All the 2020 Bath & Body Works Pumpkin Candles, Ranked

We sniffed all 16 of them to find you the best ones!

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September 10, 2020
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Though fall doesn’t start this year until September 22nd, for many the season officially kicks off the very moment Bath & Body Works releases their line of pumpkin-scented candles. Luckily, for us — and all you other pumpkin lovers out there — the full collection is now available online and in stores! With 16 pumpkin candles and counting, there’s truly something for everyone. We took a whiff of every Bath & Body Works pumpkin candle currently on the market to bring you an unofficial ranking of all the newest and returning fragrances. But before we begin, remember: Scents are a personal thing, so absolutely no judgment here if you’re Pumpkin Peanut Brittle's biggest fan. We promise!

If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably baked and eaten your fair share of snickerdoodles during the holiday season. Thanks to this brand-new fragrance from Bath & Body Works, you can now enjoy the irresistible scent of a freshly baked batch of the cinnamon-sugar cookies all year long. What we loved most about this candle was that it combines the signature scent of pumpkin spice with the sweet smell of sugar cookies without being too over-the-top. The candle’s scent also lasts long after you extinguish it, so your entire house or apartment will smell just like you’ve been baking the entire day. Honestly, do yourself a favor and just buy a dozen.

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We're not going to lie to you: of all the newest pumpkin candle fragrances released by Bath & Body Works this season, this was the one we were most excited about based on its name alone. And boy, oh boy, it did not disappoint! From its whimsical and funky label to its pumpkin doughnut-scent, every sniff had us daydreaming about our favorite bakery.

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Not only was Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin our all-time favorite scent in 2018 and 2019, it still holds a very special place in our hearts — and on our ranking list — in 2020. Though pumpkin isn't actually listed as a fragrance ingredient for this candle, it emits heavy notes of both cinnamon and clove when lit and made us want to burrow underneath a warm blanket after our very first whiff. The fragrance is also featured in a variety of other Bath & Body Works products, including hand cream, hand soap, body lotion, room spray and shower gel — so stocking up for fall, winter and beyond has never been easier.

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If you're one of those people who loves enjoying pumpkin spice treats and drinks no matter the month or the season, this is the pumpkin candle for you. With bold notes of cinnamon and pumpkin spice, it instantly reminded us of all the cozy nights we've spent baking pumpkin breads, pumpkin scones and pumpkin swirl cookies in our very own kitchens. While we weren’t 100% sure where the "cookie dough" came into play here, it hardly mattered. This candle is just that good.

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Go ahead, judge this candle by its pretty label — we did! With its super simple combination of white pumpkin, autumn spices and ground cinnamon, this beautiful candle effortlessly brings a touch of the fall season to absolutely any day of the week — even the really jam-packed and busy ones. Plus, it looks absolutely gorgeous when placed on top of a mantel or living room coffee table.

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We were a bit surprised it took Bath & Body Works this long to come out with a PSL-scented candle — it is the unofficial scent (and beverage) of sweater weather after all. Once we laid eyes on this one's gingham-print design, we knew we were in for a unique surprise. Though it's not as heavy on the pumpkin fragrance as we had hoped it would be, this candle does offer light notes of steamed milk and espresso, so it's perfect for coffee-lovers of all kinds — even those who swear up and down that they dislike PSLs.

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To be absolutely honest, this candle had us thinking more about apple picking than it did the pumpkin patch, but it still smells like fall, so we decided to keep it in this year's round-up. Despite the lack of pumpkin notes, one whiff of this candle's crisp apple-y scent was enough to get us excited for cooler temperatures — at one point it even felt like there were autumn leaves crunching under our feet!

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We'll be the first ones to admit that we judged this scent prematurely as something we'd have loved in our tween years, but to our surprise, it's totally pleasant! Truthfully, it's hard to find the pumpkin in this candle, but the combination of homemade marshmallow and caramel drizzle is something we can get behind.

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Trust us — if you were to close your eyes and sniff this three-wick candle, you'd instantly picture that caramel apple kit from your childhood. Though this wasn't the winner of the bunch for us, anyone who's a true caramel fan will be pleased with this purchase.

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Our editors just couldn't agree on this nutty take on the classic pumpkin scent. One editor felt like there must have been a mix-up at the candle factory when this one was made, while another one felt like there'd be nothing better to wake up to on a Sunday morning than this candle's scent streaming in from their kitchen. Either way, there's no doubt this candle is one of Bath & Body Works' more unique offerings!

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You know how some candles just have that waxy, vanilla smell that's instantly recognizable — well, that's this one. If you like a more sugary-sweet scent that's heavier on the vanilla than it is on the pumpkin, this is the one for you!

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Frankly, we couldn't smell much of a difference between this Pumpkin Dulce de Leche candle and Bath & Body Works' Caramel Pumpkin Swirl one — and trust us, we tried! That being said, we absolutely loved the design of this one. With fun seasonal messages like, "Hello Fall," "Pumpkin Please" and "Happy Fall" written across its front in various typefaces, this buttery caramel-scented candle made us think of a handwritten card, which had us feeling all kinds of warm and fuzzy.

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Bakers of all ages and skill sets will be the first ones to tell you that when it comes to spices, nothing packs more heat or warmth than a dash of cloves. The same exact thing can be said about this ultra-fragrant Pumpkin Clove candle. With aromatic touches of cozy nutmeg, spicy cinnamon, fresh pumpkin and zesty clove buds, this candle had us craving a big slice of pumpkin pie the minute we lit each of its 3-wicks. The beautiful burnt orange color of its wax also adds a nice autumnal touch to any space or room.

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Anyone who has ever had a slice of pumpkin cream pie knows that something truly magical happens when you combine spicy pumpkin puree and creamy vanilla pudding with a crunchy graham cracker crust. Not only did this chic White Barn candle remind us of that exact flavor combo, it also emits a brilliant orange glow when it's lit that’s perfect for setting the mood for Halloween or Thanksgiving.

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You can now experience all the signature smells and flavors of Thanksgiving months in advance thanks to this cozy candle. With hints of cranberry, spiced pumpkin and crisp apple, it’s literally fall in a jar. Though we smelled a lot more apple notes then we did pumpkin spice, we would still gift this one as a thoughtful hostess gift. And though the word "autumn" is printed across the front, we also felt like this scent would add a little extra comfort to snowy December and January nights too.

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We said this last year and we'll say it again: pumpkins and peanuts just don't make a happy marriage. Pass.

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