These soft scents borrow an age-old trick: highlighting just enough green backbone to balance the more feminine floral notes. Add in the woody base and you’ve got two unisex fragrance-wardrobe staples.
Yes, we love scented candles in the winter, but summer candles are worth the purchase.
Candles get all the attention when the temperatures dip—fall and winter reign supreme as times of the year when you want to make your space warm and cozy. But scented candles for summer are a thing, and you should get on board.
When shopping these perfumed votives, put your mind in a light, even seaside frame of mind. There’s more than nutmeg and vanilla scented candles out there after all.
Sea salt and citrus notes suit steamy summer weather, especially when you want to channel that vacation you’re not taking or need an excuse to stay indoors. Which, by the way, is what we’ll be doing when we light our favourites.
Here are the scented summer candles on our wish list right now.
Channelling Cocktail Hour
A candle that smells like your favourite summer drink? Yes, please. Malin+Goetz Mojito candle, $71, www.jacobandsebastian.com
Citrus is a classic summer scent for a reason: It’s light, bright and happy. Illume Lemon & Bergamot candle, $22.50, www.chapters.indigo.ca
The smell of summer rain will never not be a favourite of ours. Capri Blue Rain candle, $54, www.nordstrom.com
For something a bit more subtle, this aromatic candle will have you thinking of great big fields and summer winds. Bitter Orange and Lavender candle, $48, www.likelygeneral.com
If you can’t make it to the ocean, bring the ocean to you with this sea salt pick. Swedish Dream Sea Salt candle, $30, www.jacobandsebastian.com
A great combo in both flavours and notes, pineapple and cilantro are all you need to add some sweet and summery personality to your space. Illume Pineapple and Cilantro candle, $48, www.nordstrom.com
La Dolce Vita
For the more refined palette, this tangerine candle will brighten up any space without overpowering. Sicilian Tangerine, $40, www.nestfragrances.com