The Dreamiest Scented Candles for the Summer Season

It's time to light up a summery votive to usher in the sunniest time of year.

The Dreamiest Scented Candles for the Summer Season
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A summer candle is the perfect way to usher in the new season.

If you ask someone to describe the scent of summer, you’re sure to get quite a few different replies—some might say salty air or the ocean breeze, while others may associate the season with blooming flowers or fresh cut herbs, or perhaps zesty citrus and lush greenery. Fragrance is personal, but no matter what bouquet you prefer, a luxurious scented candle is a perfect way to bring that summery feeling into your home.

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A chic scented candle instantly transforms the atmosphere; it’s such an easy and seamless option to update your home for summer. You can also opt for different scented candles depending on your mood; you might want a more uplifting, sunny scent during the daytime, and then light up a soft woodsy or amber-focused bougie for a dinner party or cozy evening at home.

While the official start of the season is June 21, it’s never too early to get into the summery mood. There’s an elegant summer candle out there for every scent preference, whether you’re into floral, fruity, woodsy, herbal, citrus or anything in between. Below, see the best candles to light up this season.

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The Best Luxury Candle Scents for Summer

All the best summer scented candles to liven up your home decor ambiance for the season.

  • Carrière Frères.

    Carrière Frères Waterlily

    Carrière Frères’s special candle collection with the Paris National Museum of Natural History is so chic for summer, like this lovely waterlily candle, which is both floral and fruity, all in a lovely multicolored vessel.

    $85, Shop Now
  • Glasshouse Fragrances Passion in Positano
    Glasshouse Fragrances.

    Glasshouse Fragrances Passion in Positano

    What better way to get into the summery mindset than with a beautiful bougie that’ll transport you right to the Amalfi Coast, all without leaving your home? This dreamy glass jar candle exudes an aroma of verbena, mandarin, basil and lime, with hints of rose, jasmine, amber and sandalwood. It’s a two-wick candle, for an extra bit of indulgence.

    $55, Shop Now
  • Maison Francis Kurkdjian La Trouverie Scented Candle
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian.

    Maison Francis Kurkdjian La Trouverie Scented Candle

    This luxe candle is inspired by perfumer Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s childhood in the French countryside, which comes through thanks to the warm and nostalgic amalgam of lavender, thyme and rosemary.

    $85, Shop Now
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    Lafco.

    Lafco Paloma Melon

    Lafco debuted this dreamy essential oil-based fragrance just in time for summer; it’s fresh but complex, with rosemary, casaba melon, cantelope and lime.

    $50, Shop Now
  • Hope Fragrances.

    Hope Fragrances Hope Scented Candle

    Not only does this candle exude an aroma of white florals like jasmine and gardenia, but your purchase also supports a good cause, as profits go to depression research.

    $75, Shop Now
  • Voluspa.

    Voluspa Wildflowers Classic Candle

    This aptly named hand-poured candle will fill your home with a the aroma of a bouquet of wildflowers, golden poppy and herbs, complemented by a touch of citrus and blue agave.

    $30, Shop Now
  • Oribe.

    Oribé Côte d’Azur

    Oribé has long been a haircare favorite, and now the brand has released their first candles, including this captivating scent inspired by the French Riviera; it’s a mixture of Calabrian bergamot, white butterfly jasmine and la mariposa blanca, with an underlying note of sandalwood.

    $78, Shop Now
  • The White Company.

    The White Company Sea Salt Signature Candle

    If you’re always dreaming of the ocean, you’ll adore this sea salt votive, with additional hints of oakmoss and cedarwood.

    $26, Shop Now
  • Aerin.

    Aerin L'Ansecoy Orange Blossom Candle

    For an elegant orange blossom aroma, try this candle that’s inspired by the Caribbean isle of Mustique.

    $125, Shop Now
  • Aromatique White Amaryllis & Rosemary Cube Glass Candle
    Aromatique.

    Aromatique White Amaryllis and Rosemary Cube Glass Candle

    For a citrusy, almost spicy summer fragrance, try this candle, which features notes of lemon, rosemary and ginger with more unexpected hints of oak moss and cardamom.

    $30, Shop Now
  • Diptyque Paris Geranium Rosa Candle
    Diptyque.

    Diptyque Paris Geranium Rosa Candle

    You simply can’t go wrong with anything from Diptyque, but for summer, definitely try out the French fragrance house’s rose geranium candle.

    $74, Shop Now
  • Nette.

    Nette Pearl Dust Scented Candle

    Nette’s new hand-poured, coconut and soy wax candle is all about the height of summer; it will perfume the room with a mixture of white musk, amber and orris.

    $82, Shop Now
  • Boy Smells.

    Boy Smells Marble Fruit

    Bring on the summertime vibes with this fruity candle, which features a combination of pear, nectarine, rose, jasmine, pink peppercorn, cedar and sandalwood. It’s long been a best-seller for Boy Smells.

    $38, Shop Now
  • Trudon.

    Trudon Odalisque Candle

    Trudon’s sophisticated orange blossom votive is accompanied by notes of juniper and vanilla, for an elegant and luxe fragrance.

    $125, Shop Now
  • Skandinavisk.

    Skandinavisk Regn Scented Candle

    For a more unexpected scent, try this candle that’s inspired by those quick summer storms—think damp grass and peonies.

    $45, Shop Now
  • L'or de Seraphine.

    L'or de Seraphine Kiku Candle

    Take a break from the usual fruity and floral summer scents and give this matcha-focused candle a go; it also contains hints of lemongrass and bamboo.

    $48, Shop Now
  • Illume Candles.

    Illume Citrus Crush Fleur Tin Candle

    Citrusy scents are so lovely for this season, and we love the combination of mandarin and grapefruit, along with a touch of sandalwood, in this petite bougie.

    $16, Shop Now
  • Otherland.

    Otherland Melonspell Candle

    Those that can’t get enough of fruity fragrances won’t be able to resist this juicy watermelon, cucumber dew and palo santo-focused candle, which also has a 50-hour burn time.

    $38, Shop Now
  • Aerangis No. 50 Soiree Noire
    Aerangis.

    Aerangis No. 50 Soiree Noire

    Aerangis’ new votive is a unique mixture of floral and wood along with musk, for those that prefer a headier scent, even in the warm months. The cashmere wood and musk are offset by cassis and lemon, for a bright yet warm aroma.

    $78, Shop Now
The Dreamiest Scented Candles for the Summer Season