Here are my favorite French scented candles from the best Parisian candle brands. With amazing scents and chic designs, those French luxury candles are the must-have home accessory for a cozy winter. If you want to make your home look Parisian, you’ll definitely need to invest in one of those French scented candles below. Indeed, for the French, no Parisian apartment is complete without candles. These decorative pieces add a cozy touch that makes any space feel instantly more lived-in. Keep scrolling below to discover the 10 French scented brands that will transport you to Paris.
Top 10 French Luxury Scented Candles
Those French candle brands listed below take the category to a whole new luxurious level: fine fragrance, high-quality essential oils, and ingredients. Those are like perfume in a wax form.
I’m sure you’re probably all familiar with Diptyque the french candle-maker. If you’re heading to Paris soon, you can visit their original boutique in Saint-Germain where they have been since 1961. The painter Desmond Knox-Leet, the designer Yves Coueslant, and the architect Christiane Gautrot founded Diptyque in the ’60s. At the very beginning, the company produced printed fabrics, but they meet success a few years later when they introduced a line of scented candles.
The 50 candles are grouped by olfactory family; floral, woody, herbal, spicy, fruity, citrus, and oriental. I really love the woody/fruity scents and my personal pick is the best seller Feu de Bois, Baies, and Benjoin.
In 1643 Maison Trudon was the provider of the royal court of Louis XIV, as well as most of the churches in France. Cire Trudon is the oldest French candle-maker and was the biggest wax-producing factory in the French Kingdom during the 18th century! If you’re heading to Paris, I’ll recommend visiting their original Left Bank boutique in Saint-Germain to breathe in the scents of woody cognac, tea and vetiver, and Versailles’ wooden floors. My favorites French scented candles are Gabriel and Tadine.
Astier de Villatte
Benoit Astier de Villatte and Ivan Pericoli founded 1996 the house Astier de Villatte. The brand is famous for its 18th and 19th-century Parisian-style handmade ceramics. In 2008, the collaboration with the perfumer Françoise Caron resulted in a collection of Eaux de Cologne and 33 scented vegetable-wax candles. Those scented candles are made in glass pots with Astier de Villatte’s signature. Unfortunately, the online shop is only delivering in the European Union, so you’ll need to head to Astier de Villatte’s Saint-Honoré store if you want to buy those scented candles. My personal pick is the Honolulu and Opéra.
Eddie Roschi and Fabrice Penot founded the luxury perfume brand Le Labo in 2006. Le Labo is an artisanal fragrance brand that produces 18 fragrances and 9 ambient room scents. The formulation doesn’t include animal products, paraben, preservatives, or coloration. Their candles are made with soy wax and use pure cotton wicks. My personal pick is the Santal 26 and Pin 12.
Buly 1803 is a sort of apothecary heaven. Based on the rue Bonaparte in Paris, Buly 1803 enjoyed fame across Europe in the 19th century. There are two shops in Paris: one in the trendy Le Marais neighborhood and one on Rue Bonaparte, right across the Seine from the Louvre. Both shops have little elegant bottles of lotions, soaps, scented candles, with prices that reflect the quality of the products but that won’t break your travel budget, either.
Jean Laporte founded L’Artisan Parfumeur in 1976. He experimented and created original scents with “natural essences”. With the success of his first line of fragrances, Jean Laport was named L’Artisan Parfumeur by perfume enthusiasts. There are five olfactory families; floral, fresh, fruity, oriental, and woody. In addition to fragrances, the company sells candles and home fragrances. If you’re not sure about finding the perfect scent for your home you can use the candle finder. My personal pick is the Souffle de Jasmin and the Sous La Glycine.
Kerzon is a family story and started with two brothers: Etienne and Pierre-Alexis. Kerzon’s candles’ fragrances reveal scents that remind happy times, made with natural raw materials and quality natural ingredients.
“Take a walk in the forest, make a garden, have a coffee, go to the bakery, stroll on the banks of the Seine River, offer a bouquet of Mimosa or have a drink with friends… “
The erudite and entrepreneurial Carrière brothers founded in 1884 Carrière Frères. Passionate about patents and innovations, the brothers manage to keep candle-use alive in spite of the industrial revolution at the end of the 18th century. The two brothers reinvented the candle-making process by creating a unique wax formula that allows for clean and even burns. Carrière Frères offers singular scents inspired by exotic or indigenous oils and made with the help of Robertet Group. My personal pick is Sandalwood, Damask Rose, and Fig Tree.
Frédéric Malle founded Editions de Parfums in 2000, a completely original concept whereby noses composed creative fragrances sold under their creator’s names. Editions de Parfums is a publishing house of perfume that gives total creative freedom to the world’s greatest noses. At first, the idea was more a reaction to the commercially driven perfume industry that puts forward brand names instead of the perfume itself. In addition to fragrances, Frédéric Malle sells candles as well, which are both decorative objects and powerful fragrance diffusers. My personal pick is Country Home and Russian Nights.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian
Francis Kurkdjian, a renowned perfumer, and Marc Chaya founded in 2009 the fragrance house Maison Francis Kurkdjian. Francis Kurkdjian was made famous at age 26 for designing the scent of Le Male for Jean Paul Gaultier, one of the best-selling perfumes. In addition, he created some major other perfumes including Elie Saab Le Parfum, My Burberry, L’extase (Nina Ricci), and Narciso Rodriguez for her. The French Maison created a collection of 6 scented candles. Each of the scents refers to Francis Kurkdjian’s memories: his childhood house, his French West-coast beach house, or his Parisian apartment. My personal pick is the Baccarat Rouge 540 and La Trouverie.
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Bonjour! I’m Leonce, I’m French and I’m a Parisian expat currently living in the city center of Amsterdam (I previously lived in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, on the Ile-Saint-Louis). I created Leonce Chenal back in 2018 when I was living in London and missing my home country way too much. Because I truly believe you don’t have to be French or to live in France to experience the French art de vivre, Leonce Chenal is a French digital magazine to help you live your French life, wherever you are. Enjoy <3