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Whether you want to channel your inner coastal grandmother with garden-fresh floral and crisp linen scents or get back to basics with hints of earthy greenery and salty ocean breezes, there are plenty of pleasing options for everyone when it comes to candles for summer.
Here are 10 candles for summer that you will love lighting time and time again.
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1. Catbird Summer in Italy
Even if your summer plans only involve a staycation at home, Catbird’s Summer in Italy candle will transport you abroad. Sweet notes of orange blossom and honey will drift through your home and take you to the lush hills of the Italian countryside.
You’ll be daydreaming of lazy swims and drying out under the olive trees when you light this candle. It has a 70-hour burn time, giving you plenty of time to daydream.
Get the Summer in Italy candle at Catbird for $38
2. Paddywax Heirloom Tomato
Tomatoes are one of the most popular fruits of the season. Whether you’re growing your own tomatoes at home or not, the Paddywax Heirloom Tomato Candle brings the ripe, juicy scent indoors.
With fresh notes of lemon balanced out by heirloom tomato and sage, this emanates the fresh, floral, and earthy scent that floods your senses every time you walk through the garden.
Get the Farmhouse Heirloom Tomato Candle at Paddywax for $22
3. D.S. & Durga Concrete After Lightning
The D.S. & Durga Concrete After Lightning perfectly captures that post-thunderstorm smell of steamy concrete, summer rain and fresh grass on a warm day. The familiar scent is ideal for cozy summer nights or in the middle of a warm-weather dry spell to help manifest some much-needed rain.
Get the Concrete After Lightning Candle at D.S. & Durga for $65
4. Yankee Candle MidSummer’s Night
The masculine and musky scent of Yankee Candle’s MidSummer’s Night candle is ideal for lighting on cool summer evenings. The rich notes of mahogany and sage will make you feel like you’re cozied up in your favorite Adirondack chair on the porch watching the fireflies go by.
Get the Yankee Candle MidSummer’s Night at Amazon for $17
5. Sarah Campbell Indoor & Outdoor Candle
For a tropical summer candle, check out this citronella candle from Sarah Campbell, which smells like hibiscus and melons. The design is bright and spunky, making it a lovely centerpiece for your next outdoor dinner party.
Get the Sarah Campbell Indoor & Outdoor Candle at Anthropologie for $30
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6. Diptyque Figuier Candle
We’re big fans of Diptyque’s luxury candles that have glorious scents that carry well throughout your home. The Figuier candle has a lovely green and floral scent reminiscent of a fresh box of figs at the farmer’s market. Plus, we can’t get enough of their stunning packaging and ornate label.
Get the Diptyque Figuier Candle at Nordstrom starting at $38
7. Otherland Purple Petals Candle
Walking down the sidewalk and getting the alluring whiff of lilacs is refreshing and a sign that summer is here. Otherland’s Purple Petals candle brings that familiar smell of fresh flowers into your home with bushels of floral notes mixed with the soft tang of lychee fruit are in this candle.
Get the Otherland Purple Petals Candle at Sephora for $36
8. Brooklyn Candle Studio Sunday Morning Candle
Sunday mornings are meant to start slowly, with coffee or tea in bed and the scent of a relaxing candle wafting through like the appropriately-named “Sunday Morning” option from Brooklyn Candle Studio. This soy wax-based candle brings delicate fruity notes like pear and bergamot mixed with flowery jasmine and amber that will make you want to stay in bed for a little bit longer.
Get the Sunday Morning Candle at Brooklyn Candle Studio for $28
9. P.F. Candle Co. Los Angeles Candle
When you’re refreshing your home for the summer, you want a scent that feels bright and clean like the Los Angeles candle. It smells like a rejuvenating ocean breeze mixed with crisp linens drying on the line with subtle wood undertones.
Get the Los Angeles Candle at P.F. Candle Co. for $24
10. Mrs. Meyers Basil Candle
Even if you don’t have a green thumb, light a candle that will feel like you have a fruitful herb garden. Mrs. Meyer’s basil scent is a crisp, sparkling scent made for brightening up any room but especially your kitchen. Made of soy wax, this summer candle burns cleanly for up to 35 hours.
Get the Mrs. Meyers Basil Candle at Amazon for $21
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