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Best Fall Candle Scents to Make Your Home Smell Like Autumn

Written by: Harlem Candle Co.



Time to read: 4 min

Fall is a season that delights the senses. The vibrant colors of changing leaves, the cool, crisp air, and the promise of holidays on the horizon all contribute to the unique charm of autumn. And when it comes to capturing the essence of fall in your home, few things are as effective as the right candle scent.

What is a Good Fall Candle Scent?

Scents have a powerful impact on our emotions and memories. They can transport us to a different time and place, or create a sense of comfort and relaxation. In the fall, a good fall candle scent plays an essential role in setting the mood for the season, making it the perfect time to explore a variety of aromatic experiences.

Traditional fall scents include spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, woodsy notes like cedarwood and sandalwood, and sweet and cozy notes like vanilla and caramel. The 1990s and 2000s ushered in the rising popularity of gourmand scents inspired by edible treats, such as pumpkin spice latte (which celebrated its 20th birthday this year), caramel apple, and other baked goods. Fruity and floral notes with a fall twist, such as apple orchard and cranberry, also gained appreciation as seasonal favorites.

Some of the most popular and classic fall candle scents are:

  • Pumpkin Spice: Perhaps the most iconic fall scent, pumpkin spice combines warm spices, creaminess, and a hint of clove and vanilla for an unmatched comfort.
  • Apple Cinnamon: The sweet and tart aroma of apples with the warmth of cinnamon is quintessential fall.
  • Vanilla: Comforting and cozy, vanilla pairs well with other spices and autumn notes.
  • Maple Syrup: Sweet and syrupy, reminiscent of pancake breakfasts on cool fall mornings.
  • Gingerbread: Spicy and sweet, a classic for fall and holiday-themed products.
  • Cedarwood: Earthy and woodsy, evoking the feel of a forest.
  • Chai Tea: Aromatic blend of spices, like cinnamon and cardamom, is comforting in the fall.

The popularity of fall scents evolves over time with changing trends, cultural influences, and consumer preferences. Lately there has been a growing interest in unique and artisanal fragrances, inspired by natural elements and designed to evoke a sense of sophistication and artistry, such as fig, vetiver, leather, tobacco, incense, and Palo Santo.

Our Fall Candle Scent Recommendations

The Harlem Candle Co. is known for our luxurious and exclusive candle fragrances inspired by the rich history and culture of the Harlem Renaissance. Our most popular and recommended candle scents for the fall season include:

1. Vintage Garden

Our “Vintage Garden” candle is a lush, imaginative escape that embodies the transformative beauty of autumn with uniquely fall scents like marjoram, angelica, birchwood, and strawberry musk. As fall is a season celebrated for its natural beauty, this fragrance aligns perfectly with the desire to connect with nature during the autumn months.


  • Top: Marjoram, Italian Mandarin, Wild Berries
  • Middle: May Rose, Absinthe, Angelica
  • Base: Strawberry Musk, Birchwood, Haitian Vetiver

Featured Fall Scents:

  • Marjoram is a fragrant herb that belongs to the mint family. Its scent is slightly spicy with herbal notes and evokes feelings of comfort and coziness.
  • Angelica is another aromatic herb that belongs to the Apiaceae family (which includes carrots, celery, and parsley).It has a complex and intriguing scent profile, with earthy and woody notes that add warmth and depth..
  • Birch trees are known for their striking white or silver bark, which stands out prominently against the backdrop of changing fall foliage. The sight of white birch trees with their bright leaves in shades of yellow and gold is a classic symbol of autumn. Birchwood itself has a unique, pleasant, and somewhat sweet scent that carries hints of wintergreen and mint, with a subtle smokiness.
  • Strawberry musk combines the fruity sweetness of ripe strawberries with the luscious and comforting aroma of musk to create a unique, indulgent fragrance that adds a sweet and fruity twist on fall scents.

2. After Dark

With its warm and sensual fragrance profile, our “After Dark” candle brings the cozy ambiance of a fall evening right into your home. The notes of smoky oud, Moroccan cedar, and sultry amber musk create an inviting atmosphere that's perfect for the season. This candle scent is for immersing yourself in serene evenings at home, sinking into the embrace of your sofa or lover with your favorite soulful music playing softly in the background. With "After Dark," you'll find pure joy in these extraordinary moments where nothing else in the universe matters.


  • Top: Bergamot, Amyris, Golden Saffron
  • Middle: Papyrus, Oak, Heliotrope
  • Base: Oud, Atlas Cedar, Amber Musk

Featured Fall Scents:

  • Oud is a resinous and aromatic wood often associated with fall and winter fragrances. Its deep and smoky aroma adds a sense of warmth and complexity to the scent, making it a popular choice for cooler seasons.
  • Cedar is a classic fall fragrance note known for its woody and earthy scent. It's reminiscent of the woods and forests during the autumn months.
  • Amber musk combines the warm, resinous qualities of amber with the depth and sensuality of musk to evoke feelings of coziness and comfort, like a fluffy blanket on a chilly autumn night.

3. Speakeasy

Inspired by the thrill and glamour of Harlem’s clandestine nightclubs and secret lounges during the 1920s, our “Speakeasy” candle is the embodiment of indulgence and nostalgia. Its nuanced gourmand notes like dark chocolate and creamy vanilla satisfy the desire for sweet and decadent scents that are popular during the fall. Other seasonal scents like cardamom, bourbon, and pimento berry add a layer of warmth and spiciness to the overall aroma.


  • Top: Cardamom, Smoked Incense, Pimento Berry
  • Middle: Saffron, Licorice, Plum Blossom, Tobacco Leaves
  • Base:  Palo Santo, Patchouli, Vanilla, Dark Chocolate

Featured Fall Scents:

  • Dark chocolate is often included in fall gourmand fragrances. Its sweet and cocoa-rich scent can evoke the comfort of chocolate treats enjoyed during the season.
  • Cardamom is a classic fall spice known for its warm, slightly sweet, and aromatic qualities, often used to add a comforting touch to fall and winter recipes.
  • Bourbon is one of our favorite fall scents. This familiar and comforting smell evokes feelings of nostalgia and tradition, which are prevalent during fall holidays and family gatherings. It offers a complex and inviting aroma filled with sweetness, warmth, spices, and woody elements that capture the essence of fall.
  • Pimento berry, also known as allspice, has a warm and spicy scent reminiscent of cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. It’s another classic fall spice often used in baking and essential in Caribbean and Middle Eastern cooking.
  • Last but not least, vanilla can be appreciated all year round but its warm, sweet, and comforting smell is just perfect for fall.