Set the mood with these romantic scented candles for Valentine’s Day

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Nothing sets the mood quite like the sweet smells from your favourite scented candle. Whether you’re a fan of woody and musky aromas or you’re more inclined to the warm hints of vanilla…finding the perfect scented candle is no easy task.

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And, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the stakes are high. Therefore, choosing a scented candle to light for the occasion should not be taken *lightly*. 

Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day this year with your significant other or with your closest friends and family, what we can almost be certain of is that you’ll want to remember the memories you make, surrounded by your loved ones, on February 14. 

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It’s widely known that scent is closely linked to memories, this is also known as the Proust effect. When you smell a familiar scent, maybe a perfume you wore on your honeymoon, or the smells of the ocean mixed with sunscreen, it triggers the beautiful memories associated with it. 

So, if you’re wanting to find the perfect scented candle to light on February 14, or you’re wanting to gift a scented candle to a special someone to show them how much they mean to you, below, we’ve rounded up our edit of the best scented candles to shop (or gift) this Valentine’s Day.

The best scented candles for Valentine’s Day 2023


Glasshouse Movie Night soy candle, $109, Glasshouse Fragrances

Nothing is more romantic than a home cooked meal and a night in watching your favourite movie together. Light Movie Night by Glasshouse to reveal hints of hot, salted caramel popcorn and decadent vanilla waffle cone in this romantic yet nostalgic fragrance.  



Glasshouse limited-edition Scarlet Nights soy candle, $54.95, Glasshouse Fragrances

Say “I love you” with this limited-edition soy candle from Glasshouse. This sensual scent will transport you to a 1920s bar with scents of black cherry, tobacco, rose, rum and earthy vetiver floating around in the air. 



BYREDO Burning Rose scented candle, $115, Net-A-Porter

Handmade in France, Burning Rose by BYREDO mixes the smoky tones of deep wood and the fresh scent of rose petals to create an alluring scent – perfect for Valentine’s Day. Light it as you snuggle up on the couch watching your favourite film or wrap it up as a thoughtful gift come February 14.



Maison Balzac Miel D’Été scented candle, $55.20 (usually $69), Adore Beauty

Miel D’Été – French for “summer honey”, this scented candle by none other than homewares powerhouse, Maison Balzac, is the must-have candle this season. Let love *bloom* with this ‘summer honey’ candle that will remind you of the pure scents of blooming florals with notes of hyacinth, bergamot, and earth. 



Trudon Giambattista Valli Rose candle, $149, Myer

Trudon combines hints of rose, palmarose, and amber to create this gorgeously scented floral candle, Giambattista Valli Rose. This is a spicy floral scent for those who dare…



Diptyque set of 3 scented candles, $190.34, Net-A-Porter

If you’re a candle fanatic, then you’ll know the familiar scents from cult-favourite fragrance house, Diptyque. This set of three by Diptyque features the best-selling ‘Baies’ scent which is a blend of fresh roses and blackcurrant leaves, ‘Roses’ which is light floral scent (inspired by its name), and lastly, ‘Figuier’ which celebrates the warm scent of fig wood.



Circa Coconut and Watermelon soy scented candle, $44.95, THE ICONIC

If freshly sweet scents are more your forté, this coconut and watermelon scented candle by Circa will be right up your alley. 



Australian destination scented soy candles, $84.95, Hardtofind

Going away for Valentine’s Day? Bring a candle with you for the trip, and take it away as a keepsake for the beautiful time spent with your significant other/loved ones. Customise these candles with the destination of your mini getaway and choose a scent you (and your lover) will love.



Peppermint Grove Vanilla Caramel large soy candle, $35.96 (usually $44.95), Myer

Oh, so sweet, like the friends and family around you this Valentine’s Day. This scented candle from Peppermint Grove will show them you love them, guaranteed.



Maison Margiela Replica trio scented candles, $126.23 (usually $148.50), Cult Beauty

The Replica range from Maison Margiela needs no introduction – inspired by particular scents in a specific point in time, from a cosy evening by the fireplace to the early morning rays on your skin, you’ll be transported to your favourite memories with every flicker.


Lead photo: @diptyque via Instagram

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