From Floral Finds to Evocative Earthy Scents—Freshen Up Your Space With the Best Spring Candle for Every Style

Find your scented soul mate.

By Caitlin Clark
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Having spent the past few springs in Dallas, I’ve learned that you never know what the season will bring. One day it might be sunny and 75, the next could bring a winter storm with golf ball-sized hail. But you live, learn to check the weather app before you leave, and focus on one environment where you 100 percent can control the seasons: your home. With the best candles for spring, moods can be instantly lifted and any setting feels a little fresher—no matter where you are.

And fortunately for scent lovers, the past couple of years have seen the rise of a veritable candle renaissance. With more time at home to rearrange and re-energize your space with home decor, the it-bag or shoe gave way to a different kind of status symbol: the cult-loved candle. Unique brands like the gender-neutral Boy Smells, beautifully packaged Otherworld, and sustainably made Keap began mingling alongside the Diptyques and Cire Trudons of the world, offering more variety than ever when it comes to finding your scented soul mate.

To help you on the hunt, we’ve divided the best, spring-evoking candles into three scent categories: floral, citrus, and earthy. Explore wild lavender in Brooklyn, an eco-friendly mixture of grapefruit and yuzu, or indulge in a fresh, mossy aroma. These days, there’s a fresh spring scent for truly every style.

Featured image by Michelle Nash.

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The Best Floral Candles for Spring

Floral candles for spring? The following scents prove that gardenia and lavender can, indeed, be groundbreaking.

Overose Anamorphine Holo

Go ahead, judge this pink peony-scented candle by its jar.

Overose Anamorphine Holo, $68

Burnin For You Gardenia 1939

This Brooklyn-based company’s unique, evocative scents have earned buzz for being “The Next Status Candle.”

Burnin For You Gardenia 1939, $32

D.S. & DURGA Wild Brooklyn Lavender Candle

With an architect and a musician as its founders, New York-made D.S. & Durga always nails the vibe. Try the brand’s take on spring with top notes of spike lavender wayside herbs.

D.S. & DURGA Wild Brooklyn Lavender Candle, $65

Threshold Rainwater Lily

There’s nothing like the crackle of three wooden wicks—apart from the cozy scent of April showers to signal spring.

Threshold Rainwater Lily Three-Wick Candle, $19

Diptyque Tuberose Candle

Try a limited-edition scent from the original status candle for the sweet smell of tuberose and a cheery jar to use long after spring.

Diptyque Tuberose Candle, $78

The Best Citrus Candles for Spring

Fill your space with grapefruit, bergamot, and French citrus for a zesty take on the spring season.

Le Feu de L’Eau Citron Candle

Vessels from the small, women-owned brand make a statement on their own—and can even be repurposed as planters—but the soy candle scented with grapefruit, apple, and bergamot sets the perfect spring tone.

Le Feu de L’Eau Citron Candle, $65

Keap Grapefruit + Yuzu

Produced out of another design-minded Brooklyn studio, Keap and its coconut wax candles *keep* things sustainable and affordable.

Keap Grapefruit + Yuzu, $54.50

Cire Trudon Reggio

If you’re looking to splurge on a luxurious candle, French company Cire Trudon and its beautiful glass jars are always a safe bet.

Cire Trudon Reggio, $135

Maison Louis Marie Candle No.06 Neige de Printempts

With their clean look and heavenly potent scents, it’s always surprising Maison Louis Marie candles aren’t triple the price.

Maison Louis Marie Candle No.06 Neige de Printempts, $36

East Fork Italian Fruit Candles

Think outside of the box (or in this case, the jar) with a unique, citrusy find from the Asheville-based candle company East Fork. A little kitsch never hurt anyone.

East Fork Italian Fruit Candles, $24

Malin+Goetz Bergamot Candle

The New York-based apothecary brand now offers their signature spring scent in candle form.

Malin+Goetz Bergamot Candle, $58

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The Best Earthy Candles for Spring

Spring top notes don’t have to be sweet. For earthier, more gender-neutral scents, these buzzy candle brands deliver.

FORVR Mood NOT Down To Earth Candle

The latest spring collection from Black-owned Forvr Mood offers the same cheeky names and natural coconut soy wax goodness that set the brand apart, with an earthy eucalyptus scent to embrace the season.

FORVR Mood NOT Down To Earth Candle, $38

Boy Smells Damasque

Boy Smells is becoming more and more of a tabletop status symbol. Seal the deal this spring with the newly launched Secrete Garden vegan collection, featuring top notes of tobacco leaf and suede.

Boy Smells Damasque Candle, $44

Brooklyn Candle Studio Fern + Moss

All of Brooklyn Candle Studio’s offerings are a minimalist’s dream. But if you happen to be a minimalist who also digs nature, this one’s for you.

Brooklyn Candle Studio Fern + Moss, $28

OTHERLAND Chandelier Champagne Vegan Candle

These buzzy candles offer so much more than great logo design. Try a hand-poured, champagne- and leather-evoking option for a different approach to spring.

OTHERLAND Chandelier Champagne Vegan Candle, $36

P.F. Candle Co. Amber & Moss

These amber-colored jars always spark joy, and can immerse your home in a powerful, earthy scent to signal the spring season.

P.F. Candle Co. Amber & Moss, $25