Start The New Year On a Calm Note With P.F. Candle Co.’s Newest Scent

published Jan 25, 2022
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In the little over a year that I’ve been writing for Apartment Therapy, I’ve tested a lot of candles. From a candle that can transform your space into a luxe cafe to a collection designed to appeal to your zodiac sign, I’ve had the luxury of discovering some of my favorite scents throughout my time here. For me, candles are much more than something I light at the end of a stressful day — they’re one of the ways I keep memories alive. When I burn L’or de Seraphine’s Mansour Marrakech, I’m in the comfort of my grandmother’s arms. When I burn Snif’s Instant Karma, I’m transported back to the pit at Terminal 5, singing my lungs out while Liam Gallagher sways in front of the mic. Finding another candle to add to this revered roster isn’t an easy feat, but P.F. Candle Co’s new scent, Ojai Lavender, has more than earned its spot on my list (and in my heart).

Inspired by idyllic days spent in Ojai, California surrounded by the Topatopa Mountains and nestled amongst golden hills of dry grass, citrus groves, and lavender farms, this calming yet invigorating candle features notes of lavender, herbaceous mint, zesty citrus, and grounding red cedar for a truly original take on the lavender candle. P.F. Candle Co is known for its cult-favorite fragrances, and this fresh and earthy scent is sure to become a fan favorite.

How would I describe this scent? Well, when I first opened the jar it made me take a step back and smile: It smells exactly like how my favorite drink — a lavender lemonade — tastes, and I couldn’t believe they captured it so perfectly. Immediately, I was with my sister on a crisp spring afternoon, driving through the suburbs of North Jersey with the wind in our hair, music blasting, and lavender lemonades coating our tastebuds. Simple bliss. It was the first time in a while (and definitely the first time this year) that a scent had struck me so deeply. After lighting it, my apartment was filled with its calming, comforting aroma and for the rest of the day, all I felt was peace. When a candle can do all that, it’s a winner in my book.

This candle comes in at $20, but if you’re looking for a different way to enjoy the scent, P.F. Candle Co’s Ojai Lavender collection also features a reed diffuser and incense sticks, as well as a starter kit that comes with all three for the full experience. If you’ve been on the hunt for your scent of 2022, you can stop here — we’re only indulging in the calming and invigorating this year.

Buy: P.F. Candle Co.Ojai Lavender Candle, $20