When we’re considering how to change the way our environment feels, we might look at aesthetics, colors, space, or light. It might not occur to us to consider how big a role scents play in our everyday lives. Smell is one of our most inherent senses; scents can define eras, places, people and even vivid memories for us. I can remember what my childhood home smells like, the forest scents from my favorite hike, the smell of my best friend’s house, all of these scents transporting me to a place that still lives on inside my heart. Scents are such an important part of my life, and specifically my home, which is why I’ll almost always have a candle burning. I’ll burn something that smells floral when I need a lift, citrus when I need to cleanse, sweet when I’m craving comfort, musk or sandalwood when I need peace and clarity.
Here are some of my favorite candles. Each one is special to me and in a different way, each one helps me feel more at home. I hope one of these can bring new energy to your home.
A longtime favorite in my home, I love the way the smell of deep bergamot and sweet roses fill the space.
I don’t know of a scent that feels cleaner or crisper than fresh oranges wafting through the house. This candle reminds me of warm, sunny days and clear blue skies, even when it’s dark and stormy outside.
Roses are often symbolic for love, and nothing smells more like love than this candle. Real flower petals, sweet sandalwood and vanilla always make me feel like I’m in a warm embrace.
This subtle scent of these flowers always reminds me of being on a terrace at dusk. It’s a dark scent that helps to bring a subtle, calm energy to my space.
I try to have fresh flowers in my house as often as I’m able, but for all those occasions I don’t have them, this candle is there for me. This scent brings all the brightness, refreshment and life of a real bouquet.
There’s something so luxurious about the deep scent of black rose and ginger contained in a jar that’s a work of art itself.
Evil Queen has so many creative scent blends but this is one of my favorites. The combination of deep greens with some sharp spices is always unexpected. It’s great when I’m in a rut and need a bit of a change to my routine.
Do you have a favorite candle you light when you need a boost or some extra relaxation? Tag @carrieannconversations in a post or story on Instagram so we can see what scents make up our different worlds.