The Scent Guide: What Does Lavender Smell Like?

a girl with an armful of lavender standing in a lavender field

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Peer out on a field of lavender and you will see a serene landscape of purple waves. And the smell of lavender is quite similar. Restful, serene and floral, lavender is one of the most beloved scents we use today. Its soft purple buds clustered around a tall sprig symbolize grace, calmness and even luxury. Lavender is so synonymous with serenity that it is associated with the crown chakra, known for its spiritual connection. 

But what does lavender smell like? In this scent guide, Homesick explores this elegant flower and offers lavender-scented candles that are sure to send you good, calming vibes. 

The Many Benefits of Lavender

Due to its calming qualities, lavender essential oils and scents are used in all sorts of products, from beauty products and sleep aids to candles like ours. Furthermore, they are also frequently used in wellness-related spaces such as luxurious day spas and yoga studios. But what makes lavender create this calming effect on us?

The primary reason lavender works so well at reducing anxiety? In a word: linalool. Linalool is the alcohol component in lavender that puts out its unique odor. According to a study published in the Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience journal, smelling linalool produced a strong anxiety-reducing effect, similar to taking a Valium. 

It’s not the first time lavender has been studied for its anxiety-reducing effects. Lavender oil, in particular, has always been known for its profound anxiety-reducing effects and the treatment of neurological disorders. However, this direct study of linalool proves how the lavender scent, alone, offers serenity.

So, What Does Lavender Smell Like?

Lavender has a very distinct smell. Once you’ve smelled lavender, you will recognize it instantly. Overall, it has a floral scent, but one that is light and fresh, without being too pungent or overwhelming. It can also have a sweetness to it with herbal, balsamic undertones and notes. Generally speaking, lavender is a milder scent that many find pleasant. However, it can also be camphorous or lend a subtle scent of pine. 

Because lavender smells so lovely and offers a stress-reducing scent, it is used in all sorts of self-care products. From lavender-scented candles to lavender-infused Epsom salts you sprinkle in bathwater, lavender is one of the most common scents you will find. You can even find a sprig of fresh lavender on hotel pillows made to lull guests to sleep. 

If you love the scent of lavender, candles can carry the scent quite nicely. That’s why Homesick uses lavender in a variety of our candles. Here is a list of our favorite natural soy-based candles with notes of lavender.

Enjoy the Scent of Lavender in Our Wildflower Candle

Lavender-Scented Homesick Candles

Need to unwind after a long day of work? Or maybe just soothe the weary soul? Explore all  our lavender-scented Homesick candles and ignite one whenever you want to relax. 

a homesick wildflowers candle on a nightstand with some books

The Wildflower Candle

The Wildflower candle is one of the Homesick candles that offers a sweet and subtle lavender scent. Top notes of lavender, along with jasmine and geranium, transport you to a field of wildflowers as far as the eye can see. Accompanied with grounding base notes of sandalwood and rose, as well as mid-notes of amber and vanilla flower, this candle will send good vibes and a restful aroma to your space. So what does jasmine smell like? Learn all about this scent, too, in our Jasmine Scent Guide.

The Mother’s Day Candle

a homesick thank you mom candle in front of a bouquet of flowers

Another incredible floral bomb is our Mother’s Day candle. With top notes of soothing lavender, bergamot and sage, this candle smells like a bouquet of fresh flowers on the kitchen table. Mid-notes of jasmine and ylang-ylang — two amazing complements to lavender — push the florals even further. 

Are you giving the Thank You, Mom candle as a gift? Give your mum a handwritten note to tell her just how you feel. Homesick offers a personal message on the packaging.

What Does Jasmine Smell Like? Find Out in Our Guide!

The France Candle

a homesick france candle next to a framed canvas that says cest la vie

Parisians are a romantic, relaxed bunch, and it’s easy to understand why. Ignite the Homesick’s France candle and be transported to the lavender fields in the Provence region of France, where violets and purples blanket the landscape. With top notes of vanilla, coffee and butter and base notes of tobacco and musk, it will feel like you’re on a relaxing picnic in the French countryside or sipping a cafe au lait from a bistro in the streets of Paris.