We would all really love to have an expensive-smelling home (okay, flat) complete with a three-wick candle on every surface.
But as much as we love The White Company and Diptyque for their boujee candles, we can't always drop £40+ on nice-smelling wax.
It's a travesty, but it's fine. We'll be okay.
In fact, there are plenty of fancy alternatives for most of the lust-worthy candles out there.
There are plenty of... dare we say, DUPES that you need to be acquainted with.
Prepare to feel equal parts cosy and hella chic at prices so good, you can afford to buy one for each room. The dream. Here are some of our favourite cheap candles that look expensive AF.
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Purse-friendly candles 2022
Smells like: Delicate wood shavings. A reviewer says: "I love this candle and looks so pretty then in the picture! It looks like a dupe of one of the expensive candle brands out there which I won't name, but definitely prefer the look of this one. The scent is very subtle and not too overpowering and great as a display."
Smells like: Lime, basil and mandarin.A reviewer says: "Best candles in price range by far, beautiful fresh scent."
Smells like: A rare dark essence of tuberose, violets and amber.A reviewer says: "I have to say these candles are amazing and scented my whole house. All my friends commented on the wonderful scent and have even ordered their own supply."
Smells like: A holiday with notes of coconut and vanilla. A reviewer says: "This candle is great! It smells of tropical paradise. We've brought two and the diffuser."
Smells like: Gentle jasmine and warm amber musk. A reviewer says: "Absolutely love the sent of this Yankee candle. As someone who is a little to say the least obsessed with perfumes. I love this Yankee sent because it's a scent similar to a nice perfume or aftershave. Love it my favourite so far."
Smells like: Burnt sugar, sea salt and vanilla caramel.A reviewer says: "Smaller than first thought, however it is so good I can't complain."
Smells like: Mandarin and lemongrass.We think: A calming scent that helps you unwind after a long day, this totally Instagrammable candle deserves a spot on your windowsill.
Smells like: Warm sunshine with sweet beach blossoms. A reviewer says: "Great long lasting fragrances of Yankee candles, but a more modern look. The labels peel off effortlessly, leaving no sticky residue, and they're so easy to clean out once the candle has finished."
Smells like: Fresh figs. A reviewer says: "Fabulous contemporary products at a great price. Very sensible packaging."
Smells like: Floral oud with hints of golden saffron.A reviewer says: "This candle has a beautiful scent, subtle and warming but not overpowering or cloying and it lingers for a long time. I have used this over the winter months when my house is often permeated with the smell of wet dog - but this candle is the perfect antidote!"
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How to choose the right candle for you
Go for smells you enjoy.
It sounds obvious, but it's a great idea to work out if you prefer scents that are floral, sweet, fresh or woody. Do you prefer a smell that captivates a room or more of a subtle fragrance?
What room is it going in?
If it's a large space, you may want to choose a bigger candle. If you're picking one for the kitchen, you should steer away from strong, floral smells. If it's going in your bedroom, a lavender candle is always a good idea to help you snooze.