Many of us have been spending extra time in our homes. Travel plans have been canceled, we’re missing visits to family and friends, and we’re looking for ways to brighten our days while we’re cooped up indoors. That’s where Homesick comes in.
This US-based candle company, whose products are also available on Amazon, creates hand-poured candles designed to remind you of your favorite places and memories. Based on the science that scent is strongly tied to memory, Homesick candles aim to remind you of the places far away you’ve been missing.
Homesick has candle collections based on countries, states, cities and memories. The range of candles in each collection is widespread, so you’re almost certain to find what you’re looking for. What’s awesome about Homesick candles is the specificity in scents. While some candles include your typical vanilla and citrus scents, they also highlight many of the first scents you’d think of about places, like snow, sunscreen or grass. Candles have around 60 to 80 hours of burn time, so you’re sure to feel back at home for a good long while. The design is simple, with a label on the front showcasing the location your candle is reminiscent of, so it can fit in with any design aesthetic you may have.
Needless to say, a lot of adventures are being put on hold right now. Whether it was a trip to your family home, a semester abroad, your senior spring or your next great vacation, there’s bound to be frustration about being at home instead. Homesick helps bring these adventures indoors, and we’ve highlighted some candles from the collections to help bring you back home, or to a place you’ve never been before.
The city that never sleeps is taking a bit of a rest right now. Remind yourself of your favorite parts of NYC with this candle. It features scents like grapefruit and lemon, concrete, oakmoss and sandalwood to remind you of warm days in Central Park, department stores and those famous city streets.
Boston is a historic and bustling city. This candle features spiced tea and nutmeg, orange citrus and notes of vanilla to bring you back to Beantown and days in New England. This candle is great for a student who left school in Boston early and is missing the City on a Hill.
This candle will transport you to the great outdoors. Scents including spruce needles, cinnamon, snow and sandalwood will have you reminiscing or daydreaming about your time in the woods and mountains. Whether it’s your home state or your next vacation plan, this candle will bring the beautiful Colorado landscape to you.
The Ocean State is not so far anymore with this candle designed with the aromas of Rhode Island. It finds scents from all four seasons like nutmeg and maple, seashore, hay and vanilla. If you’re missing out on your beach adventures, this candle will take you right back.
It’s safe to say many of us are missing our family visits a little bit extra right now. The first scent mentioned for this candle is butter, which is awesome. Other scents are apple, cookie and vanilla, as well as a few others. This candle will remind you of treats Grandma baked up for you, and hold you over until you can finally hug her again.
Thank You, Mom ($29.95; homesick.com)
Mother’s Day will be here sooner than you might think. With this candle, which would make a fantastic gift, she can smell the distinct aroma of fresh-cut flowers on the kitchen table, and breakfast sizzling on a Sunday morning.
Whether your summer camp plans are on hold, or they’re the plans you’re most looking forward to, this candle will have you thinking about the sunshine and smiles of days at camp. Scents in this candle include green grass, lemon, sunscreen and sandalwood. Summer camp memories can be some of the happiest, and this candle will help you reminisce on those days and look forward to the sunshine ahead.
Birthday Party ($26.46, originally $29.95; amazon.com)
Celebrating your birthday virtually while staying at home? Use this candle to brighten up the room and add some sweetness to the celebration. This candle smells like butter, cream, vanilla and bakery, all of which will remind you of your special day. Keep the celebration going even after you’ve blown out the candles on your cake.
American Summer ($29.95; homesick.com)
While the jury’s still out on whether any of us will be able to enjoy the summer, this candle can at least remind you of how great it usually is. Includes notes of fresh flowers, watermelon and picnics in the park.
Australia ($29.95; amazon.com)
Whether it’s your home or your dream vacation destination, Australia is beautiful and unique in so many ways. If you’re missing the land Down Under, this candle is sure to provide part of the experience. With scents like eucalyptus, chocolate, saltwater, jasmine and sunscreen, you’ll feel halfway around the globe in no time.
This candle will bring the smells of the French streets to your home. Top notes are butter and coffee, making your kitchen a dreamy French pastry shop. Other scents include lavender, red wine, vanilla and bread to round out the iconic French food, drink and atmosphere. If you’re missing home, that amazing weekend in the French countryside, or your time cut short studying abroad, this candle will have you nostalgic in no time.
United Kingdom ($29.95; amazon.com)
The rainy weather and cozy cups of tea are highlights in this candle created with the United Kingdom in mind. Scents include bergamot, rain, Earl Grey tea, toffee and vanilla. Perfect for an overcast and drizzly day spent indoors, it’ll make you feel like you’re back across the pond when you look out the window and waft the scents from this candle.
Note: The prices above reflect the retailer’s listed prices at the time of publication.