What does the scent of summer mean to you? Perhaps it’s an abundance of flowers, their delicately perfumed blooms creating an irresistibly seductive scent at sundown? Or maybe it’s the vital, sparkling salty essence of windswept coastlines and days spent by the sea? A scented candle instantly sets the mood, whether it’s at an elegant lunch party or as you unwind after work. Uplifting and fresh or sensuous and romantic, here’s our pick of the best scented candles for summer.

The Scent of the Trees

Heavy sandalwoods and cedars are perfect for snuggling next to the fire and creating a wintry ambiance, but that’s not to say that there aren’t woody scents that work perfectly for spring and summer. Think of an afternoon stroll with the sunlight playing on the leaves, or relaxing with an evening tipple amidst orchard blossom, and you’re there. Choose crisp, bright scents playing on notes of fig, willow, cedarwood and pine for a fresh, uplifting feel.

Noble Isle Willow Song Candle

Noble Isle Willow Song Candle.

True Grace Orchard Candle in A Tin

True Grace Orchard Candle in A Tin.

Designers Guild Green Fig Scented Candle

Designers Guild Green Fig Scented Candle.

Côté Bastide Fig Leaves Scented Candle

Côté Bastide Fig Leaves Scented Candle.

Le Jardin de Colette Candle

Le Jardin de Colette Scented Candle.

The Scent of the Seaside

Oooh we do like to… Yes, you know the rest. The scent of the seaside is a little difficult to quantify though, isn’t it? Fresh, sunny and sparkling with windswept walks along the coast… There’s an undertone of salty seaspray and warming driftwood, alongside verdant notes of pretty wildflowers and the exhilarating openness of the great outdoors.

Next Sea Salt & Driftwood Fragranced Candles

Next Sea Salt & Driftwood Fragranced Candles.

Atkinsons Isle of Wight Bouquet Candle

Atkinsons Isle of Wight Bouquet Candle.

Laboratory Perfumes’ Samphire Candle

Laboratory Perfumes Samphire Candle.

Marks & Spencer Sea Peony Large Scented CandleMarks & Spencer Sea Peony Large Scented Candle.

H&M Seaside Scented Candle

H&M Seaside Scented Candle.

The Scent of Flowers

Spring and summer are two seasons dedicated to flowers. The aroma of blooms hanging heavy in the air come sundown – and who can resist the sweet perfume of a garden on a summer’s morning? With its soft, soothing feel, jasmine is a scent which works particularly well in the evening. Try rose or perhaps gardenia for an elegantly perfumed interior all day long.

Ecoya Sweet Pea and Jasmine Madison Jar Candle

Ecoya Sweet Pea and Jasmine Madison Jar Candle.

Jo Loves White Rose & Lemon Leaves

Jo Loves White Rose & Lemon Leaves.

Designers Guild Amrapali Scented Candle

Designers Guild Amrapali Scented Candle.

Max Benjamin Serene Jasmin Scented Candle

Max Benjamin Serene Jasmin Scented Candle.

Honey & Narcissus Scented Candle

Oliver Bonas Honey & Narcissus Scented Candle.

The Scent of Travel

Whether you’ve taken in the delights of the souk in Marrakech or like nothing better than lazing on the beach watching the sun dip below the horizon, there’s a scent to accompany your favourite holiday experiences. Patchouli, sandalwood and bitter orange, or perhaps dark rum and zingy lime? Who says you need to pay for a plane ticket to take your senses to faraway climes?

Marks & Spencer Moroccan Escape Bitter Orange Candle

Marks & Spencer Moroccan Escape Bitter Orange Candle.

Malin + Goetz Mojito Candle

Malin + Goetz Mojito Candle.

Marks & Spencer Patchouli & Clove Scented Filled Candle

Marks & Spencer Patchouli & Clove Scented Filled Candle.

Bella Freud Loving Tuberose and Sandalwood Scented Candle

Bella Freud Loving Tuberose and Sandalwood Scented Candle.

Ortigia Zagara Scented Candle

Ortigia Zagara Scented Candle.