15 calming candles to enhance your mood and fill your space


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Coming off the tail of winter, many of us are spending an inordinate and unexpected amount of time inside due to COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. Staring at your four walls can make you wish you were out connecting with nature, especially after a long cold season. But there are ways to bring the outdoors inside — especially through scent.

One way to keep your space fresh and interesting while social distancing is to light candles. Not only do candles release pleasing smells that will fill your space, but they can actually improve your mood and up your energy.

“Scent molecules are shaped to fit into receptors in the brain that trigger neuroendocrine responses that affect our mood, energy, or physiological reactions,“ Karin Parramore, author of Aromatherapy With Essential Oil Diffusers: For Everyday Health & Wellness, tells Prevention.

We could all use simple pleasures and a little relaxation right about now. To tailor your space to the type of mood you want to create, try out these calming scents that could give you a little escape and relief.

Deep, Cozy Scents

The kind of fragrances that smell like a remote wood cabin that you want to curl up in.

Shop: Tique Stone Lavendar Sage Onyx Brass Candle, $45

Shop: Diptyque Bougie Eucalyptus Scented Candle, $54.40 (Orig. $68)

Shop: Paddywax Eucalyptus and Sage, $22

Shop: Malin + Goetz Sage Candle, $55

Shop: Le Labo Palo Santo 14 Classic Candle, $75

Light, Fresh Scents

The kind of fragrances that will remind you of a perfect spring day, even if you’re stuck in your apartment.

Shop: Ryan Porter Girl, You Need To Calm The F Down Candle, $29

Shop: Jo Malone London English Pear & Freesia Home Candle, $53.60 (Orig. $67)

Shop: Paddywax Alpine Fresh Air and Sea Salt Candle, $25

Shop: Fresh Sugar Lemon Scented Candle, $60

Shop: Brooklinen Wake Candle, $31.50 (Orig. $35)

Strong, Vibrant Scents

The kind of fragrances that will remind you of a bright, sweet summer day.

Shop: Homesick Summer Camp Candle, $29.95

Shop: Nest Fragrances Amalfi Lemon & Mint Candle, $16-$68

Shop: Jo Malone London Lime Basil & Mandarin Home Candle, $53.60 (Orig. $67)

Shop: Jonathan Adler Sea Salt Candle, $38

Shop: Brooklyn Candle Sunday Morning Minimalist Candle, $24

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