What Does Basil Smell Like?

If you love candles, there’s a good chance you’ve wondered what different herbs smell like when they’re burned. Basil is one of those common kitchen herbs that has a strong, distinct scent, but what does it smell like when used in home fragrance products?

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Basil has a strong, sweet smell that is both herbal and slightly citric. Its aroma can range from mild to very intense, depending on the variety of basil used. Some types of basil have a stronger scent while others may be more subtle. The leaves are highly aromatic when they’re crushed or broken — so much so that some people describe the aroma of fresh basil as heavenly. This aroma is also partly why basil is such a popular recipe ingredient. If you think you might enjoy this fragrance in your home, keep reading to learn more and discover a few of the candles we offer here at Homesick that feature notes of basil. From our Star Wars™ candles to our city-inspired collection, there’s sure to be something to strike your fancy!

What Do Basil Candles and Home Fragrance Products Smell Like?

Basil candles and home fragrance products offer a truly unique scent experience. This herb, popular for its culinary uses, has a distinctive aroma that is both sweet and slightly earthy. What does basil smell like? Imagine a light but unmistakable note of sweet green herbal notes underscored by a deep earthiness with subtle hints of eucalyptus and peppermint. A good-quality candle can release the subtle complexity of these fragrances when lit in your home, allowing you to enjoy the special aroma of this beloved herb year-round.  

Whether you are a devoted lover of herbal fragrances or just looking to try something new, basil candles are sure to bring freshness and warmth into any room. With its sweet, comforting aroma, it's no wonder that this popular ingredient is used in many home fragrance products. Thanks to its versatility and complexity, it makes for an ideal addition to a wide range of products, including candles and diffusers. So, why not give it a try? You might just discover your new favorite scent! 

Experience the Fragrance of Basil for Yourself 

With the right Homesick candle, you can experience the smell of freshly-picked basil from your own home — even in the middle of winter. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing atmosphere in which to unwind or just need a little pick-me-up before a big day, this scent will help create a soothing ambiance that is sure to brighten up any room. Not only does it fill your home with the sweet and herbaceous aroma of fresh basil, but its beauty and quality also make it a great gift for any occasion. So if you’re looking for a quick way to bring the outdoors into your indoor space, look no further than Homesick.

Discover All of Our Earthy Scents

Endor™ Candle

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The Endor™ Candle features the scents of basil, wild fern, Ganga sap, geranium, blumbush, pine needles, guaiac wood, sandalwood and olap leaf. Its unique combination of fragrances creates a perfect woodland atmosphere that is sure to bring the magic of Endor™ straight into your home. You might even spot an Ewok or two out of the corner of your eye while enjoying this candle inspired by the forest moon they call home. Plus, burning the candle reveals a secret on the back of the label — making it an even more special addition to any home.

If you love Star Wars™ but want to explore the galaxy beyond Endor™, be sure to check out our other Star Wars™ candles. Dive into a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars™ candles from Homesick. Create an at-home escape with Tatooine™, which refreshes your senses with its mix of bergamot, copal and sage bush. The Death Star™ evokes a mysterious medley of smoked amber, cement, tobacco and steel. Get transported to another world today with this exclusive collection of candles!

Las Vegas Candle

Let your imagination soar as you explore Las Vegas with its world-famous Strip, sensational shows, luxurious spas and indulgent casinos. With Homesick, you can experience it all while remaining comfortably at home. 

las vegas candle

When busy schedules prevent you from going on vacation, take a mental trip to Las Vegas with the Las Vegas candle from Homesick. Breathe in the aromas of desert sand, midnight air and tantalizing herbs and spices from the best restaurants in town. Top notes of basil, fir needle and amber are balanced with mid notes of oakmoss, cinnamon and clove before rounding off with peppermint and tonka bean base notes. Let this candle take you into a world of big dreams in the City of Lights.


Refresh your home with the delightful aroma of Homesick’s basil candles. These beautiful, non-toxic candles provide a subtle and fragrant aroma that will surely add a special touch to any room in your home. Whether you’re searching for a unique gift or simply want to treat yourself, these candles make for the perfect addition to any collection. Add some joy and beauty to your space today with these lovely candles! If you’re looking for other captivating aromas, like iris, we’ve got you covered! What does iris smell like? Keep browsing our blog to find out.