10 Fresh Spring Scents to Fancy Up Your Home (and Yourself)

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They say smell is the sense most closely tied to memory—and ICYMI, nostalgia is *the* trend of 2022. So, it makes sense that we’re seeing a revival of scents from our youth that transport us back to the era of carefree (maskless) living. Think: Clinique’s ‘Happy’, Elizabeth Arden’s ‘Sunflowers’ and Ralph Lauren’s ‘Ralph.’ We can almost smell Neiman Marcus’ beauty department of 1995.

Still, while this year’s fragrance forecast may remind us of the past, we’re seeing candles, diffusers and potpourri that have been updated with unexpected notes and full-bodied bouquets that represent the current moment. So read on for 10 scents to incorporate the season of new beginnings, self-care and sentimentality into your home.

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1. Lafco Fresh Cut Gardenia Candle

Best Overall

Scent Notes

  • Gardenia, orange blossom and ylang-ylang

The old-school floral that’s making a comeback this year? Gardenias. This luxurious candle by Lafco layers warm gardenia, mood-boosting orange blossom and relaxing ylang-ylang with subtle notes of pineapple, cedar and leafy greens for a fresh yet relaxing fragrance. What’s more, it comes in an elegant sage-tinted glass vessel that speaks to this year’s hottest color trend. Light this baby up for a boost during spring cleaning or save it for a romantic Alfresco dinner on the patio (twinkly lights not included).

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2. Diptyque Roses Candle

Best Floral Scent

Scent Notes

  • Fresh roses

Speaking of romance; Diptique’s limited edition candle will make you want to stop and literally smell the roses. Its medley of fresh, blooming roses evokes the feeling of a romantic stroll in May through a lush English garden. The scent is subtle yet sweet, and its light, floral base creates a delightfully romantic atmosphere. Plus, if you’re unfamiliar with the brand, you should know that ​​Diptique is famous for its timeless, sophisticated scents and Parisian-inspired designs (AKA: this candle is far from the sickly-sweet rose scents you’ve experienced in the drugstore).

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3. Magnolia Meadow Dipped Ceramic Candle

Best Value

Scent Notes

  • Green fern, geranium, lily, lemon and herbs

If you’re someone who gravitates towards lighter, cotton-meets-herbal scents, you’re going to *love* this decorative candle from Target’s ​​Hearth & Hand with Magnolia collection. Its base fragrance layers wild green fern with soft geranium and lily, while top notes of lemon and tender herbs create a fresh, invigorating palette. Picture: freshly mowed grass, colorful blossoms and luscious leaves. Not to mention how fabulous this dipped ceramic vessel would look on an acrylic coffee table.

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4. Soho Home Verona Large Scented Candle

Best Design

Scent Notes

  • Hyacinth, mimosa, jasmine and tonka bean

How insane is this new introduction from Soho Home? Yes, it’s a candle—the wax is hand-poured into a geometric vessel that’s handcrafted in India from brown Bidasar marble. Yet aside from its unique design, its scent was inspired by the Soho Roc House in Mykonos and combines bright notes of hyacinth, mimosa and jasmine with a warm, inviting base of tonka bean. Our takeaway? The design-fragrance-combo is totally worth the not-insignificant splurge ($115).

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5. Voluspa Milk Rose Glass Jar Candle

Best Sweet Scent

Scent Notes

  • Rose, marshmallow milk, white copali amber

Yet another sweet (but not saccharine) fragrance that includes one of our favorite flowers. This candle by Voluspa combines blends notes of dainty Bulgarian rose petals with creamy, comforting hints of marshmallow milk and copali amber. The result is strong yet delicate, and it fills up a room without the nauseating effect of scent that’s too jammy. And of course, we love how this textured, 3D glass design can bring some decorative dimension to a space.

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6. Neom Tranquillity Intensive Skin Treatment Candle

Best for Self-Care

Scent Notes

  • Lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood

This wellness candle scored 98 out of 100 points in a PureWow100 review for its relaxing fragrance and added beauty benefits. At first glance, it’s just a lightly scented vessel with notes of calming lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood. But in actuality, the wax—which is composed of rapeseed oil, soybean oil, sweet almond oil and cocoa seed butter—is intended to be used as an at-home spa treatment that can nourish and hydrate stressed-out skin. “For the week since [I started using it], my heels have felt better, my skin’s not been as parched and I’ve been eyeing my schedule for my next little rub-and-nap self-spa,” writes editor Dana Dickey.

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7. Jo Malone Orange Blossom Scented Home Candle

Best Fresh Scent

Scent Notes

  • Clementine flower, white lilac and orris wood

This one goes out to the Royally-obsessed: Rumor has it that Kate Middleton is such a fan of this citrusy fragrance that she even requested that candles with the same scent be burned in Westminster Abbey during her wedding ceremony. The fragrance features zesty orange blossom and water lily with invigorating undertones of orris and balsamic vetiver. And, lucky for you, Jo Malone has since decided to take matters into their own hands by creating a candle with the Duchess’ favorite scent.

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8. Jardin De Paris Glass Candle

Best Classic Scent

Scent Notes

  • Peony, white tea, gardenia and sandalwood

Perhaps you’re sensing a theme here: Parisian style has been a timeless staple in the design scene—from home accessories to handbags. So, it makes sense that a French garden-inspired candle would be an obvious choice to welcome the traditional scents of spring. We love how this one embodies classic femininity with a blend of peonies, white tea, gardenia and soothing sandalwood. Perfect for warm, spring days that call for a stroll on the Champs-Élysées.

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9. Mackenzie-childs Grapefruit Twist Potpourri

Best Potpourri

Scent Notes

  • Grapefruit and lime

Is it just us or does potpourri get a bad rap? While a big basket of red and orange fall-scented matter on Grandma’s coffee table might come to mind, retailers like Mackenzie-Childs have reimagined our age-old fragrant friend to make it prettier and less potent, but in the best way. We love this refreshing pink grapefruit and lime set versus the typical (and often fusty) cinnamon and apple.

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10. Archipelago Charcoal Rose Reed Diffuser

Best Diffuser

Scent Notes

  • Rose, charcoal, mandarin, peony, geranium, sage, white musk and patchouli

Another candle alternative that can leave a long-lasting scent? Reed diffusers (AKA a homemaker’s best friend). This unique blend by Archipelago Botanicals combines zesty mandarin peel, rose, peony, geranium and rich woods, with a final surprising element: smoky charcoal. Imagine unleashing that scent-with-a-story at your next house party. A royal wedding-themed tea, perhaps?