Let’s be honest: If there was ever a time for bringing a little extra zen into our households, it’s probably now. When we asked what you wanted to read about at the moment, the answers we heard back again and again revolved around home comforts—simple ways to bring a bit of normality to your routine. (This is in addition to great loungewear, chic WFH outfits and the best at-home beauty tips, of course.) So we put our heads together and thought of the simplest home-comforts team Who What Wear kept coming back to: a great-smelling candle. It’s the little things, right?
When it’s difficult to separate your work and home spaces or switch off your mind when you need to, something like lighting your favourite candle can be one of the easiest ways to change the vibe of a room and get you to that happy place. We all have our little routines—whether it’s surrounding a daily bubble bath or doing an at-home yoga session—and after you’ve switched off your laptop or TV after a long day, lighting a candle goes a long way in accessing that much-needed self-care moment.
We thought, then, that we’d round up the best-smelling, calm-inducing candles out there. Some are cult fragrances that will make you feel like you’re in your favourite spa immediately (hello, Diptyque Baies) and some are our insider favourites that smell way more expensive than their high-street price tags. (Try not to tell too many people about H&M Home’s bargains or they’ll sell out immediately.) Keep scrolling to shop…
Neom Tranquility Standard Scented Candle (£32)
This heavenly smell will send you right off to sleep. Just be sure to blow it out first!
Malin + Goetz Vetiver Votive Candle (£16)
Clean and fresh with slightly masculine notes, this is a great all rounder.
Byredo Bibliotheque Candle (£59)
We couldn’t not include Byredo’s hero fragrance, could we?
Miller Harris Tangerine Vert Candle 185g (£45)
All of Miller Harris’ scents are winners for us, but this fruity tangerine smell will help you take on the day.
The White Company Seychelles Botanical Medium Candle (£28)
A classic that smells like far off beaches.
Jo Malone Velvet Rose and Oud Scented Home Candle, 200g (£48)
This is a favourite of Joy Montgomery’s, WWW UK’s shopping editor. Rich and velvety.
Diptyque Baies Scented Candle, 70g (£27)
Of course, we had to include Diptyque. Is this the best smelling candle in the world? We think so.
Jo Loves Pomelo (£55)
Zesty and calming, all of Jo Loves scents are lovely, but this one is our personal favourite.
Le Labo Santal 26 Scented Candle 245g (£52)
Every fashion girl’s favourite perfume in a candle. What’s not to love?
H&M Home Scented Candle in Glass Holder (£9)
You’d never guess this wasn’t a designer scent. Plus, it lasts forever.
Earl of East Coconut, Fig Leaf and Oregano Scented Candle (£20)
An independent brand based in East London that produces some of the most interesting smelling candles. You can’t go wrong.
Zara Home Aqua Bergamot Scented Candle 200g (£16)
This smells like a spring day. We wouldn’t say no to a whiff of that.
Coqui Coqui Rosas Frescas Scented Candle, 227g (£45)
The Mexican hotel chain brings its signature scent to your lounge with this incredible holiday smell.
Arket Scented Candle Baie Rose 120 g (£17)
This floral scent is more spicy than sweet and it’s a favourite high-street choice of ours.
Bella Freud Ciao Candle (190g ) (£50)
You’ve probably seen Bella Freud’s candles on Instagram at some point, but have you smelled them? Now’s the time.
& Other Stories Hymne Desinvolte Scented Candle (£23)
A fresh and fruity smell that will leave you energised.
Boy Smells Gardener Scented Candle 240g (£35)
If you haven’t got a garden, this is a great way to bring the scent of a fresh spring day inside.
Aromatherapy Associates Relax Candle (£42)
Aromatherapy has proven benefits in calming the mind and relaxing the body. This is the ultimate bedtime routine candle.
La Montaña First Light Candle, 220g (£36)
Another fresh spring scent that will bring the sunshine inside.
Cowshed Cowshed Balance Restoring Candle, 220g (£38)
If your mood is having ups and downs, this spa-ready scent will restore some balance after a few inhales.
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