10 scented candles to capture every mood
Always thought scented candles are just the equivalent of watching your money go up in smoke, or are you the type that lives for entering a room that's softly scented to match its ambience, noting the way it subtly lifts your mood?
Can you guess which one we are? Used safely, scented candles are a great way to extend your love of a beautiful fragrance to your room, apartment or house as well as set the scene for whatever you have planned that day or night.
If you're unsure of a recipients perfume preference, they make a great gift option, with simple citrus, fresh or clean notes a good option if you're uncertain what to choose.
Lighting a candle is also a good way to reach peak cosy when the weather is coming in and you're planning to stay indoors for a while.
Here are the best options for capturing some of life's happy moments in scent form:
The mood: The bubbly excitement of summer love
This glimmering delight is just the thing to transform your mood to something more playful and bright. We’d burn it while doing our makeup on date night, or before brunch with the girls. Zesty and sweet ruby pomelo citrus and sparkling prosceco notes are rounded out with rose, magnolia, woods and amber.
The mood: The crunch of autumn leaves underfoot
The candle: Ecoya Maple candle, $52.95
I mean, we love summer too, but Ecoya has captured all the good things about rolling on into autumn, something we need reminding on occasion! A soft, warm and comforting scent that offers earthy notes of passionflower maple and vanilla, but with a throaty sandalwood and patchouli base that makes you want to rug up with a book after a wholesome morning walk in the country.
The mood: Receiving a surprise bouquet of flowers
The candle: Overose Ultraflora candle $119
Like stepping through a Kardashian’s front door on those days when they fill their houses with thousands of blooms, (or get sent them) this is a gorgeous floral with a carefully considered composition (with chic jasmine and orange blossom notes) akin to that of an expensive perfume. The burn time is great too.
The mood: Post-massage bliss in a tropical island spa
The candle: Natio Bliss Coconut and Frangipani Scented Candle, $33.99
Exotic but not overwhelming, this has the gentle scent of a spa (whalesong and crashing waves soundtrack not included) with creamy coconut intermingling with frangipani flowers and citrus essential oils.
The mood: Warm apple pie with a generous helping of vanilla ice cream
The candle: Gascoigne & King Love Vanilla candle, $69
Like comfort food in a candle, but dont eat it! It’s rich and sumptuous, with more character than your cloying standart super-sweet vanilla scent. That’s thanks to the fact it's rounded out with smooth tonka bean and warm chestnut elements. Another winter-perfect option.
The mood: The corner booth of a chic wine bar at 2am
The candle: Diana Vreeland Daringly Different, $200
Like the name says, this smells unlike anything else you know, and if you want to put a unique stamp on your home, here's your answer. Inspired by the late, great editor and style icon Diana Vreeland's love of Morroco, it has captivating and precious iris and violet mixed with deep, smoky oud.
The mood: Sliding into crisp, clean sheets
The candle: Circa Home Fresh Linen, $36.95
Falling into bed on a Sunday night and luxuriating in the scent and feel of freshly changed linen can't be beat. Except to get there, you have to spend 10 minutes trapped inside a queen duvet cover trying to shake it into place and wrestling the corner of your matress up to get the fitted sheet underneath. It's a workout in itself, honestly. What's easier? Lighting this candle and enjoying the fresh 'ozone' (shorthand for airy and bright) geranium, jasmine and wood notes as well as a touch of vanilla. It won't clean your sheets though.
The mood: A wander through an inner-city rose garden
The Candle: Diptyque Paris En Fleur candle, $63
Is there a more recognised luxury candle than the classic oval label on Diptyque glass? This romantic pink-tinted limited editon is inspired by the flower markets and roses in the Bagatelle Gardens in Paris and plays on fresh floral notes in a city setting, like wandering past a flower stall on your way to get your morning latte.
The mood: Poring over a book in a quiet corner of a library
The candle: Byredo Bibliotheque candle, $118
One of the relatively new trends in perfumery is capturing an exact place and time in scent form, with all the aromatic nuances that moment conveys. Byredo has famously recreated a wood-panelled library full of leather-bound tomes, the sweet and musty scent as you flick through the velvety pages captured with a blend of peach, plum, vanilla and dry, powdery patchouli.
The mood: Wandering a weekend market in summer filled with fresh fruit and produce
The candle: Miller Road Fig, $59
Clean and upbeat, fig is one of the most popular home scents out there. This one uses both fig leaf and pulp to form the base of a scent that also offers bergamot, jasmine coconut and white woods.
* Do you burn scented candles at home? Which is your favourite?