We had previously written about cool gadgets that can make your WFH life productive and fun or how to organise your home office Marie Kondo-style to ensure efficiency. And as many of us would likely continue to work from home for the foreseeable future, another facet of home life that can be improved is the ambience. While we aren’t asking you to do drastic changes like a home renovation, simple tips using fengshui can help.
A faster method? Light a scented home candle and fill your house with a pleasing aroma. The right scent can be invigorating and refreshing, giving you the push needed through the mid-afternoon slump, or be calming and relaxing to help you unwind after a hard day of work. The gentle flickering flame can help put you and your partner in a romantic mood too.
Ahead, eight of our favourite home candles you can shop right here in Singapore.
Is there anything that give good vibes more than cookies? This candle, infused with vanilla essential oils and green tea, smells like freshly-baked cookies, so you can indulge your senses, sans the calories. Breath Essentials Co. is founded by Charlene Koh, a breast cancer survivor and co-founder of Paktok. To raise awareness for breast cancer, she will donate 10% off her sales proceeds to Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) as part of her ongoing year-round support. So you’ll get good vibes from not only burning this candle, but also from doing good.
Want a scent that will make you feel sexy, indulgent and luxe? Look no further than this candle, which opens with notes of cherry liqueur and bitter almond, with a sweet and tart heart of cherry, griotte syrup and florals, and signed off with woody notes of Peru balsam, tonka, sandalwood, vetiver and cedar.
Can’t get enough of their best seller, Lavender candle? Then get your hands on this limited-edition scent, which marries the soothing notes of lavender with uplifting citrus notes form bergamot.
Unfamiliar with scented home candles? Then start with fan-favourite British perfumery label Jo Malone. The combination of peony and suede is both pleasant and calming. In the day, place the candle in the hall to relax while you work and move it into the bedroom to create a romantic atmosphere. As the candle glass can get sooty and dark, use the ribboned lid to conceal it while keeping the scent fresh.
This candle is inspired by rose bushes in a Mediterranean garden. White musk, flower and green plant notes mingle with lemon and green verbena to create a refreshing scent. After lighting it up, it will definitely make everyone more relaxed and jovial. And for those who are suffering from being unable to act on their wanderlust, this scent will transport you to Provence.
An expansive blue sky and the summer sun rays are all captured in this little candle. This Mediterranean Sea Salt candle is inspired by snorkelling in the Mediterranean Sea and gives off a natural scent that will beckon and transport you to an island getaway vacation.
L’Occitane is a brand that has been using natural plant products to create a sensorial and pleasant experience across all their products offerings. This Uplifting Candle uses ingredients such as basil, litsea cubeba, eucalyptus, cypress, patchouli and honey to create a bright, invigorating fragrance. Another thing to note is that this candle is made with 100 percent vegetal wax (rapeseed oil) and lasts up to 30 hours.
The unconventional packaging of this Fornasetti candle immediately pulls you in. Besides being a collage of newspaper and magazine text, it also features the famous butterfly print created by founder Piero Fornasetti in the 1960s. Orange blossom, lilac, jasmine, lemon and vanilla musk make up the citrusy scent of the vegetable wax candle.
Crabtree & Evelyn made a triumphant return last year and was said to want to reinterpret their classic rose scent. The top notes of this candle are blackcurrant and zesty lemon, floral heart notes of violet, wild rose and jasmine and base notes of musk, amber and vanilla. The resulting scent is warm and comforting and will definitely add to the cosy vibes of the house.
A favourite for many, this best-seller of Diptyque consists of Bulgarian rose and blackcurrant leaves. This clean and refreshing scent is perfect for those who don’t want a fragrance too strong nor sweet.
You’re definitely able to feel the romantic vibes just from the name itself. This has a heady combination with top notes of cognac and caramel, a floral heart and rich musky leather base notes. The clean white porcelain holder is complemented with a unique red lip motif making this candle a definite display piece in your home.
Text: Pei Mei/NUYOU. Translation and additional reporting by Ho Guo Xiong.