12 Best Candles for People Who Are Sensitive to Smells

12 best candles for people who are sensitive to smells

Finding a signature scent is no easy task for someone who is sensitive to smells. Whether certain fragrances cause full-blown allergic reactions or they trigger a headache or an unpleasant sensation in your throat, it is best to stay away from the ones that bother you — no matter how amazing they smell. You may also need to avoid products containing certain scents and ingredients if you have sensitive skin and experience rashes or other dermatologic reactions. Fortunately, being sensitive to smells does not have to mean living an utterly scent-free life. While many personal care and home fragrance products are jam-packed with harsh chemicals that can irritate your skin and trigger allergic reactions, there are natural alternatives that are much safer for chronic allergy sufferers and those with sensitive skin. 

According to the results of one study, nearly 30 percent of people are sensitive to fragrances. If you are among them, avoiding your triggers is the best way to prevent reactions. We also encourage you to consult with your physician, allergist or dermatologist to learn more about managing your symptoms and what specific triggers you should avoid. At Homesick, we make candles using a natural soy wax blend and wicks made from 100-percent cotton. Our custom fragrance oils are carefully blended to ensure an enjoyable and long-lasting aromatic experience. And since our candles are non-toxic and free of phthalates, paraben, plastic, lead and synthetic dyes, they are less likely to trigger sensitivities. If you are looking for clean candles featuring amazing smells, you’ve come to the right place. Keep scrolling to discover a few of the best candles for people who are sensitive to smells. 

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1. Gone Hiking Candle

Earthy candle scents are some of the best for allergy sufferers because they usually are not overly perfumy. Our Gone Hiking candle is filled with the scents of the forest, and its aroma is as clean and fresh as Mother Nature herself. Illuminate this candle, and you’ll find yourself standing upon fresh moss surrounded by the tallest pine trees. This awe-inspiring fragrance also includes hints of water, cedarwood, jasmine and ivy to complete your trek through the forest. Gone Hiking is a great choice for anyone who loves getting outdoors and spending time in nature. Its earthy fragrance is also an excellent way to experience the mystery and allure of the forest, even when you’re living in the middle of a concrete jungle. 

2. Vancouver Candle

Our Vancouver candle features the scents of cool mountain breezes and salty sea air. Base notes of wild hemp, hops and patchouli form a perfect foundation for the earthy fragrances of douglas fir, cedarwood, ocean waters, mountain air and rain. Notes of grapefruit and citron add an exciting touch that will captivate your senses. Whether Vancouver is your hometown, a favorite vacation destination or even a spot you would love to visit, this candle is an excellent way to pay tribute to this vibrant city. 

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3. Colorado Candle

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Try our Colorado candle if you are in the mood for some crisp, clean mountain air. Take a deep breath and enjoy the peaceful scent of evergreens under wide-open skies. You will also detect notes of fresh snow, sandalwood, amber and musk. A hint of cinnamon cuts the chill and warms up this cool fragrance. This candle makes a great gift for anyone who loves the beauty of Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. From the snow-capped mountains to the deepest river canyons, this scent encompasses all of the landscapes that make the Centennial State such an incredible place. 

4. Thank You, Mom Candle

Our Thank You, Mom candle is an excellent option if you prefer the floral side of earthy scents. Filled with the aromas that make a house a home, it is a welcome addition to any space. Ignite this candle, and you’ll be surrounded by the scents of fresh flowers on the dining room table and breakfast cooking on a Sunday morning. Musk, lily and sandalwood base notes form the foundation for lively sage, bergamot and lavender top notes. You’ll also detect hints of ylang ylang and jasmine while enjoying this delicate fragrance. Thank You, Mom is, of course, a lovely gift to share with your mom for Mother’s Day or her birthday. It would also be a perfect gift to give your new mother-in-law at your wedding. Don’t feel like you have to give it as a gift, though. It would make a wonderful treat to enjoy yourself too! 

5. New Home Candle

The scent of a new home is the scent of new opportunities and memories waiting to be made. It’s a clean, uplifting fragrance that evokes positive emotions and brings to mind a blank canvas. Our New Home candle captures all of these things in one of our cleanest fragrances. Featuring top and mid notes of cedarwood, jasmine, sandalwood and lime atop a base of musk and oakmoss, this candle will take you back to the day you moved into your first home. 

New Home makes an excellent housewarming gift. And this scent is also available as a reed diffuser, which is a great alternative to candles for people with kids or pets. Whether you choose the candle or the diffuser, you will quickly discover why this is one of our best-selling fragrances. 

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6. Home Office

When you work from home and need an energy boost to help you power through your day, check out the Home Office candle. It features a clean, energizing aroma that’s perfect for starting your morning or pushing through an afternoon slump. With this candle illuminating your workspace, you will be enveloped by the warm scents of vanilla, patchouli and cinnamon. Breathe deeply, and you’ll detect hints of oud, guaiac wood, amber, fresh air, water lilies and heliotrope petals. Both energizing soothing, Home Office is a must-have for your work-at-home arsenal! 

