Being stuck in the house is the last thing we ever wanted to deal with. The thought of not being able to get out of our house apart from grocery shopping or taking walks outside (without a family member or roommate) could lead to tension and stress, especially if we are living with our families, friends or partners. Though our lives have been disrupted by the circuit breaker, we can’t let it break us.
While our homes are also a sanctuary for a sacred space that honours our mind and soul, the best way to lift up the vibe is to get a scented candle. Regardless of price, each candle has what it has: a unique scent that’s born to spark joy.
Check out out top 10 curated picks that will break the circuit:
BYREDO Bohemia, S$65 for 70g
Cult perfume brand BYREDO never misses the mark with its groundbreaking scents. Though ‘Rose of No Man’s Land’ is well-known for being to the go-to scent, ‘Bohemia’ is also a hit. Nostalgic of the freewheeling flower child era of the late 60s, this candle features a mixture of opoponax (a.k.a. sweet myrrh), rosemary, geranium, moss, sandalwood and vanilla. Adding to this hippie-inspired aroma is labdanum, a resin secret from goat’s hair. However, founder Ben Gorham completes his three point shot with a slam dunk of rum. Tie dye tee, amethyst crystal and burning incense optional.
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Overose Anamorphine, £52 for 220g
Paris’ under-the-radar brand embodies the Parisienne approach to style: a blend of masculine and feminine. Built with a smoky tobacco base on rapeseed wax, this peony and vanilla based scent is mixed with raspberries for a sweet and woody scent that makes you feel like you’re in a candlelit date. Packaged in a holographic glass case or a sleek millennial pink, don’t let its pretty packaging fool you: it can burn up to 50 to 60 hours.
Uncommon James Mediterranean Fig, US$19 for 5.5 oz
Founded by Kristin Cavallari, Uncommon James’ indie candle collection is not to be missed out on. With its affordable price, you can get a fraction of your fantasy Capri trip by burning Mediterranean Fig. Phlatate, nickel, lead and dye-free, this irritant-free soy wax-based candle is made with blended essential oils of grapefruit, lemon and patchouli. Topped with fig and green leaf, it’ll whisk you away to an imaginary walk down the beaches of Capri as you reminisce the fresh Southern Italian breeze while stuck inside the comfort of your own bedroom.
Tiny Bandit Moon Milk, US$64 for 9 oz
No one eclipses Kylie Jenner when it comes to quarantine self care. Turns out, the 22-year-old entrepreneur is also a believer in the power of crystals when she ‘grammed the L.A.-based brand’s Moon Milk candle. Poured on coconut wax, it smells like a sun kissed holiday with cardamom, amber resin, sandalwood, palo santo and coconut milk. While you’re burning it, you’re also charging your room with good vibes thanks to the crystals inside the wax. Featuring Amazonite, Citrine and Clear Quartz, you are building up your strength, confidence, creativity, clarity and intellect in the midst of stress.
Cire Trudon Abd El Kader, S$138 for 270g
Let yourself get carried away to a faux vacation to Marrakech with this storied French candlemaker, which produced candles for King Louis XIV. Inspired by Algeria’s Ouled Naïl tribe, the sensuality of ginger, jasmine, vanilla and clove evoke the sweet warmth of piping freshly brewed mint leaves in a cup of nightly tea. Made out of a mix of copa, palm, rice and soy oils, this natural wax blend doesn’t use any pesticides and heavy metals for the perfectly stylish biodegradable candle.
Fornasetti Scimmie Thyme, Lavender and Cedarwood, S$291 for 300g
Crafted by Chanel’s in-house perfumer Olivier Polge, the brand’s “Otto” fragrance smells like a dinner party with thyme, lavender, incense and cedar wood. Hand poured in Milan, this vegetable-based wax candle is stored inside a Piero Fornasetti “Scimmie” design depicting monkeys drinking fine vintage champagne. If you finish this candle, you can also reuse the packaging to store your jewellery, cotton pads and even makeup brushes.
DIPTYQUE Mimosa, S$108 for 190g
Cannes is cancelled, but you can turn your room into a French Riviera vacation with the scent of mimosas. Sweet, but not completely saccharine, the mimosa extract in this candle is a reference to the 19th century practice of perfumers slipping in the scent inside perfumes to enhance the powdery element of the flower. Even if you may have been feeling down in the dumps, the minimalist packaging is born to make you smile as it burns up to 90 hours!
Anya Hindmarch Smells Lip Balm, £50 for 175g
School’s out, but the memories of teenage nostalgia may always flash forward whenever you feel sentimental. Evoking the flirtatious and cheeky nature of scented cherry lip balms, Anya Hindmarch’s scent fuses Egyptian jasmine, pomegranate, tonic bean, Japanese cherry blossom, French dark cherry, vanilla, rose and musk for a grown-up take on the saccharine teen beauty staple. Featuring a cute cherry acrylic sticker, it looks best when you ‘gram it alongside a your go-to scented lip balm.
THANN Oriental Essence Aromatherapy Candle, S$38 for 190g
Affordable and chic, this paraffin-free palm-oil base candle is also sustainable, too. Infused with bergamot, Arabian Jasmine, Damask rose, Guaiac wood and Cyme rose, it’ll make you think of a picturesque Balinese spa and a cup of ginger tea as you reminisce the days of being able to get a massage, where you were able to squeeze in an hourlong power nap. Blended alongside kaffir lime and lemongrass essential oils, THANN’s scent aims to help you get a peaceful sleep when you’ve had a hard day.
Heretic This Smells Like My Vagina, US$75 for 10.5 oz
As the Internet’s most scandalous candle of the year, this Gwyneth Paltrow approved scent is surprisingly elegant despite its naughty name. Made out of soy wax, its ambrette seed base is topped with Damask rose, cedar, bergamot and geranium for a very feminine vibe. Vegan and cruelty-free, Heretic follows its green ethos by using a lead-free cotton wick, which will leave your room smelling lovely with a clean burn that doesn’t make you sneeze. If you’re not looking to start any awkward family conversations, best to display it in your bedroom.