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Scented Candle Suggestions

Assisted Living: Scented Candle Suggestions

Our very own PartySugar recently asked the Assisted Living group for scented candle suggestions:

I recently moved into an old building in San Francisco. I went away for the long weekend and when I returned last night, I couldn't take the funky smell. I made sure to take the garbage out before I left on Thursday evening, but both the bathroom and main room (it's a studio) smelled stuffy and old. That's when I realized: I'm ready to invest in some wonderful smelling home candles that will make my place seem fresh and delightful. What do you recommend?

Continue reading to see my suggestions for PartySugar.

Hi Party!

You came to the right place . . . I'm a scented candle snob. You can read through all of my scented candle reviews here, if you want to see my in-depth analysis. But otherwise, my all-time favorite candle brand is Diptyque. But it'll cost you, about $60 for a standard size. For a wintery scent, Diptyque Pomander is nice. Seeing as it's Summer though, I'd recommend my other Dipytque faves, Lilas (lilac) and Baies (blackcurrant), which are wonderful year-round. There's a Diptyque store in downtown SF that you should visit.

Linnea's Lights is also a delicious brand, which is priced around $30! One of my favorite affordable candles is the Himalayan Trading Post Honeysuckle Candle ($14). Capri Blue's Aloha Orchid ($28) burns 100 hours and is fantastic. Pacifica has a great range of soy candles, too.


Scents are obviously a very personal choice, so use these brands as a guideline. I always get compliments on my candle choices!

Other things to look for are double wick candles (which make the candle last longer) and soy candles (which burn clean and are more eco).

Hope this helps!


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Join The Conversation
texdoll texdoll 7 years
My favorite candle is Votivo Red Currant. Votivo has many great scents. My new find is Yankee Candle's Reed Diffuser in Sun and Sand. I may be at work but it smells like vacation.
tee0206 tee0206 7 years
I love Seda France candles. They're a little pricey, but I LOVE the Japanese Quince scent.
partysugar partysugar 7 years
Thanks for the suggestions!
Home Home 7 years
Double wick candles don't burn faster than single wicks but more evenly. Single wick candles liquefy only in the middle so the wick runs out quicker, you're left with unused wax, and they have to work harder to get the same effect.
steen steen 7 years
One of my favorite candles of all time is the Yankee Candle Company scent, Fresh Cut Roses. They smell just like real roses without being perfumey or exaggerated! For my house, I tend to avoid strong smells like vanilla or berries, going with lighter ones like citrus or "fresh" scents (ones that have "sea" or "rain" or "ocean" in the name). I try to keep it light because I know that not everyone may love Vanilla Buttercream or Berry Berry Medley or whatever. I sniff out every candle that sounds remotely appealing, and even ones that may not. I keep a few that are my personal faves (like pumpkin spice or apple cinnamon for the holidays) and a few that are a bit more guest-friendly.
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