All the 2022 Bath & Body Works Pumpkin Candles, Ranked

We sniffed all 19 of them to find you the best ones!

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August 11, 2022

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Devout pumpkin fans, the time has come again! Though fall doesn’t officially 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 19 pumpkin candles and counting, there’s truly something for everyone. We took a whiff of every single and three-wick 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 very personal thing, so absolutely no judgment here if you’re Caramel Pumpkin Swirl or Pumpkin Peanut Brittle's biggest fan. We promise!

This brand-new 2022 offering dethroned Pumpkin Cinnamon Bun as our favorite Bath & Body Works pumpkin scent (though we're still obsessed with that one too!). Wondering what makes it #1? The sleek and chic candle is slightly sweet, earthy and musky. The unique combination of scents also feels very sophisticated when you light the three wicks, almost like you're at a spa or fancy hotel, but it still has the warmth and coziness you want from a pumpkin candle.

Even one year later, there's still so many amazing things we can say about this returning B&BW candle, but the most important one is this: it's a must-buy! It smells just like a freshly baked, ooey gooey cinnamon bun, and it contains underlying notes of pumpkin spice and vanilla to give you a candle that smells just like it's advertised.

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 2022. 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 soap, moisturizing hand sanitizer and room spray — so stocking up for fall, winter and beyond has never been easier.

If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably baked your fair share of snickerdoodles during the holiday season. Thanks to this returning 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. Despite having only one wick, this 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!

PSLs are the unofficial scent (and beverage) of sweater weather, so it didn't surprise us to see Bath & Body Works offering this fragrance again in 2022. Though it's not as heavy on the pumpkin fragrance as we hoped it would be, this candle does offer light notes of pumpkin pie spice, whipped cream and brewed espresso, so it's perfect for coffee-lovers of all kinds — even those who swear up and down that they dislike PSLs. The updated label also gives this one a friendly and rustic fall feel.

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 noticeable 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! The light reddish, pinkish color of its wax is also quite stunning in person.

Go ahead, judge this candle by its beautiful label — we did! With its super simple combination of white pumpkin, autumn spices and caramel glaze, this 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 gorgeous when placed on top of a mantel or living room coffee table.

We like to think of this candle as White Pumpkin's younger, slightly sweeter cousin. Though both candles contain notes of white pumpkin and natural essential oils, this version throws sandalwood and spiced pear into the mix. It's a combination we were super skeptical of when we initially read them off the label, but it totally works. Though our editors wished that the pear shined through a bit more, the candle's throw was strong and it left a nice woodsy scent behind. One note: both editors agreed that this candle smells a bit different before and after you lit it, so don't be quick to write it off if you're smelling it in the store.

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 candle remind us of that exact flavor combo, but it also emits a brilliant glow when it's lit that’s perfect for setting a cozy mood on long fall nights.

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

If you want a candle that'll transport you to another place when you light it, Fall Farmhouse is the one for you. The scent was very clean and fresh with hints of pine and pumpkin. Overall, Fall Farmhouse made us think of all our favorite outdoor fall activities like apple picking, hay rides and visits to the corn maze.

It's never too early to start getting into the Halloween spirit! In fact, Bath & Body Works already has their entire Halloween collection available in stores and online, and it's filled with lots of fun and fragrant treats. One of our favorite offerings is this Pumpkin Carving candle. It combines hints of sticky-sweet warm brown sugar with spiced pumpkin seeds and pumpkin to give you a double dose of pumpkin-y goodness. Get one or two to have on hand for when you carve your own Jack-o-Lantern and buy one of these eerie-sistible candle holders while you're at it!

Whether you've been to a bonfire before or you haven't, this pumpkin fragrance is sure to make you feel all kinds of warm and cozy. The combination of cloves and glowing embers gives this Bath & Body offering a nice smokiness that's perfectly reminiscent of the candle's name. Fans of B&BW's Marshmallow Fireside will notice some similar fragrance notes — one of our editors said it smells nearly identical, except this one replaces the sweetness of the marshmallow with the spiciness of pumpkin.

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 wicks.

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, Tahitian vanilla and caramel drizzle is something we can get behind. The one-wick version also has the cutest label, if in fact you do want to gift it to a tween!

Our editors still 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 the other 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!

You know how some candles just have that waxy, vanilla smell that's instantly recognizable — well, that's this single-wick 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. The adorably updated label, though, is a 10/10 in our book!

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.

Devout Bath & Body Works fans know that this Pumpkin Peanut Brittle-scented candle took some "me time" last year. But now it's back! Despite what's printed on the label, we didn't get a lot of pumpkin here — that being said, the candle did smell exactly like a freshly baked batch of peanut butter cookies, so it's not a total wash!

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