The 10 Best Candles For Any And Every Mood

Illustrated by Lindsay Hattrick.

Okay, maybe not every mood, we're complicated creatures

Millennials love candles just as much as millennials love plants. In the same way that plants cozily accessorize a room, candles help to upgrade a space. "I feel like candles and music are the two things that can instantly transform a home and your mood," Abigail Stone, founder of candle company Otherland, tells us. "When I get home from work, or if you're home alone watching TV or something, it can be a little boring or lonely. But if you light a candle, it's instantly me time. It transforms your intention and the room with the ambiance and, of course, the scent."

Stone started Otherland late last year, because she found most candles on the market too expensive (meaning, she never wanted to actually burn them), while lower-priced brands had a tendency to be overly scented. She felt like there was a way to make a modern brand that also incorporated art and design for a semi-affordable price. And she's not the only one who saw a hole in the market. Brands like Boy Smells, Keap, and Overose have all launched within the last couple of years to great acclaim.

Candles have been burning since the beginning of time (basically, 3000 BC is the best estimate to when the first candle was lighted), but millennials have been driving candle sales through the roof recently. Part of that is because, as Stone points out, candles are an easier and less expensive way to decorate. And we know how cheap us 20- and 30-somethings are. "It's harder to switch up the vibe in your space with furniture and decor. Something like a candle, though, is instant."

More than that, they feed into this generation's self-care obsession. "People are thinking a lot more about their personal rituals and candles in this modern, digital, often-superficial-seeming world," Stone says. "It's not electric, it's fire, it's a flame, and you have a visceral reaction to that. It represents these feel-good habits and rituals that we see as essential part of our modern lives."

But, of course, not every scent fits every mood or vibe you're trying to give off. You wouldn't light a lavender candle when you're about to go out, would you? No, no you wouldn't. So, ahead, we've gathered some of our favorite scents and organized them based on how you might be feeling. As Stone explains, candles are a very emotional purchase and we millennials are very emotional people.

For when you need some extra morning encouragement...

Morning isn't usually a time people think to light candles, but really, it's kind of perfect. Set your intentions and start your day with the smell of the ocean. Waking up is hard, this helps.

Brooklinen, Wake Scented Candle, $35, available at Brooklinen.

For when you're feeling seasonal...

The smell and taste and aroma of chai should be enjoyed year-round, but it takes on a different kind of appeal in the fall and leading up to the holidays. This candle is a tribute to the tea ritual of the Indian subcontinent and includes hints of cardamom mixed with spice. It's great for when you want to be productive on a blustery Saturday morning, but still want to take your time entering the world.

Byredo, Chai Candle, $85, available at Byredo.

For when you're feeling a little feisty... 

Not only does this candle help to get you in ~the mood~ but it can also be poured on the skin once it's melted (it includes jojoba oil). Do as you wish with that information.

Maude, Burn Massage Candle, $25, available at Maude.

For when you're feeling outdoorsy...

... but don't feel like going outside. Or, if you live in a city and thus aren't located near more than one solitary tree. Cedar and palo santo can help you get your dose of wood cabin coziness without the scary movie feel.

Keap, Wild Figs, $39.50, available at Keap.

For when you're feeling wistful...

What is it about roses and rainy mornings that make us feel nostalgic? Maybe your mom wore a rose-scented perfume as a kid. Mine did. And rain has a way of forcing you to pause and wade in your pensiveness. Either way, make note that this candle is not to be burned unless you're ready to feel these kinds of feelings.

Overose, Holo Nudesse, $68, available at Overose.

For when you're feeling fancy...

I imagine this is what hotel rooms in the Waldorf Astoria or the Ritz-Carlton smell like. The scent isn't too strong or pungent because the rich don't like anything too overpowering. They like a controlled ambiance.

Sunday Forever, Rich (Cashmere & Smoke), $36, available at Sunday Forever.

For when you just need to chill...

Lavender is usually my go-to scent to unwind from those longer than necessary days, but I hadn't been introduced to cannabis yet. It's smooth, and calming and the combination of white musk, amber, and tulip add to its freshness.

Boy Smells, Kush, $29, available at Boy Smells.

For when you're feeling 21 again...

Stone recommends burning this one while pregaming and getting ready to go out. You can also light it if you're over the age of 25 and need to muster up the energy to actually leave the apartment on a Friday night.

Otherland, Chandelier, $36, available at Otherland.

For when you can't be bothered...

... with going outside, with dealing with people, with being a functioning human being. This is for those serious hibernation days when maybe the snow is falling and the Netflix-binging is in full effect.

Olfactory, Toasty Candle, $35, available at Olfactory.

For when you're feeling yourself...

If the message on the candle doesn't hype you up, maybe the combination of birch, spicy blood orange, and vanilla will.

The 125 Collection, My Life is Dope and I Do Dope Sh!t, $35, available at The 125 Collection.

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Which one, though?

Kim Kardashian is suing fast fashion retailer Missguided, claiming that the brand uses her image to spark interest in and sell its clothing. This lawsuit comes a few days after a theory, that she may be selling her own vintage clothing designs to fast fashion brands so that they can rip them off, made its rounds on the internet.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kardashian's attorney Michael Kump writes that "Missguided systematically uses the names and images of Kardashian and other celebrities to advertise and spark interest in its website and clothing." Other celebrities that the brand has tagged on its Instagram include Cardi B and Dua Lipa, along with the other members of the Kardashian-Jenner family.

Kump uses the example of the Yeezy dress that Kim posted to Instagram, which was ripped off by the brand within a couple of hours. "Recently, for example, after Kardashian posted a photo on Instagram of a dress that was made for her... Missguided quickly responded with its own Instagram post... boasting that it would be ripping off the design within 'a few days,'" Kump continues. "Missguided purposefully inserted Kardashian's Instagram username (@KimKardashian) into its post to capitalize on her celebrity status and social media following in promoting the sale of its upcoming product."

Kump also draws attention to the fact that the brand uses Kardashian's name so much that it may lead others to believe that she works with the brand, which, he wants to make clear, she does not: "Missguided's U.S. website has included entire pages that are devoted solely to the sale of clothing inspired by Kardashian, and on which Kardashian's name and likeness are prominently used without her permission to promote the products."

Some are noting that it's suspicious that Kardashian is not suing Fashion Nova, as well, since the brand most recently ripped off a vintage Mugler gown that Kardashian wore. Though it may be harder for Kardashian to make any claims since timestamps have revealed that the dress was made before Kardashian premiered the dress.



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He previously claimed to be a victim of a hate crime

According to reports, actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested by the Chicago Police Department. As CNN outlines, he's facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report. If found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.

The Empire star previously claimed that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime on January 29. He alleged that two masked men attacked him, tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and yelled, "This is MAGA country!" Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo were eventually arrested and brought in for questioning, during which news broke that one appeared on Empire and the other worked as Smollett's personal trainer. Now, according to both men and reports, it's being said that Smollett paid them to "orchestrate" the attack.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, have issued a statement regarding their client's defense. "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," they told Deadline. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

If this is all true, this unfortunate turn of events should in no way take away from the fact that there is an abundant number of racially and sexually motivated attacks happening all of the time. They also still remain vastly underreported, so it's essential to listen to alleged victims, always.