Winter always holds on a little too long, IMO. So often, you get a tease of a warm day and then plunge back into weeks of dreary, cold weather. If you’re ready to embrace spring in all its glory, you can kick winter to the curb and spring forward by lighting one of this year’s best spring candles. I’m so desperate for spring that I’m going to try manifesting it. That’s how manifesting works, right?
Candles are generally considered a cozy must-have, but really, you can light candles all year round. But the scents require some tweaking as the seasons change! It’s time to shelve your musky, evergreen winter candles and swap to refreshing and floral, earthy scents. Spring is a time to feel hopeful after all—this year more than ever before.
Despite the seasons technically changing, it feels like it’s been March for an entire year. I’m cautiously optimistic about a post-pandemic existence, though, so I’m going to reach for a candle that’s refreshing and hopeful, even if it’s still 30 degrees out. After all, candles are all about transforming your environment and making it more pleasant. Floral candles can definitely chase away my Seasonal Affective Disorder.
It’s only a few days until spring ~officially~ arrives, and now’s the time to go candle shopping. Luckily, a ton of your favorite brands went all out this year—from Yankee Candle’s Scent of the Year to new spring scents from trendy brands like Otherland and Boy Smells, there’s plenty of options to choose from.
Below, I’ve rounded up 10 candles for all different aesthetics and vibes, so that you can find a way to usher in this hopeful season with a great scent. Happy spring, everybody!
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Yeah, waking up an hour early kinda sucks, but getting an extra hour of daylight is truly something to smile about. This Extra Hour candle, one of three of Otherland’s new spring scents. It has notes of shiso leaf, mint and verbena that will have you spring-ing forward.
Forget classic candle—let yours bloom jar-less this spring! These chic bubble candles are all the rage right now, and they come in sweet springy smells, from Lavender Flowers to Clean Cotton. You can choose from a variety of pastel shades, too!
This is going to be the spring of picnics and cottagecore, so get yourself in the mood for some outdoor friend dates with this floral Springtime in a Park candle. The scent is supposed to inspire nostalgia, with its note sof Lily of the Valley, pear and musk.
Turn your apartment or home into a beach resort with this Mango Guava-scented candle. Think of it as pre-summer prep! Plus, it has a 60-hour burn time, so it’s long-lasting. Just be sure to blast the song whenever you light this.
Bouquet of Roses
It’s not quite time for the roses to be in full bloom, but you can pretend with this luxe Diptyque candle. It combines jasmine and rose to make you feel like you’re walking through a botanical garden, even if you’re really just in your bedroom under the covers.
Get a fresh start with this refreshing and reinvigorating NEST candle. It blends mint, eucalyptus, basil and Thai ginger, so you’ll feel like you’re living in an herb garden. Plus the sage-tinted candle holder makes for a stylish home decor moment.
If you miss traveling, you need to add this candle to your cart immediately. Yankee Candle’s 2021 Candle of the Year is called Discovery and is a blend of exotic fruits and spices—an ode to all of the amazing places you’ve been and all the cool places on your travel wishlist. It has an impressive 150-hour burn time, so this candle will last you all spring (and maybe even into summer).
This Cynthia Rowley x L’Or de Seraphine candle smells just like a hike in the woods, so even if you don’t get up and get active, you can experience what a day on the trails would smell like. It has notes of fig leaf, fig sap and cedarwood. Plus, the colorful tumbler is basically a work of art.
Raindrops on Roses
If you, like Maria in The Sound of Music, count raindrops on roses on the list of your favorite things, you need this gorg candle from Overose. It claims to smell just like a rose garden after a rainy evening. Overose is known for putting out super fragrant and visceral candles, like this sold-out Croissant candle I’m patiently waiting for them to restock.
A Green Garden
Part of Boy Smells’s Hypernature collection, this lush candle features notes of ambrox, pimento berry, ivy leaves, fig leaves, jasmine, macadamia nut and coconut. I love that it comes in this shiny, eye-catching green tumbler.