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Best of Beauty 2022: Best Candles and Diffusers for Home

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After more than a year of being stuck inside, there’s no sure-fire way to get sideways what-the-hell-is-wrong-with-you glances sent your way like admitting that you’re willingly staying in for the night. Even though going out and getting out of the house is at peak desirability, it’s hard to say no to turning in early when your space is filled with delicious, Allure Best of Beauty Award-winning home fragrances, laundry products, and hand washes.

Over the last few months, we’ve taken our ahem, highly critical noses to a veritable mountain of candles and diffusers. We’ve sifted through all things floral, sweet, citrusy, and spicy with one goal in mind: find the crème de la crème of home fragrance and dispatch it straight to you. A couple of tunneled candles, perfume headaches, and used-up novelty matchbooks later, and the results are in.

Scent has the unique power to transport you to another location, headspace, or moment in time — all in just one whiff. This year’s winners evoke sun-soaked picnics with good company (Acqua di Parma), crisp ocean breezes swirling around airy resort interiors (Vacation), flora memorialized in legendary paintings (Floral Street), and more. These candles, diffusers, and detergents offer the best olfactory experiences money can buy — from the comfort of your own home, that is. All you need to do is light the match. 

Once you’re done with all these delightful home enhancers, be sure to check out the rest of the categories in our 2022 Best of Beauty Awards.

Best of Beauty Awards 2022: Home

Jump to your favorite category or keep reading to see every candle, detergent, and diffuser deserving of a spot in your home this year:

Vacation High Ceiling Resort Lobby Candle

Vacation High Ceiling Resort Lobby Candle

Why it won: Vacation High Ceiling Resort Lobby Candle is somehow floral and clean and housed in an elongated vessel for up to 85 hours of burn time. (That’s long enough to watch every episode of Selling Sunset four times, but who’s counting?)

Acqua di Parma Insieme Candle

Acqua di Parma Insieme Candle

Why it won: Acqua di Parma Insieme Candle looks almost too pretty to burn, but we got over that once we caught a whiff of its lemon, neroli, and musk-laden fragrance.

Nest New York Wild Mint & Eucalyptus Reed Diffuser

Nest New York Wild Mint & Eucalyptus Reed Diffuser

Why it won: That neighbor whose house smells always incredible has got nothing on you — except for, probably, a diffuser. Nest New York Wild Mint & Eucalyptus Reed Diffuser turns your bathroom into a chic, minimalist spa.

Spongellé Private Reserve Diffuser Collection

Spongellé Private Reserve Diffuser

Why it won: Spongellé Private Reserve Diffuser scores points for style: It emits scent through a flower made from a natural tapioca fiber.

Floral Street Scented Reeds

Floral Street Scented Reeds

Why it won: Floral Street Scented Reeds are infused with fragrance, no oil required. Stand them up in a Murano glass vase, a Delft Blue jar… or pop a few in your dresser drawers to make hunting for missing socks feel like a privilege, not a chore.

Moroccanoil Hand Wash

Moroccanoil Scented Hand Wash

Why it won: You don’t need a fancy hand soap, but my goodness, Moroccanoil Scented Hand Wash will make you want one. With hyaluronic acid and argan oil, its ingredient list reads more like a serum’s — and it feels just as silky too.

The Laundress Classic Signature Detergent

The Laundress Classic Signature Detergent

Why it won: You might be wondering why we give out beauty awards to detergent. The answer: Because the stuff you wash your clothes with can impact your skin. The Laundress Classic Signature Detergent uses gentle-but-powerful enzymes to remove stains, infusing laundry with its jasmine, sandalwood, and citrus fragrance

Blueland Laundry Starter Set

Why it won: Blueland Laundry Tablets are super gentle on laundry and skin alike, and can be added directly into the drum of your washing machine — no fuss, no packaging waste.


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