When purchasing a candle, the scent is often the first consideration. Scents are powerful: they can unlock memories, transport you back to a certain time and place, and influence how you feel. As such, candles hold this capacity within their wax. The notes of its fragrance will rise when burned until it demands the room’s attention, overtaking the air.

Choosing a candle is similar to choosing a personal fragrance: you want to ensure that its scent will not overwhelm you, that you will enjoy it even after continuous use, and that it fits your vibe. It often lingers in the air hours after you extinguish it, so you want to ensure that you are truly making the right choice.

Whether you select a scent for the ambience, to mask another smell, or to relive old memories, the scent you choose can determine the atmosphere in a room and dictate your emotional state, so choose wisely! You’re guaranteed to find the candle scent of your dreams.

Here are the five best types of candle scents:

Type #1: Fresh Candle Scents

Light is not the only thing that can brighten up a room. The fragrances in this category of candle scents help to invigorate a room, bringing light and airy notes. The best natural candles Canada include citrus, herbal, and clean aromas that feel breezy, light, and cool. You may enjoy aromatic scents such as rosemary, sage, thyme, and eucalyptus. Perhaps instead, you enjoy citrus aromas such as lemon, lime, mandarine, grapefruit, and orange.

A popular category of fresh scents is water-based: ocean, rain, dew. This series, in particular, will be sure to transport you to the beach-front villa you stayed at on vacation, listening to the waves crash against the shore while enjoying your morning coffee. This often blends well with light florals and tropical notes.

Type #2: Floral Candle Scents

Floral is a classic. This category is composed of scents predominantly from flowers, perhaps even a fruit or two. These include fruity scents like pineapple, mango, peach, and raspberry. These can bring you back to your favourite summer days with a flower in your hair and a smoothie in your hand, listening to the waves crash at the beach.

Perhaps you enjoy classic floral scents better: rose, jasmine, cotton, lavender, hibiscus, chamomile, peony and lily. This traditional car freshener will remind you of the days you spent hanging laundry on your clothing line as your window remained open, allowing the fresh taste of spring through the door.

Floral is the most common type of candle scents. It is often used to mask odours and provide personal fragrance worldwide. This can blend well with the aroma of fresh herbs and refreshing citrus.

Type #3: Exotic Candle Scents

Although it may sound intimidating, the exotic scent category encapsulates warmth, comfort, and indulgence. They are often aromas in food: vanilla, cinnamon, and caramel, for example. They are also often used as seasonal candle scents: think Christmas, Halloween, and the holidays.

Softer exotic aromas include soft florals such as lavender or cotton mixed with warm spices such as cinnamon or ginger. Classic, exotic aromas include cinnamon, vanilla, chai, rosewood, nutmeg, coffee, saffron, and fennel.

Whether you opt for the soft exotic or the classic exotic, I can guarantee that you will start questioning your whereabouts. Are you at home? Or are you at the holiday market surrounded by dozens of vendors selling churros and hot coffee out of wooden carts?

Type #4: Woody Candle Scents

The earthy notes of baffling birch and organic oak can be found within these warm scents. Think smoky, warm notes of cedar, pine, breezy air, sensual sandalwood, and strong musk. It often can ground one who smells it, providing coziness and courage. If you prefer the scent of dry wood, look for candles labelled with leather, tobacco, and smoke.

If that is not your vibe, do not worry! Other common woody aromas include teakwood, pine, cedarwood, balsam fir, black spruce, sandalwood, white oak, and oak moss. Soon, you will envision yourself in the forest, holding a walking stick and taking deep breaths of cold, challenging courage. Woody scents mix well with sweet citrus and rich florals.

Type #5: Gourmand Candle Scents

Gourmand scents are up and on the rise. Many of their scents are encompassed within the other categories, but we also thought it deserved its shout-out.

Gourmand aromas are essentially anything food-related. This could be the pumpkin-spice latte candle you set out at the Thanksgiving table beside your gourd, or it could even be the birthday cake candle your best friend bought you for your birthday the year before. Gourmand candles are a great way to set the mood and bring some holiday festivities to the room!

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