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How to Choose the Best Candle Scents for Your Mood

Candle scents can have a powerful effect on our mood, environment, and overall well-being. They can evoke memories, create a sense of atmosphere, and even promote relaxation or focus. When choosing a candle scent, it is important to consider your personal preferences and the desired effect you want to achieve.

Consider the Occasion:

The first thing to think about when choosing a candle is the occasion. Are you looking for a candle to create a romantic atmosphere for a date night? Or do you need a candle to help you relax and de-stress after a long day? Different types of candles are better suited for different occasions. For example, some candle scents, like lavender and vanilla are great for creating a relaxing atmosphere, while other candle scents, like palo santo and sandalwood, are ideal for meditation or prayer. Let’s not forget a romatic date night with the alluring scent of jasmine, ylang ylang, or ginger!

The most popular candle scents:

If you are looking for a candle scent to help you relax and de-stress, consider the following:

Lavender: The queen of all the candle scents

Lavender is one of the most popular candle scents for good reason. It has a calming and relaxing aroma that is perfect for creating a peaceful atmosphere in your home. Lavender candles are also known to promote sleep, reduce stress, and improve mood.

BLU Apothecary is launching its own lavender candle in January 2024 in our newest collection. We are currently working on sourcing the very best lavender fragrance oils.

Here are some of the benefits of using lavender candles:

  • Relaxation: Lavender has a calming effect on the nervous system, which can help to reduce stress and anxiety. This makes it a great choice for candles to use before bed or in any other situation where you want to relax and de-stress.
  • Sleep: Lavender can also help to promote better sleep. Studies have shown that inhaling lavender before bed can help people fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly throughout the night.
  • Mood: Lavender has also been shown to improve mood. One study found that people who were exposed to lavender had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and higher levels of the mood-boosting hormone serotonin.
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Lavender Candle

Chamomile: The Calming Candle Scent

Chamomile is another popular candle scent for its calming and relaxing properties. It has a sweet and herbal aroma that is perfect for creating a peaceful atmosphere in your home. Chamomile candles are also known to promote sleep, reduce stress, and relieve anxiety.

Here are some of the benefits of using chamomile candles:

  • Relaxation: Chamomile has a calming effect on the nervous system, which can help to reduce stress and anxiety. This makes it a great choice for candles to use before bed or in any other situation where you want to relax and de-stress.
  • Sleep: Chamomile can also help to promote better sleep. Studies have shown that inhaling chamomile before bed can help people fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly throughout the night.
  • Anxiety: Chamomile is also known to be effective in reducing anxiety. One study found that people who were exposed to chamomile had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and higher levels of the mood-boosting hormone serotonin.
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Chamomile Candle

Vanilla: The Sweet and Comforting Candle Scent

Vanilla is a sweet and comforting candle scent that is loved by many people. It has a warm and inviting aroma that can create a cozy and relaxing atmosphere in your home. Vanilla candles are also known to have a number of other benefits.

Here are some benefits of Vanilla Candles:

  • Reducing stress and anxiety: The sweet and calming aroma of vanilla can help to reduce stress and anxiety. This makes it a great choice for a candle to use before bed or during any other time when you need to relax and de-stress.
  • Improving mood: Vanilla has also been shown to improve mood. One study found that people who were exposed to vanilla had higher levels of the mood-boosting hormone serotonin.
  • Promoting sleep: The calming aroma of vanilla can also help to promote better sleep. Studies have shown that people who were exposed to vanilla before bed fell asleep faster and slept more soundly throughout the night.
  • Enhancing cognitive function: Vanilla has also been shown to enhance cognitive function. One study found that people who were exposed to vanilla had better performance on memory and attention tasks.
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BLU Apothecary Vanilla Chai

Candle scents for energy and focus:

Citrus Candle Scents: The Refreshing and Energizing Choice

Citrus candle scents are a popular choice for many people because they are refreshing and energizing. They are also known to have a number of other benefits, including:

  • Improving mood: Citrus scents are known to improve mood and reduce stress. This makes them a great choice for a candle to use in the morning or during the day when you need a boost of energy and positivity.
  • Enhancing focus and concentration: Citrus scents can also help to enhance focus and concentration. This makes them a great choice for a candle to use in the office or study.
  • Promoting relaxation: Citrus scents can also help to promote relaxation, especially when combined with other calming scents such as lavender or chamomile.
  • Relieving nausea: Citrus scents can also help to relieve nausea and vomiting. This makes them a good choice for a candle to use if you are feeling sick or pregnant.

