Top 10 Holiday Candle Scents for 2020

Top 10 Holiday Candle Scents for 2020

Find the perfect candle scent & candle labels in time for the holidays

It’s finally time. You’ve been waiting all year. The snow is getting ready to fall, the air is crisp, and you’ve dusted off your winter gear. The holidays have almost arrived. To get you in the mood, I’ve put together 10 holiday candle scents to help you make the most of the season.

When you think about the holidays, what comes to mind? The hot chocolate? The lights? The Christmas trees? The smell of chestnuts roasting on an open fire? There are endless scenarios that could be dancing through your mind.

When it comes to the Christmas season, I can’t help but think of the scents that accompany this special time of year. There are holiday smells and flavors for everything from specialty food and drinks to beauty products and candles. And the list keeps growing.

Candle sales continue to grow. And making your own holiday candles is becoming more popular every year with candlemakers creating candles with special scents that remind them of this magical season.

I’d like to share with you not only some of the classic holiday scents that will never grow old but some newer blends from our partners at CandleScience that can help make your holidays memorable.

Let’s start with some of our favorite holiday scents from CandleScience.

Mistletoe scented candle using a 2" square Avery label on silver metallic film material.

1. Mistletoe Candle

Featuring a 2″ square label on silver metallic film. Get the template.

Picture walking through the woods and enjoying all the enticing scents. Close your eyes and imagine the sound and feel of the snow crunching under your feet with each step while you look for that perfect sprig of mistletoe or fresh Christmas tree.

This lovely mistletoe fragrance oil from CandleScience is infused with natural essential oils including cedarwood, fir, and patchouli. It features top notes of eucalyptus and camphor, with middle notes of pine, fir and a touch of spiced clove.

Hand-poured candle with fraser fir candle scent from CandleScience and a 2" round scalloped Avery label

2. Fraser Fir Candle

Featuring a 2.5″ scalloped round label on silver metallic film. Get the template.

I don’t know about you, but putting up the Christmas tree is my very favorite part of decorating the house for Christmas. The scent of fir floating throughout the house, the twinkling lights on the tree next to the fireplace. It really is the most wonderful time of the year.

CandleScience created this Fraser fir fragrance oil with mild citrus top notes, earthy undercurrents, and a woody, fir balsam core that makes you think Christmastime.

One of top 10 holiday candle scents is Fireside featuring a 2" round label from Avery and fragrance oil from CandleScience

3. Fireside Candle

Featuring a 2″ round label on matte white paper. Get the template.

Being a California girl it isn’t too often that I get to turn on the fireplace. But there are a few weeks in December when I get to clear the dust and turn it on. There’s nothing better. This blend is perfect to burn alongside your fireplace or simply light the candle, close your eyes and pretend.

Familiar and distinctive, this CandleScience scent of this fireside fragrance oil melds notes of smoke and wood into a warm union of clove, amber, sandalwood, and patchouli.

A new fragrance from Candle Science makes the top 10 holiday candle scents. The candle features a 2" square Avery label on clear film.

4. Dry Gin & Cypress Candle

Featuring a 2″ square label on clear film. Get the template.

A new fragrance oil this year from our friends at CandleScience is Dry Gin & Cypress. A juniper top note gives this light-bodied spirit its signature aroma. Red currant adds a hint of fruit that leads to a woody fusion of balsam, oak, cedar, and cypress in the base. 

Anyone else craving a gin and tonic now? No? Just me?

Froster juniper candle scent is a perfect top 10 holiday scent.

5. Frosted Juniper Candle

Featuring a 2.5″ square label on clear film. Get the template.

Growing up my Mom and I would bake Christmas cookies every year for the family. Her favorite has always been lemon bars. That’s what happy memory this scent brings to me. What about you?

This frosted juniper fragrance oil is infused with natural essential oils including eucalyptus, fir needle, lemon, cedar leaf, clove leaf, and galbanum. If this scent doesn’t scream Christmas, I don’t know what does.

Now on to some Christmas classics that never get old and ones that I love having around to burn during the holiday season.

Peppermint is the classic holiday candle scent. This candle features a 2" round glossy label.

6. Peppermint Candle

Featuring a 2″ round label on glossy white paper. Get the template.

Peppermint is about as classic as it gets when it comes to the flavors and smells of Christmas. People wait patiently (or maybe not so patiently) all year for the arrival of those peppermint lattes.

Not only does peppermint taste delicious but it also smells incredible. That sharp, refreshing scent reminds me of breaking out the candy canes every year to either hang on the tree of let melt into a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Oh, and don’t forget the marshmallows.

Gingerbread is a great holiday scent for your candle making.

7. Gingerbread Candle

Featuring a 2″ round label on matte white paper. Get the template.

Gingerbread is another classic candle scent that you can’t go wrong with. I’m sure most of us have at least one fond memory of gingerbread.

Whether it be making a gingerbread house, enjoying a spicy gingerbread beverage or just eating gingerbread cookies (no shame), gingerbread says Christmas.

Cinnamon is always a top candle scent for the holiday season and Christmas

8. Cinnamon Candle

Featuring a 2″ square label on matte white paper. Get the template.

Cinnamon is a spicy favorite of mine for the holidays. It has a sweet woodsy fragrance to it that transports you to a magical winter world.

Who would have thought that the dried bark from a laurel tree could smell and taste so good?

Clove oil fragrance is a favorite for candle making during the holidays and makes the top 10 candles scents  for the holidays.

9. Clove Candle

Featuring a 2.5″ round scalloped label on matte white paper. Get the template.

The scent of clove isn’t too far off from cinnamon with the main notable difference being the fruity top note of cloves that can’t be missed. A great scent to burn while baking your favorite holiday treats.

Fun fact. Did you know that the aroma of clove has been said to help reduce drowsiness, irritability, and headaches?

Cedar scented candle with a two inch round label  from Avery

10. Cedar Candle

Featuring a 2″ round label on matte white paper. Get the template.

Cedar is another woodsy scent that takes me to that special time of the year. Cedar offers a top note of camphor combined with woodsy, balsamic undertones.

It’s a fresh scent that will make you feel as if you’re strolling through an evergreen forest.

Ahhh. How do you feel now? Are you anxious to get out there and pick up some holiday candles? Or do you think you’d like to try your hand at making some? Either way, Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to start preparing.

All of the templates and label designs featured above are available for free from Avery. But use your imagination and a little creativity to get the exact look you want. And if you need help along the way, our Care Center can help. They can be reached at (800) 942 – 8379 and are open Monday – Friday from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM PT.

If you’re new to candlemaking, check out our friends at CandleScience where you can get a cool starter kit to start pouring candles yourself. Happy smelling!

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