Like renewable energy or smartphone apps, the world has made recent and significant developments in the realm of the scented candle. No longer an afterthought gift languishing at TJ Maxx or worthy of a viral Saturday Night Live Sketch, candles are now items that fill third-wave coffee shop retail shelves and boutique tables at our favorite Southern shops tempting you at every turn to watch your budget go up in a cedar-and-rosemary-perfumed smoke.Being in the botanical Wonka Land that is the South, there are certain scents that provide a balm for the Southern soul, whether it's the tropical top notes of Florida's fruit trees or the earthy essences of Appalachia, we've found five candles that can take you to your version of paradise without leaving your living room.
Do yourself a solid, and add two of this Charleston-made candle to your cart. One to heighten the summer vibes in your kitchen now, and another to light later when the icey, damp days of winter are becoming too much to handle.
We rip through the travel tubes of this Virginia design studio’s fragrance named after our favorite honorary Southern musical group, The Band. Now, we can fill our entire homes with this bright, but smokey pine and amber scent with their newly redesigned candles. Other options include a seductive, sweet number named after Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and “Drifter,” an homage to night drives with Johnny Cash on the stereo.
If you’ve never taken a trip to Charleston’s Candlefish, an entire boutique dedicated to all things pillars of wax, this selection from their library of house-made scents will prepare you for your visit—a blend of bergamot, lemon, and ginger that reminds us of icebox pies, ice tea, and ice cold moscow mules on the porch all at once.
Transport yourself to Miami to lounge on the patio with Blanche and the girls via this coconut-scented candle from cheekily-named Boy Smells. There’s also a hint of orange blossom for a truly Florida feel.
Jake Carnley, founder of Birmingham-based Great Bear Wax Co., has a nose for florals whether it’s his rose candle that smells uncannily like your grandmother’s garden after a storm or his campfire-inspired Tobacco Bay. Great Bear’s Magnolia has a subtle, lingering scent that reminds us of the first signs of summer in the South.