"Talking about smells can feel a little like talking about dreams," writes The New Yorker’s Rachel Syme in an article from January, noting how difficult it is to break down the olfactory experience into specific language. We all have different relationships with the scents that occupy our personal and shared spaces and even the same fragrances can be remembered and distinguished differently depending on who caught a whiff. Thus, recommending fragrances—whether perfumes, essential oils, linen sprays, or scented candles—is no easy task. And yet, here we are.
Trust us when we say that we’re right there with you on that endless quest for your home’s "signature scent," one that can both satisfy your own personal tastes while also pleasing those who come to visit. Below, we venture to find scented candles fit for those who love warm, toasty fragrances. While attempting to identify and describe every existing scent is no doubt futile, it may help to focus more on the qualities that all the smells you love tend to possess—in this case, it’s a mix of deep earthy notes, rustic wooden odors, softly spiced complements, and even some sticky-sweet finishing touches. These types of scents are commonly associated with happy memories, often tinged with nostalgia. Think of the delicate, cinnamon-infused aroma that seems to linger at Christmastime or the hypnotic trace of brewed coffee in the air on a quiet morning at your favorite cafe. These scented candles will transport you to those coziest of places and times.
These scented candles are perfect for people who love warm scents:
Umaga Sa Sagada (P470) from Saliw
Make your space smell like freshly brewed coffee with Saliw’s Umaga Sa Sagada candle, which gives off the toasty aroma of coffee beans and milk and is fittingly named after a place known for its toasty coffee. The candle is part of the brand’s Lakbay Collection, which features home fragrances inspired by famous Philippine destinations like Palawan, Binondo, and Vigan, among others.
Kundiman Candle (P550) from Halina
"Hindi ka kulang," reads the label on this scented candle from Halina and for some of you, that might just be the message you need to hear every night before bed—perfect for those who like to "manifest." To make you feel even more at peace, the candle has an amber and oakmoss scent with the former giving off a warm fragrance reminiscent of vanilla and the latter complementing it with an earthy, bark-like aroma.
With notes of smoked wood and burnt marshmallows, this scented candle from Two AM will transport you to a chilly mountaintop or a patch of forest under the stars. Going off the grid isn’t exactly easy in the middle of these trying times, but at least you can channel the relief of solitude through your olfactory senses.
Osmose Relaxing Tea Little Power Candle (P950) from It’s Anatomy
This pretty glass jar candle from It's Anatomy gets its name from the Greek word "osme" meaning scent or nose and it promises a soft fragrance that will ease your worries. Notes of black tea, almond, sag, moss, and wood among other complementary scents come together to diffuse an aroma as warm and calming as a steaming cup of tea.
Woody Leather and Brandy Candle (P500) from Pretty Wooden Wicks
Pretty Wooden Wicks describes this candle as "deep, sexy, and enticing" thanks to notes of warm, smoky scents like leather, patchouli, clove, tobacco, and oakmoss complemented by the bright citrusy aroma of bergamot, and spiced geranium flower. The candle channels vintage settings filled with old leather chairs and well-loved books—perfect for a quiet night at home.
Amber + Lavender Candle (P550) frum Suma Home
We love the rustic candle containers of Suma Home’s Cement Collection. Each jar sports a textured cement material that exudes an understated, industrial aesthetic that would look so chic on your desk or nightstand. We’re currently eyeing (or, err, sniffing?) the amber and lavender candle, which punctuates the warm, powdery fragrance of the former with the calming, floral scent of the latter.
Luna Candle (P650) from Stellare Moon
Sandalwood—a favorite among lovers of warm scents—takes center stage on this Luna candle from Stellare Moon. The deep, wooden, and slightly sweet aroma is grounded by the earthy smell of musk. The candle comes in a matte amber jar, which creates a soft, bronze glow that makes the candle look as soothing as it smells.
Sea Salt + Wood Sage Candle (P599) from Kundiman Candle Co.
Transport yourself to a warm beach with Kundiman’s Sea Salt and Wood Sage candle, which combines the light, salty smell with musky-sweet ambrette, a subtle hint of peppery sage, and a light splash of tart grapefruit. According to the local brand, the fragrance is perfect for those who like a subtle, delicate aroma with a clean finish.
With Luv Candle (P400) from Rekindle
Did you catch that reference, ARMY? This soy candle from Rekindle combines the warm, toasty autumna scent of pumpkin spice with soft, floral lavender for a dazzling, soul-soothing aroma ideal for a chilly evening.
Spa Day Candle (starts at P460) from Foyer Candle Studio
As its name suggests, Foyer's Spa Day candle is the smell of relaxation in a bottle with green stems, ferns, and clear musk for a deep, earthy scent. The addition of chamomile gives the fragrance a sweet touch with its delicate, apple-like scent. Plus, we love the pastel teal label. All the candles in their Artisan Series feature a similar design in different shades—you’ll want to collect them all to display on your desk or shelf.
*This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.