Who doesn't love a gorgeous scented candle? Particularly when we are set to spend a lot of time inside our homes as the weather gets cooler.
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They make a lovely gift for a friend or family member, too - and if you don't want to stretch the budget, there are plenty of brilliant affordable options with beautiful, unique scents. Whether your fragrance of choice is floral, fruity or nostalgic, we've rounded up our favourite options under £20…
Best luxury-for-less scented candle
You can't go wrong with a Rituals scent! We love this fresh cherry blossom fragrance.
Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Scented Candle, £19.90, Look Fantastic
Best candle to lighten the mood
This delicious smelling candle is infused with immortelle, basil, cypress, eucalyptus and litsea cubeba for a zesty, fresh aroma that'll instantly lighten the mood. Light on a summer's evening - and you'll feel as though you've been whisked away to the French countryside, enjoying a glass of vino.
Uplifting candle, £20, L'Occitane
Best candle to gift
If you're stuck for ideas, you can't go wrong with The White Company. The Seychelles scent is loved by all for its warming and cocooning scent.
Seychelles candle, £20, The White Company
Best candle with the sweetest scent
We can't get enough of this gorgeous offering from everyone's favourite chocolate shop, Hotel Chocolat. This votive houses notes of sweet honey and delicious figs. Sounds good enough to eat, doesn't it? Comforting yet fresh, it looks much more expensive than its price tag suggests.
Honey & Fig Votive Candle, £12, Hotel Chocolat
Best statement scented candle
Express yourself with these statement ceramic candles! Choose your hand gesture from a thumbs-up to a-okay and the pinky promise sign - they come in a range of on-trend muted hues, too.
Impressions Tobacco Vanilla Candle, £19, Trouva
Best spring scented candle
This fresh scent is just the thing to burn on a sunny spring day; think a classic blend of orange blossom, violet, jasmine and lily with musky, floral accords plus a powdery finish. Plus, with HELLO!'s exclusive discount code HELLO20 you can save 20% off your entire order; just add the code at checkout before April 15.
Duvet Day candle, £18.50, The Cosy Candle Co
Best candle to look at!
Candles are now being used as home décor just as much as they are fragrance boosters - and Beachampton Hall's chic bubble candles are all over Instagram right now. If you do decide to burn them, be careful, as the wax will run! Scents range from strawberry to lavendar to lemon and lime. Yum.
Beachampton Hall candles, from £10, Harrods
Best unique scented candle
This would make the ideal gift for a bookworm, right? The 'vintage bookshop' scent is described as 'a musky blend of oud wood and smoky driftwood', and it's a hit with online shoppers. It's made with 100 per cent soy wax, too, which is a sustainable and natural alternative to paraffin wax.
Bookshop candle, £10, Etsy
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Best natural scented candle
We love the delicious candles from OctoLondon, which are hand-poured using soy wax and scented with essential oils. Italian Garden is made with a therapeutic blend of rosemary, sweet orange and sage.
Italian Garden scented candle, from £10.80, OctoLondon at Etsy
Best affordable spa candle
Sanctuary Spa is well-loved for its affordable-but-effective products, and we love these vegan candles, which offer an impressive 260g of wax for the £12.50 price tag.
Sanctuary Spa candles, £12.50, Boots
Best bargain scented candle
Shoppers are raving about the calming M&S 'sleep' candle - the large jar has three wicks and costs just £15. Perfect for keeping on your bedside table.
Cotton Large Jar Candle, £15, Marks & Spencer
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