Fresh scents for every budget.

By Melanie Fincher
Updated April 18, 2021
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The kitchen is the center of the home. It's where families make recipes that have been passed down through generations. It's where guests linger in hopes of being the first one to be served. It's also where all sorts of smells — some good, some bad — clash to create a scent you don't want to be smelling days later.

So what's the solution? Candles. These scent warriors are often overlooked in the kitchen, but they can make all the difference at your next dinner party.

I scoured countless Amazon reviews to find the scents that are both raved about online, and perfect for the kitchen. If you're looking to neutralize odors and bring fresh fragrance to your home, these candles are worth the burn.

Best Scents for the Kitchen

At the end of the day, scent is always going to come down to personal preference. But there are a few key things to look for (and avoid) in a kitchen or dining room candle.

Let's start with the don'ts — you probably don't want to reach for a candle that smells like food. Even the most deliciously scented foods (like freshly baked cookies or apple pie) are going to mingle with whatever lingering scents are in your kitchen. If that's lasagna, it could be weird.

Instead of food scents, opt for scented candles that smell fresh and clean. These will help to neutralize the odors from last night's dinner, making your home smell clean even when it's not. Citrus, herbal, floral, and clean scents (like linen or cotton) are best at achieving this. You may even want to go for an odor-absorbing candle to keep funky smells at bay. (Like after a meal with seafood or Brussels sprouts.)

Whatever your preference, there's a candle on this list for every taste and budget. Here are 25 of the best candles for the kitchen, ordered by price from low to high. So get shopping!

1. Glade 2-in-1 Candle, Moonlit Walk & Wandering Stream

Glade Moonlit Walk + Wandering Stream Candle
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Get the most bang for your buck — these low-cost candles from Glade combine two fragrances in one. One 5-star reviewer says, "I have had so many compliments when I'm burning this candle in my house. The aroma gives such a fresh, clean, and relaxing atmosphere."

Buy It: $5 for 2 candles, Amazon or Walmart

2. Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Scented Soy Aromatherapy Candle, Lemon Verbena

Mrs. Meyer's Lemon Verbena Candle
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You know Mrs. Meyer's for their plant-derived cleaning products — and their candles are no different. Each candle is made from renewable ingredients like soy and vegetable wax, and they all have a nonmetal, lead-free wick for up to 25 hours of burn time. This mild, citrusy scent is perfect for masking kitchen odors.

Buy It: $7, Amazon or Walmart

3. Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Scented Soy Aromatherapy Candle, Lavender

Mrs. Meyer's Lavender Candle
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Lavender is the ultimate aromatherapeutic scent, making it perfect for long days in the kitchen. This clean, herbal scent will fill your kitchen with a pleasant aroma without overwhelming you or your guests. Take it from this reviewer who says, "Normally candles give me a headache, but this one doesn't. It is my absolute favorite."

Buy It: $8, Amazon or Target

4. Chesapeake Bay Candle Scented Ceramic Jar Candle with Lid, White Gardenia

Chesapeake Bay Candle® White Gardenia Small Candle Jar
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This floral-scented candle has over 400 5-star reviews on Amazon. These soy-wax blend candles feature self-trimming wicks, all-natural essential oil fragrance, and a stylish two-toned ceramic jar. "The White Gardenia smells just like the flowers are in the room," says one enthusiastic reviewer.

Buy It: $12, Bed Bath & Beyond or Amazon

5. Stonewall Kitchen Herbes de Provence Soy Candle

Stonewall Kitchen Herbes de Provence Candle
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A timeless seasoning blend is turned into a candle made from essential oils of basil, thyme, and lavender. This herbal aroma smells like an actual kitchen, but better. "Adorable candles and smells amazing," says a reviewer. "The candle is really cozy and I highly recommend it if you cook with Herbes de Provence."

Buy It: $13, Amazon

6. Lulu Candles Soy Candle, Wild Lemongrass

Lulu Candles | Wild Lemongrass
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Lemongrass is the perfect choice for the kitchen — it's a subtle citrus-herb scent that instantly makes any space smell fresh. LuLu Candles handcrafts all their candles in the U.S. with vegan and paraben-free soy wax. "I've never had a soy candle before so I've definitely noticed the difference in life," says one reviewer. "I can't remember a time I've had a candle last this long!"

