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Kacey Musgraves is saying goodbye to people who are real good at wasting her time, and hello to a brand new Boy Smells candle. Named after her hotly anticipated new album “Deeper Well,” set to drop in on March 15, the new scent has top notes of saffron, eucalyptus and raspberry and is promising a whole “sound-to-scent interpretation” of the lyrics and themes of its namesake.
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Boy Smells, and the singer songwriter, want “Deeper Well” to be additive element to the new album. “As Kacey draws from profound wells of joy and personal experience, the candle is likewise a nourishing scentscape of earthy-gourmand notes: mushroom, beetroot, oakmoss, and damp patchouli reflect a returning to roots—a distillation of what’s essential—as eucalyptus, raspberry, and lavender bring a soft, fresh vitality,” says the Boy Smells press release.
“I’m emerging more centered, grounded, and trusting of myself than ever—and I knew that I wanted to create a multi-sensorial experience that cultivates self-discovery and our connection to the natural world,” Musgraves said via release. “Working with Boy Smells is always a joy—and I truly adore the care, sensitivity, and thought that Matthew [Herman, Co-Founder and Creator of Boy Smells] brings to the process.”
“Deeper Well” marks the second collaboration between Musgraves and Boys Smells, “Slow Burn” (named after her 2018 track) topped the charts and the mantles of just about every fan of country music and good vibes.
Deeper Well (which celebrated its release in New York City) boasts an earthy/gourmond aroma. It’s made of a coconut and beeswax blend with a braided cotton wick. There’s roughly a 50-hour burn on Deeper Well. The candle is currently available on the Boy Smells site.
That being said, finding the right candle(s) for your home isn’t a task to be taken lightly. The aroma you set is often the first impression you make on a guest — whether you want to be known as a woody cedar or fresh citrus is up to you. Aside from fragrance, candles can also be used to add a layer of warmth and “hygge” to any room — the flickering flames offer a soft light in the form of an orange-tinted glow. And despite being cheapened to a last-minute gift, the right candles can make for a perfect stocking stuffers or housewarming gift for loved ones, close and distant.
Below, find some of the best-smelling candles to buy this year — including classic choices such as Le Labo and Diptyque and playful releases such as Literie’s Below Deck-inspired scent and Homesick’s Barbie Dreamhouse collab.
Real Housewives Literie Candles
The most iconic moments from the Real Housewives franchise are commemorated in this best-selling candle collection from Literie, which features a diverse lineup of four scented candles: Flipping Tables (cedar and suede), September, Spring, Summer (grass and juniper), Go to Sleep! (fresh lavender) and Nine Lemons in a Bowl (citrus and ivy). Check out more of the best Real Housewives merch to gift this year here.
Experience the rich and addictive aroma of Apotheke’s broody bestselling fragrance, Charcoal. This Classic Scented Candle is made with a premium soy wax blend and essential and perfume-grade fragrance oils in a chic matte-black glass vessel.
Boy Smells Mandarin Fantóme
No one delivers as complex a fragrance as the Los Angeles-based candle company Boy Smells, whose sleek rose-hued packaging makes a welcome addition to any tablescape or nightstand. It’s so good Kacey Musgraves even partnered with the brand to create their bestselling Slow Burn candle.
Liis Reyes Candle
Liis is perhaps best known for their luxury perfumes but the brand’s best scents are also available in candle form. This Reyes candle is inspired by the coastal wilderness with notes of black pepper, coconut water, fig leaf, fog, lavendar, clary sage, oakmoss and papyrus.
Homesick Barbie Dreamhouse Candle
Transform your home into Barbie’s Malibu Dreamhouse with this adorable candle from Homesick. The bespoke candle features rose and jasmine accents, with uplifting notes of lemon and sandalwood.
Diptyque Amber Candle
Evoke the aura of a cackling fire with this woody scent from Diptyque, which features notes of wood, vetiver and patchouli enhanced with radiant aniseed, insolent spices, mysterious incense, cistus and tonka bean.
Byredo Bibliothèque Candle
This luxe candle from Byredo is for book lovers who find themselves intoxicated by the smell of newly printed paper. In this candle, aptly named Bibliothèque, the velvety quality of paper is embodied in touches of peach, plum, vanilla and patchouli.
Maison Margiela Replica By the Fireplace
Achieve a mix of fresh citrus and cozy woodfire with this unique aroma from Maison Margiela’s Replica, whose perfectly balanced scent includes notes of orange flower, vanilla perfume, clove oil and chestnut.
Le Labo Verveine 32 Classic Candle
If you’re familiar with Le Labo perfume, then you won’t need to be convinced into their candles, which pack the same long-lasting and unique fragrances into their hand-poured wax. The Verveine 32 creates harmony between zest and earthly blends, with notes of makrut lime, verveine leaves, eucalyptus leaves and cedar leaf.
Jo Malone Glowing Embers Scented Candle
Jo Malone makes for a can’t-go-wrong stocking stuffer or last-minute gift. Part of their Townhouse Collection, the Fresh Fig & Cassis scented candle gives off the woody scent of a cackling fire, poured into a hand-finished ceramic vessel with a decorative lid.
Malin +Goetz Leather Candle
If you’re someone whose favorite part of a well-worn vintage find is its ripened smell then this leather scene from Malin + Goetz is for you. This modern scent embodies nostalgia with top notes of lotus flower, eucalyptus and clove, balanced by leather, cedarwood, sandalwood, suede amber and cashmere musk.
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