12 Candle Scents for Relaxation

One of the best ways to relax after a hectic day is by lighting a scented candle. Aromatherapy uses scents to help the body and mind to calm down, so if you choose the right home fragrance, it will create an atmosphere where you can easily wind down. Here we explain what the best candle scents for relaxation are, so when feeling tired or stressed next time, you will know what aroma to look for that will help you to ease off.


Eucalyptus is one of the best home scents that is beneficial for the respiratory system. It allows you to take deeper breaths, a technique used to relax. Eucalyptus also helps to boost your mood.

eucalyptus and two candles on the table

Whether you’re used to intense days at the office or at home with the kids, lighting a eucalyptus candle helps to get your day back to balance.


There’s something about the subtle yet soothing scent of lavender. Oftentimes, people use this essential oil on their pillows to sleep deeper. Its ability to produce a calming effect makes it one of the best candle scents for relaxation, so it is not a surprise that this is one of the most popular fragrances used in spas and massage salons.

lavender and scented candle

When you need to chill and calm after a tiring day, make your bathroom smell amazing by adding some lavender candles around the tub and enjoy true pampering!


Anyone who enjoys drinking herbal teas knows the benefits of chamomile. Also, this scent is great for anxiety and stress relief, so if you have a hard time getting to sleep, you should try chamomile-scented candles.

chamomile flowers

Typically, candle companies combine chamomile with other relaxing scents like lavender or eucalyptus to boost its intensity. My personal favorite is this Premium Eucalyptus & Chamomile Hand Poured Scented Candle!


Roses are one of the most popular flowers and for good reason. Rose candles are great for relieving emotional conditions like anxiety and stress. Not to mention its ability to positively affect the romantic mood.

Pink Roses

So, if you want an impromptu date night, light up some rose candles. Rose also pairs well with scents like ylang-ylang and bergamot.


There’s a reason frankincense is revered as a holy fragrance. Not only does it smell great, it’s known for its healing properties. Frankincense helps with anxiety-related symptoms and other mental stressors.

Frankincense Resin

It’s also a calming agent, so if you find yourself getting worked up or agitated, light a frankincense candle and get back to a positive mood with this sweet and woody scent.


Vanilla is one of the most popular scents in the world with good reason. When you smell it, it often reminds you of enjoying your favorite baked goods.

However, using vanilla has sedative properties too so this fragrance can assist you with stress-related insomnia or restlessness. Vanilla also helps with stress relief.

vanilla scented candle

It typically pairs well with scents like lavender, citrus, and surprisingly with pine too! Though the two may seem contrasting, they make a great team and create a breath of fresh air to help you unwind. The pine property brings in the scent of freshly cut pines, and vanilla adds a vanilla bean scent. Fill your home with such fragrances, and let go of any stress and tension.

Clary Sage

Oftentimes, you see people using burning bunches of sage to get rid of bad odors. Similarly, they use clary sage to improve breathing.

clary sage

In addition, clary sage also has anti-stress qualities, and it also can regulate blood pressure by creating an immediately calm feeling when inhaled.

Sweet orange

Citrus aromas such as sweet orange scents help restore mental clarity when you are in a bad mood and also ease tension build-up. The scents fill your homes with a smell of sunshine that will certainly brighten up your day.

Light one orange aroma candle and breathe in the sweet scent when you want to chill and relieve any stress.

Tip: citrus aromas have many other benefits too, for example, citronella fragrance keep bugs and even spiders away, so make sure to get a few when having a garden party!


Nothing compares to the delicate fragrance of this beautiful flower. Jasmine is known for its calming properties. In fact, it is believed to be one of the most relaxing fragrances.

jasmine flower

When you burn jasmine scented candle, it works with your nervous system chemical called GABA, which helps calm your nerves and relieves anxiety and mild depression.


One of my favorite candle scents for relaxation is certainly lemongrass. When you inhale this bright citrus scent, it helps immediately with stress-related tension that otherwise triggers emergency responses within your body.

If you regularly struggle with anxiety or restlessness, studies show that inhaling lemongrass helps the mind to calm down and beat stress in minutes. For a refreshing aroma experience, choose a candle that includes eucalypts or peppermint notes too!


Rosemary’s effects on mental and emotional health have been talked about for centuries. For instance, the scent of this herb helps relieve anxiety. Regularly breathing in relaxing rosemary aroma makes your body remain calm.



When you want to cheer up your spirit, a peppermint aroma candle is what you need. The peppermint properties treat mental health problems of people suffering from depression and anxiety.

peppermint leaves

Peppermint is a recognized scent from the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians. It also helps in achieving mental clarity and elevating your spirits with a few intakes.

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