Every home needs a signature scent that is unique and personal. One of the easiest ways to keep guests asking “What is that amazing smell?!” is to bring out scented candles. But why stop at burning just one? Lighting two complementary candles, also known as scent mixing, can help build a vibe in your place that’s totally your own.
“Scents in the home create a mood and an emotion—they can make you relaxed, uplifted, and happy to hang out in the room,” says Frauke Galia, a fragrance pro at FALK Aromatherapy.
Filling your home with soothing scents has also been proven to reduce anxiety and promote quality sleep. (Perhaps needless to say, you should never fall asleep with a lit candle!)
Below are some winning scent combinations, plus our favorite candles that are worth stocking up.
Sandalwood + rose
Sandalwood and rose are on different ends of the scent spectrum, but they balance each other out wonderfully to create a sensual and refined experience.
Lemon + peppermint
“These two scents are great together for an energy and mood boost, and they’re the perfect pair to kick off the day on a positive note,” says Jen Sullivan, an aromatherapy expert at Modern & Co.
Pine + orange
This combo is a personal favorite of Elaine Jemmott, an essential oil educator. The forest-like scent of pine—which, in candle form, often also includes hints of leather and smoke—is balanced by energetic citrus notes of blood orange and mandarin orange.
Ylang-ylang + orange
Want to create a romantic mood? These two aromas work well as a pair since, according to Sullivan, ylang-ylang inspires feelings of love and positivity and balances male and female energies, while orange promotes a calming sensation and a relaxing environment.
Mint + lavender
The changing of the seasons can bring on sneezing and coughing, but if you’re feeling under the weather, Jemmott recommends the one-two punch of mint and lavender scents emanating through the house.
“The smell of mint soothes congestion, and lavender is great for inflammation,” she says.
Chamomile + frankincense
Jemmott likes to use this pairing to settle her house down at night.
“During the ‘witching hours’ between dinner and bedtime, I use a blend of two scents, one for relaxing and the other for grounding,” she explains. Chamomile can help relax the mind, and frankincense is said to be a comforting scent.
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