Think of a luxurious spa, or a 5-star hotel room – after you’ve taken in the decor what’s the other thing that you really notice? CLUE: It’s what you can smell.
A spa isn’t complete without a relaxing aroma permeating every perfectly rolled up towel and heated massage bed, and 500-count Egyptian cotton sheets wouldn’t feel as decadent against the skin if it wasn’t for the soothing fragrances carefully wafted through the air-filtration system. This is precisely why a scented candle can be just the thing give your living room or bathroom that same decadent, utterly relaxing edge.
Finding a moment of relaxation in your busy day is simple: light one of our favourite relaxing candles, sit back, take a few deep breaths and relax. Here’s are a few of our favourites…
The many benefits of bergamot
Bergamot, is well known for its antidepressant and sedative qualities, so if a good night’s sleep eludes you light this (but blow it out) before bed to help ease you into a long snooze. The uplifting, citrus scent is one you’ll want to have around all the time, and this candle will give you 40 hours burn time.
Rituals The Ritual Of Karma Soothing Candle, £21
A better nights sleep
This range of products has been so successful for helping troubled or fitful sleepers get a solid eight hours that you’d wonder whether maybe there’s some magic in the Deep Sleep products. This candle is packed full of lavender and Roman chamomile, which help calm the body and mind, which is just what you need to slip into a restful sleep. This sleep aid fills the air with its relaxing fragrance and burns for 40 hours.
This Works Deep Sleep Heavenly Candle, £25
There’s 24 essential oils blended to create this candle and they’ve been carefully selected to not only relax, but also banish stress. The combination of lavender and Brazilian Rosewood are key among them in order to ensure ultimate relaxation. This three-wick candle will burn for 50 hours.
Neom Lavender Jasmine & Brazilian Rosewood Candle, £45
Sooth and uplift
The secret to any great relaxing scent is blending together the perfect combination of soothing essential oils that make your rest truly restorative. This candle is a mixture of lavender, chamomile, frankincense and myrrh to leave you encompassed in a gloriously chilled out spa ambiance.
Temple Spa Siesta Forever Candle, £25
A spot of mindfulness
There’s 60 hours of relaxation in this hugely popular candle thanks to the fact it’s 100% soy wax and has an Egyptian cotton wick. The trusted relaxing core is the holy trinity of lavender, chamomile and eucalyptus. The addition of eucalyptus makes for not only mental relaxation, but aids muscular soothing – a great choice after ‘leg day’ at the gym.
Cowshed Knackered Cow Relaxing Room Candle, £30
There are certain oils and scents that go hand-in-hand with relaxation, but what Bamford do with this three-wick candle is throw you a curveball. Not all relaxation is created equal and this contains a headier, but no less relaxing mix, of amber, rose and leather for 40 hours of burn time that’ll warm and relax you.
Bamford Incense Rock Rose and Amber, £38
Here’s a sweeter way to relax thanks to a combination of jasmine, sandalwood and coconut top notes. There’s also cinnamon and milk for a sweet-smelling comfort in this candle that’ll burn for 40 hours and make your living room, bedroom or bathroom feel like a spa in your own home.
Molton Brown Coco & Sandalwood, £55
The calming and restful properties of lavender, ylang ylang, patchouli and sandalwood are well known and in combination, as they are in this candle, can’t help but ease out stress, strain and worry. There’s 40 hours of burn time and trim the wick before lighting to minimise smoke that can smog-up your pretty glass candle.
ESPA Soothing Candle, £25