Hey, sun baby! We know you’re exhausted by winter and pleading for the first days of summer. But toss those wonky time machine blueprints the snake oil salesman persuaded you to purchase. It turns out your sniffer makes for an even more powerful fast-forward button!
Scents are their own time machine that you don’t need a quantum physics degree to access. Breathing in a honey-soaked citrus or salt-kissed breeze rips you right out of the snowdrift and into a beautiful beach scene. That’s because the sense of smell bypasses all the brain’s ponderous rational centers and bee-lines right for the memory department. One whiff of a sun-soaked scent opens up a flurry of memories you never consciously consider!
Fortunately, our members are experts at waving the magic wand of scent. From candles to soaps and diffusers, these summer-inspired scents will turn a subzero morning into a sun-splashed beach getaway. All you need to do is breathe.
Time Travel to Summertime With These 9 Sun-Soaked Scents
Noveltee by Farley (CA)
La Jolla Beach
Maker: Louanda Farley
Bioluminescence is one of the most breathtaking phenomena that unfurl from the ocean. Neon blue stars pin the surf, twinkling like a carpet of fireflies. Noveltee by Farley jars the dazzling moment in the candle, La Jolla Beach. Turn down the lights and enjoy a vessel that lights up like glow-in-the-dark stars, scented with the romantic aftertaste of a SoCal sunset.
Orange peel, wisps of sea salt, and velvety amber capture the sea’s most striking sight.
San Clemente Bath Co (CA)
Beaches Candle Collection: Beach Trail
Maker: Mary Hammer
Throw open the windows and prop the doors: Beach Trail sends all the trimmings of a sunny coastal day billowing through your living room. Breathe in a crisp seaside stroll of herbal, floral, and citrus notes—tangled with the sun-kissed cotton of laundry fresh off the line.
Take your mind off that endless Zoom call and escape to a laid-back day in the sun.
Restore Candle Co. (CA)
Maker: Nikki Kuech
As a self-proclaimed heliophile you’re equally clinging to the final days of last August while counting down to this year’s most sun-adorned months. With this candle, you never have to say farewell to your favorite season: it radiates with a tropical moodboard of breezy palms and melodious steel drums.
Orange and lemon peels wind around sweet pineapple and coconut, drizzled in a shot of swim-up bar rum.
Great South Bay Candles (NY)
Maker: Theresa Gorgone
This reed diffuser tells—no, commands—winter blues to ‘hit the road!’ Slot a handful of rattan reeds into this chic bottle to envelop your room in the resort-like aromas of a beach getaway. Sea moss wanders with white florals on a salt-kissed ocean breeze, finished off by a cheery zing of citrus.
“I bought one for my mom, and I loved it so much that I bought one for myself!” raves one fan. “Such a very refreshing scent, and it makes working from home that much nicer!”
Beach House by Mikaila (CA)
Starfish Design Candle
Maker: Mikaila Fabbro
This Pacific Palisades-based chandler knows a thing or two about beach life: this candle comes to your door straight from picturesque bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The elegant vessel is enrobed with nautical-themed burlap, pinned with a gift from the sea: a natural starfish.
Pick from 11 stunning scents, ranging from fresh-squeezed Lemon to a refreshing sip of Cucumber Mint.
Blue Flame Candles (FL)
Maker: Lonee Cataldo
You don’t need a plane ticket to find yourself in paradise. One light of Beach will transport you to the long and lazy afternoons of a sunny Florida vacay destination. Sweet, sugar-spun coconut dances with lime and fresh eucalyptus for an unforgettable swoon under the sun—without leaving your zip code.
It's all your most cherished vacation spots—hand-poured into an irresistibly scented candle!
Canard Labs (OR)
Maker: Tanya Rasley
Turn every bath into an enchanting plunge beneath the surf. This Seaside Soap doesn’t just look like a picture-perfect beach day, it perks up your sun-loving soul with scents like crushed sea salt, lazily swaying palm flowers, and a golden-hour splash of amber.
“This is my absolute favorite!” remarks one 5-star review. “Smells absolutely wonderful and looks like a perfect ocean scene.”
Aun Dolce (NY)
Maker: Elizabeth Pichardo
Sadly the seasons don’t come with a remote control—but the bright aromas of this Ocean Vibes candle will hit all the right buttons! Wind-blown hair, fresh-kissed by salt spray, juicy strawberries, and a bubbly pop of orange whisk your imagination away to the carefree days of deep summer.
Land Sea Soul (TX)
Maker: Kevin Zittle
Freezing rain or waist-high snow might limit your outdoor excursions: but there’s no stopping the heart of a wanderer! Satiate your appetite for adventure with Coastal Explorer. Woody oakmoss and smoky leather lead the way through a redwood-lined trail, backed by feathery wisps of an ocean breeze singing through the trees.
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