October rolls out the red carpet for its celebrity fruit, but it turns out there is much more to fall than pumpkin! Not everyone crowds the streets for the PSL launch—some prefer a pumpkin-less autumn. Luckily, there are plenty of gorgeous, oh-so-cozy fall candle scents that feel like your favorite colorful quilt.
Whether you prefer warm and moody scents, fresh-from-the-oven aromas, or a dusting of crisp autumn air, these candlemakers know how to welcome a new season of scents. And if you are a pumpkin-lover, we've got you covered here! Curl up to these nine fall candles that are charming, cozy—and decidedly pumpkin-free.
The Pumpkin-Free Fall Candle Edit
Maker: Michelle Foster
Our fall whimsies are jam-packed with visions of candy-colored foliage, mulled cider, and afternoon apple-picking sessions. Perhaps no location inspires us like New England—so why not light a candle that captures its magical memories? Blissful honey swirls with sweet apples and spicy clove, bringing all the trimmings of a Northeast autumn to your doorstep.
Oliva Dawn Candles (CA)
Maker: Angela Cornilsen
Goodbye bikinis and sundresses—fall welcomes a new season of oversized hoodies, cuddly flannels, and chunky-knit sweaters. The season is so well-known for its plush uniforms that it’s earned the cherished moniker Sweater Weather. Light this fall candle for a warm embrace of ginger, cinnamon, brown sugar, and molasses.
This candle makes your entire home feel like your coziest fall sweatshirt.
Birchwood Lane Co. (MN)
Buttery Caramel Spiced Cider
Maker: Ashley Dahl
When the leaves start to change, nothing beats a warm mug of spiced apple cider. Experience the fall feels of the very first sip with this candle by Birchwood Lane Co. Crisp notes of bright red apples zing with citrus accents, sweetened by buttery caramel and a heart-warming blend of rich spices and rich vanilla.
All you need to add to the experience is a hot cider or toddy!
Chez Lapin Goods (PA)
Maker: Claire Landuyt
Pull out your cuddliest blanket and close your eyes—you’ll feel surrounded by glowing embers popping like fireflies between the stars. This fall entry from Chez Lapin Goods smolders with cedar wood, smoke, and balsam, twinkling with all the aromas of a festive countryside campfire with your besties.
“Gave this as an early Christmas gift to my roommate who loves the outdoors and camping,” raves one candle lover. “This scent was right on par with what he was looking for! He loved it!”
Wicks + Scents (SC)
Desert Rain Wooden Wick Candle
Maker: Shauna Cooper
When rainstorms sweep across the desert, they leave a majestic whiff of petrichor in their wake. Dewy and woodsy with a kiss of green, this candle from Wicks + Scents captures the striking experience of freshly rain-washed cactus and a sky still with glittering stars.
One 5-star review calls it a “fresh light scent that brings the outdoors in!”
Southern Elegance Candle Co (NC)
Sweet Potato & Brown Sugar
Maker: D'Shawn Russell
The first kiss of crisp autumn air sparks cherished memories of grandma’s favorite recipes mingling in the kitchen. This Sweet Potato & Brown Sugar candle smells fresh out of the oven, whisking buttery, sugar-sweet fragrances through your home, topped with a hint of zesty orange.
Buy one, and you might not be able to stop, says this fan. “I have now purchased about a dozen Southern Elegance candles since June in various scents, and I just keep coming back for more!”
[be] blends (MD)
Maker: Stacey Ann Ventura
Nothing says fall like the crunch of rainbow-colored leaves beneath your feet. This Autumn Leaves candle is like your first joyous leap into a leaf pile, churning up your favorite fall smells like apples, cedarwood, vanilla, and clove.
“This is one of my favorites,” exclaims one owner. “Especially this time of the year!”
IM Home Candles (NY)
Maker: Ilah Martil
September hits, and like magic, fall fans flock to coffee shops, happy to wait in long lines for fresh takes on their favorite drinks. And in the cool fall air, there’s nothing like the warmth of freshly brewed coffee on the morning breeze. IM Home Candles blends coffee beans with sugar-sweet dollops of cream and vanilla, topped off with a twist of mint.
The Auburn Collections (TX)
Warm + Cozy Soy Candle
Maker: Jonatan Miranda
Grab your fuzziest socks and fluffiest fleece—and maybe dive into a holiday flick (is it too soon?) Juniper, cinnamon, and nutmeg mingle together as the perfect backdrop to your blustery weather movie binge. This autumnal scent swirls with everything cozy, pulling you into a pillow-soft moment of relaxation.
“This candle is by far my favorite!” raves one reviewer. “Smells like a Christmas department store.”
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