Sunshine and Showers: 18 Refreshing Spring Candles
It seemed like spring would never come, but the snow is finally beginning to melt and temperatures are beginning to rise. Now that spring is officially on the way, it’s the perfect time to get yourself a new candle that perfectly encapsulates the changing of the seasons. Some of the more popular scent notes in spring candles include:
- Florals: sweet and soothing; think magnolias, cherry blossoms and jasmine
- Plants: green and earthy; think ylang trees and grain fields
- Citrus: invigorating and energizing; think oranges, lemons and limes
- Water: clean and fresh; think sea air and spring rains
- Herbs: aromatic and savory; think rosemary and lavender
If you need inspiration for your next spring candle purchase, we’ve rounded up 18 of our favorite spring candles for your browsing convenience:
Travel to the beautiful plains of the Sunflower State with this perfect spring candle. The scent profile is reminiscent of the grassy expanse of the open plains, capturing the beginning of growing season and the promise of new plant shoots. Of course, we include notes of the famous Kansas sunflowers, as well as water, cotton and denim to encapsulate that feeling of walking through a field in your most comfortable work jeans. A light citrus touch of lemon and lime adds a refreshing and energizing finish to the fragrance. Other scent notes include moss, musk and amber.
New York City Candle
Is anything more beautiful than New York City in spring? It’s the perfect season to visit, since all the winter slush has melted but the summer heat hasn’t begun baking yet. Transport yourself to the Big Apple with a citrus bergamot candle that captures the distinctive scent of Central Park in spring. Aromas of oakmoss and sandalwood mix with floral notes as well as hints of bergamot, lemon and grapefruit. Notes of musk and concrete help round out the scent profile, capturing the fine department stores, towering skyscrapers and concrete of the greatest city on earth.
San Diego Candle
San Diego is known as “America’s Finest City”–partly for its mild year-round climate–but we especially love the city in the springtime once the weather begins to warm up. To evoke San Diego’s natural deep-water harbor and extensive beaches, we incorporated fragrances of sea moss, sea air and marine into this sandalwood citrus candle. The notes of lavender bring to mind Balboa Park, and hints of rosemary and jasmine further enhance the aroma. Patchouli, sandalwood, tonka and amber help round out the scent profile for a candle that smells exactly like the perfect spring day by the bay.
The Buckeye State has so much more to offer than the shiny brown nut it derives its nickname from, including bountiful plants and crops that make spring an explosion of green. That’s why our Ohio candle is the perfect scent to welcome in spring in any state. The powdery musk base deepens the mid notes of honeysuckle and carnation for a complex scent that’s not too sweet. A burst of bright orange zest and a scattering of herbs finish off the fragrance for the perfect spring scent. If you’re looking for a fresh, floral scent that doesn’t overpower you, this is an excellent choice.
United Kingdom Candle
Winter in the United Kingdom means freezing temperatures, icy precipitation and sometimes even snow. That’s why the warmer weather of spring is such a relief to residents and tourists alike. Spring is the time for warm rain showers that nourish blossoming trees and flowering plants, so we combined notes of grass, rain and bergamot in this spring candle. And because there’s nothing better than curling up inside with a hot scone on a rainy day, we also included fragrances of toffee, vanilla, sugar and apple crumb for an Earl Grey tea scented candle that truly smells like the United Kingdom. Now if only we could capture sarcasm as a scent!
Morning Refresh Candle
You could wash your face with a grapefruit-scented cleanser in the morning to help you wake up—or you could just light our Morning Refresh candle. Citrus is an energizing scent that encourages alertness and clear thinking. To create this candle’s scent profile, we started with a base note of grapefruit and then added jasmine, red currant and lemon to round out the fragrance for an invigorating experience. This candle is part of our Daily Collection, so it’s made of all natural premium coconut wax and also comes with a custom Homesick matchbox so you can light it right away.
Spring is the time of new beginnings, and not just for plants. Many people begin a new job in the spring, so it’s a great idea to have this gift idea in your back pocket. Starting a new job is exciting but also stressful, and receiving a thoughtful gift such as this candle can really give the recipient a boost. To make this scent, we combined base notes of vanilla and tonka bean with mid notes of cedarwood, paper and clove. Then we finished off the scent with touches of leather and cinnamon for the perfect new job candle.
Perhaps the new beginning you’re celebrating this spring isn’t a new job, but rather a new home. If so, our aptly named New Home candle makes for an excellent housewarming gift (either for yourself or for someone else). When lit, it smells like fresh linen, clean air and the intoxicating smell of an empty house filled with possibilities and countless memories waiting to be made. Base notes of ambergris, tonka bean, moss and musk mix with ocean, cedarwood, sandalwood, jasmine and lime for a scent that’s both comforting and exciting.
