Now that the warm weather is here to stay, I’ve retired the winter scents (see ya later, Gingerbread!) and I’m all about the spring and summer candles. For spring, I love scents that are fruity, floral and lightly sweet. Here are some of my favorite affordable scented candles for warm weather, after the jump.
French Macaroon: This Ashland candle is sold at Michaels craft stores–perhaps not the first store that comes to mind for a high quality home fragrance, but this delicate scent certainly won me over. It smells like a light sugary vanilla cookie. When I burn it, I think about springtime in Paris. Oh, to be eating macarons at a sidewalk cafe on the Left Bank… Happy smell, happy thoughts, happy mood. Unfortunately, these Ashland candles are only sold in store and are rotated seasonally. It’s been a while since I’ve spotted French Macaroon, but fingers crossed it’ll reappear any day now for spring and summer.
Last year I finally burned through the last of my honeysuckle Diamond Candle, and I have yet to replace it. If you’re not familiar with Diamond Candles, you may be missing out on a $5,000 ring! The gimmick is a fun attraction, but the reason I’d buy this candle again is for the lovely flowering meadow scent. If honeysuckle doesn’t just scream springtime, I don’t know what does. At $27.99, it’s the most expensive of the candles I’ve listed here, but (1) it’s bigger than the others and (2) it includes a ring worth $10 plus the chance at another ring worth even more. Realistically, actually, when I shell out the next $30 to Diamond Candle I’m sure I’ll want to try another scent.
Target’s Signature Soy Peach Prosecco is a deliciously sweet scent and true to the name. I love it for summer, but it’s also good in late spring. The small jar I display here was $5, but larger sizes will retail for approx. $12 at Target.
This is another scent that I like for both spring and summer and another Target purchase, though it’s made by Bella. This candle smells like a nice light sangria — a real mix of sweet fruit and wine. A huge part of the appeal of this candle for me is the beautiful gold jar (pictured at the top of the post). I love to display it year-round. Unfortunately I think the gold glass container is no longer sold, but Target does carry the candle in a variety of other containers, such as the clear glass one below.
This candle is by Illume, which is clearly higher end than some of the brands on this list. I got the candle as part of a limited edition Birchbox, but I’d been eyeing this and several other Illume candles for a long time before Birchbox hooked it up. Thai Lily is best described as an exotic tropical flower. There’s a strong fruitiness to it–think tropical fruit–and a slight exotic, musky note, that I think makes it Thai Lily. It also has a fresh aquatic scent that makes me think “water lily” but it is essentially floral. The candle tin and its accompanying lid are so so beautiful! I also like to display this one year-round. I love they way this candle smells and looks in my bedroom. Can’t wait to buy more. And at $10 for a small tin, it’s a high-end smell at a very affordable price.