Cheap candles: Where to get the BEST bargains

Cheap candles that are very similar to their more expensive counterparts are taking over, and we couldn't be happier that we're saving some pennies.

Supermarkets have been cashing in on the cheap perfume trend for a while, so we’re thrilled to see that they’re going to start fuelling our cheap candles obsession too.

Taking, er, inspiration from upmarket brands like Jo Malone and Yankee Candle, the budget supermarkets are selling pretty and great smelling versions of our favourite candles at much more attractive prices. But where can you get the best bargains? We investigated for you…

Cheap candles at Aldi

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Credit: Aldi / Jo Malone

Aldi’s £3.99 cheap candles have long been a favourite, retailing at a fraction of the cost of Jo Malone’s comparable versions.

They were first launched last March as a special buy for Mother’s Day, but proved so popular that the brand have decided to make them a permanent addition to their homeware offering.

And now the budget supermarket has launched a giant version so that we can keep the house smelling like Jo Malone all year long.

Their Hurricane Gift Candle burns for 200 hours and is available in two of their iconic copycat scents – Pomegranate and Lime, Basil & Mandarin.

Weighing a whopping 2.5kg and featuring four wicks instead of two, the £19.99 candle is eight (yes, EIGHT!) times bigger than the original and comes in at an incredible £280 cheaper than the Jo Malone offering.

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The giant candle compared to a normal-sized one (Credit: Aldi)

And with the jars looking just as good on our living room shelves, with the Aldi candle featuring the same silver lid, contemporary glass holder and simple black fonts on the label as the designer option, we think we’ll save the dollar.

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Credit: Aldi / Byredo

We also love their Velvet Rose & Oud candle, which reminds us of Byredo favourite Burning Rose, that is a go-to for high-end beauty label shop floors like Glossier.

We’ll be putting this in our bedrooms, bathrooms and pretty much anywhere we can find a spare surface.

Cheap candles at B&M

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Credit: B&M / Jo Malone

Budget-friendly store B&M is set to cause a candle-lovers stampede as they’ve unveiled a pack of three home fragrances – which are said to smell just like Jo Malone – for just £6.99.

The Karina Bailey scented candles come in four fragrances – Lime, Orange & Basil, Summer Rose & Oud, Pink Flower & Soft Suede and Pomegranate. These cheap candles are long-lasting, filling your rooms with gorgeous aromas for hours and hours.

With strikingly similar scents between the Lime, Orange & Basil and Jo Malone’s Lime Basil & Mandarin, plus the chic monochrome packaging, this burner could soon become a coffee table favourite.

Cheap candles at Home Bargains

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Credit: Home Bargains / Yankee Candle

Superstore, Home Bargains has impressed shoppers with their budget-friendly candle range – you could make a huge £21 saving by swapping out the pricier Yankee candle for the cut-price version at just £2.99. The Wickford & Co. products are seamlessly similar to ones you find in Yankee Candle… with some customers even claiming they are better.

Like Yankee Candle, the Wickford & Co come in a range of scents, from Gingerbread to a Wedding Day candle and even an advent calendar, and they come in a comparable mason jar with an impressive burn time of up to 95 hours.

Cheap candles at Primark

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Credit: Primark / Diptyque

One of our high street favourites, Primark have stepped into the candle arena with their cheap candle offerings. The budget-friendly favourite has launched a Wild Sage & Cedar scent for just £2.50, which is a very similar fragrance to a luxury product by Diptyque costing £30.

Admittedly the candle’s packaging isn’t as eye-catching as the pricier brand’s, but it performs similarly. Both have herby and woody notes and evoke a festive atmosphere for Christmas. Despite the vast difference in price, the wax products also have similar burn times.

While the Primark option can be used for up to 25 hours, the luxury retailer’s version lasts up to 30 hours.

Have you tried any of these cheap candle brands? Let us know in the comments!