Pine scented candles are more or less staples when the holiday season comes around. Big and small companies do many varieties of pine scents and I’ve picked out the best pine scented candles currently available to buy.
When I was pregnant with my first child I couldn’t deal with any fragrance at all. Anything but clean air had me hugging the toilet like it was a long lost friend. And because I was pregnant through Christmas, we got a fake tree. Then with the little one that got some siblings very soon and all the hand-to-mouth action they tend to do, we just agreed that the plastic tree was here to stay.
To compensate, I went hunting for Christmas tree scented candles but I had problems finding something I liked. Generic pine scented things make me gag, pregnant or not. Good straight up pine or balsam scents are way too intense for me or my family and we just can’t deal with a full on strong scent of pine. For that “Christmas tree” scent, I needed something true to life but faint, something that would just linger in the background and also not fight with all my Holiday baking scents.
I ended up looking into more complex blends, mostly fragrances that had either some peppermint mixed in or some apple. I find that those two notes mellow out pine and balsam notes the best and making them more “food friendly”.
I did put some candles on the list that have a pure-ish sweetened balsam note but are light enough that I can burn them alone and they don’t overwhelm the room.
These are some really good smoky pine candles out there and some great cedar and pine mixes that my brother burns every year but they are just too intense for my family.
10 Best Pine scented candles
- Yankee Candle Magical Frosted Forest
- Yankee Candle Mistletoe and Fig
- Yankee Candle Christmas Wreath
- Country Candle Home for Christmas
- Village Candle Christmas Morning
- Village Candle Apples and Evergreen
- Goose Creek Candle Show Covered Bridge
- Goose Creek Candle Christmas Tree Cutting
- Yankee Candle Mountain Pine
- Yankee Candle Christmas Tree
Yankee Candle Magical Frosted Forest was a part of last year’s Yankee Candle Holiday Collection but it’s still available at the stores. I bought the whole Holiday collection last year and I burned two-thirds of Magical Frosted Forest and made tarts out of the leftover wax because I didn’t feel like storing a third of the candle. I’ll buy fresh candles for this year’s Holiday season and throw a tart of Magical Frosted Forest on the melter if I feel like it.
The official notes in Yankee Candle Magical Frosted Forest are : pine , ice.
Burning Yankee Candle Magical Frosted Forest, it smells very similar to Holiday Garland from Yankee Candle. I get pine, cranberry, and sugar. I get some zest from the cranberry but no mint which I expected because of the “ice” in the description. It’s basically a pine tree fragrance with some sweet cranberry thrown in to make it more interesting.
The scent throw on the large jar of Magical Frosted Forest was a 6 for me. I know some people said it was stronger, but I burned it in my living room by my seating area and it only scented that area, I couldn’t smell it all over the room. I got a nice wax pool after about two hours. I do burn most of my candles on high shelves because I have small kids and pets that get into everything and to keep things safe they need to be high.
Yankee Candle Mistletoe and Fig is back a Yankee Candle treasure this year. I’ll be getting a large jar for my sister’s boutique because sweetened pine-y scents are always raved about by the majority of the customers during the season. I had a jar of this years ago and it was OK, but I won’t be getting a jar this year, I’ll go with mostly new stuff.
The official scent notes in Yankee Candle Mistletoe and Fig are: crisp evergreen and sweet figs with sugar and vanilla.
Burning Yankee Candle Mistletoe and Fig I get the Yankee’s mistletoe note which is basically a mix of pine and berries. Following that, I get a very strong sugar note and some vanilla. The fig…it’s more of a candied fruit scent, mixed with the berries from the mistletoe, than an actual fig. I find that Yankee struggles with fig notes, and most of the time they settle for candied fruit or a plumy note when they try it.
It’s an OK scent, not too strong and definitely sweet. The sugar and vanilla kind of weight it down for me, so it’s not my favorite holiday scent.
The scent throw on the large jar was a weak 7. It got stronger when the candle was halfway down, but you could definitely smell it at all times. It lightly scented my living room in about 20 minutes.
