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    20 Candles To Help Make Your Apartment Smell Less Funky And More Outdoorsy

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    1. A ruby root candle that smells of sugarbeets, ginger, and (wait for it) grass because deny it all you want, but we all secretly love the smell of a freshly cut lawn.


    This candle is part of Otherland's Awakening collection, which also features the purple petals candle (smells of lilac, hyacinth, and lychee) and the extra hour candle (combines shiso leaf, mint, and verbena). Luckily, you can also get all three of these ~lovely~ scents as a variety pack for $89.

    Get it from Otherland for $36 (available in two additional scents and as a variety pack).

    2. This pretty pink candle because it's basically like filling your apartment with a million little rose petals.

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    You'll also get a whiff of jasmine in there.

    Get it from MyLuminaCreations on Etsy for $13.59.

    3. A fresh cut wood-scented candle to remind you more of the long walks through cedar trees and less of the pile of laundry you have yet to do.

    ClementStCandles / Etsy

    Get it from ClementStCandles on Etsy for $10.99+ (available with two gift bag options if you're surprising someone to brighten their day).

    4. This cedar candle that might make you feel like you're freely jogging through woody park trails.

    Public Goods

    In addition to the woody aroma of cedar, this candle also includes notes of jasmine, amber, and oakmoss.

    Promising review: "This candle is the perfect blend of nature and musk. It is subtle enough that it doesn't overpower your senses yet you can still get wafts of the delicious smells even when it's not lit. I ordered a couple of these for each room in my house." —Lisa P.

    Get it from Public Goods for $5.95.

    5. A sea salt candle to transport you to an imaginary day at the beach with your toes in the sand, waves crashing at your ankles, and the salty sea breeze wafting by.

    It also includes a note of jasmine.

    Get it from Illume for $10.

    6. This Macintosh apple candle that'll quickly remind your nostrils what picking apples straight from the tree in the fall smells like.

    This scent has ~delicious~ notes of apple peels, crisp greens, grapefruit, macintosh apples, clove buds, and musk.

    Promising review: "I love the smell of Macintosh, I live here in New England and it smells like home in the fall." —suzanne25

    Get it from Yankee Candle for $21 (available in eight candle sizes/styles).

    7. A ~magical~ candle you'll take a whiff of and instantly be taken on an adventure through what the Forbidden Forest in Harry Potter might smell like.

    You might notice hints of oak, sweet silver moss, bayberry, fir, cedar, and juniper.

    Promising review: "When I first smelled this candle, I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, but as soon as it was lit, I changed my mind!! It reminds me of an English garden and would be a perfect springtime scent! It is subtle so it would be great for a small room." —Alia Rheam

    Get it from Spireside for $22+ (available in two sizes).

    8. This floral candle that smells of rosebuds, peonies, and pear water — be careful; it might induce daydreams of frolicking through a flower garden.


    Get it from Otherland for $36.

    9. A ~calming~ candle with a refreshing citrus-y orange and clementine smell to make you feel like you're sitting lakeside on a dazzling summer day.

    DW Home

    It also includes notes of white cedar and musk.

    Promising review: "This is the best-smelling candle. The name is perfect because it does have a calming/relaxing effect. I need one for every room in my house. I've also found giving them as gifts is great. Everyone that's smelled it so far has loved it. Oh and Love the color of the jar!!!" —Jayne

    Get it from DW Home for $16.

    10. This summer camp candle reminiscent of smoke from your campfire in the woods, grass on the game field, and sunscreen on your arms — aka, all the best smells of the outdoors.


    This candle includes notes of green grass, lemon, lime, sunscreen, smoke, jasmine, amber, and sandalwood.

    Promising review: "It doesn’t remind me of camp but I think that’s probably a good thing (cabins can get stuffy). It does, however, come with a gorgeous fresh and clean smell that reminds me of crisp early mornings before the campers where awake. I love this candle. So so much." —Bethany P.