Buy It: $15, Amazon

7. Fresh Wave Odor Removing Candle

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If you prefer to cut odor entirely (rather than mask it), this odor-absorbing candle is your solution to kitchen stink. Whether it's mildew, trash, food, or smoke, kitchen odor is neutralized by the natural plant oils in this candle.

One rave reviewer says, "I like to keep these on hand, always lighting one when I am cooking anything with an odor (which is everything, haha). These are the best for cutting odor without just adding a bigger odor. I don't like most scents, so this is perfect."

Buy It: $15, Amazon

8. Chesapeake Bay Candle Scented Candle, Balance + Harmony (Water Lily Pear)

Chesapeak Bay balance + harmony candle
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With nearly 34,000 rave reviews, this is easily one of the most popular candles on Amazon. "This is probably one of my favorite ones, not too strong, very pleasant and nice smell, not overwhelming but it works to camouflage bad odors," says one 5-star reviewer.

Buy It: $15, Amazon

9. Smoke Odor Exterminator Candle Orange Lemon Splash

Orange Lemon Splash Smoke Odor Exterminator Candle

There's nothing worse than lingering smoke odor to remind you of past kitchen failures. But thanks to this enzyme-based candle formula, you can easily rid your kitchen of stubborn odors. This bright and citrusy candle has a zinc wick for environmentally-safe burning.

Buy It: $16, Amazon

10. Craft & Kin Scented Candle, Fresh Flowers

Craft and Kin Candle
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Get that freshly-cut flower scent in the kitchen without constantly spending money on flowers. One 5-star reviewer describes it as, "A florist's dream scent." Plus these amber glass jar candles bring a touch of style into any kitchen.

Buy It: $17, Amazon

11. Yankee Candle Large 2-Wick Black Cherry Scented Candle

Yankee Candle Large Jar 2 Wick Black Cherry Scented Tumbler
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This cherry-scented candle from Yankee Candle has more than 30,000 glowing reviews — and the glowing isn't just from the two wicks. It's from Amazon shoppers who say the scent is "addictive" and "fabulous."

What's more, the candle promises a burn time of more than 110 hours. Don't believe that's possible? A shopper writers, "'I've definitely burned it for over 90 hours, and it still has a ways to go before it's finished. I probably have another 15+ hours left, which is why I just repurchased."

Buy it: $17 (was $30); Amazon

12. CoCo Benjamin Hand Poured Soy Candle, Basil, Lime & Mandarin

CoCo Benjamin Candle
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"I like to have a nice smelling candle burning in the kitchen and came across these candles due to them being 100% soy. I love the smell that these candles offer," says one satisfied customer. This musky citrus scent works to eliminate odor and bring a nature-inspired ambiance to any room.

Buy It: $18 (was $20), Amazon

13. Benevolence LA Hand Poured Scented Candle, Bergamot & Jasmine

Benevolence LA Candle
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"This candle's scent is so strong that you can enjoy it from any room in my apartment if it's lit," says one five-star reviewer. Fill your kitchen with this clean jasmine scent.

Buy It: $20, Amazon

14. Village Candle Rain Glass Jar Scented Candle

Village Candle Rain
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"If, like me, you're a candle junkie who favors fresh and/or floral scents, you've got to try this," says a reviewer. This candle has notes of fresh rain, bergamot, lily, and amber for a well-balanced, odor-neutralizing, kitchen scent. Plus you get a whopping 26 ounces for just $20.

Buy It: $20, Amazon

15. La Jolíe Muse Jasmine Scented Candle

La Jolie Muse Jasmine Blossom

With over 1,200 rave reviews, this candle has earned its "Amazon's Choice" badge. If you want to give your kitchen that luxurious feel without breaking the bank, this jasmine-scented candle comes in an elegant glass jar that you'll want to put on display.

One rave review says, "This candle REALLY filled my entire apartment with the distinctive smell of jasmine! I used to have actual Night Blooming Jasmine outside the window of a previous apartment, and this smells EXACTLY like the real thing!"

