6 Candles That Smell Like Summer (and We Don’t Mean Bug Spray)

updated Jul 4, 2019
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I don’t know about you, but the minute September rolls around (OK, fine, late August), I’m 100 percent ready to stock up on delicious pumpkin-smelling candles to burn all season long. Then, mid-November, I start to gravitate toward the shelves displaying evergreen and peppermint scents, because what would the holidays be otherwise?! That said, searching for summer-appropriate candles can be a bit more difficult, which is why we’ve combed the Internet for you to round up some of the best scents that you’ll want to burn from now until Labor Day. Hey, you may even find yourself lighting one of these mid-winter when you’re that desperate for the 80-degree weather to return!

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Sydney Hale Co. Candle, $30 from Anthropologie

You’ve been sipping fruity cocktails all month long and can’t get enough of the fresh produce available at the farmers market. Make your home smell just as sweet with this grapefruit and hibiscus candle from Anthropologie. Whether or not a beach trip is in your near future, you’ll immediately feel like you’ve been transported to paradise.

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As if the summery shape wasn’t cute enough, this candle‘s scent totally screams warm weather, too! The candle smells like—you guessed it—pineapple, with a bit of bamboo leaf mixed in. And while it’s always a bit sad to burn a candle all the way through, you may find yourself rushing to use this one up just so you can repurpose the cute jar for holding earrings or loose change.

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One prosecco bellini, coming right up! That’s right, you can now order your favorite brunch drink in candle form. Light this one up before the girls come over for a night in; everyone will be asking you what’s making your place smell so dang good.

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Throw it back to the good old days with this cute candle that’s said to smell like summer camp (think vanilla, clove, and amber, not bug spray and mothballs). It’s the perfect gift for the forever young at heart.

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This luxe-looking candle is reminiscent of the beach, and it features lotus, sea grass, amber, and a hint of ginger. Light it up and make your work-from-home day feel a bit more relaxing.

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Here’s another candle that’s bound to bring on the nostalgia. You’ll immediately feel at ease when the smell of honeysuckle wafts through your bedroom. Best of all, this candle is handmade and eco-friendly.