Candles That Smell Like Sunshine (Because It’s Still Cold Outside)

Until Mother Nature answers our plea for a swift start to springtime, we’ll need to take seasonal matters into our own hands and homes. Our solution to combatting the lingering cold outside? Lighting up bright-smelling candles inside that remind us of the more radiant weather to come.

We’ve curated a collection of the best spring-scented wicks around, each with a unique power to transport us to our most ideal warm day — from fresh-air picnics in the park to smoky campfires in the woods, mornings among dew-covered honeysuckles, salt and sunscreen-caked beach days, and vanilla-bean ice cream afternoons. Join us in a sunshine seance by scrolling on to shop one (or all) of the special spring-occasion candles ahead.

The Day: Berry Picking
The Scent: Red Berry Amber

Top notes of fresh lemon and strawberry; middle notes of agave and red berries; base notes of amber and creamy vanilla.

Illume Spring’s Eden Ceramic Flower Candle, $32, available at Anthropologie

The Day: Relaxing On The Beach
The Scent: Atlantic, Baltic, & Arctic Sea

Notes of water flora, driftwood, sea, and fresh air.

Skandinavisk Sea Scented Candle, $21, available at Amazon

The Day: Spring Break Road Trip
The Scent: Diesel

Top notes of saffron leather, suede, and vinyl; middle notes of white violet, hiba, and castoreum; base notes of diesel smoke, earth dirt, and galbanum resin.

D.S. & Durga ’85 Diesel Candle, $65, available at Barneys New York

The Day: Camping
The Scent: Summer Camp

Top notes of fresh grass, lake water, and hyacinth with base notes of lemon and smoke.

Homesick Candles Scented Candle, Summer Camp, $29.95, available at Amazon

The Day: Driving With The Top Down
The Scent: West Coast Highway

Top notes of davana, bergamot, cypress, warwood, and cardamom; middle notes of sea breeze, basilica, elémi, artémise, frappe berry, and bourbon; base notes of nutmeg, clove, guaiac wood, vetiver, cedar-wood, and chili pepper seeds.

19-69 Rainbow Bar Scented Candle, $60, available at Need Supply Co

The Day: Picnic In The Park
The Scent: Golden Sky

Top notes of fresh air, citrus, gardenia, and peony; middle notes of jasmine, wisteria, and waterlily; base notes of clover, bamboo, palm leaves, and white oak.

Paddywax Prism Candle, $12, available at Paddywax

The Day: Sipping An Iced Latte
The Scent: Coconut Milk

Notes of bergamot, vanilla praline, and creamy coconut.

Gourmand Gourmand Candle, $14, available at Urban Outfitters

The Day: Backyard Treehouse
The Scent: Wood

Notes of cedar, bamboo, sandalwood, guaiac wood, hay, spicy myrrh, and labdanum.

Byredo Tree House Candle, $85, available at Nordstrom

The Day: Fresh May Flowers (From April Showers)
The Scent: Rain

Notes of gardenia, dew, and honeysuckle.

Capri Blue Rain Blue Petite Jar, 8 oz, $22, available at Capri Blue

The Day: Soaking Up The Sun (& Sunscreen)
The Scent: Sun Lotion

Top notes of bergamot, lemons, and orange flowers; base notes of cedar wood, vanilla, and musk.

Anya Hindmarch Sun Lotion Candle, $70, available at Amara

The Day: Eating Ice Cream Outside
The Scent: Rose Petal Ice Cream

Top notes of rose petal and vanilla bean ice cream; middle notes of raspberries; and base notes of vanilla marshmallow and sugared rose petals.

Voluspa Glass Macaron Candle, 1.8 ounces, $15, available at Amazon

The Day: Hike Through The Forest
The Scent: Forest Floor

Notes of leaves, humus, and oakmoss.

La Belle Mèche Forest Floor Scented Candle, $44, available at Neiman Marcus

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