Some of the most popular citrus candle scents:

  • Lemon: Lemon candles have a bright and refreshing scent that is perfect for waking you up in the morning or boosting your energy throughout the day.
  • Orange: Orange candles have a sweet and uplifting scent that can help to improve your mood and reduce stress.
  • Grapefruit: Grapefruit candles have a tangy and invigorating scent that can help to boost your energy and focus.
  • Bergamot: Bergamot candles have a complex and citrusy scent that is known to be calming and relaxing.
  • Lime: Lime candles have a bright and zesty scent that is perfect for refreshing your home on a hot day.
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BLU Apothecary Zesty Citrus

Peppermint: The Refreshing and Stimulating Scent

Peppermint candles have a refreshing and stimulating scent that is perfect for a variety of occasions. They are often used to create a festive atmosphere during the holidays, but they can also be used to improve alertness, focus, and energy levels throughout the year.

Here are some of the benefits of using peppermint candles:

  • Improved alertness and focus: Peppermint is known for its stimulating properties, which can help to improve alertness and focus. This makes it a great choice for a candle to use in the morning or during the day when you need a boost of energy and productivity.
  • Reduced stress and anxiety: Peppermint also has calming properties, which can help to reduce stress and anxiety. This makes it a good choice for a candle to use in the evening or before bed to help you relax and unwind.
  • Relief from nausea and headaches: Peppermint has also been shown to be effective in relieving nausea and headaches. This makes it a good choice for a candle to use if you are feeling sick or have a headache.

Peppermint candles are a versatile and affordable way to improve alertness and focus, reduce stress and anxiety, and relieve nausea and headaches. If you are looking for a way to refresh and invigorate your home or to create a festive atmosphere during the holidays, peppermint candles are a great option.

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BLU Apothecary Peppermint Twist

Rosemary: The Energizing and Uplifting Scent

Rosemary candles have a refreshing and invigorating scent that is known for its energizing and uplifting properties. They are also known to have a number of other benefits, including:

  • Improved focus and concentration: The stimulating aroma of rosemary can help to improve focus and concentration. This makes it a great choice for a candle to use in the morning or during the day when you need a boost of energy and productivity.
  • Reduced stress and anxiety: Rosemary also has calming properties, which can help to reduce stress and anxiety. This makes it a good choice for a candle to use in the evening or before bed to help you relax and unwind.
  • Improved mood and energy levels: Rosemary is also known for its mood-boosting and energizing properties. This makes it a great choice for a candle to use when you are feeling down or need a pick-me-up.
  • Relief from headaches and migraines: Rosemary has also been shown to be effective in relieving headaches and migraines. This makes it a good choice for a candle to use if you are feeling a headache coming on.

Rosemary candles are a versatile and affordable way to improve focus and concentration, reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood and energy levels, and relieve headaches and migraines. If you are looking for a way to energize and invigorate your home or to simply enjoy the refreshing scent of rosemary, rosemary candles are a great option.

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Rosemary Candle

Florals: Candle scents for romance

If you are looking for a candle scent to create a romantic atmosphere, consider the following:

Jasmine Candles: The Exotic and Sensual Scent

Jasmine candles have a sweet, exotic, and sensual scent that is known for its relaxing and calming properties. They are also known to have a number of other benefits, including:

  • Improved mood: Jasmine has long been associated with love and romance, and its scent is known to improve mood and reduce stress. This makes it a great choice for a candle to use in the living room or bedroom to create a relaxing and inviting atmosphere.
  • Reduced anxiety and depression: Jasmine has also been shown to be effective in reducing anxiety and depression. Studies have shown that people who were exposed to the scent of jasmine had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and higher levels of the mood-boosting hormone serotonin.
  • Improved sleep quality: The calming aroma of jasmine can also help to improve sleep quality. Studies have shown that people who slept in a room with a jasmine candle fell asleep faster and slept more soundly throughout the night.
  • Enhanced creativity: Jasmine is also known to enhance creativity and imagination. Studies have shown that people who were exposed to the scent of jasmine performed better on creative tasks, such as writing and painting.

