Best Summer Candles

One of the things I love most about candles is the change in popular fragrances that comes with each season. Personally, I love seasonal change and find that it brings me new energy and excitement and keeps life from becoming too stagnant. There are also so many different experiences, traditions and memories associated with the seasons, and nothing stirs up good feelings and memories better than smell! Even though fall and winter are the most popular seasons for candle buying, summer candles are great for bringing fun, fruity, fresh and tropical fragrances into our homes.

Summer Scents by Flickering Fern Candle

We currently have two candle collections at Flickering Fern. Our Seasonal Collection includes fall, winter and holiday favorites. In our Signature Collection you will find spring, summer and classic/non-seasonal fragrances. Let’s take a look at some great options for summer scents! All our candles are made with a natural wax blend of soy, coconut and beeswax for a clean, slow burn. They are paraffin-free, dye-free, and hand poured in small batches.

Lemon Tart 

lemon tart soy candle

I have to start with my personal favorite! If you are a lover of lemon baked goods like lemon pound cake, lemon cookies and of course, lemon tart, this candle is for you. This fragrance will fill your space with the mouth-watering aroma of juicy lemons, butter, sugar and vanilla.

Top Notes: Lemon Peel, Lemon
Middle Notes: Butter
Base Notes: Sugar, Vanilla, Cake

Coconut Mango

coconut mango soy candle

If you’re looking for tropical vibes, our Coconut Mango candle will have you dreaming of an island vacation complete with suntan lotion and frozen cocktails. The blend of fresh mango and creamy coconut will give you an instant feeling of relaxation. You’ll be ready to put your feet up by the pool, drink in hand.

Top Notes: Orange, Pineapple
Middle Notes: Peach, Mango, Sandalwood, Coconut
Base Notes: Sugar, Coconut Milk, Tonka Bean

Peach Cobbler

peach cobbler soy candle

This scent is quintessential summer for me. Peach Cobbler invokes memories of warm July days during childhood, running barefoot in the backyard while mom baked sweet treats in the oven. Fresh peaches blend perfectly with a buttery crust and cinnamon sugar topping to create the aroma of this favorite summertime dessert.

Top Notes: Sugar, Cinnamon, Raspberry, Mandarin
Middle Notes: Peach, Plum, Apple, Honey
Base Notes: Butter, Sugar, Vanilla, Nutmeg

Ocean Tide

ocean tide soy candle

If you need a break from sweet and fruity smells, Ocean Tide is the perfect choice for a fresh summer fragrance. This marine scent highlights the aromas of clean ozone, sea salt, lush greenery, and soft florals. With a relaxing base of violet and tonka bean, this scent will transport you to a tranquil coastline. Burning this fragrance, I’m reminded of summer trips to the eastern coast with the scent of sea air filling my nose.

Top Notes: Citrus, Ozone
Middle Notes: Green Leaves, Freesia, Jasmine, Sea Salt
Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Violet, Light Musk, Cedar, Powder

Other Summer Favorites

Even though I’m a candlemaker, I still like to buy candles too! As a small home-based business with limited space, there are only so many fragrances I can include in my collection. With a wealth of other fragrances out there, it’s nice to branch out while also supporting other small businesses. Here are some more great candle scents for summer!

Tomato Leaf by Light My Candle Co.

This surprising herbal scent is fresh, light, airy and full of nostalgia. Earthy, sweet, and slightly floral, this novel fragrance is a pleasant change to my typical candle line-up. Tomato Leaf brings me back to summer days picking fresh vegetables from my dad’s garden. Light My Candle Co. is a woman-owned small candle business located in Rochester, NY. Her candles are vegan, cruelty-free and made with 100% soy wax.

Brighter Days Ahead by Olive & Pine Candle Co.

This uplifting fragrance is like sunshine in a jar! With a fresh and bright blend of citrus, green moss, and wild lavender, the Brighter Days candle will bring a lovely warmth and energy to your summer collection. Olive & Pine Candle Co. is a small business owned and operated by a mom in Staten Island, NY. Her small batch candles are made with 100% soy wax and other sustainably sourced materials.

Loganberry by Bred in Buffalo Candle Company

One more shout out to a woman-owned candle business, located in Buffalo, NY. Brittany’s candles are made with 100% natural soy wax and free from toxic ingredients. Inspired by this lesser-known berry (and also a popular soft drink in Western New York), the Loganberry candle is a blend of blackberry, raspberry and sugar notes. Coming from a family of gardeners, this scent brings me fond memories of picking fresh berries at my grandfather’s house every summer.


And there you have it! I hope this list will inspire you to stock up on summer candles and maybe find something new this season.