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12 Candles to Make You Forget You're Stuck at Home

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In another life, I would be loading up my tripod with a ring light and fancy Canon camera and going live for my thousands of devoted followers on my extremely popular YouTube channel. But, alas, I am not a like and subscribe human. The one only thing I have in common with the YouTube crowd is that I, too, am a candle obsessive.

So, whether you're stuck inside or just need to relax after a long day, here are 12 candles that will put your mind at ease, recommended by me—an aspiring candle influencer.

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The Islands of Hawaii Candle
Capri Blue Volcano Iridescent Jar Candle
Capri Blue Anthropologie anthropologie.com
$30.00

Smells like: A volcano in Hawaii. Think tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons, and limes, redolent with lightly exotic mountain greens.

Really smells like: You've just returned from a 12-day trip to Maui, and as you open your luggage, the aroma of the island transports you back. The fresh fruit stands near the pool, the calming scent of beach waves, and the freshness of all the wide-open spaces full of greenery. 

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The Rose Bouquet in a Candle
Nudesse Pink Candle
Overose sephora.com
$58.00

Smells like: Roses and rain. 

Really smells like: After a long storm, you venture out of the house to a rose garden and are immediately living out a Jane Austen fantasy. Maybe you're a Dashwood, maybe you're Emma. You decide. 

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The Cool Kid
Kush Scented Candle
Boy Smells nordstrom.com
$32.00

Smells like: Cannabis, suede, white musk, tulip, and amber. 

 Really smells like: A little like weed a lot like coconut. Tulips also add a hint of a floral note. If cool were a smell, this would be it. 

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The Smell of Home
Homesick Candle Scented, Arkansas
Homesick amazon.com
$27.33

Smells like: Sweet pecan, cobblers, and Granny Smith apple pie with a hint of vanilla.

Really smells like: A classic holiday movie. Picture Family Stone, The Holiday, It's A Wonderful Life, or Love Actually.  

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The Walk in the Park
Tuberose Candle
Diptyque nordstrom.com
$36.00

Smells like: The purest form of Tuberose. 

Really smells like: A walk through a garden full of the aromatic white flower. Sweet and simple. 

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The Statement Candle
Burning Rose
Byredo net-a-porter.com
$85.00

Smells like: Wood, rose petals, violet, leather, and birch. 

Really smells like: The apartment of your favorite influencer. Fur rugs, white furniture, perfectly curated books, and this candle slowly burning. 

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The Jazzy Choice
P.F. Candle Co. Amber Jar Soy Candle
P.F. Candle Co. urbanoutfitters.com
$28.00

Smells like: Amber, musk, lavender, sage, coconut, teakwood, and tobacco. 

Really smells like: An old jazz club full of tobacco smokers. Try playing Billie Holiday for full therapeutic effect. 

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The Summer House Burn
Jardin D’orangers
Dior dior.com
$85.00

Smells like: Orange blossom, musk, and tonka bean.  

Really smells like: Summer! Taking a stroll in an orange garden and trying to make your very own juice. Very fresh, very citrus.  

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The Smell of Upstate
Charcoal Candle
Apotheke apothekeco.com
$38.00

Smells like: Cedarwood and sandalwood combined with notes of smokey amber. 

Really smells like: A night at summer camp. After a long day of lake activities, you sit near the campfire and share spooky stories. One commenter described the smell as,  "a farmhouse with a Franklin Stove." 
 

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The Chill Out
Uplift CBD Candle in Grapefruit
naturalhemp.com
$47.99

Smells like: Grapefruit infused with 100mg of CBD.

Really smells like: A day at a trendy spa. The grapefruit is strong and you can't detect the CBD, but it does smell like the most pristine massage room. Ask yourself: how's the pressure?

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The Lazy Day
Hotel Sunday
Sunday Forever sundayforever.com
$36.00

Smells like: Pink pepper and cherry musk.

Really smells like: A perfect Sunday spent in bed, reading or playing the NYT crossword puzzle and drinking a delicious cup of coffee. 

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The Fine Jewelry of Candles
Kitten Candle
Catbird Home & Lounge catbirdnyc.com
$38.00

Smells like: It's a mix of musk, amber, and violets.

Really smells like: The Catbird Williamsburg location. Catbird also describes the smell as, "a love letter to the early girls of Catbird, the Williamsburg kitten with her affinity for busted tees, ballet flats and jewels, sneaking a cigarette out of her apartment window (she's since quit)." That tracks. 

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