by: Isabella Sarlija
Imagine your most relaxing night in–there are clean linens still warm from the dryer, slippers on your feet, and undoubtedly at least one candle emitting a fragrance that entices you and brings you closer to a state of inner peace.
Perhaps this article is an homage to scented candles. Without the relaxation that a fresh waft of lavender brings, our evenings would be much harder to melt into. Yet, in general, candles and aromatherapy have the power to do more things than just help us unwind. They can invigorate us through our workdays, and also help us to relieve some moments of anxiety. Here are a few of the candles we’re lighting these days, and why.
For Moments of Chill During Your Day
Sometimes, we need a moment of calm before our workday is over. Ever wonder which scent lingers through spas to create a peaceful ambiance as you sink into your massage chair? It’s most likely jasmine. This delicate white flower has an elegant, powdery floral aroma that immediately delivers the mind from all worries and into a grounded and calm space. Yet, don’t worry about accidentally being lulled to sleep by this candle as you are mid-email–it has some fresh green undertones that are quite invigorating.
For Moments of Pleasure
Boy Smells Damasque Candle, $34
We cannot forget about setting the mood for an intimate night with a lover. As cliche as this might seem, there is a reason why rose petals adorn honeymoon suites. For generations, rose has been connected to opening up the heart and allowing for love to seep both out an in, which is perfect for rather romantic settings. Allow the rose in this candle to deliver both you and your boo to a place of compassion, while the tobacco scent adds a musky flair for a night filled with love and fun.
For Kickstarting Your Productivity
Brooklyn Candle Studio Japanese Citrus Minimalist Candle, $24
What’s more refreshing than an ice-cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day? Simply put, nothing. Similarly, citrus scents provide us with the ability to power through our workdays, without feeling tired and sluggish when we turn on our computer screens. Consider lighting this candle by your desk, and let the scent of yuzu energize you as you power through some spreadsheets.