If there's one thing ELLE editors covet, it's candles. At a recent pitch meeting, I brought up how the Boy Smells candles helped me get through the pandemic and just thirty minutes later, I had this list of the best candle brands according to all of the editors in that meeting. Yes, I was also very late to my next meeting, but it was worth it. Below, learn the favorite of our editor-in-chief, Nina Garcia, plus everyone on our team, from beauty to art, design, features, and culture. When it comes to candles, the ELLE team is full of experts.
"I buy all my candles from Cold Spring Apothecary in Cold Spring, New York. I tend to gravitate towards more earthy scents, and their signature Amber & Fig candle is almost always burning in my home. The candles last a long time (about 60 hours) and are made with 100% natural soy wax, which is a must to really let the fragrance come through. If all that isn’t enough to convince you, the candles are packaged in a beautiful way, and I have several jars that I repurpose throughout my home. It’s always a good idea to shop small, but even more important this year, and they’re just the absolute best." —Katelyn Baker, deputy art director