Floral scents for spring? Okay, so that’s not too groundbreaking, but who can resist? Especially when winter is just about (finally) in the rearview, and with the rising temps come a new wardrobe and some fresh home fragrances. The latter may seem like a small thing, but there are few things that will make your space feel warmer and more welcoming than a good candle, diffuser or incense stick. Swapping out the cedarwood and pine needle notes that you’ve been burning all winter for something like lemongrass or grapefruit will take a living room from a snowy hilltop to a white-sand beach in an instant—no ticket required. Here, 11 seasonal home scents that you’ll want to have on this spring.
Thucassi Savanna Grand Oasis Candle
Missed a big safari trip this year? One candle is no real substitute, but it can at least evoke some elements of the savannah—even if you’re just in your family room at home. Notes of smoked fig, jasmine, amber, blackened pear and charred cedar give off a smoky, woodsy scent that still feels fresh. It’s all wrapped up in a hair-on-hide leather container (plus handblown glass).
Tom Dixon Fog Incense Gift Set
If you’re new to incense, this set is a great place to start. It includes a small, subtle brass burner, plus 20 fragrance cones to get you started. The scent itself has notes of black pepper and patchouli, so it’s a bit earthy like a fresh-dug garden, but you can always slot other incense cones into the burner down the road as needed.
Voluspa Apple Blue Clover Candle
At 20 hours, this candle doesn’t have a ton of burn time, but if you’re just looking to sample a few different scents to see what you like, this is a great place to start. It’s ideal for spring, too, with top notes of cucumber, green apple and watermelon. It’s bright and floral, but its bottom notes of sheer musk and jasmine mean it’s not saccharine.
L’Objet Haas Mojave Scented Candle
A lot of candles smell great but look generic. This one, designed in collaboration with the esteemed artist duo the Haas Brothers, is a true exception. Housed in a porcelain vessel with embossed trees and one of the designers’ signature creepy-crawly characters, it has notes of papyrus, coriander, juniper and frankincense. It’s a heady, refreshing mix.
Nest Lemongrass & Ginger Reed Diffuser
There’s more than just lemongrass and ginger packed into this diffuser: It also contains notes of eucalyptus, thyme and sage. Altogether it’s a light, breezy scent that will last for up to 90 days. You can always reuse the glass vessel and any extra reeds afterward, too.
Capri Volcano Candle
This is the spring candle you’ve been looking for—so much so that it’s virtually synonymous with fresh scents. It has top and middle notes of tropical fruit, sugared oranges, lemons and limes, with a base of mountain greens. It’ll last a while too, with a burn time of about 100 hours.
Le Labo Santal 26 Home Fragrance Spray
Much has been said about Santal 26—it’s musky with notes of vanilla, it also comes in candle form, and Jennifer Lopez reportedly used to buy it in bulk. The spray version is great for giving your home a little spritz every once in a while without having to get out the matches. Who knows—maybe you too will feel the need to order 100 or more at once after trying.
Diptyque Dancing Ovals Scented Candle Set
Not everyone’s a home fragrance nut, so for those who are still trying out different scents, this sampler from Diptyque is a great place to start. It comes with Baies, Roses and Figuier, so those who aren’t as familiar with the brand’s lineup can give a few different fragrances a go. Plus, the oval patterns on each look undeniably chic.
Jo Malone Lime Basil Diffuser
This one comes from fragrance master Jo Malone. Lime plus basil sounds really simple, but this oil diffuser is a bit more nuanced. The basil has a peppery scent to it, and there’s white thyme infused with the lime, giving it a slightly different fragrance. Familiar, but just different enough to make it interesting.
Carthusia Note Home Spray
Carthusia’s history goes way back to the 14th century, when monks made fragrances by leaving flowers in water for too long. This home spray captures the spirit of the island of Capri where Carthusia was first conceived all those centuries ago, with top notes of lemon, eucalyptus and mint.
Fueguia 1833 Manglar Candle
Inspired by the mangrove forests of Central America, Manglar combines vetiver and cedar to create a refreshing, unexpected fragrance. Made with sustainable beeswax in Italy, it’s a candle that you’ll have burning for a while—after, you can still reuse the jar for storage.