Thank You, Mom
While every season is the right time to appreciate your mom, Mother’s Day does fall during the springtime (it’s on May 10 this year)—and this candle is the perfect gift for mom. In fact, you can even ditch the wrapping paper because the packing on this candle comes with blank spaces for you to fill out sweet notes to your mom. As for the candle itself, it smells like freshly trimmed flowers on the kitchen table, lingering wafts of her favorite perfume and breakfast sizzling on Sunday. Notes of sandalwood and musk combine with jasmine, Ylang ylang, white lily and clove. Flourishes of bergamot, lavender and sage finish off a scent that smells so good you might be tempted to keep the candle for yourself.
Northern California Candle
The two halves of California are as distinct as many states, so of course we had to make custom fragrances for each one. Our Northern California candle calls to mind the wine country and redwood forests that are the hallmark of the top half of the state. Aromas of tonka bean, amber and musk mingle with fruity hints of pear and apple. Other scent notes include sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and clove, which add a sweet touch to the fragrance. This is the perfect candle to light once the spring weather finally heats up enough for you to drink wine on the porch again.
Southern California Candle
We’d be remiss if we didn’t highlight Northern California without doing the same for the scents of Southern California. Instead of wine country and redwood forests, we turned to the region’s beaches and lovely floral blooms for inspiration. Vanilla, tonka bean and musk provide the perfect foundation for hints of sea breeze and aloe that harken back to the coastal beaches. Zesty lemons and oranges combine with a floral bouquet of rose, carnation and jasmine for an invigorating and clean fragrance. You’ll be hard pressed to choose between our two California scents—so maybe just get both?
Washington, D.C. Candle
The capital’s famous cherry blossom bloom peaks in late March or early April, so we’d be remiss not to include this one on our list of best spring candles. However, this candle’s scent profile has so much more complexity to offer than straight up cherry blossoms. Hints of concrete and musk evoke stone-faced buildings on the National Mall and leather-bound books in the Library of Congress. Notes of moss, amber, cedarwood, vetiver and sandalwood are topped with a refreshing hint of zesty orange for a truly springy candle.
While many associate Florida with summer weather instead of spring, Miami is one of the most popular spring break destinations, so we had to include this candle in our round-up. If you can’t get away during spring this year and want to bring the beach to you a bit earlier, this is the candle for you. Suntan lotion and seashore breezes mix with notes of tonka bean, musk and patchouli. Touches of bergamot, lemon, lavender and coconut top the scent profiles like a refreshing sip of cool water after a hot day by the ocean.
Beach Cottage Candle
If Miami isn’t your spring break scene, perhaps you’d prefer a quiet little beach cottage on a secluded shore? This candle captures the feeling of sipping your coffee on the porch while a quick thunderstorm blows past and walking along the beach at sunset with the warm sand under foot. Cedarwood, sandalwood, tonka bean, amber and musk form the base of this scent. Touches of marine, beach, plumeria and driftwood help finish out the scent for a candle that’s the perfect complement to your driftwood and seashell shabby chic decor.
Anyone who doesn’t associate Illinois with spring hasn’t seen the fields of the Prairie State begin to bloom with the change of season. Light our Illinois candle and you'll catch hints of grain fields, light breezes and a touch of vanilla and lemon in its fragrance, as well as the raspberry-and-vanilla base. A floral bouquet of honeysuckle, lavender, white flower and violets (the state flower of Illinois) are balanced with more invigorating scents such as chocolate, lemon and bergamot. After the long cold winter months, it’s certainly worth celebrating an Illinois spring by lighting this candle.
The Pelican State might not have the most graceful nickname, but we didn’t let that stop us from adding this elegant spring scent to our compilation. We started with a base of tonka bean, vanilla and musk and then added a beautiful southern bouquet of magnolia, honeysuckle and country jasmine. We topped the scent with a few hints of Louisiana’s famous sweet potatoes and a lightly sweet citrus mix for a fragrance that smells far better than the state bird. It’s like having fresh-picked flowers sitting on your shelf, except this candle will last longer and won’t trigger your allergies, so it’s a win-win.
Spring is prime blooming time for magnolia trees, so of course we had to include our Magnolia State candle in this round-up. This fragrance combines Mississippi’s famous blooming magnolia flowers with a lime accent and the clear scent of waterfalls. Sweet notes of cotton and tonka bean are balanced with complex, woody patchouli and cedar. Other fragrance components include lemon, lavender, denim, desert flower, vanilla, amber and musk for a scent that’s just as enticing as a spring afternoon in this candle’s namesake state. Even if you can’t spell Mississippi off the top of your head, we know you’ll love this spring candle.
Los Angeles Candle
The mild climate of the City of Angels is the perfect inspiration for your next favorite spring candle. Relive the bright mornings and star-kissed nights of Los Angeles when you light this candle. Scents of jasmine and musk combine with hints of rose and Ylang ylang (a tropical tree native to India that also grows around Los Angeles). Touches of orange, lemon, bergamot and coffee finish off the scent profile for a fragrance that evokes clean sea breezes and desert sand kicked up from a hike in the hills. Sure, you could climb up to the Hollywood sign—or you could just light this candle.
Welcome the coming of spring with one (or all) of these spring candles. Whether you want your home to smell like invigorating citrus-scented candles or a sweet flower bouquet, we’ve got the perfect spring candle for you.