Our sense of smell is the most powerful sense we have, and if our growing obsession with scented candles is anything to go by, we’re certainly catering to it. In 2019, the candle industry was valued at $3.54 billion and was projected to grow to $6.64 billion by 2027, and candles are actually used in 7 out of 10 households!
I personally love candles, and that shouldn’t be of any surprise – millennial women are the biggest demographic when it comes to candle enthusiasts (is that a thing? It is now!), and with a seemingly endless variety of candle types available (vegan, soy, beeswax, floating, wax melt, palm, wood wicks, dripless and even insect repellent), it seems that our love for candles is here to stay.
With the warm weather finally here, it’s time to put away your pumpkin spice scents and start shopping around for some more summery scents for your home. With travel still very limited, it’s more important than ever that we transform our homes this summer and turn them into places of relaxation and tranquillity, where we can enjoy summer BBQs with our loved ones, drink cocktails in the sun and, of course, breathe in some summery scents!
I’ve rounded up the best summery scents on I Saw It First (who knew they had a homeware section?!), from candles to diffusers. While our preferences when it comes to smell are all different, I hope you’ll find something on this list that takes your fancy!
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Let’s get into it.
11 Beautiful Summery Scents for 2021 – Candles, Diffusers and Fragrance Oils
Taken from the Mermaid Shack collection, this candle was created to ‘celebrate the mystery, allure and beauty of the enchanted sea mistress.’
And I’m already sold!
Hand-poured in the UK using natural soy wax, this beautiful summer candle is decorated with rose petals, heather grains and micro gold stars, along with a cluster of rose quartz gemstones to promote healing, encourage self-love and a restful energy.
The fragrance is sweet and creamy with notes of cherry, plum and vanilla, making it the perfect summer scent that can also be carried into the autumn months.
Burns for up to 40 hours.
From British interiors brand Chickidee, this Avocado and Sea Salt Room Spray is crafted from a naturally cleansing oil and fragrance blend which will beautifully infuse throughout your home and make you feel as though you’re sunbathing on a tropical island.
This summery scent is a delicious blend of salty sea air, creamy avocado, soft white rose and refreshing guava fruit.
If you would prefer to have this scent as a diffuser, just click here.
Barely a day goes by when I don’t feel nostalgic about my time in Bali, and if I could wrap up all of those memories and have them in candle form, I definitely would!
This two-wick candle has a burn time of around 30 hours and is presented in a reusable green frosted glass pot.
This Cream Clam Candle (try saying that quickly 3 times!) is hand poured using the highest quality vegan soy wax and delivered in eco-friendly packaging, and if all that wasn’t enough, it’s uplifting scent will be sure to have you rushing to light it at every opportunity.
This summer candle has a fresh and fruity scent of clementine, orange peel and honey which will make you feel as though you’re strolling through the orange groves of Valencia, and every shell is, of course, unique.
This Summer Breeze aroma oil with notes of amber, ho wood and orange is just what you need to bring the summer into your home. Ho wood is extremely high in calming linalool and is just what you need to create a peaceful and relaxing environment, and is definitely among the best summery scents.
Use this oil with one of these stunning, Nordic style electric oil diffusers.
This hand crafted coconut shell candle is a great choice for the environmentally conscious ones out there (which should be all of you!).
This candle is made from 100% coco soy wax and created using coconut shells that have naturally fallen to the ground before being sanded and cleaned without using any coatings or varnishes. The best thing about this candle is that once it’s burned out, you can simply wash the shell in warm soapy water and use it for whatever you please!
The name says it all with this one! This premium aroma oil with notes of vanilla and sandalwood will make you feel as though you’re at a yoga retreat in Bali.
The blend of vanilla and sandalwood is at once earthy, rich and exotic, and is said to neutralise emotional stress – I can’t attest to that one, but I do know that it smells delicious!
This candle not only smells the part – it looks the part too! The cosy, warm vanilla scent pairs perfectly with the fresh and exotic coconut smell, creating a calm and comforting aroma. These conch shell candles are hand poured in small batches using vegan soy wax, making them completely cruelty free and eco-friendly candles.
The sharp citrusy twang of the lime and mandarin are perfectly complemented by the fresh basil in this vegan mood-boosting candle by Seven Seventeen.
This candle is hand-poured to ensure that the fragrance is distributed evenly, and made out of plant-based soy wax with a natural cotton wick. The container is also recycled (it used to be a pharmacy jar!), and completely reusable, meaning that your conscience can be clean with this summer candle! To make things even better, this summer scent has a burn time of about 50 hours, which makes it incredible value for money!
Another mood-boosting vegan candle from the Seven Seventeen brand, this ‘You Got This,’ candle in sea kelp is inspired by the beach and promises to ‘bring a breath of fresh sea air, designed to refresh and lift your mood.’
It isn’t always possible to get to a beach, even in the summertime, so this summer scent is exactly what you need to be transported to your happy place. Just like the previous candle, this candle is hand poured and made out of plant-based soy wax with a natural cotton wick. It has a burn time of around 50 hours.
To celebrate Hello Kitty’s 45th anniversary, Flamingo Candles paired up with Hello Kitty to create a range of impossibly cute soy candles centred around ‘fun, friendship and girl power.’
Honestly, I care less about girl power and more about the fact that this candle is embellished with PINK BIODEGRADABLE GLITTER and scented with watermelon, with added notes of peach, strawberry, lime, melon and coconut – if that doesn’t say ‘fruit smoothie on a beach in Thailand,’ I don’t know what does!
To top it off, this cute summer candle comes presented in a stunning rose gold tin decorated with Hello Kitty herself!
so that brings us to the end of my 11 summery scents for 2021! i think the mix of fresh n’ fruity scents and cool beachy vibes mean that there’s definitely something on this list for everyone, no matter your summer scent preference!
which is your fave? i have my eye on the coconut shell candle myself!
let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
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