The Survive Mercury Retrograde Candle

Birthdate Co.’s candles have long made our best-of lists for their great scents and pretty designs (each is tailored to, well, a specific birthday or astrological sign) — making them extremely popular for gifting or treating yourself. But it’s safe to say we’re here for the latest launch, which isn’t pegged to a specific day but rather our least favorite planetary movement.

The company’s latest limited-edition candle drop is the Survive Mercury Retrograde candle, now available in a whole new Bergamot Cardamom scent that’s specifically tailored to calming you down during the planet’s upcoming reversal, and you’re hearing about it here first. While the candle will be available on May 8 for most astrology aficionados, Underscored readers exclusively can shop the candle starting now.

Underscored readers can exclusively shop Birthdate Candle Co.'s latest limited-edition Survive Mercury Retrograde candle — in a new earthy Bergamot Cardamom scent — starting now.

This period’s Mercury retrograde runs from May 10 through June 2, so the candle is one for the long burn over the next couple of weeks (45-plus hours, to be exact). It’ll be hard to resist lighting it, because it smells really, really good: The brand describes Bergamot Cardamom as an earthy, woodsy blend to keep you grounded, with a zesty kick that’s just right for spring. Plus, it’s made from the same soy and coconut wax blend we love for a clean, nontoxic burn.

Birthdate Co.’s previous limited-edition candle — a calming Lavender Vetiver scent — came out back in January in time for 2022’s first Mercury retrograde. This time around, in addition to a grounding fragrance crafted by the brand’s master perfumers to invoke peace during this specific hectic period, the candle features a reading for what this Mercury retrograde means on the label. And once you’ve burned through it, you’ll get an ethereal surprise: a grounding smoky quartz crystal meant to help you release emotional baggage (if you subscribe to that sort of thing).

Just be sure to shop soon to get your good vibes in time for the retrograde. Once this candle sells out, it won’t be coming back.