As one of life’s little luxuries, lighting a scented candle is an easy way to make your home or studio apartment a more enjoyable place to spend time in self-isolation. Whether you take yours on your coffee table, flickering beside your wine glass during a
Zoom happy hour, or on your kitchen counter while you pull out ingredients for your fourth loaf of banana bread, it’s likely that over the past three weeks, you’ve burned down the wick in your go-to jar.
That’s why now is a great time to stock up at everyone’s favorite candle superstore: Bath & Body Works. With tons of scents to choose from — from iconic bestsellers like Eucalyptus + Spearmint to new floral innovations for spring — we’ve broken down a handy list to make your shopping easier: A scented candle for every quarantine mood. To find your perfect scent match, keep scrolling.
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Bath & Body Works Island Daydream
The Mood: Trying to remember what vacation smells like
This is the perfect tropical scent for the person who hates coconut. It’s all the freshness of beach air in The Bahamas, without the overpowering sunscreen aftertaste. The top notes are pineapple and mango bound by the subtle, earthy sweetness of sugarcane, so the full experience is like a fresh Piña Colada. It’s the perfect candle to light up while surfing on Expedia plotting your dream post-quarantine vacation.
Bath & Body Works Island Daydream 3-Wick Candle, $, available at Bath & Body Works
Bath & Body Works Eucalyptus + Spearmint
The Mood: Stressed AF
There’s a reason why the Bath & Body Works Eucalyptus + Spearmint Aromatherapy blend is the brand’s
bestselling candle: It’s like a metaphorical deep breathe. The soothing effect is what the majority of us are looking for in a scented candle right now and why one rave B&BW reviewer wrote: “This candle isn’t seasonal or gendered — it’s just the scent equivalent of hitting the Reset Button.”
Bath & Body Works Eucalyptus Spearmint 3-Wick Candle, $, available at Bath & Body Works
Bath & Body Works Black Cherry Merlot
The Mood: A little too buzzed during Zoom happy hour
If you’re the type of wine connoisseur who chooses a bottle of red for your Zoom happy hour based on how cute the label is, this is the candle for you. It’s the Black Cherry Merlot fragrance you’ve probably smelled before — like a glass of raspberry and cherry sangria — housed inside a jar that could double as home decor: matte-white etched with roses and lilacs.
Bath & Body Works Black Cherry Merlot 3-Wick Candle, $, available at Bath & Body Works
Bath & Body Works Linen & Lavender
The Mood: Need to do laundry
The smell of warm, fresh-out-of-the-dryer sheets is all the more glorious during quarantine when your bed is both the place you sleep and your home office. If you’re not running your washer daily (or you usually rely on your neighborhood laundromat), you can fake that crisp, clean detergent scent — linen and lavender — by putting this scented candle on your bedside table, which will buy you a few extra days between cycles.
Bath & Body Works Linen & Lavender 3-Wick Candle, $, available at Bath & Body Works
Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean
The Mood: Coming out of this a baker
There are two types of
people in the kitchen during quarantine: the cook and the baker. If you’re in the latter camp — whipping up loaves of banana bread and chocolate-chip cookies to keep busy — this B&BW candle is for you. It’s that fresh-bottle-of-vanilla-extract scent that works with any recipe and might help curb your sugar cravings — or encourage them. Either way, Lorraine Pascale would definitely approve.
Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean 3-Wick Candle, $, available at Bath & Body Works
Bath & Body Works Perfect Peony
The Mood: Grateful that flowers still bloom
Like a scented candle, a vase of flowers on your coffee table is an instant happiness-booster (specifically if they’re peonies, the frilliest of all perennials). This candle, Perfect Peony, is a new scent in the Bath & Body Works spring profile and it has a delicious floral scent that trades
powdery rose for a unique peony — airy, with an undertone of sandalwood musk. Plus, one jar will last longer than any IRL arrangement.
Bath & Body Works Perfect Peony 3-Wick Candle, $, available at Bath & Body Works
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