Most Popular Candle Scents in California

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Candle Day is coming this Sunday, December 3rd, and it’s a great opportunity for customers looking to save some dollars and “scents.” The annual promotion by Bath and Body Works offers incredible deals on the company’s popular three-wick candles. With candle mania incoming, decided to hit pause on our coverage of all things California sports betting, and instead take a moment to “wax” poetic on the most popular candle scents in the Golden State. 

To discover California’s preferred scents, we started by examining data-analytics site Statista’s research on the top candle fragrances in the global candle market. Then we utilized Google Trends to pinpoint the most commonly searched-for varieties over the last five years (from November 2018 to November 2023). 

Check out the full results below and discover California’s favorite candle scent.

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Favorite Candle Scents in California

You probably wouldn't want to bet on favorite scented candles, but even if you did, California betting apps wouldn't likely cover something like this even when they become legal. Below are the top candle scents in California. 

Rank Scent

California Has a Nose For Rose

According to our data experiment, rose is the most popular candle scent in California. If you’re thinking of heading to the mall or checking out Bath and Body Works candle day sales online, there’s no shortage of rosy aromas to get a whiff of. If you're shopping for yourself or someone you love, check out “Rose Water and Ivy” — one of the best known three wick rose scented candles, boasting hints of soft rose petals, English ivy, and lemon blossom.

Vanilla and Pumpkin Scents Well-Loved Too

Vanilla is the second most popular scent in California, while Pumpkin ranks third. Both are popular options, especially around the holidays. This Christmas, maybe consider lighting a “Vanilla Bean Noel” candle to fill the room with the spirit of the season.

Whatever candle you choose for Candle Day, be sure to stick with as we shed light on the latest legal sports betting updates all year round and discover the best California sportsbook promos as soon as they become legal and available. 


Jeff Parker is an entertainment writer for A writer for film, television and the internet, Jeff is a life long movie buff, with a Masters Degree in Popular Culture. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he works full time as documentary filmmaker and producer.

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