Scented candles do that little something to boost your mood, relieves stress and wash away your cares. And when they’re made in Australia and contain Australian-loved florals, herbs, scented leaves and even foods then, well, they make you feel even more special as you remember happy occasions. These are some of our faves.
A mere whiff of a lovely fragrance can return you to a cherished memory – such as a time spent with a special someone, a holiday on the coast, a cosy winter afternoon or summer fun under the sun. These candles all invoke wonderful memories, with their native, or just quintessentially Aussie, ingredients.
1. Lemon, Lavender & Eucalyptus
A combo of native lemon myrtle and eucalyptus leaves, and soothing wild lavender. Each candle sold provides funds to the Australian Koala Foundation to plant a tree for koalas. Cost: $44.95
Eucalyptus trees, or gum trees as they are commonly known, are synonymous with Australia. They are found in most suburbs and just about every town, and the Aussie bush wouldn’t be the Aussie bush without them. Also, koalas have made them their home. As a fragrant oil, eucalyptus is soothing and refreshing (it’s a stimulant) and can help you breathe more easily when you have a cold.
2. Kyoto Camellia & Lotus
Kyoto’s sensual blend of Camellia, Lotus and Amber combine for a truly sacred experience. Cost: $42.95
Camellias were first imported into Australia in 1826 and planted in Sydney at Elizabeth Bay House. Throughout Sydney camellias now wake up many a sleepy winter garden with their showy displays of beautiful pinks and whites, and Australia has been foremost in developing beautiful new cultivars which have spread through all States and Territories. While their scent isn’t strong, new higher scented cultivars are currently being produced.
This elegant candle has a 60-hour burn. It’s a crisp and refreshing vibrant blend. Essential oils include lemongrass, lime, lemon myrtle, peppermint and eucalyptus. Cost: $39
Lemon myrtle is a subtropical tree, native to Queensland. Its dark green leafy branches are adorned with clusters of white flowers in summer. Reputed to have a ‘sweet’ citrus-like fragrance, it’s also used to flavour many lemony dishes.
Almost good enough to eat, this Triple Scented Watermelon soy candle is handmade in Sydney from natural, eco-friendly products. Cost: $39.99
Watermelon, although native to southern Africa, has made itself an integral part of Aussie summers. It’s refreshing scent is associated with hot days, and juices of of the chilled sweet food is often seen dripping down the sides of children’s smiling mouths … just before they run under the sprinkler to wash off.
5. Wild Jasmine & Sandalwood
This curious and suitably heady fragrance balances fresh wild jasmine with the earthy notes of sandalwood, cedarwood and patchouli. Cost: from $26.95
Sandalwood is native to semi-arid areas at the bottom of Western Australia (there is an Indian species, too). Woody, sweet and exotic, the distinctive scent relieves stress and anxiety, as it calms the mind. It makes the ideal candle for the home office.
Do you have a favourite scent that reminds you of Australia? Share it in the comments below.