With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, it’s time to seriously start thinking about what you are going to get your mom to make her day extra special, because, well, she’s pretty freaking awesome and after putting up with your crap for all of these years she most certainly deserves a homerun gift. If you are already her favorite, she’ll expect nothing but the best. And if you are trying to grease your way into that favorite spot, you’re really going to have to trust us here.
Candles are a surefire way to help mom relax and rejuvenate. The perfect complement to a good book, a hot bath or a delicious meal, the scent is sure to remind her of you every time she lights that flame. But with all of the options out there, finding the candle that’s right for her can be a serious challenge. Thankfully, we've put together a comprehensive list of the 15 best candles to give mom this year—from musky and woodsy to floral and refreshing. Oh, and all of them are super gorgeous looking to boot. Done and done! (P.S. If you pick up a matching one for yourself, we won’t judge!)
1. Nest Fragrances White Camellia 3-Wick Scented Candle Marble Edition
If your mom loves springtime and flowers, then Nest’s White Camellia is the way to go. With its delicate flowery notes, this candle emits a super feminine combination of fresh camellia, wisteria and jasmine scents. As modern marble prints continue to have their moment, mom is sure to love the beautiful canister, which will add effortless style to any room its placed in.
2. Voluspa Japonica Japanese Plum Bloom Embossed Glass Scalloped Edge Candle
Do you have a zen mom? Then she’ll love the intoxicating scent of plum blooms, ripe plum fruit and crushed currants—which are meant to emit renewal, calm, and wonder—this candle gives off. Perfect for her meditation sessions! The best part? This is probably the prettiest candle holder we’ve ever laid eyes on.
3. Ellis Brooklyn’s Verb Terrific Scented Candle
For your environmentally conscious mom—who enjoys a musky scent with hints of mandarin and basil—Verb Terrific by Ellis Brooklyn is a great choice. The brand responsibly sources all of their products and each candle is made with a soy wax blend grown domestically, a hemp wick, housed in a recycled glass container with recycled carbon neutral paper packaging. This is a product she can feel good about every time she lights up.
4. Tocca’s Candele da Viaggio Luxe Gift Set
Give the indecisive mama some variety with these three classic Tocca scents that are housed in the most beautiful package ever. The set includes Cleopatra (inspired by, you guessed it, Cleopatra), which has a watery cucumber and sweet grapefruit scent; Stella has Italian blood orange notes that are slightly sweet; and the feminine and romantic Giulietta, with its sweet top notes of green apple and pink tulips mixed with vanilla orchid and lilac. Three more reasons for mom to love you!
5. Context’s White Triana
For the mom who just can’t find time to get away, instantly transport her to the beautiful island of Sardegna in the Mediterranean. Dominated by the scent of sweet fig that grows on the Italian isle, ther candle also has notes of jasmine, vanilla, patchouli oil and sandalwood. All in all, the aroma is both a soothing and earthy.
6. Jo Loves White Rose and Lemon Leaves Candle
For your sentimental mom, try Jo Loves, the new collection by Jo Malone, who has said of the candle’s inspiration: “I love to fill my home with white roses. To me, they represent love and celebration and bring back some of life’s most treasured and memorable moments.” Laced with subtle scents of peppered citrus and cedarwood, each candle is accompanied by a silver and glass lid to keep the wax dust-free, and comes in a luxe gift box.
7. Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Home Candle
Perfect for your modern mom who appreciates a timeless, classic product, this Jo Malone candle gives off scents of limes, zesty mandarins and peppery basil with soothing hints of thyme. This candle will add luxury and warmth to any space and never goes out of style.
8. Voluspa Vermeil Memento 8-Candle Gift Set
Got you a mom with ever-changing tastes? Try these eight indulgent scents: Makassar Ebony & Peach, Perse Bloom, Prosecco Rose, Blond Tabac, Branche Vermeil, Bourbon Vanille, Casa Pacifica, Aurantia & Blackberry. She’s bound to find one she likes…and maybe she’ll even share one with you, too!
9. Capri Blue Signature Jar Candle Volcano
For your vibrant and energized mom, this fragrance is meant to engage and awaken the senses. With hints of tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons and limes, mom will never want to blow this one out. (And she won’t have to for a full 85 hours.)
10. The Honest Company Lavender Vanilla Aromatic Soy Candles
Is your mom crazy busy and in major need of some R&R? Try this beauty made with soy wax, essential oils and plant essences—Read: NO synthetic fragrances or perfumes. Lavender and Vanilla extracts help calm feelings of stress so mom can relax, recharge and get back to her ‘to-do’ list. Bonus: Like all products made by The Honest company, the candles are non-toxic for you and your family.
11. Diptyque Feu de Bois
Elegance. It’s what sets all French women apart from the rest. So it only make sense that Diptyque, the French candle maker, consistently delivers elegant, classic candles that are a must-have in every home. The Feu de Bois is a sophisticated and comforting combination of rare, woody essences. A perfect accompaniment to her late-night glass and Housewives marathon..
12. Malin + Goetz Otto
If your mom is complicated (and I mean that in the most complimentary of ways!), Otto may be right for her! Its top notes include grapefruit and cardamom; middle notes of geranium and rose; base notes of oak moss and vetiver. It’s a synthesis of 20 garden extracts and smells different to everyone, meaning it’s pefect for any room, any personality, any mom!
13. Fresh Brown Sugar
Some moms are just too sweet. They are kind, considerate, and put everyone’s needs before their own. If your mom fits that bill—to know her is to love her!—then Brown Sugar is the perfect choice for her. An effervescent citrus scent sprinkled with sheer caramels housed in an artisanal glass bottle. Warm and delicious. Just like her
14. Qualitas Amber
For your fashionable mom with a philanthropic spirit, Amber candles by Qualitas are going to thrill her. Described the cashmere of candles, Qualitas products burn cleaner, and for a longer time (and they hold 17 percent scent as compared with only 6 percent for paraffin/soy). With an earthy scent these candles don’t just smell good, but the company also donates a portion of their profits to fund research into Colony Collapse Disorder, which is devastating honey bee colonies around the world. Mom can feel good about that!
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