Like your relationship, this candle is complex.
For the Love of Your Life: Your Mom
A candle made to live in your childhood home. Give the gift of white rose and jasmine to your mom this V-day, and she’ll quickly forget you haven’t called her in days.
For those Who Like An Accent
London-based Jo Malone’s mixture of peony and blush suede are the ultimate luxury purchase. You’ll be back to your days of studying abroad in no time.
For the Galentine’s Day Shindig
With notes of ripe plum fruit, bloom petals, and crushed currants, this powerful candle will fill any room. Keep it burning as you dance the night away at home or binge watch Killing Eve with your friends.
For the Casual Hookup
So you don’t want to commit to a very expensive candle, but you still want to burn something nice? There’s a candle for that. This soy wax option comes in lavender clove, mimosa fruit, and orange agave.
For the Aspiring Sugar Baby
This one is for you, LaLa and Rand. (Shoutout Vanderpump Rules!) Sant Ambroeus and Le Labo partnered on candle with the sweet scent of the perfume Santal 26, creating the perfect balance of smoky and leathery notes. Pairs best with Range Rovers, private jets, and intimate pasta dinners.
For the Conscious Uncoupling
Brynjar Siguroarson’ Glacier Project candles are a not-so-subtle commentary on global warming. When lit, the glacier candles melt and disappear just like our ice caps. A candle that can also symbolize your inevitable conscious uncoupling.
For the Elevated Basic
If a Pumpkin Spice latte is beneath you, but you’re still in the business of constantly burning candles, this candle from Otherland is for you. Notes of frothy milk, cardamom, and praline woods create the ultimate cozy vibe.