Based on my blog posts recently, it’s probably easy to tell what kind of mood I’ve been in. Despite the Mercury retrograde, the fall season has me feeling ultra festive and happy. It’s amazing how weather can affect our mood. Tomorrow marks the start of October (hello Scorpio season), and I’ve been adding little touches to our home to make it feel extra cozy- including opening some new candles. I love a fresh candle, and lighting it for the first time! It officially feels like candle burning season, doesn’t it? The temperatures are cooling, and each year I like to share my current favorite home fragrances for autumn and the colder months ahead. I wanted to compile a quick post with some top picks for you, as well as host an easy giveaway for a handful of my own candles from the Tuesday Made shop. Click through to check it out and enter!
My personal home fragrance preference this time of year includes a lot of earthy, masculine, and spiced scents. Think firewood, forest fragrances, patchouli, amber, hearth, vetiver, moss, santal, tobacco, leather, etc. I enjoy the seasonal warmth these fragrances add to our home, without smelling too sweet. I know lots of people love bakery and food scented candles (pumpkin, maple syrup, sugar cookie, etc), but I’ve never really been into those intoxicating sweet scents. So do with that what you will, when it comes to my recommendations! I prefer layers (I learned a LOT about fragrance notes while creating my candle collection), a bit of complexity, and scents that skew masculine.
I also appreciate a good candle that has enough fragrance to slightly smell when you pass by it- even when it’s not lit. A little goes a long way in filling a home, and I never want to burn candles for more than 2-3 hours. I’d rather spend the money on a quality candle with a concentrated fragrance, that has organic ingredients for a clean burn. I promised myself I was done with candles that leave a heavy soot behind, so that’s what you’ll find in this roundup: quality, splurge-worthy candles. Ready to see my top picks?
Click directly on the candles to be redirected to the source- or use the numbered links below the collage to shop… not all are clickable.
01: feu de bois / wood fire candle // 02: warmth candle // 03: vetiver oud candle // 04: oud noir 6-wick candle // 05: leather satchel candle // 06: bellocq candle // 07: amber candle // 08: tatine city of night candle // 09: woods votive set // 10: wood sage candle // 11: maison louis marie candle // 12: hearth classic candle // 13: vetiver sage candle // 14: woodland candle // 15: abd el kader candle // 16: santal 26 classic candle
I’ve burned all of these at one point or another, so if you have questions about any of them- please let me know! I’m happy to share my feedback. Over the past couple years, I’ve done a ton of candle research, product testing, and have spent more money on candles than I’d probably like to admit. It was all apart of creating my own candle collection for our shop. It’s something I’ve grown to be quite passionate about! I’ve always been into fragrance… candles, perfume, diffusers, satchets, and even car fresheners, so this is fun for me.
When it comes to styling my candles, I like to rest them on something to elevate, as well as to protect the surface beneath it. I love our little clawfoot pedestals (pictured below), marble trivets, ogee pedestals, and acrylic pedestals for candle styling. I’m also a fan of keeping a match strike nearby. Books are another easy way to prop candles while protecting your furniture!
Candles have such a way of calming and soothing. Even though I especially love them this time of year, I burn them year round. In fact, my therapist once gave me a simple exercise, I thought I’d share. She suggested at the end of each work day, I begin a routine of lighting a candle for 5-10 minutes. It signifies that the workday is finished, and I’m letting go of anything that happened during the day… as the candle burns, any negativity or stress is released as the flame flickers. Along with some deep breathing and gratitude, I really enjoyed that routine. Maybe that’s something I’ll start doing again! It feels like a treat to light a candle and relax because I usually light one while I’m doing something enjoyable- cooking dinner, soaking in the tub, reading a book, watching a movie, etc. I’ve also found they signify events or occasions that have happy memories- holidays, a romantic dinner at home, a cozy snow day, etc. Have you ever thought about the mental health benefits of candles? I honestly hadn’t until chatting about it with my therapist years ago. That’s just one more reason to love them! Ok, I’ll stop blabbing- let’s move onto the giveaway…
For the giveaway, I’m going to mail out some Tuesday Made candles to a handful of you. Entering is easy…
- Follow Tuesday Made on Instagram.
- Comment on this blog post, and let me know which exclusive Tuesday Made candle from our collection you’d like!
I’ll notify the winners in a week, and will get shipping addresses to get those surprises sent out! Sound like a plan? As always, I appreciate you showing up to chat with me, your continued support of my small business and blog, as well as your friendship here. I enjoy these little giveways like this, and I hope they’re fun for you too!
Here’s to a new month, a lovely fall season, and a relaxing weekend ahead! I’ll see you back here on Monday? Emmett & I are crossing another item off of our fall activity to-do list… we’re headed to our local Oktoberfest this weekend. Cheers to that! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway…