Our 4 Best Candles for Pet Odor

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We all love our pets. But sometimes, pet odors can get out of control. Bathing them makes them smell better, but what about those in-between times? One of the best ways to reduce and neutralize pet odor is to strike a match and ignite a few scented candles.

That’s why we’ve gathered together a collection of Homesick’s four best candles for pet odor. But before we jump into the list, we’ll explain what makes a good pet odor block and some of the safer scents for your dog, feline or whatever companion you share a home with. 

How Can Scented Candles Reduce Pet Odor?

Scented candles and reed diffusers can help reduce pet odors. However, it starts by having a clean home and bathing your pet regularly. Still, between the smell of wet dog on a rainy day to the cat litter, scented candles can help disguise and even neutralize odors in a pinch. 

It’s important to be mindful of your pet’s safety. Are candles bad for dogs and cats? No, but there are a few considerations to make. Since our pets have such an acute sense of smell, we need to be mindful of the scents we choose.

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The Best Scents for Pet Odor

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Homesick’s custom fragrances come with a wide range of natural and pure essential oils. So how can you choose what scented candles are best for pet odors? Here is a quick list of some of the go-to scents, both odor-neutralizing and pet-friendly.


Sweet, spicy and musky, the patchouli scent can cover up a lot of odors. It’s a common belief that’s why hippies doused themselves in patchouli, covering up more suspicious fragrances. 


Frankincense and its cousin myrrh are ancient scents. With an earthy smell with subtle citrus hints, many people compare it to the scent of rosemary. Frankincense is known for its relaxing properties, but it has also been known to improve immunity and support digestive tracts. So if your pup seems stressed, light a frankincense scented candle. 


Just like you might sip on a hot ginger tea to aid digestion or help you breathe easier, ginger scented candles can do the same for your pet. Ginger has also been known to help with joint pain, which might help more senior pets with arthritis. 


Lavender is an extremely fragrant aroma and even has antibacterial properties. While lavender is often thought of as used in home cleaning products, it is a safe scent to use around your pets, too.


Cedarwood is another great scent for pet odor. And like using a cedar hope chest or cedar planter boxes, it repels pests–like fleas! It’s also known to stimulate blood circulation. 

Take Caution with Smaller Pets

Cats tend to have a more sensitive metabolic system and lack the same liver detoxification enzymes that break down certain chemical components. The same goes for smaller pets–birds, bunnies, reptiles and rodents–as a whole. 

Keep an eye on your pet for any strange behavior or warning signs, and stick to safe scents. Fortunately, while many scented candles use toxic ingredients, Homesick candles are made with all-natural, non-toxic soy wax and organic materials.  

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Homesick’s Top 4 Candles for Pet Odor

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Now that you have an idea of some of the safe scents for your pet, explore our four best candles for pet odor!

1. Four Twenty Candle

Patchouli is practically synonymous with the same scent it was used to disguise: cannabis. Today, there’s no shame, so instead, we suggest the Four Twenty to cover up dog odors. And if you want to break out the Scooby snacks, that’s okay, too!

2. Dallas Candle

The Dallas candle offers the scent of smoky cedarwood, repelling fleas and leaving your pet scratch-free. Not to mention it will cover up pet odors and give your home an earthy aroma. 

3. Summer Camp Candle

The Summer Camp candle has lavender top notes with soft undertones of amber and scents of sandalwood. Not only will it cover up any pet odors, but it will make you feel like you’re running through a field with your best furry friend. 

4. Pumpkin Picking Candle

Check out the Pumpkin Picking candle for a ginger scent. It will make you feel like you’re on a hayride with your pup. 

Light any of these Homesick candles to keep your pet-friendly home odor-free. Whether your best friend is a fido or a feline, these natural, non-toxic, scented candles are sure to keep them safe.