There are a whole lot of us who like beautiful things. Great gifts that are thoughtful can bring sunshine on a rainy day. Candles are one of those gifts that work for so many of us because things that smell good make us feel good. And who doesn’t love that? Candles can really help recharge or relax, reduce stress, or bring us that warm fuzzy feeling of good memories from the past. Several companies offer some unique scents, but Goop’s “Smells Like My Vagina” candle has got to go. Not only is it eye-rolling, but seriously… $75 for a candle?! Also, does this smell like a specific person’s vagina? We don’t want to know.
According to the Goop, the “Smells Like My Vagina” candle is described as, “funny, gorgeous, sexy, and beautifully unexpected scent, this candle is made with geranium, citrusy bergamot, and cedar absolutes juxtaposed with Damask rose and ambrette seed to put us in mind of fantasy, seduction, and a sophisticated warmth.” Sounds pretty, and OK, the name is insane, but just like so many other products from Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand, the price is crazy for most people.
So, if you’re looking to get your wife a pick-me-up candle, you don’t have to spend the equivalent to a nice dinner or basically nine months’ worth of Netflix to do it. There are fantastic options on Amazon that can give the right aromatherapy without burning a hole in your pocket. Here are 5 great candles on Amazon that will let you stick it to Goop, while still getting a great candle.
1. Chesapeake Bay Candle Scented Candle, Balance + Harmony (Water Lily Pear)
One of the best-reviewed candles on Amazon, this is an excellent option for someone who likes that spa-calm feeling. The description of the scent says: A natural elixir of tropical water lily and fresh floral notes blend sweetly with a duo of pear and peach. So, paired with the calming green color; it’s luxury and affordable at just $11.99. Can all those Amazon reviewers be wrong? Unlikely.
2. Fresh Linen | Luxury Scented Soy Candles
There is nothing better than the smell of clean laundry and several bonus points if you didn’t have to spend all day folding to fill the air. This candle is long-lasting and a great price point at $14.95.
3. Yankee Candle Balsam & Cedar
Who doesn’t appreciate a good ol’ Yankee Candle? Also, if you've never heard of Yankee Candles, these are them, a very important candle brand you should know about! Described as a balsam, aromatic cedarwood, and juniper berry blend, this gives that clean smell of the forest without needing to leave your house. The price point can’t be beaten at 13.99 for a great 110-150 hour burn time.
4. Eucalyptus & Orange, Hand Poured Scented Candles
One of the greatest things about candles is the scent’s ability to change your mood. Aromatherapy candles, like this eucalyptus & orange scented one, can reenergize you when you’re feeling tired. This scent is also fantastic when you’re feeling sick with a cold and can bring some relief to stuffy noses in a subtle way. Priced at $45 typically, but on sale at Amazon for half that, this is something you can buy that seems expensive but isn't at all.
5. Benevolence LA Bergamot & Jasmine Aromatherapy Soy Candle
The scent of this candle is like if heaven were a good night's sleep. Described as delicately clean and uplifting, it has notes of bergamot, mandarin orange, black pepper and black currant with hints of jasmine, lily of the valley, geranium, violet, and ylang-ylang finished with musk, sandalwood, cedar, and vanilla notes. Priced at $19.95 but with a look that could go with any décor, this candle is classy but not like annoyingly classy.