No wonder candles are among the most universally loved gifts. The options are endless – so they’re easy to grab at any time – and they help you slow down with the flick of a match. The best versions go one step further, taking you virtually to your favorite places around the world.
So here are the best travel and destination inspired candles to gift this Mother’s Day.
Keap Waves Candle, $54
It’s all about sustainability for this rising Brooklyn-based brand. Each candle is hand poured with coconut wax into reusable glass containers with labels and easy to remove wicks to ensure zero waste. And the perfumes, like this one inspired by the sunny days of Sicily, are wonderfully complex and layered thanks to the expertise of master perfumer Christophe Laudamiel. Even better? Keap offers a monthly subscription serviceso that your gift never runs out.
Career Brothers Sandalwood Candle, $65
Originally from the city of Mysore in southwestern India, sandalwood is an evergreen tree with leathery leaves and flowers that gradually take on a dark red hue. But it’s not the leaves or the flowers that make sandalwood so valuable – it’s the aromatic heartwood. The distinctive warm, creamy and sweet scent has been used for over 4,000 years and continues to calm anxious minds.
Abbott Big Sky Candle, $38
Co-founded by friends Jose Alvarez and Michael Pass, Abbott is a clean, genderless fragrance line that transports you to America’s most beloved outdoor destinations. And that candle with aquatic, cypress and vertiver notes, evokes the invigorating feeling of hurtling down the powdery slopes of Montana’s legendary Big Sky Resort and breathing in the crisp, fresh air.
Aromatic Glass Candle in the Garden, $34
Available for a limited time only, this hand cast candle crafted with a clean-burning wax blend channels all the lush botanical scents (think ripe citrus, creamy florals, and pungent herbs) from strolling through the enchanting Tuscan countryside. On top of that, the sleek glass vessel and bright green shade make burning even more memorable.
DS & DURGA Superior Bergamot Candle, $65
Sometimes the best discoveries happen when you least expect them. Such was the case with DS&DURGA co-founder David Moltz when he came across the scented bee balm, also known as wild bergamot, while hiking in the woods surrounding the lake. Superior. In addition to bee balm, you’ll detect notes of sweet water, birch leaf, and blue-eyed grass in this just-launched product. candle.
Tocca Marrakesh Candela, $31
Few experiences solicit your sense of smell more deeply than strolling through Marrakech’s legendary souks and open-air markets. But if a trip to the historic Moroccan city is not possible in the near future, consider this to take which brings together intoxicating notes of amber, patchouli and leather in a thick glass jar ready to be reused once the candle is finished.
Rukske Hidden Cali Candle, $65
Slip into a chill, SoCal state of mind with this limited edition candle. (Translation: grab one for yourself too, while you can.) The black glass and wax are visually arresting, but the real magic happens once you turn it on. The marriage of white grapefruit, patchouli and cedarwood (and many other notes) is so sensual and seductive that it could be bottled as a perfume.
Séraphine’s Gold Floating Candle, $36
Bring Turks and Caicos home with this candle that is as beautiful as it is fragrant. The elegant packaging is by textile designer Lori Weitzner, and the blend of sandalwood, citrus and teak wood recreates the gentle breezes, turquoise waters and sugary beaches of the vacation destination. Another advantage? All components, like the organic cotton wick, are sustainably sourced.
Sisley Eau de Campagne candle, $73
Just as Sisley’s luxurious skincare and cosmetics complement any face, this candle is the perfect accessory for any home. And as in the pure fashion of the Parisian brand, no detail has been overlooked. Beragamot, green tomato leaves and oak moss invite relaxation, as does a walk in the French countryside, while the emerald green pot and black wax make an elegant statement.
Apotheke Hinoki Lavender Candle, $42
With that to take from Brooklyn-based Apotheke, enjoy the soothing properties of two beloved destinations. The rich, smoky Hinoki from Japan evokes a sense of tranquility, much like lavender, which was originally a Mediterranean herb. The end result is a very unique and alluring scent that is both grounded and ethereal.