    Get it from Homesick for $29.95.

    11. A fresh and fruity candle that'll practically take you back to that one summer you and your friends piled into a car and drove down Pacific Coast Highway and played volleyball all day long in Laguna Beach.

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    The California coast, much like this candle, is chock full of beauty. You might notice some floral and fruity fragrances.

    Get it from lulusugar on Etsy for $24.

    12. This mountaintop candle to transform your entire living room into a Poconos mountain getaway.

    TheCoinLaundry / Etsy

    You might be able to pick out the smell of green herbs, amber, and geranium.

    Get it from TheCoinLaundry on Etsy for $12.

    13. An admittedly delicious candle that might leave you longing to get out on the patio, whip out your grill, and cook up a couple of hot dogs.


    Be prepared to be transported to your family's summer barbecues because this candle smells like a combo of black pepper, cumin, nutmeg, vinegar, smoke, peach, maple, cinnamon, clove, cedarwood, vanilla, sugar, amber, and musk.

    Get it from Homesick for $29.95.

    14. This frozen lake-scented candle because it might replace the stuffy room smell in your bedroom with the tranquil smell of lavender, eucalyptus, and juniper.

    Bath & Body Works

    Get it from Bath & Body Works for $24.50.

    15. A pumpkin patch candle bound to make your whole apartment smell like a crisp fall day gathering gourds for a delicious homemade pie.


    You'll notice notes of lemon, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, clove, pumpkin, vanilla, Tonka bean, and sugar — aka, all the smells of a pumpkin farm in the fall.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical of ordering a candle online (typically I’m a smell first, buy after kinda gal), but after reading the reviews, I’m so happy I bought this. It smells divine and fully immerses you into fall/autumn feels. Love it!" —Courtney M.

    Get it from Homesick for $29.95.

    16. Or this candle with hints of tomato, white tea, honeysuckle, and petitgrain that might make your S.O. ask if you've been cooking up veggie soup today.

    Boy Smells

    Get it from Boy Smells for $32 (also available in a smaller size for $17).

    17. A campfire candle to fill your den with the smell of sandalwood, clove, amber, patchouli, and saffron, among others. You might as well break out the chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows now.

    AtlanticCandleCo / Etsy

    Get it from AtlanticCandleCo on Etsy for $15+ (available in two sizes).

    18. This sweet, violet-scented candle that might make you feel like your living room is an oasis for wildflowers.


    Promising review: "This candle has everything you could want: a personal touch, a great smell, and a look that compliments any season." —Elly1991

    Get it from Anthropologie for $32.

    19. A sunset candle inspired by basking in bright afternoons, warm golden hours on the beach, crisp evening air, and the mysterious moonlight. You might feel like your apartment has become one with the sun.

    Urban Outfitters

    There are four ~beautiful smelling~ candles in this collection: Swell, which is a combo of bergamot, orange, blue cyclamen, tuberose, sandalwood, and vetiver; Golden Hour, which smells like grass, bergamot, poppies, and blonde woods; Dusk, which combines sage, lemon, black pepper, lavender, fir needle, cypress, and dark cedar; and Moon Rise, which gives you the smell of lemon zest, yuzu, amber, cedar, juniper, and musk.

    Promising review: "My best friend bought this for me and it is incredible. I have burned it for over 30+ hours thus far and it is almost at the halfway point. From my experience, the smell is noticeable right away. I leave this candle by my bed uncovered and even while it is has not been lit recently the smell lingers and I love it! I have the Golden Hour scent and it's amazing! Plus it is made out of soy!" —sativasammy

    Get one candle from Urban Outfitters for $19 (originally $25; available in four scents).

    20. And this twig and moss candle that'll give you a good reminder of what good, 'ol fresh air smells like since you might've forgotten to clean your cat's litter box and now your studio apartment is paying the price.

    waxandwanecandles / Etsy

    Get it from waxandwanecandles on Etsy for $22.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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