Picture it: It’s a balmy Saturday evening, and you’re having a dinner party on your patio. The food is fresh, the wine is light, and to bolster the ambience, you reach for a candle—only to find that all you’ve got are musky, Christmas-tree, wintery-scented ones.
As with fragrance, you want to lighten up your candle scents as the weather warms. These guidelines will help you shop for spring-appropriate mood lighting.
__Get juicy.__Citrus and fruit scents are ideal now. We love Fresh Sugar Lychee Candle, which pairs lychee with grapefruit, and Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey Home Candle, a mix of nectarine, peach, and plum.
Cool down. Mint, eucalyptus, and marine/sea-type notes are refreshing on a hot day and don’t interfere with most food smells. Try Nest Moss & Mint Candle, Slatkin & Co. Eucalyptus Filled Candle, or Tocca Montauk Candle.
__Go green—__either green as in tea, or green as in fresh-cut grass/vetiver. Try L’Occitane Green Tea Scented Candle or Archipelago Vetiver Jar Candle.
__Lighten up.__Fresh florals such as lily and lotus blossom are a better option in the heat than headier ones like jasmine and tuberose. Try Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle Rubrum Lily Scented Candle or Jo Malone Lotus Blossom & Water Lily Home Candle.
__ Be sexy. __Musk has got its place, but it’s not 80-degree weather. If you still want something sensual, go for amber or tonka bean instead—they’re creamy but sweeter and not quite as heavy. Try Diptyque Ambre candle.
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