Life’s hustle and bustle can start to get overwhelming fast, which is why it helps to take time within the day to stop and smell the roses – enjoy the little things in life.
But we also mean it literally. Scents have a myriad of positive effects on our minds and emotions – floral fragrances are like a breath of fresh air, lavender scents soothe the spirits, and citrusy aromas uplift the mood.
However, you don’t always need real roses to delight in. Instead of fresh flowers, why not have scented candles in your home? They’re another great way to please your olfactory senses and give your mind a brief but gratifying escape from the endless to-dos on your list.
That’s why, we’ve rounded up the 18 best scented candles that’ll help you relieve your stresses with their wonderful earthy, floral, and citrusy aromas!
Jo Malone Red Roses Candle
First on our list is a scented candle that’s infused with, of course, romantic rose fragrances.
The Jo Malone Red Roses Candle is made with an exquisite blend of seven premium roses, as well as crushed violet leaves and hints of lemon. Light this candle, and it’ll smell like you’ve got a bouquet of fresh bloom displayed within your home.
Shop this product for S$110 on Sephora.
Bath & Body Works Lavender Vanilla Single Wick Candle
One of the most soothing scents in the world is lavender. There are even studies that show that the smell of lavender activates certain neurotransmitters in the brain, thus reducing anxiety and lending you a serene state of mind.
If you’re seriously stressed out from attending all too many Zoom meetings, then the Bath & Body Works Lavender Vanilla Single Wick Candle is the perfect one for you. It has soft scents of lavender, paired with creamy vanilla and white woods to warm your heart and relax your mind.
Shop this scented candle for S$28 on Bath & Body Works.
Maison Margiela Replica Lazy Sunday Morning
There’s just something so easy and effortless about Sunday mornings – we love these moments so much that we even have songs written about them (read: Sunday Morning by Maroon Five).
Well, your Monday blues will have to take a backseat with Maison Margiela Replica Lazy Sunday Morning scented candle! Infused with lily of the valley and white musk, the candle will let you enjoy the oh-so comforting scents of fresh cotton sheets from Monday all through the week.
With notes of iris and ambrette seeds, the candle also recalls the sensation of sunlight gently, slowly warming your skin.
Steal some covers, share some skin – shop this product for S$77 on Selfridges.
Oh Hello Bae Peace Of Mind Candle
Experience the therapeutic effects of a wonderful fragrance blend and crystal stones combined with the Oh Hello Bae Peace of Mind Candle.
It’s a soy scented candle that has beautiful amethyst and moonstone stones within its wax, together with gorgeous flower petals too.
Amethyst is a stone that represents healing and purifying, whereas moonstone beckons intuition and inspiration. You’ll truly enjoy peace of mind with this lavender and honey-scented candle from Oh Hello Bae!
Shop this product for S$29 on Shopee.
Glasshouse A Tahaa Affair Candle
Escape to the tropical white beaches and sparkling blue waters of French Polynesia whilst staying right at home with the Glasshouse A Tahaa Affair Candle.
The exotic notes of pineapple, coconut, and vanilla caramel will send you temporarily away on a holiday filled with sand and sea. You’ll enjoy a retreat away from life’s bustle, even if just for a little while.
Shop this scented candle for S$74 on Lookfantastic.
Loewe Honeysuckle Large Scented Candle
If you’re afraid of overpowering smells, then the Loewe Honeysuckle Large Scented Candle will be a treat for you. This candle was created to capture the little joys in everyday life, like the sweet scents that might tickle your nose as you are shopping for vegetables. It also carries a subtle, low-intensity honeysuckle aroma that’s just enough to soothe your senses.
Better yet, the scented candle comes potted in a glazed, handmade terracotta earthenware vessel that’ll brighten your desk or bedside table with its sunshiney hues!
Shop this product for S$112 on Selfridges.
Nympholia Overose candle
Think: the slightly sweet fragrances of the early morning air, gentle whiffs of fresh green leaves and flowers in bloom.
Fresh, fresh fragrances are what you’ll enjoy with the Nympholia Overose Candle. It’s infused with lily of the valley and orange blossom for an uplifting aroma, as well as cotton poplin and rose.
Both the candle cup and wax are pink, so it’ll make a nice piece of decor in your home too.
Shop this scented candle for S$87 on Farfetch.
La Montaña Alfredo’s Café scented candle
Here’s another candle to quell your wanderlust or bring back your best memories of when you were travelling through the Mediterranean region.