Our Home Office candle isn’t just for adults working from home. It’s a great one to light when your kids are working on homework too. It can give your child the energy boost they need to get their work done while providing you with the stress relief you need to deal with those Common Core math problems!

7. Ski Trip Candle

Our Ski Trip candle is a clean winter scent that will remind you of cozying up to a roaring fire in the lodge after a long day on the slopes. You’ll even detect a hint of luscious hot cocoa and cinnamon to keep you nice and toasty. This candle features base notes of patchouli, vanilla and cedar. Cocoa, cinnamon and guaiac wood form subtle mid notes that give way to the fresh fragrances of warm amber and frosted air. 

This candle is a good option if you are looking for a rich fragrance that’s free from floral smells. Cozy and earthy, it also makes an excellent gift — especially during the winter holidays. Even if the recipient isn’t a skier, they are sure to love this cozy scent. Skip Trip is also one of the fragrances available with our Pur Smart Home Diffuser. This high-tech device is a perfect alternative to candles for folks who are especially sensitive to smells or don’t use candles. 

the homesick beach cottage candle

8. Beach Cottage Candle 

Check out Beach Cottage if you are more into sand and surf than snow and cocoa. Salty ocean air blends with driftwood, warm sand and seashells to form an intoxicating aroma that any beach lover will surely appreciate. This candle starts with clean base notes of sea air, amber and tonka bean. Bergamot and sandalwood form the top notes, and you will also pick up slight hints of marine, musk and plumeria floating on the breeze. 

The warm glow of our Beach Cottage candle is a perfect escape when you need a break from the stress of the world. This summery candle also makes an excellent gift for a friend or loved one who is in desperate need of a vacation. You may not be able to send them on an all-expenses-paid trip to a tropical island, but you can bring the beach to them with this unique fragrance. 

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9. Book Club Candle

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Few things are better than curling up with a great book on a rainy afternoon. And with our Book Club candle, you can create the perfect ambiance for enjoying your next rainy day read. Light this candle and breathe in warm amber, vanilla and balsam base notes. Indulge your senses with invigorating nutmeg and orange top notes, and take in hints of cinnamon and sandalwood.  

A Book Club candle is a beautiful addition to your reading nook. It also would make an excellent gift for the book lover in your life. Librarians, teachers and students are sure to love this fragrance too. It would also be a welcome part of any book club meeting that is sure to spark conversation. 

10. Spring Cleaning Candle

Give your home a freshly cleaned fragrance without lifting a finger. Our Spring Cleaning candle is packed with the scents of fresh air and cleanliness. When you are enveloped in this candle’s glow, you will swear you can smell clean linens and fresh-cut flowers on your table. Agave, musk and vetiver are this scent’s base notes. Mid notes include coriander, clove leaf and basil, while clean linen, bergamot and lime form the top notes. 

Freshen your home up and kick off the season with our Spring Cleaning candle. You can even light it up during the cold, dark winter months to brighten your home and enliven the space with the energy of springtime. This candle makes an excellent gift too. 

11. Southern California Candle

Escape to sunny SoCal with our Southern California candle. Featuring citrus scents and the crisp, clean aroma of the ocean, this scent works well for many people who are sensitive to fragrances. Its top notes include lemon, orange and rose, while jasmine and sea breeze form the mid notes. Musk, clove and vanilla blend to create an intoxicating base for this one-of-a-kind candle that’s reminiscent of sunny days spent at the beach and on Rodeo Drive. 

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Shop our Southern California candle if you’re looking for a fragrant way to infuse your home with West Coast vibes. Whether you’re a Southern California native or you’ve always dreamed of visiting sunny SoCal, you’ll love this candle. It’s a great gift for anyone who enjoys sweet, citrusy scents too. 

12. Evening Unwind Candle

At the end of the day, it’s always great to have something that will help you relax. The next time you need some help, reach for our Evening Unwind candle. Featuring a soothing scent blend, it’s a perfect way to put your mind at ease and relax before bed. This candle blends top notes of green tea leaf and Valencia orange with mid notes of calming blue lavender, melon and lemon extract. Base notes of neroli, moss and sugared musk further calm your mind and lull you to sleep. Try Evening Unwind if you have trouble relaxing or falling asleep at night. Or give it to a friend or loved one who is going through a rough patch. This candle’s soothing fragrances are excellent for anyone who needs some help quieting their mind at the end of a long day. 

Find the Best Candles for People Who Are Sensitive to Smells at Homesick

At Homesick, we pride ourselves on selling high-quality candles that are free from several ingredients that commonly trigger sensitivities. While everyone is different and you should always follow your doctor’s advice if you experience adverse reactions to certain smells, we have several fragrances that work well for many people with sensitivities. Browse our complete collection today to find a signature fragrance for your home. 

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