Choosing a fragrance for another person is challenging enough when you're sniffing jars of aromatic wax in the store. Shopping for candles online is even more difficult, but we have one simple trick that will help you pick a gift your recipient will love: If you shop by scent profile, satisfaction is nearly guaranteed.
Every fragrance falls into an olfactory family that describes its dominant qualities. Such categories will guide you to the perfect candle for your person, based on the types of smells you know they like. It's just that easy.
An ode to the Mediterranean villa that hosted queens and poets in the early 20th century, this candle celebrates the property's lush citrus garden. On the nose, lemon and myrtle mingle with black fig, lavender, and cashmere wood.
Limes on a Caribbean breeze meet peppery basil and white thyme in this bright, citrusy scent. Expect juicy mandarin oranges and warm amber wood to come through, as well.
Bitter grapefruit, aromatic yuzu, and tart lemon are sprinkled with sugar to create a candle that feels like ice-cold lemonade on a summer day. It's like enjoying a meal al fresco.
With notes of tuberose, Muguet, jasmine, and gardenia, this botanical candle mimics a romantic stroll through the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris.
Imagine a yard full of blooming rose bushes in the peak of spring. That's what this fresh, flowery candle evokes as it burns.
Named for the most elegant woman in 18th-century France, this violet blossom scent is graceful and refined. Green leaf and pear appear on top, while vanilla and rosewood can be found at the base.
We wish our laundry smelled as good as this chore-glorifying candle that blends lily, white musk, and powder. It echoes the pristine sensation of folding clean clothes.
This comforting candle is like burying your face in freshly washed linens. It's a soothing combination of clean fabric, chamomile, cedar, and musk.
California fig, ivy greens, and summer dew inform this refreshing fragrance. It smells like sunshine, bare feet, rolling hills, and tangled vines all at once.
Fans of the pumpkin spice latte will swoon over this cool-weather fragrance that's filled with white pumpkin, sweet gingersnap, and whipped vanilla. It's a seasonal winner.
Serving up the delicious aroma of warm croissants straight out of the oven, this sugary candle will turn your home into a Parisian bakery. A hint of tart cranberries adds some depth.
Smooth, and sensual, this is the vanilla candle of our dreams. The creamy sweetness is balanced with woody santal and oud.
If glamping were a candle, this would be it. Defined by cedar chips and dried tobacco, it's laced with notes of labdanum and spicy peppercorn for a delicate, beautiful take on the great outdoors.
Breathe in the distinct aroma of soaked earth, coastal rain, and minty eucalyptus with this Big Sur-inspired candle. It embodies the forested, seaside region right after a storm.
The energy cleansing ritual of burning palo santo has been squeezed into a luxurious candle with layers of cedarwood, resinous labdanum, incense, and patchouli.