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Time to Relax: Best Spa Scented Candles

Time to Relax: Best Spa Scented Candles

With everything we’ve been through this past year with the pandemic, the one resounding thing that is needed is relaxation and calm. A pause in the day to make space to breathe, connect with oneself and let all the stresses melt away. 

While that may seem far-fetched given our daily responsibilities including the house, kids, family, job and everything else, we can help in steering in the right direction. Of all five senses, the smell is the one most closely linked to emotion and memory. This is where the best scented candles come into play.  

Take that in and imagine yourself at a luxurious spa. The music is calming, the energy is soothing, and no one is asking you for a snack, a meeting or if you got that email. Now is the time to relax and just be. If you’re ready to take an olfactory journey with us, check out our best scented candles that invoke a spa-like, relaxed vibe that will calm the body and mind.  


Lavender is one of the most popular scents for relaxing and falling asleep, which is why it’s on the top of our list. Lavender can help release tension soothe a racing mind and help settle down after a long day. It’s also one of the most popular essential oils and can be found in a ton of skincare products for its amazing benefits.  

Combinations: Lavender + Blue Cedar, Lavender + Bergamot + Grapefruit, Lavender + Eucalyptus 


Rosemary is a special scent that is both energizing and relaxing, seeing how it’s in the same family as mint. If you’re looking to improve concentration while also reducing stress, try rosemary. It’s one of my favorites and instantly reminds me of being in a luxurious spa.  

Combinations: Rosemary + Eucalyptus 


A sweet floral scent known for its calming properties, Jasmine is a popular one and used in spas but also in skincare. If you can find a candle with pure jasmine essential oil, the slightly sweet scent is a game changer. If tired and stressed, light a candle with this scent for relaxation.  

Combinations: Jasmine + Lemon Flower + Green Tea 



There are so many different variations of vanilla, but if you can get your hands on the pure essential oil in a candle, you’re golden. It’s the ultimate comfort scent that takes you to a safe and warm place. It has a ton of calming properties that sometimes go unnoticed and smells amazing.  

Combinations: Vanilla + Peppermint, Vanilla + Sandalwood  

Ylang Ylang

You may not know this plant if you see it, but you’d definitely recognize the smell. A fairly common ingredient in candles, perfumes, lotions and soaps, Ylang ylang has a heavy, sweet smell with notes of fruit. It’s super versatile and can be combined with a lot of other scents.  

Combinations: Ylang Ylang + Vetiver + Lavender  



Citrus is super common in spas because of its clean and fresh notes. While it’s more well-known for increasing alertness and energy, it can also create feelings of happiness, which is why spas love it. When citrus is paired with other calming scents, the result can leave you feeling calm and renewed.  

Combinations: Grapefruit + Mandarin + Mint  


Another alternative for citrus, peppermint is also energizing and calming, making it a great pick for those that don’t like citrus but want the same effect. The high concentration of menthol makes peppermint oil a great one to awaken and refocus the mind.   

Combinations: Peppermint + Juniper Berry, Peppermint + Grapefruit 

Rose & Geranium

While these two flowers look very different, they have similar scent profiles. Both have sweet, refreshing scents that are very distinct and lovely. They are great at reducing stress and anxiety and can make you feel like you are walking through a beautiful garden.  

Combinations: Geranium + Clary Sage, Rose + Roman Chamomile  

There is no denying we could all use a little calm in our lives right now. Spas have a way of providing that sense of ease and relaxation we all crave. While we may not have wind chimes and water features in our home that can take us to a place of calm, there are little steps that can give us a little time to breathe.  

Aromatherapy does wonders to help relax in the form of great smelling candles. We hope these best scented candles encourage you to dim the lights after a long day, take a deep breath, light one and relax. You got this.  

About The Author

Sandra Lee

Sandra Lee is a blogger, amateur photographer and freelance writer for parenting publications such as Red Tricycle and Mommy Nearest. Hailing from Texas and living in the Bay Area, she writes about life with two kids, beauty finds, food and all things motherhood on her blog, Coffee in the Middle. As a bilingual Mexican and Italian woman, she’s committed to teaching her kids about diversity, the Spanish language and the love of different cultures. When she’s not chasing the little ones around, she’s either baking up something delicious, taking a yoga class or writing.

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