Mountain Pine goes well with the National Parks collection in that it’s very straightforward and natural, there are no embellishments here, it’s just a basic pine with some faint eucalyptus mixed in.
It’s a super strong candle and for a pine scent, it can get too much if you are sensitive to strong fragrance. You need a seriously open plan set up or an open window when burning this.
All in all, it’s a very wintery scent, if you don’t like fussy scents and just want something very natural, pick this up. You can always layer stuff over it of course but keep in mind that it is super strong alone.
I got Goose Creek Candles Christmas Tree Cutting wax melt to make sure I have enough pine scents for the winter. In case there was doubt…I do. But…so many variations! It’s so much fun to try what all these companies can do with the basic Christmas tree scent.
The official scent notes in Goose Creek Candles Christmas Tree Cutting are: fir needles, eucalyptus, and brisk wintermint, cedarwood and oakmoss.
This is pretty heavy on the woody notes overall. I never went Christmas tree cutting. My granddad used to be a lumberjack and he was diligent about preserving trees so growing up we had an actual living, potted silver fir tree during the holidays. This wax smells like pine resin rather than needles. It’s very strong, especially mixed with a strong moss note. Then all that heaviness is lightened by spearmint and eucalyptus, making it fresher but still green. I’m not a fan of moss, it smells…damp to me, but since there’s a lot of spearmint here, it keeps the overall fragrance on the fresh side.
The scent throw on one piece of the wax melt is an 8. It scented a large office in 10 minutes and I could smell it down the hall.
Official scent notes in Yankee Candle Christmas Wreath are: Fresh Greens, Soft Citrus, Pine Balsam, Cedar, Moss, Sweet Hollyberry
Burning Yankee Candle Christmas Wreath I get the same balsam and cedar base that is the Yankee Candle Balsam and Cedar candle. Balsam and cedar is a super strong, intense scent. It’s one of those you can sort of feel in your throat after it’s been burning for a while. It’s way too strong for me and my family. Yankee Candle Christmas Wreath has the same base but it’s much lighter. The fragrance is layered; it’s far more dimensional than Balsam and Cedar so they had to make the base lighter to be able to layer other notes on top. The layered notes I can smell here are fresh sage and citrus mix and I feel like they work so well with this base.
I’d prefer just the balsam with the sage and citrus mix since I don’t care for the cedar but I do think this is a more guest friendly version of Balsam and Cedar.
The scent throw on my large jar of Yankee Candle Christmas Wreath is about an 8.
This will mix well with any and all apple scents and most cranberry and plum fragrances.
Kringle Candle Country Candle Home for Christmas smells like orange peel and a bit of lemon mixed with clove, nutmeg and a bit of cinnamon on top over a woody pine base. The pine is nice and fresh and I think there’s some cedar added, to amp up the woodsy feeling. The spice and citrus mix take it into the festive, holiday territory.
It’s a pretty classic mix, well made. Kringle Candle First Snow is very similar but it has more cedar and less spice to it, so if you want a more masculine version of this scent, go with First Snow.
This will layer well with other mulling spices scents or the smoky, fireside type scents. I went and layered it with a gingerbread scent and it worked really well.
Yankee Candle Christmas Tree smells mostly like pine with a strong eucalyptus note underneath. I know people, who burn this year round because it smells so fresh and clean. It does have a pine scented cleaner vibe to it, due to the eucalyptus. My friend says that it smells like Christmas to him because his mum would clean the whole house with eucalyptus scented detergent and then when the house was spotless, he and his sisters could decorate the tree. So the mix of these two notes is pure memory for him and he hoards this fragrance like a champ.
Since it’s a very basic scent, you could mix it with either citrus, berry, spiced berry, spice mix, vanilla cookies, peppermint…just about any other seasonal scent you can think of will go with this as a base, so a large jar won’t get boring at all.
My favorite mixes for pine and balsam scents are sweet peppermint, sweet apple, spiced orange. Laundry scents work well, and as far as foody notes go, you can’t really go wrong with any of the “festive drink” type scents or more specifically, anything citrus, cranberry or berry in general will work fine.