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Candles can turn a stale home into a gorgeous-smelling oasis

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People love candles, and why wouldn’t they? They smell great, beautify your living space and can help you relax. Whether you’re looking for something new for home or want to try making your own candles, here are some great buys for every budget, along with a DIY guide.

Under $30

Public Goods With a wide range of sustainable household products, Public Goods offers minimal cute packaging with heavy-duty ingredients you can feel good about. The 3.5 ounce Black Currant and Cedar & Suede candles are small but mighty, and make great additions to your kitchen, bathroom or travel kit. $6.

Yankee Candle Co. With so many affordable candles at this price point, there’s really no need to spend more unless you want to. The OG (and mom favorite) is without a doubt Yankee Candle Company. From long-burning scrumptious scents like Vanilla Cupcake to woodsy, clean ones like Balsam and Cedar, there’s something for everyone at here. $11-$30.

Target The Target house brands Threshold, Project 62 and Opalhouse offer an assortment of beautiful candles for every scent and style. Think Peach Prosecco, Patchouli and Bergamot or Coconut and Honey. That’s variety. $11-$30.

Bath & Body Works. The family favorite has delicious one- and three-wick candles that provide serious bang for your buck. Sample an Island Margarita without the hangover, a cute Tropical Spice candle to spruce up your bedroom or a Lavender Coconut with a beautiful ombre jar to set the vibe in any room. $15-$24.

Under $60

Voluspa Crafted in California, these luxury candles are a staple of every Anthropologie store, but they’re also available online and at other retailers. Though some Voluspa lines can get pricey, there are numerous tin and glass options that provide a long-lasting throw for under $50. $22-$40.

Shrine This LA brand takes a forward-thinking approach to its hand-poured candles with bright neon green and orange vessels and iconic fonts. Better yet, each one comes packaged in a compostable and biodegradable mushroom container. $38.

L’or de Seraphine Sold at Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus, L’or de Seraphine’s ceramic containers are a statement unto themselves. With an earthy, modern, leopard-and-floral motif, the Ares candle combines an aromatic blend of sage, cedarwood, eucalyptus and patchouli. $30-$40.

Boheme These clean-burning soy candles are poured into gorgeous, pastel-colored glass vessels that evoke the ethereal whimsy of your favorite destination. The dusty, well-loved aura of the Wanderlust Collection—Tahiti, Istanbul, Goa and Joshua Tree—will transport anyone who steps inside your abode. $45.

Under $100

Diptyque The candles that single-handedly changed the market forever, these luxe versions grace the bedside of nearly every celebrity and influencer. Whether it’s the signature Baies berry scent, Figuier or fig tree, or the beautiful Lys (lily) or Santal (sandalwood), the traditional Parisian parfumerie raises the bar for the age-old craft. $68+.

Heretic Featuring gorgeous burlesque candles with the visage of icons like Dita Von Teese and Zelia Rose displayed on the vessel (and revealing a NSFW image upon burning), Heretic’s one-of-a-kind candles are as unique as their signature scents, like Dirty Violet and Scandalwood. $65-$75.

Le Labo Known for an iconic scent coveted by millennials—the ubiquitous Santal 26—Le Labo’s luxury fragrances are sought after all over the world. With scents like Figue 15 (fig), Palo Santo 14 and Verveine 32 (lime and violet), Le Labo’s New York-made candles are designed to last. $75-$85.

Byredo This luxury home fragrance company is known for its intoxicating perfumes as well as its demure, minimalist candles. With scents like Altar, Burning Rose and a special Travis Scott-collab “Space Rage,” Byredo doesn’t just create memorable smells, it creates stories. $85.

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