The Best Candle Scents to Light at Home This Summer

Now that summer is here, it's time to find the perfect luxury candle to light at home for the warmer months. Scroll through to see our favorites.
Julia Cherruault for Observer

Aerangis No. 1 The Beginning

A subdued floral fragrance with an emphasis on the white aerangis orchid, with hints of bergamot, jasmine, rose and sandalwood. $78, Aerangis.

Courtesy Aerangis

Acqua di Parma Arancia di Capri

We're dreaming of a Capri getaway right about now, but at least we can light this candle to kind of transport ourselves to the Amalfi Coast, with an aroma of sweet orange, mandarin, lemon, cardamom and just a touch of caramel and musk. $85, Saks Fifth Avenue.

Courtesy Acqua di Parma

House of 40 Blossom

Florals aren't just for spring, and we love this flowery mixture of peony, magnolia and freesia. $25, House of 40.

Courtesy House of 40

Atelier Cologne Orange Toscana

This candle is composed of multiple types of orange from around the world, including Brazil, Italy and the Philippines. $60, Atelier Cologne.

Courtesy Atelier Cologne

Carrière Frères Iris

A soft and elegant scent of pure sweet iris. $53, Carrière Frères.

Courtesy Carrière Frères

Prabal Gurung x Joya

This limited edition candle is composed of musk rose, star magnolia, iris, fig and notes of coconut milk, peach and cedarwood. Plus, you're doing good with this purchase, as proceeds go to Safe Horizon, a victim services agency that helps those impacted by crime and abuse in New York City. $75, Joya Studio.

Courtesy Prabal Gurung

Louis Vuitton Écorce Rousse

This indulgent candle from the famed French design house is inspired by the atelier in Asnieres, with an unexpected leather, cedar and vanilla aroma, for those who want a slightly heavier scent during the summer. $190, Louis Vuitton.

Courtesy Louis Vuitton

Finn & Co. White Sand

Nothing reminds us of summer like a white sand beach, and this candle epitomizes a warm, breezy day by the ocean, with whispers of honeysuckle, mandarin and sea salt. $48, Finn & Co.

Courtesy Finn and Co.

Diptyque Paris Verveine

There's a reason the French fragrance brand has such an incredibly loyal following, and their new lemon-y bougie does not disappoint. $68, Diptyque Paris.

Courtesy Diptyque

The Spa Girl Life Island Botanical

Looking for some extra magic with your candles this summer? Try this votive, which exudes an aroma of tropical flowers, violet, gardenia and hibiscus, and comes with two crystals and a journal card. $39.95, The Spa Girl Life.

Courtesy Spa Girl Life

Rockaway Candle Co. Peach White Tea

Peach is a peak summer fruit, and here it's mixed with mandarin, raspberry, coconut, bergamot, plum violet, jasmine and a hint of vanilla, for an almost tropical amalgam. $18, Rockaway Candle Co.

Courtesy Rockaway Candle Co.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Les Tamaris

The candle is inspired by the perfumer's French country home between Bordeaux and La Rochelle, with warm notes of acacias, coffee and spice. $79, Maison Francis Kurkdjian.

Courtesy Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Otherland Matchpoint

Tennis enthusiasts who are rueing the lack of any of the championship games this season will definitely want to try out this candle, which is inspired by the founder's love of tennis balls, and contains notes of fresh grass and cucumber water that are reminiscent of a dewy summer morning. $36, Otherland.

Courtesy Otherland

Chiji Abundance Crystal Energy Candle

This bougie is composed of lemon, eucalyptus, pineapple, sandalwood and musk, and yes, we now take our candles with a side of crystals. This particular candle includes citrine (for abundance and prosperity), clear quartz (an amplifying and healing stone) and green jade (for purifying). $49.99, Chiji.

Courtesy Chiji

Lafco Fog & Mist

Lighthouses are like an endless summer, and that's what this candle is reminiscent of, with notes of wood, seafoam, cucumber and melon, and a touch of wood and white musk. $65, Lafco.

Courtesy Lafco

Baja East Higher Love

If you like earthier, woodsier scents for the summer, try this candle with its aroma of palo santo, lavender, rose, sandalwood and cinnamon. $50, Baja East.

Courtesy Baja East

Orveda Green Cardamom & Petitgrain Bigarade

It's triple the fun with this set, with a trio of candles composed of sweet and woodsy notes of green cardamom and petitgrain bigarade, for a leafy and floral fragrance. $295, Orveda.

Courtesy Orveda

Nest Fragrances Mediterranean Fig

A Mediterranean dream of crushed fig leaves, blue cyprus and violet. $68, Nest Fragrances.

Courtesy Nest Fragrances

DEHV Candle Co. Riviera

A light and delicate fragrance with sea salt, rosebud, lavender, lemon and driftwood that you'll want to light all season long, in a pristine concrete vessel. $38, DEHV Candle Co.

Courtesy DEHV Candle Co.

Siblings Scent No. 1

The DIY-er will love this sustainable candle concept; you order your favorite scent (we like this fragrance, with notes of bergamot, cassis, rose and currant), melt it and pour it into your favorite vessel. $22, Siblings.

Courtesy Siblings

Eric Buterbaugh Los Angeles Celestial Jasmine

A flowery, warm jasmine fragrance. $85, Saks Fifth Avenue.

Courtesy Eric Buterbaugh

Amazon Handmade Sweet Water Decor Bamboo Coconut

This coconut-y scent is infused with essential oils including lemon, eucalyptus, cedarwood, spearmint and jasmine. $24, Amazon Handmade.

Courtesy Amazon Handmade

Laguna Candles Citronella Ceramic Candle

Citronella candles are always a good idea for any outdoor situation during buggy summer nights, and we love that this particular votive is in a chic ceramic vessel. $65, Laguna Candles.

Courtesy Laguna Candles

Summer is finally here, and many of us are spending a whole lot more time inside this season than we may have originally planned. Since we’re at home so much right now, it’s more important than ever to make the space as inviting and cozy as possible, and that includes finding the perfect summer candle scent. Whether you’re into a delicate floral fragrance, earthy woodsy aroma or fruity bouquet, we’ve done the work for you and found the best candles for every preference for these warmer months. Scroll through to see our favorite luxe candles right now.

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