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Top 10 Mood-Boosting Candles

Mood-Boosting Candles That Will Instantly Lift Your Spirit

Mood-Boosting Candles That Will Instantly Lift Your Spirit

Nothing can put us in an uplifting mood quite like a scent. Our sense of smell is powerful enough for us to immediately recall a unique memory—of friends around a bonfire, an anniversary weekend on the coast, or a morning walk in the woods. It transports us to a certain time and place. It also provides wonderful benefits to our emotions and mind. A bright blend of citrus fruits, like lemon, grapefruit, and orange, is a perfect addition to your morning routine or when you need a quick pick-me-up scent. The earthy and warm scents of birch, amber, and patchouli can ground and comfort us. Floral notes, like geranium, rose, and jasmine are wonderfully light and rejuvenating. The best is when these scents are perfectly blended and combined into one complex fragrance. If you’re looking for a way to incorporate these smells, and corresponding invigorating moods, easily into your day, our data-driven algorithm found the top candles on the market. Choose from these intricate and lovely Top 10 Mood-Boosting Candles. Opening image: @lafco

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February 8, 2019

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The Rankings


Nest Fragrances White Camellia Candle

Our Score

BEST FOR: A fresh scent

LOVED FOR: The notes of crisp white tea, amber, and florals of wisteria and Indonesian jasmine


Lafco Chamomile Lavender Master Bedroom Candle

Our Score

BEST FOR: Promoting relaxation and well being

WHY YOU NEED IT: If our day-to-day needs anything, it’s more peaceful moments like the ones this candle is sure to encourage


Nars Oran Candle

Our Score

LOVED FOR: Aromatic scents of white gardenia blossoms, jasmine, and sweet balsamic notes for an inspiring atmosphere.

USERS SAID: “If you love the sweet, understated, romantic scent of gardenia, this is an exquisite candle. The first night I had it lit, I was transported to Hawaii.”


Byredo Burning Rose Candle

Our Score

WHAT IT DOES: Captivates you with luxurious rose, powdery violet, and birch smoke.

STYLE WITH: You’re going to want to dress the part when you light this intoxicating candle.


Lafco Rosemary Eucalyptus Office Candle

Our Score

ABOUT THE BRAND: Lafco understands “the importance of not only crafting products that look, smell and feel good but that, most importantly, are good for you. [Their] products balance luxury, purity, and purpose to give you the opportunity to change everyday routines into fresh and delightful experiences.”

WHERE TO WEAR: Place in your kitchen or workspace for the perfect, invigorating scent while you start your day.


Jo Malone Basil & Neroli Candle

Our Score

WHY YOU NEED IT: Playful, upbeat, and full of adventure, this is the perfect candle to get you ready for the weekend!

FUN FACT: Peppery basil paired with fresh orange blossom flower gives an unexpected twist on citrus notes.


Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Candle

Our Score

WHAT IT DOES: Instantly envelopes you in the essence of cool breezes, refreshing spring water, and a hidden, lush garden. That sounds like heaven.

STYLE WITH: A mini crossbody bag and a trip to Italy to go with this fragrance inspired by the Italian Riviera.


Cire Trudon Odalisque Scented Candle

Our Score

ABOUT THE BRAND: With a journey beginning in France in 1643, Cire Trudon has supplied luxury candles to kings and emperors, survived the French Revolution, and continues to specialize in perfumed candles today.

USERS SAID: “Always an even burn, they smell luxurious, are gender neutral and the history of the candle maker is fascinating. I've never been disappointed with my Cire Trudon candle scents.”


Diptyque Ambre Scented Candle

Our Score

WHAT IT DOES: Creates a warm and elegant ambiance with spices, patchouli, and notes of wood

HELPFUL TIP: The first time you burn it, burn for at least two hours to allow the entire top layer to become liquid—this will help to extend the life of the candle.


Brooklinen Scented Candle in Dusk

Our Score

BEST FOR: Plant-based formula that lasts a loooong time (up to 60 hours!)

LOVED FOR: Scents like sunlit rose, cozy cabin in the woods, and morning ocean tide *swoon*

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