There is nothing like the relaxation that a good candle brings. The soothing, flickering flame. The calming aroma. The $15 you spent on something that will quite literally burn out and die in front of your eyes. Alternatively, there is also nothing like the overwhelming sense of anxiety that comes over your body when you leave the house and promptly are convinced you forgot to blow said candle out. There is a part of me that knows, deep in my being, that even when I’m on the way to my wedding, giving birth to my first child, or signing a book deal one day, I will suddenly be overcome with the realization that I left 19 lavender cucumber dill candles burning and I will return home from the happy occasion to find nothing but a pile of dust where my home once stood.
Despite that, though, my love for candles remains. Sure, they are a totally unnecessary purchase most of the time in the practical sense. They don’t provide much immediate service, last all that long, and they often cause me to spend $40 in a single aisle of Target. But. But. I like to think of candles as a tiny investment in myself. A good candle is representative of a more relaxing time… one where I’ll finish all the things I have to do and spend some luxurious time doing something that I don’t have to do do at all. Something just for me. And like my favorite burritos and coconut body wash, anything that smells good, is affordable, and can make me feel better about life is always a good idea in my book. Even if that something might eventually mean I accidentally burn down my apartment while I’m out getting Starbucks one day.
I’m sort of of the belief that all candles are good candles, but I’ve also probably burned thousands of candles in my time, so I have a few favorites. Check out my favorite scents below.
There. Is. Nothing. Better. Than. This Candle. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I saw this candle at an event once and asked three different people what the scent was because it was THAT GOOD. I love it completely and totally, and the bonus side to it is that when you’re done burning the candle you can use it to store makeup and look fancy on Instagram.
I am not a candle snob. I like all Levels of candle — high and low. Sure, Bath & Body Works might not be Diptyque, but that’s kind of what makes it great. Their candles are affordable enough that you can invest in candles for every season, holiday, and day of the week if you really want to. Me? I love fall. I know it’s basic to love fall, but that’s just because it’s impossible not to love. Lattes, weather that doesn’t make you sweat profusely from every part of your body, Halloweentown 1, 2, and 3? I mean, come on! I usually start burning a pumpkin candle from B&BW around September, because why not get the party started as soon as possible? I also start watching Halloweentown around this time. Obviously.
We’ve all walked in Anthropologie before and been convinced that we’ve been fragrancing our whole lives wrong at some point, right? Maybe that’s just me. Anyway, those volcano candles are what make Anthro smell so freaking great, and we should all have one in our houses I think. Plus, they just look pretty.
4. Jonathan Adler Grapefruit Candle
OK, so yes, this is the candle they burn in every Soulcycle. And sure, that is part of why I love it (because, yes, I love Soulcycle, too). But it also just smells so, so, so, so good. And it’s pretty to look at. If you want something bright and fresh that’s going to make you feel happier instantly, try this one. Or just go to Soulcycle, which is weirdly about the same price. Either or.
Whether or not this actually works, I couldn’t tell you. However, I can tell you that it does make me feel better when I burn it — even if it’s all in my head. Maybe it’s the fact that the words “stress relief” are literally printed on the candle. Who knows? Either way, this is a great one to keep on your bedside table or desk for when things start to be a little much.
And there you have it my friends: all the candles you’ll (n)ever need. Also, pro tip from someone who tried to light candles with a regular lighter for three years and also had ash on her hands because of it: buy one of these lighter things. They are always impossible to find in stores and they last for about 30 years it seems like.
Alright, now go on and relax. (And in case you’re still not sure: yes, you blew that candle out before you left home).
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