I always thought that candles were such a winter-y thing. On those dark and gloomy days, actually, on any day whatever the weather, my scented candles were lit without fail. There’s something about that warm glow when I walked into a room that made me feel so comforted and homey. So when the weather started heating up, I really missed that feeling as my candles gathered dust. But, the more I looked into it (don’t worry, it wasn’t that extensive, I’m not that sad!) I realised that there’s a whole world of summer candles!
And it made perfect sense. When the air is full of flowers, summer rain and grass, this new season is probably the most fragrant of them all. After picking up a few new summer candles (and discovered some new brands while I was at it), I found there was a bit of a knack to picking the right ones. Here’s how to fill your space with a whole new season.
CONSIDER THE MOOD
As much as I love strong, heady scents, if I’ve had a full on day and need some serious downtime, those fragrances can be a little too much. The White Company’s signature Summer candle is perfect to clear my head and set the mood for a more relaxed atmosphere. Clean, simple and fresh scents are perfect for this type of mood – think clean laundry, a day at the beach or quiet spring mornings. Who doesn’t want that?!
KNOW WHAT YOU LIKE
If you veered towards heavy, woody scents like cinnamon and cardamom in winter, you can carry this over to a summer candle with lighter variations. Look out for notes of sandalwood, patchouli and vanilla for musky accents. However, if you prefer something that encapsulates summer wholeheartedly, fruit of floral accents will instantly transport you to warm, sunny nights. Wedgwood’s Sweet Plum Raspberry & Sweet Plum candle is perfect to light for those light evenings spent in the garden with a glass of wine thanks to its tangy raspberry and plum tones. For a distinctively floral fragrance, Floris’ Peony and Rose candle is girly in a grown-up way thanks to its musk and violet leaves top and base notes.
THINK ABOUT THE SPACE
I learnt this one the hard way. At university I became a bit obsessed with scented candles and chose an amazing Jo Malone one to burn in my room. I should probably mention my bedroom was a box room and the scent was so overpowering in a small space that I got a headache! That’s not to say you can’t have candles in smaller spaces but it’s best to choose lighter scents that lightly create an atmosphere rather than steal one. This Ginsberg Is God Candle by Bella Freud is perfect for all room sizes. Its fig leaf accents combined with wedgewood give a beautiful woody garden scent that offer just enough to notice without being too much.
When the weather started heating up, I really missed that homey, comforted feeling as my candles gathered dust
MIX IT UP
Burning more than one candle at the same time seems wrong. Like playing two songs at the same time. But, layering your summer candles can build a much more intense atmosphere. Try to choose a neutral, subtle scent like ivy or rose combined with a heavier fragrance like bergamot. Don’t worry, you got this!
DON’T FORGET THE SPECIFICS
Burning time is something I didn’t generally look at when buying a candle but I quickly realised it’s really important. Especially if you’ve spent quite a lot of money on summer candles. If you’re like me and don’t want to be worrying about when to blow the flame out find one with a burning time of around 60-80 hours. The Libertine scent by SOH Melbourne is a perfect summer product due to its long burning time. Meaning you can enjoy those long balmy nights with the aroma of orange blossom filling the air.
When the air is full of flowers, summer rain and grass, this is probably the most fragrant season of all.