Ever catch a whiff of an exotic flower or baked goods and get instantly transported back to a past vacation? Scent is the sense that’s most closely tied to memory and emotion, and smelling certain fragrances can vividly bring up old recollections. Use that to your advantage and light one of these six candles designed to smell like certain destinations, and feel like you’re on vacation without ever leaving the house.
Longing for the wide-open spaces of Glacier or Yosemite National Parks? Light a candle from the Parks Project, breathe in the custom fragrance and you’ll feel like you’re there. These hand-poured, soy-blend candles burn for 80 hours and smell like the best version of their namesakes. With scents for a wide range of parks and gorgeously-designed packaging, these candles make the perfect gift for any parks-lover.
Missing home or your favorite vacation spot? Homesick Candles can help you recreate a destination through their line of candles designed to smell like certain states, cities, or countries. There’s a candle for every U.S. state (according to Homesick Candles, our home state of Massachusetts smells like apple cider, coffee, and donuts—which isn’t wrong considering how many Dunkin’ Donuts we have per capita). Or pick a city or country to send to a homesick friend.
Bright Black Diaspora Candle Collection
Family-run Bright Black company uses “scent as a medium and candles as a platform for sharing positive narratives about Blackness”. Their Diaspora Candle Collection celebrates iconic destinations including Addis Abba, Durham, and Kingston through long-burning (70-80 hours), custom-blended, fragrant candles.
Anthropologie City Jar Candles
Wish you could be wandering the streets of your favorite city right now? Let Anthropologie’s City Jar Candles take you there in your imagination. This line of candles captures the smells and vibes of four American cities. Choose from New York (santal, night jasmine, hemlock, and vermouth), Chicago (mint, basil, violet leaf, and mineral), San Francisco (clary sage, bergamot, vetiver, and white sage) or Los Angeles (tangerine, cannabis, palo santo, and lemon).
Flores Lane City Candles
Missing New York City? Take an aromatic tour around the city via Flores Lane’s City Candles. These soy candles offer scents inspired by the neighborhoods of Chelsea, Astoria, Williamsburg, and other classic New York destinations..
The Kimpton Candle
You might not have left your house in months, but light The Kimpton Candle and you can close your eyes and pretend that you’re in a luxury hotel. Kimpton hotels have their own signature scent, so that no matter where in the world you’re staying, they all smell like an elegant blend of citrus, green tea, black pepper, clove and musk—and now, so can your place.
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