6 Bougie Candles That The ELLE.com Editors Love Sniffing

It's lit.

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Expensive candles make us feel like we're living in a MasterCard commercial. A designer candle? $70. A scent that will make you feel like you're "in a field in Provence instead of [a] dusty apartment"? Priceless. At ELLE.com, their editors have very strong opinions on the topic, so you can trust that their favorites will pull through. Give your olfactory system a luxury adventure with their picks ahead.

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Nest Fragrances Bamboo Candle
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"I have shared my strong feelings about burning candles (or not) before. I'm always loathe to light up my fave candles because they always feel too nice — and smell too good — to use. But there are a few that smell so good I can't resist. I love Nest's cozy Birchwood Pine in the winter, but for summer, the Bamboo scent is so clean and fresh, it instantly transforms my apartment." — Sally Holmes, ELLE.com executive editor

Nest Fragrances Bamboo Candle, $40;


Bastide Figue d'Ete
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"Everything in this line of products is made by French artisans, including the handblown glass this insanely chic candle comes in. It's a work of art and both the fig and the lavender scents instantly make me feel like I'm in a field in Provence instead of my dusty apartment, which is the greatest luxury of all." — Gena Kaufman, ELLE.com social media director

Bastide Figue d'Ete, $65;


Le Labo Petit Grain 21
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"The kind of chic older friend I'd always craved and finally secured a few years ago gave me this very expensive candle as a graduation present. I spent basically a full 12 months gawking at it before I dared try it out. Eventually, I decided I couldn't preserve it forever, and besides our republic was at that point going up in flames, so why not this fancy candle, too? According to Le Labo, Petit Grain 21 smells 'green,' like 'a stunning, rich and elegant orange blossom.' But to me, it just smells delicious, like the juiciest late-April afternoon. Whenever I come home and the news is bleak and the takeout is fragrant, I strike a match and let a $75 candle fix it all. Honestly, it delivers, like, 90 percent of the time." — Mattie Kahn, ELLE.com news writer

Le Labo Petit Grain 21, $75;


Dipytque Large Scented Candle in Tubereuse
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"If Mattie is the Le Labo girl, I guess that makes me the Diptyque zealot. It's the starter candle that leads you down a dangerous path toward monthly purchases of wax, but I've since accepted that it's a bougie indulgence I'm willing to take. I light up almost every evening so my collection is vast (shoutout to long-lasting candles and Coqui Coqui's cultish tobacco ), but my first love was this floral number. Tuberose is my mother's favorite flower, and makes a house feel like a very fancy, very fragrant home. Well, apartment." — Justine Carreon, ELLE.com associate market editor

Dipytque Large Scented Candle in Tubereuse, $295;


Pour L'air Nap Lovers
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"Since the Great Fig Oversaturation of the mid-2000s, it feels like everyone has either forgotten all about the green perfection of this fruit, or stopped talking about it due to its ubiquitousness (is it the new vanilla????). But this Pour L'air candle has a beautifully deep, earthy scent that's all backyard trees and fall afternoons. Don't forget about the fig!" — Estelle Tang, ELLE.com culture editor

Pour L'air Nap Lovers, $77;


Paddywax Apothecary Collection Jar Candle
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"Paddywax's Apothecary line has a lot of inventive scents, like my favorite, orange zest and bergamot, which smells like a wonderful, soothing tea. However, I definitely first bought this for the packaging. The bottle is just too cute." — Jaya Saxena, ELLE.com staff writer

Paddywax Apothecary Collection Jar Candle, $16;


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