16 APR - 2023
Whether you're looking to create a seductive atmosphere or a concentrated setting for WFH… I’ve got one word for you - candles.
If you've ever thought, "Ugh, not another candle," you're either a) not someone I'd like to hang out with (sorry, not sorry), or b) lying. Because let's face it, there's no such thing as having too many candles. I'm not afraid to say that I'm a little obsessed with my candle collection. Candles are an excellent way to bring atmosphere — not to mention pleasant aromas — to any environment. Whether you're attempting to create a romantic atmosphere for a date night or just want to add a comfortable feel to your home office, candles are almost always the solution. Becoming obsessed with a new candle—and then telling everyone you know about it—is one of life's simplest joys, whether you like flowery, fruity, cosy, romantic, or highly opulent aromas. And in this (already bizarre) year of 2023, we could all use a little more happiness.
With that stated, I went ahead and compiled a list of the best-smelling candles on the market since as a post-perfume maker and current florist; my nose has been exposed to hundreds, if not thousands of fragrance notes and blends. Although it's easy to spend a lot of money on candles (sorry wallet), these options won't break the bank. Yes, you can get candles that smell great and make you feel fancy without spending a fortune. I've assembled a list of my all-time favourites (both new and old faves!) with notes ranging from amber, vanilla, and patchouli to leather, lavender, and bergamot.
Italian Fig Scented Candle
Though fig is not a fruit I enjoy in the edible sense, boy does it smell incredible. This blend’s top notes of fig, green apple, and strawberry are fresh, green, and delicious. At any time of year, fire this one up for a flourish of freshness. The jasmine, violet, and oakmoss in its base notes bring this one to its timeless potential. This candle just emits creative energy that anyone can get behind.
Nevé Whiskey + Wood Smoke Candle
You know her, you love her, and she's totally worth the hype. Famous among the Chatty team (and the candle burning beside me right now) is the best candle house in NZ, Nevé Fragrances. This cheerful smell is like a jar of pleasure. This fine fragrance opens with rich notes of Tennessee whiskey, wood smoke, vintage leather and oak moss, balanced by a soft green cedar base and warmed with an amber musk. Loved by men – and women – this masculine, sexy and undeniably genuine scent is sure to add chic ambience to your home. It's a surefire house freshener and mood booster.
Maison Margiela Lazy Sunday Morning Candle
The sheer delight of waking up in freshly cleaned, crumpled sheets with the sun on your skin inspired this collection. What I love is how the label of this one describes the scent as “memory in a candle”, which is absolutely true. Combining delicate lily of the valley and iris notes with fresh pear and orange blossom your space is going to be blessed by its soothing and comforting aroma. The Maison Margiela range can be a bit out of the dollar range for many so this may be the perfect step into the luxury of french perfumery.
Fred Candles Nectar
Nectar is a breath of fresh air and is passionately delicious. She sits quietly among the others, but her perfume is here to steal the show. Take it from me; this candle smells like that blissful moment when you finally return home after a long day in the sun eating sweet platters and mimosas. Just divine sweetness without being over the top.
Fred Candles Nectar $29
Paddywax Apothecary Glass Candle - Verbena & Eucal
In this vintage-inspired collection, an old-world apothecary container is packed with the perfect medicine of scent. If you truly want to pamper yourself (or someone else), this candle is just what you need. It gives natural woodsy sensations to your house with aromas of sweet orange, musk, eucalyptus and petitgrain, making you feel like you're relaxing at a cabin in the woods. If you want to embrace the autumn candle season, this is the candle for you. It's sweet, spicy, and powerful.
This Works Deep Sleep Heavenly Candle
Relax big time with this sleep-inducing candle, which is supposed to relieve tension and encourage a restful night's sleep. Light before night or whenever you want to relax and let any stress, nervousness, or worry wash away. This beautiful, hand-poured candle is blended with relaxing lavender and soothing camomile essential oil and will help you unwind after a hard day. Anytime you're hoping to get some shut-eye, a whiff of cedarwood, this candle may help you do just that.