I was spoiled with different great scented candles in the States that when I came to Germany, I looked for them too. We have a very open-layout kitchen/living room and every time I cook, the whole room just end up stinking.. even if I opened the windows while cooking. I cook Asian food everyday.. so pretty much I struggle with this problem every day. I care about it more if we are expecting guests, but still.. I hate rooms that stink. I am currently living in Erlangen, a small city in Bavaria. I would only mention the candles that I’ve used:
Yankee Candle – can be found in Müller. The scents are not as strong as the ones in the States. I was pretty disappointed when the scent was gone after a day of lighting the candle. The price don’t even do us any justice. These jarred candles cost between 10-20€. With that though, these candles are supposed to be one of the best here.
Bolsius – can be also found in Müller. The candles are not as good as the Yankees but Bolsius’s seasonal candles are something to be treasured. Now that it is Fall, you get the sweet and spicy aroma. If you miss the Winter edition of Bath and Body’s, I suggest you give these candles a go.
Pajoma – Sold by Nanu Nana or sometimes in Müller. This is my least favorite… has the weakest scent of all candles. BUT, I found the Reed Diffusers and scented oils to be way much better. One advantage of Pajoma is that they also carry the aroma/scented oils and they have very cute warmers. Just opt for the oil and Reed Diffusers.
The biggest mistake I made was stocking these candles. The power of their scent was gone even before I lit them. IKEA has really good scented candles too but I didn’t light them up yet since they’re too pretty for the eyes and IKEA is something I can’t go with just the bus. Also, the scent has started to fade already even it is not lit yet.
My conclusion is.. they really don’t have good scented candles in Deutschland. They regulate everything in here… even the amount of Cinnamon is regulated! Meaning they care that much.. Bolsius Winter edition would be my favorite and the only candle I would buy really.. the rest, I’ll just pick up the Reed Diffusers .