10 Editor-Favorite Summer Candles That Will Make You Feel Like You’re on Vacation

When the 3 p.m. slump hits, some people reach for another cup of coffee or take a walk around the block. Me? I light a candle. Something about switching up the room’s scent just instantly perks me up. But on one such occasion recently, I reached into my candle stash only to realize that all of my options were decidedly not summer-appropriate. At some point last year, I must have burned through my last summer candles, leaving me with a lot of evergreen and spiced citrus scents that are just not the vibe when the sun is shining and the temperature outside is 80+ degrees.

In desperate need of a fresh supply of summer candles, I asked my fellow editors here at The Everygirl to weigh in with their summertime favorites, and they truly came through. Whether you want your home to smell like a citrus grove off the Almafi Coast or a breezy seaside retreat, these editor-favorite summer candles deliver. Add one (or several) of these to your cart and thank me later when your whole house smells like vacation.


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Montauk Candela

This candle smells just like my childhood growing up by the beach. It gives that perfect sweet and salty blend of sea air with a touch of cashmere. It is the perfect way to make your space feel like you’ve just thrown open your windows by the sea.

– Ally, Chief of Sales

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P.F. Candle Co.

Ojai Lavender Soy Candle

For me, the summer months are an excuse to make everything in my house smell like a bouquet of lavender with this gorgeous Ojai lavender scent from P.F. Candle Co. It’s the perfect way to feel cozy in the summer without too much heaviness or sweetness.

– Emma, Editorial and Podcast Assistant

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Rifle Paper Co.

Amalfi del Mar Candle

If there’s one summer candle you buy this season, make sure it’s this one. I’m not one to lean towards lemon-y scents, but this candle smells as if you’re walking through a grove of lemon trees while a soft breeze is blowing. It’s subtle, yet still sweet, and even emits its fresh aroma when unlit.

– Bella, Editorial Fashion Assistant

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Capri Blue

Volcano Capiz Glass Jar Candle

Call me basic, but it’s popular for a reason. Every spring and summer, I add a Capri Blue Volcano candle back into my rotation, and it adds such a fresh touch to my apartment year after year. With notes of tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons, limes, and mountain greens, it’ll make your home smell like an Anthropologie store in little to no time at all.

– Ashley, Brand Partnerships Manager

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Glossier You Scented Candle

I am typically a vanilla-year-round type of girl (like I know it’s 90 degrees outside, but I want my home to smell like Christmas, OK?), but on those gorgeous summer evenings when I want to DIY an Aperol spritz and sit on my balcony, this candle is my go-to. It’s citrus-esque, so it’s subtly refreshing (kind of like the cleanest, freshest laundry) but not at all an artificial creamsicle scent like you might find in Bath & Body Works lotions (no offense to Bath & Body Works because I love you, too). It’s overall floral, fresh, and reminds me of summer. Plus, the vessel is so chic I want to leave it out even when it’s not lit, and it can be repurposed as pretty summer decor.

– Josie, Wellness Editor and Podcast Host

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Good & Well Supply Co.

Zion National Park Candle

This candle smells like all the best parts of your favorite summer adventures packed up in a perfect eight ounces. With notes of desert lavender and sage, this candle lights up the whole room in relaxing summer vibes. Oh, and did I mention it has a wood wick?

– Bella, Editorial Fashion Assistant

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Santa Barbara Apothecary Co.

Ellwood Eucalyptus Candle

There’s nothing more summery to me than the smell of California eucalyptus, and this candle is my ultimate “treat myself” product. I place it next to my bed and light it up at night so my room smells like a spa.

– Cassie, Social Editor

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Bath & Body Works

Champagne Toast 3-Wick Candle

Call me basic, but I’ll never grow out of my love for a classic Bath & Body Works 3-wick candle. They’re always on sale, they last a long time, and the scent power is unmatched… what’s not to love?! During the summer, my absolute favorite is Champagne Toast. It’s fruity, light, and reminds me of sipping a spritzer by the pool.

– Jess, Associate Commerce Editor for The Everymom

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Vanilla & Sea Salt Candle

No matter the season, I’m a sucker for a vanilla candle, but the addition of sea salt makes this one feel more summery (let me have this, OK!). The wooden wick on these makes them crackle so it’s safe to say it pulls its weight in the ambience department. Truly the perfect accompaniment for a cozy summer night with a slight breeze and a good book.

– Abi, Social Media Assistant

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Japonica Panjore Lychee Glass Jar Candle

For my boujee-er moments, I can always rely on a Voluspa candle. While all of their scents are delightful, I’ve been especially loving Panjore Lychee for the summertime. It’s fruity, citrusy, refreshing, and light—which is exactly the vibe I want my home to give off in the summer months. I especially love burning this one in my kitchen.

– Jess, Associate Commerce Editor for The Everymom

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