Have you ever shopped for candles and gotten overwhelmed at all the different scents that are available to choose from? Sure, you know what you like, but shopping online for candles can be hard. Who wants to try something new and end up with a scent they don’t really like?
If you’ve ever worried about this while picking candle fragrances online, we can help. Take a few minutes to read this guide to what the major fragrance categories are and how candle scents are layered. When you’re done, you’ll know what it takes to identify what you like and pick a winning scent every time.
Did you know that there are five major fragrance categories that are considered standard to candle-making? Each one of those main categories includes a variety of sub-categories that, when taken all together, cover a wide range of scents.
If you’re a fan of the Fresh scent category, you enjoy scents from natural sources. When you love fresh scents, the smells that light up your senses include:
aromatic herbs from the garden
citrusy fruits and harvest fruits like apples or cranberries
water scents like rain or morning dew
green scents of grass, leaves, bamboo, and green tea
When shopping for others, remember that fans of clean scents like baby powder and fresh laundry will likely love a candle with any kind of invigorating, fresh scent.
If you’re a fan of Fresh scents and want to try something new, a Woody aromatic herb scent or a crisp, light Floral like lilac both still have a distinct, outdoor scent and might be a good pick.
If the rich scents of a spring or summer garden sound like your idea of a dreamy escape, then candles with a floral scent are a good match. The floral scent category includes:
the scent of floral fruity scents like mango, melon, and peach,
floral scents like rose, lily, lilac, iris
exotic florals with a spicier aroma
The good news for fans of Floral scents is that many of the subcategories of the Exotic category are a good fit for you too. For something that suites your usual tastes try a soft floral.
To bring brand new life into your scent space, try an Exotic warm spice like cinnamon or nutmeg with a bold aroma.
Fans of warm, soothing scents with a little bit of spice should check out candles with exotic scents. The exotic scent category consists of:
the aroma of warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg
soft florals that are less prominent than those in the floral scent category
scents with woody notes like patchouli, sandalwood, and vetiver
Exotic scents are great for feeling warm and cozy in the winter, or for making your living space feel like an instant escape.
Fans of exotic scents that want something similar will likely enjoy most scents in the woody category, in particular leather or aromatic herbs. If you’re looking for something outside of your wheelhouse, try a Fresh green scent like grass or bamboo.
For people who loves all things outdoors and all the scents that go along with your favorite woodsy hike, there is the Woody scent category. Some scents that fall into the Woody category are:
wood scents like teakwood and cedar
dry woody scents like smoky tobacco and leather
aromatic herbs with woody notes
Many scents in the Woody category are a great match if you’d like a candle that’s considered a bit more masculine, or if you tend to stay away from Florals and sweet, fruity scents.
Candle scents that are a great fit for fans of the Woody category include gourmand scents like coffee. For a unique, adventurous new scent experience, try an Exotic, spicy floral.
The gourmand scent category is the most recent addition to the major categories of scents as they are accepted in the candle-making industry. While the name gives it away a little, this category includes edible savory and sweet scents like:
sugar and caramel
graham cracker and birthday cake
chocolate and vanilla
Basically, if you can eat or drink it and it qualifies as a comfort food that scent falls into the gourmand category. Regular shoppers in this category will likely also enjoy Fresh herb scents, Exotic vanilla, or the Woody scent of leather.
If you’re shopping for a foodie and want to give them an unexpected scent, try a Floral fruity scent like delicious melon or peach.
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or your loved one, we hope this guide to the major scent categories will help when you’re ready to purchase your next Jackpot candle. Whether you stick with an old favorite or try something new, we hope you’ll love it and your surprise jewelry too. Happy shopping!
(Recipe credits: New York Times’ Classic Hot Chocolate recipe by Melissa Clark; Shaken Together’s French Vanilla Hot Cocoa recipe by Melissa Riker; Tasty’s Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate recipe by Ellie Holland; Well Plated’s French Hot Chocolate recipe by Erin Clarke)
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