Whatever the season, scented candles are singularly joyful objects. But since we may be slightly more homebound than usual this summer, it makes sense to invest in particularly nice ones. Pass the lighter!
So festivals aren’t happening this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t infuse your home with the scent of one. Think (as Earl of East specify in the product description) cut grass, burned skin, sun-warmed cider, burger vans and unwashed hair - amongst other things. Also - before the ‘ribbon of sweet cannabis smoke’ incapacitates us - all proceeds from the sale of this candle go to Hospitality Action, a UK charity helping hospitality workers through hardship due to coronavirus.
There’s a lot to like about this KANA x Evermore London candle. Firstly, it can be used outside or in, a miraculous feat considering most candles can be extinguished hastily if merely placed by an open window. Then there’s the fact that, once the candle has finished (which will take about 100 hours), it reveals itself as a serving bowl that you’d probably want to buy on its own. And the scent? Floral and revitalising. A perfect reminder that life has its moments of sweetness.
Do you know what we could really do with right now? A stiff drink to whet our appetite before a meal, ideally on a terrace overlooking the Sibillini Mountains. Or - as the Italians themselves would say - an ‘aperitivo in terrazza’. Since this might not be possible at the moment, we’re embracing this ritual in candle form. With notes of lime, blood orange, grapefruit, gentian and cinnamon, we daresay Acqua di Parma might make the best aperitif we’ve ever had - no airfare involved whatsoever.
A Diptyque classic, the Mimosa evokes the scent of blooming mimosas on the Tanneron hills near Grasse in the South of France. Its notes are ‘delicately honeyed’ and it has little - if absolutely nothing at all - to do with the champagne cocktail of the same name. We expect that candle would have to be called ‘Buck’s Fizz’.
Featuring single-note scents that arouse the fragrance of Carole Bamford’s favourite flowers, the Bamford lavender scented candle is part of its English Garden collection. While Rose and Iris have their own unique charms, Lavender is particularly useful because it helps us relax. Incorporate this into your bedtime routine and feel your jaw unclench.
There’s no better feeling than parading around a quaint Italian town chanting “Ciao!” in every establishment you enter. For those of us that prefer to point in silence and avoid eye contact, this same feeling can be found in Bella Freud’s Ciao candle. Although, with notes of fig leaf, vetiver and orange blossom, it might be worthy of a whole “Buongiorno”.
While you’d think it was impossible to capture the aroma of driving through Big Sur after a storm, D.S. & Durga do just that with their Big Sur After Rain candle. You only need to look at its notes to understand how: Coastal Rain and Eucalyptus Shoot at the top; Pacific Spray and Magnolia at its heart; Wet Wood and Eucalyptus Leaves for the base.
With 12 notes ranging from Coconut and Palm Leaf to Tonka and Sandalwood, this is an exceptionally boastful holiday in a candle. Light it and be transported to the Indian Ocean for a significantly lower price than a flight.
The warmest months in the Medditeranean are conveniently encapsulated in the MALIN+GOETZ Neroli candle. At once citric, floral and woody, it’s a whole holiday hand-poured in Brooklyn.
As you may have gathered, orange blossom is fairly omnipresent when it comes to summery scented candles. Accompanied by clementine flower, water lily, orris and balsamic vetiver, the matriarch of this phenomenon is Jo Malone’s Orange Blossom candle - respect it.
One distinctly homely joy of summer is being able to hang washing out to dry in the sunshine. Byredo successfully conjures this aroma with the notes of Blue Chamomile, Lemon, White Cedarwood and Sweet Musk in their Cotton Poplin candle. If it doesn’t encourage you to tackle your laundry for the olfactory rewards at least, we don’t know what will.