Jasmine candles are a versatile and affordable way to improve mood, reduce anxiety and depression, improve sleep quality, and enhance creativity. If you are looking for a way to create a relaxing and inviting atmosphere in your home or to simply enjoy the sweet and exotic scent of jasmine, jasmine candles are a great option.

BLU Apothecary will include the alluring aroma of jasmine in our Spring/Summer Collection!

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Jasmine Candle

Some other popular sensual aromas are:

  • Ylang-ylang: Ylang-ylang is another romantic scent. It is known for its aphrodisiac properties.
  • Sandalwood: Sandalwood is a warm and earthy scent. It is a good choice for a candle scent to create a relaxing and intimate atmosphere. BLU Apothecary has a seductive alluring Sandalwood and Black Plum launching January 2024

Let’s not forget candle scents for the holidays!

The holidays are a time for celebration, and candles are a great way to add ambiance and warmth to your home during this special time of year. There are many different types of candles available, so you can find the perfect ones to match your holiday décor and preferences.

If you are looking for a candle scent to get you in the holiday spirit, consider the following:

Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a classic holiday scent. It is a good choice for a candle scent to use in the kitchen or living room during the holidays.

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Cinnamon Candle

Cranberry: Cranberry candles are a versatile and affordable way to create a festive and inviting atmosphere in your home, improve your mood, and boost your health. If you are looking for a way to enjoy the sweet and tart scent of cranberry, cranberry candles are a great option. Cranberry candles can be combined with other scents, such as orange, cinnamon, or pine, to create a more complex and festive fragrance.

cranberry candle
BLU Apothecary Cranberry Bliss

Fresh Woody Scents:  Add a fresh crisp candle to your home that’s reminiscent of a fall morning with the comfort of wood burning in a fireplace lingering in the distance. Autumn fresh candles are versatile adding a warm and inviting atmosphere to your home. They boost your mood, promote relaxation, and remind you of the fall and winter seasons. If you are looking for a way to enjoy the cozy and inviting scent of spearmint, juniper berry, eucalyptus, wood, and sage our Autumn Chill Candle is a great option.

AUTUMN CHILL CANDLES
BLU Apothecary Autumn Chill

Conclusion

Candle scents can have a powerful effect on our mood, environment, and overall well-being. By choosing the right candle scent for your needs, you can create a space that is both inviting and relaxing.

Additional tips for using candle scents

  • Layer different candle scents: You can layer different candle scents to create a unique and complex fragrance. For example, you could layer a lavender candle with a vanilla candle to create a relaxing and calming atmosphere. Try our Zesty candle in your kitchen while burning our Warm Embers candle in your living room.
  • Use candle scents to enhance your home décor: Candle scents can be used to enhance your home décor. For example, you could place a pine-scented candle in the living room during the holidays or a citrus-scented candle in the kitchen. Many people love the colors of our candles, adding elegance with a splash of color to any room of their home.
  • Use candle scents to create a spa-like atmosphere in your home: You can use candle scents to create a spa-like atmosphere in your home. For example, you could place a lavender-scented candle in the bathroom or a sandalwood-scented candle in the bedroom. We can’t wait to launch our signature BLU candle to our Platinum Collection launching soon! Its complexity of lavender, ylang-ylang, bergamot, spanish rosemary, and patchouli is sure to breathe that special spa aroma into any home.

No matter what mood you want to create, there is a candle scent that is perfect for you. When choosing a candle scent, consider the occasion, the atmosphere you want to create, and your personal preferences.

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