When you’re hot, sweaty, achy and tired after a long day and a hard-earned workout, not only do you deserve a giant round of applause, but you also deserve a heaping helping of TLC (tender, love and care). Exercising is enough to reinvigorate your body, mind and soul, but that’s not to say that you shouldn’t come home to an equally soothing and revitalizing experience. An easy and affordable way to do this? Stock up on some candles crafted using relaxing and stimulating scents and essential oils like lavender and eucalyptus. Here are some of our favorites for winding down after a workout.
1. “Spa Day” by Brentwood Home
Just as its name describes, this fresh aloe and cucumber-infused candle is fresh, clean and crisp — much like you’d feel walking out of a luxury spa. Brentwood Home’s other scents include the Los Angeles-inspired Farmer’s Market, woodsy Redwood and soft and soothing Sunday Morning, so you really can’t go wrong with your scent selection here!
Buy now: $40 at Brentwood Home
2. Sundara Candle by Riddle Scented Oil
Inspired by the scent notes of green tea, black tea and lemon, this fragrance mimics the same comforting qualities of a warm cup of tea — which can also help you wind down after a workout! Hand poured in Los Angeles; Riddle Oil uses 100 percent Food Grade Coconut and Beeswax in all its candles. The brand’s signature fragrance oils create the ultimate scents to burn for maximum rejuvenation.
Buy now: $29 at Riddle Oil
3. Stress Relief – Eucalyptus & Spearmint by Aromatherapy
Not only is this candle developed to help relieve stress, but it also contains eucalyptus essential oils, which contain antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, according to research. These properties can come in handy after a sweaty germ-packed gym session. The addition of spearmint can also help relieve symptoms of congestion.
Buy now: $35 at Bath and Body Works
4. Orange & Bergamot Single Wick Candle by Molton Brown London
By nature, orange essential oil is emotionally uplifting. “The major chemical constituent is limonene, which has been shown to reduce anxiety, lower heart rate and ease stress,” says Maat van Uitert, essential oil expert and founder of FrugalChicken. It is especially relaxing when mixed with bergamot, another fragrant citrus fruit. In fact, studies have found that bergamot essential oils can relieve anxiety, which can definitely come in handy after a long and busy day.
Buy now: $50 at Molton Brown London
5. “Midnight Jasmine” by Yankee Candle
This scent is predominantly jasmine — a flower best known for its soothing, antidepressant, aphrodisiac and sedative qualities. It’s ideal for relaxation as well as helping you fall asleep (great to keep in your bedroom!). Jasmine is also great for relaxing muscle spasms, which are quite common if you’re overexerting yourself in class.
Buy now: $29.50 at Yankee Candle
6. HG Original Candle
If you’re looking for a candle that contains a wild blend of a myriad of different soothing scents, you’ll be glad to have stumbled upon the Hudson Grace Original. Crafted from a luxurious blend of Mexican tuberose, Indian jasmine and Moroccan orange flower, this candle will keep you cranking out endorphins long after your class has ended.
Buy now: $65 at Hudson Grace