The La Montaña Alfredo Café is made with unique notes of coffee, brandy, and tobacco, and a musky base of leather and incense. It’s a fragrance that’s for those who love adventure – intended to “evoke the comforting aromas of a bustling Mediterranean village square”.
Shop this scented candle for S$150 on Net-a-Porter.
Hush Lavender Essential Oil Candle
Besides having the lush scents of lavender permeating your home, you’ll also be supporting a local and women-led brand. Hush is a fragrance studio born in Singapore, and its candles are handcrafted in small batches to ensure quality.
As other herbaceous notes are also mixed into the candle, it gives a lavender fragrance that’s unlike any other. A reviewer says that it’s reminiscent of “sleeping in [a] meadow or [strolling through] a botanical garden”.
Shop this scented candle for S$32 on Sephora.
Dior Jardin d’Oranger Candle
Who could describe the scent better than the person who created it?
François Demachy describes the candle’s fragrance as telling of “a walk in the orange garden in Vallauris.” He goes on to describe its “solar fragrance” as a combination of “the delicacy of Neroli flowers with the freshness of citrus” – igniting a warm, comforting fragrance that you’ll adore.
Shop this scented candle for S$130 on Dior.
My Lumina Ardent Love Pink Candle
Treat yourself right with My Lumina Ardent Love Pink Candle, a candle that was designed to encourage love, healing, and self-love.
Garden-fresh jasmine and rose scents are paired with smooth amethyst stones within the wax. Lavender and rose petals are also sprinkled onto the candle’s surface so it’s a delight to the eyes too.
Shop this scented candle for S$28.42 on Amazon.
Breathe Essentials Cookie Dough Cocosoy Scented Candle
There are few scents in the world more comforting than the smell of freshly-baked cookies, perhaps because it reminds us of love and of home.
That’s the fragrance that you enjoy with Breathe Essentials Cookie Dough Cocosoy scented candle, which gifts you the warm flavours of vanilla and green tea. It’ll feel like there’s always something yummy baking in the kitchen, and lights always twinkling in the hallway.
Shop this product for S$37 on Breathe Essentials.
Aesop Aganice Aromatique Candle
Be transported to Cape Spartel in Tangier through an intoxicating blend of cardamom, mimosa, and subtle notes of tobacco. It’s a spicy aroma that’s created to take you to the gorgeous landscapes of the promontory in Morocco that overlooks an ever stretching Mediterranean sea.
The candle itself is also beautiful, with a short quote written on the rim that says, “Thoughts are like stars in the firmament” – a little food for thought.
Shop this scented candle for S$128 on Selfridges.
Cotton On Pink Guava Skull Candle
A hipster piece of decor to add to your desk, Cotton On’s Pink Guava Skull Candle is indeed shaped like a skull. You might even say that it’s lit.
Shop this product for S$39.99 on Typo.
Tom Ford Rose Prick Candle
Tom Ford’s private rose garden would be a dream destination for a romantic rendezvous; you can certainly dream it with the Tom Ford Rose Prick Candle.
Inspired by Tom Ford’s private rose garden, the candle is created with pristine rose breeds like Rose de Mai, Turkish and Bulgarian.
When you’re feeling the pressure as you’re working from home, why not take a moment to light the candle and drift off in daydream?
Shop this scented candle for S$170 on TANGS.
Maison 21G Demi Lunes Candles
Did you know that you can customise your favourite scents right at home? The Maison Demi Lunes Candles are made in a half-crescent shape that’s meant to be fitted with another half of a scented candle. The two distinct aromas will blend and build to give you a delicious scent of your own!
You can mix Vanilla Venus, Sage Supreme, Raspberry Redemption, Sleek Sandalwood in whatever combination you choose, depending on whether you adore floral, earthy, citrusy, or woody scents. Enjoy a fragrance that’s truly you with the Maison 21G Demi Lunes Candles.
Shop the scented candles for S$75 each at Sephora.
Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Scented Soy Candle in Lemon Verbena
Should you be feeling lethargic in the middle of the day, Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Scented Soy Candle in Lemon Verbena is the candle to reach for, for an invigorating perk-me-up.
Be refreshed by the light and citrusy scents of lemon, as you feel a weight lift off your shoulders!
Shop this product for S$16.43 on iHerb.
Diptyque ‘Vanille’ candle
Deep breaths in and out, and let yourself be bathed in the warm, soft scents of vanilla from the Diptyque “Vanille” scented candle. It has a vanilla aroma that’s altogether full, luxurious, and robust – you’ll be submerged in fragrances that’ll soothe and delight you, and forget for a moment the cares of this world.
Shop this product for S$113.95 on Cosmetics Now.