Buy It: $20, Amazon

16. Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle, Pink Sands

Yankee Candle Pink Sands Candle
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Yankee Candle is dominant in the world of candles, thanks to their wide range of scents. Pink Sands is one of their all-time best sellers. It is described as a, "beautiful mix of bright citrus, sweet florals, and spicy vanilla." All Yankee candles are made with quality paraffin grade wax and natural fiber candle wicks.

Buy It: $22 (was $28), Amazon

17. Yankee Candle Elevation Collection with Platform Lid Citrus Grove Scented Candle

Yankee Candle Citrus Grove Candle
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You'll be living in the lap of luxury with this elegant candle from Yankee Candle. It has a brushed metal lid that can easily fit underneath to make a platform, plus a two-wick design for an even burn. This citrus grove scent had to be made for the kitchen: it's a bright lemon zest with woodsy and herbal undertones.

One satisfied reviewer says, "...this new style is the same quality Yankee Candle with a beautiful new shape and style."

Buy It: $25, Amazon

18. Paddywax Relish - Fresh Fig & Cardamom

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Nashville-based candle company Paddywax knows how to capture the scents of fresh produce and gardens in their unique candle scents. Their Relish collection, which features this Fresh Fig & Cardamom scent, also has scents like Salted Grapefruit, Vanilla and Oakmoss, and more.

Buy it: $25; Paddywax or Walmart

19. Capri Blue Candle, Volcano

Capri BLUE Volcano Candle
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If you know, you know. This unmistakable scent is a cult favorite. It's a blend of citrus and sugary notes, transporting you to paradise right from your kitchen. You will get so much burn time out of this 19-ounce jar.

Buy It: $30, Amazon

20. Yankee Candle Discovery Signature Collection

Yankee Candle Discovery Signature Collection 20 oz. Large Tumbler Candle
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Yankee Candle's fragrance experts have captured the hope of a new year in the Discovery candle. The scents feature a warm and exotic blend of spices, fruits, and plants, and the candle's design evokes Moroccan geometric patterns. The 20-ounce candle has up to 100 hours of burn time, which is all the time you'll need to plan and schedule your next travel adventure.

Buy it: $30, Bed Bath & Beyond

21. Homesick Scented Candle

Homesick Candle Arkansas
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Nothing evokes memories of home quite like time spent in the kitchen making a family recipe, except for maybe bringing the scent of home to your kitchen. These Homesick Candles are available in scents for all fifty states, so you can bring a little comfort to your kitchen.

Take it from this reviewer who says, "This candle smells beautiful! It smells like springtime in Missouri. Just like the flowering trees that we had in my backyard when I was growing up. My father just passed away and this is just what I needed to remind me of home now that I live thousands of miles away."

Buy It: $34, Amazon or Homesick

22. Brightland Digesetif

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You may know Brightland from their award-winning olive oil. Now they're taking their oil and putting it into a candle. The olive oil helps protect the essential oils and to extend the candle's lifespan. With a robust herbaceous scent and hints of citrus and peppery grass, this candle is designed to be burned after a meal, to cleanse the room of lingering odors. (Hence, the name.)

Buy it: $42; Brightland

23. NEST Fragrances Classic Candle, Ocean Mist & Sea Salt

Nest Candle Ocean Mist
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Ocean mist, sea salt, white tea, and coconut — talk about refreshing. Bring the beach to your kitchen or dining room with this luxury candle from a reputable brand.

Buy It: $44, Amazon

24. Diptyque Baies Candle

Diptyque Baies Candle
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Treat yourself to the scent of sweet roses and black currant leaves. One happy reviewer says, "The scent is so natural and beautiful. No artificial smell and the jars make amazing make up brush holders afterwards. Pricey but well worth it! Burn time seems so much longer than cheaper candles."

Buy It: $78, Amazon

25. Diptyque Feuille de Lavande Candle

Diptyque Feuille de Lavande Candle
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To round out the list, we have another candle from this luxury Parisian brand. Perhaps no scent is more universally loved than lavender, and this candle puts it on display in its simplest form. "So fresh and redolent of lavender fields," says one 5-star reviewer.

Buy It: $80, Amazon or Nordstrom