The Best Slow North Candle Scents For Every Space In Your Home

If you’re anything like me, you might prefer different spaces in your home to emit a certain energy. For example, I keep my bedroom calm and minimalist for optimal sleep, but when it comes to the living room, I’m all about integrating bold colors to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Every room in a home has its own distinct personality and function — so why shouldn’t it also have its own scent?

slow north founder michelle simmons with the eucalyptus lavender essential oil soy wax candleScents have the ability to completely transform the energy of a room. They can bring back intense nostalgia or invite feelings of warmth and comfort. Whatever kind of energy you’re trying to capture in a room, you can do it with a candle.

That said, you shouldn’t use just any old candle. Most conventionally-made candles are made of paraffin wax and other synthetic ingredients that emit toxins when burned. slow north essential oil soy wax candle ingredientsNatural candles made from plant-based waxes and essential oils are not only more sustainable, but they emit a slightly subtler scent that enhances a room rather than overpowers it. Burning natural candles (like ours!) can define the energy of a room — so without further ado, here’s our official guide for the scents to use in every space of your home.

three women sit on a couch around a softly glowing slow north essential oil candle. The ambiance is warm and cozyLiving Room: Grapefruit + Spearmint

This candle’s invigorating, citrusy scent is exactly what every living room needs to brighten the mood. Its inviting, cheerful scent is perfect for entertaining guests, as it’s sure to energize anyone who walks into the door. Cool minty notes balance the tang of grapefruit for a refreshing, crowd-pleasing candle any time of the year, especially during spring and summer.

a slow north essential oil candle tin sits on a wooden side table next to a vase of flowers. A person sitting in a gingham chair reads mary oliver poetry just out of framePhoto courtesy of The Olive Branch

Bedroom and/or Living Room: Orange + Clove

Best for burning in the cold winter months, our spicy Orange + Clove candle is sure to invoke feelings of coziness and warmth. Designed to foster a welcoming environment, this candle offers a warm, soothing scent that reminds you of all the comforts of home.

Bedroom: Forest Bathing

Peaceful, meditative, grounding, and refreshing, this Forest Bathing candle is meant to promote stillness and clarity in body and mind. Our custom blend of fir, pine, and patchouli essential oils evokes the calm, reflective feeling of walking through a tranquil forest — perfect for burning right before bedtime.

slow north moonglow natural soap bar on a bamboo bath rack with an essential oil mini candle and a dish filled with afterglow bath saltsBathroom: Of the Sea

Our soothing blend of eucalyptus, lavender, mint, and peppermint essential oils creates a transcendental aroma that’s totally spa-like. Try burning this candle while winding down for bed, applying skincare, or taking a relaxing bath after a long day.

Slow North Essential Oil Soy Wax Hello Sunshine CandleEntryway and/ or Living Room: Hello Sunshine

This bright, lively aroma captivates with a blend of grapefruit, lime, and geranium essential oils. With floral notes and a crisp, fruity accent, burning Hello Sunshine is a wonderful way to welcome guests into your space and elevate the mood.

Bedroom: ​​Moonglow

Inspired by the moon and all its magic, this candle offers notes of patchouli, cinnamon, and black pepper to center you in the meditative flow of the moon. This candle is fantastic to use during any moon rituals you might practice.

a slow north tumbler candle with essential oil soy wax glows softly on a kitchen counterPhoto courtesy of The Olive Branch

Dining Area and/or Kitchen: Rosemary + Lemon

Both bright and herbal, this candle is sure to work up an appetite among guests gathering at your table. It brings just the right amount of summer nostalgia to any room, but its fresh, subtle scent makes it the perfect decoration for your next dinner party.

Bathroom: Eucalyptus + Lavender

No self care night is complete without the calming scent of lavender floating through the air. Draw a hot bath and let Eucalyptus + Lavender calm your senses.

Cecilia Seiter
Cecilia is a freelance writer and contributor to Slow North. She writes largely about sustainability, especially as it applies to beauty, wellness, and the future of technology. She is a graduate of the journalism department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is based in Oakland , CA.