Cotton scented candles were my first home fragrance love. I was burning and melting cotton scented wax almost exclusively for at least a year before I started on other types of scents as well.
Cotton scented candles are extremely versatile and generally not at all offensive to guest or family members. They work well as gifts for both men and women and can be paired with most floral scents if you feel like mixing things up.
With cotton scents, we’re talking about wax that smells like fresh, clean clothes. So basically it’s muted, diffused and sometimes warmed laundry detergent and/or fabric softener.
I’m horribly allergic to most fabric softeners and even if I weren’t I am an avid perfume wearer and I always find that the scent of fabric softener takes away from whatever perfume I have on. But I don’t mind at all if my house smells like fresh laundry.
Having a bunch of kids that are always encouraged to run wild outside and being a stickler for clean clothes I do SO much laundry it makes my Mum roll her eyes every time she comes over and hears the washer running in the background. The poor thing is on so much it’s basically our white noise by now. Add to that my understandable love for air-dried bed linens and we’re a household that gets plenty of “laundry” scents from actual laundry…but not so much that it would stop me from trying new cotton scents all the time and having a bunch of favorites on hand.
My favorite are ones that are light on citrus, have a soft floral blend or no floral at all and a touch of amber to give the scent some warmth to mimic the “right out of the drier” or “sun-warmed” feeling.
I burn my cotton candles mostly in January and February. They just feel great after all the balsam and bakery scents I fill my house with in December.
I also like them for any and all weekends when we’re just staying at home and have no definite plans except some light cleaning and maybe have guests and family pop round unannounced.
12 best Cotton scented candles
- Goose Creek Candle Wind Blown
- Yankee Candle Soft Blanket
- Yankee Candle Fluffy Towels
- Yankee Candle Warm Luxe Cashmere
- Yankee Candle Bundle Up
- Village Candle Cozy Cashmere
- Yankee Candle Line dried cotton
- Kringle Candle Egyptian Cotton
- Kringle Candle Warm Cotton
- Goose Creek Candle Clean Linen
- Yankee Candle Windblown
- Yankee Candle Country Linen
Kringle Candle Egyptian Cotton came out in their Spring collection. I mostly burn/melt laundry, clean type scents in February and March and then switch to fresh spring florals for April. This was great for the last week of March because while I can say it’s a laundry fragrance, there’s a lot of floral in here as well.
The official scent notes in Kringle Candle Egyptian Cotton are: clean powdery freshness atop the sweet florals of Egyptian Cotton
I get a rose and lily mix, topped with loads of green notes and aldehydes to get it to the fresh, light side. The base is a sweet musk and a light laundry/soap note.
It’s heavier on the floral side than your average “cotton” fragrance. If you are not a floral fan, go with Kringle’s Warm Cotton of Yankee’s Clean Cotton but if you’re sick of the basic laundry stuff, this is a very nice late spring version.
The scent throw on two bits of the wax melt was a strong 9. I mean, this was strong enough to scent the entire floor of my house. I’ll definitely go with a single piece of wax the next time I melt this fragrance.
Yankee Candle Country Linen came back as a treasure in time for the semi annual sale this summer. It fits well with the transitional scents that came out in this year’s spring collection, so if you enjoyed those, you’ll like this as well.
The official scent notes in Yankee Candle Country Linen are: fresh, floral.
So the overall description is very vague and that’s pretty much how the scent is. It’s vaguely floral. I expected a laundry type scent, but it’s a soft mix of lilac, freesia and citrus, with a soft peony undertone. The floral notes are super blended and the citrus just adds to the freshness rather than stand on its own.
It’s a nice floral scent, very soft and fresh.
You can add any type of “rain” or “dew” scent or a green note and it will blend together really well and make it a bit more natural.
The scent throw on my large jar of Yankee Candle Country Linen is an 8, but the overall scent is very light. So while it does travel it remains soft and light.
Yankee Candle Windblown is back in large jars only for European markets, which means that USA people will most likely be getting it in outlets as well. This is not an old scent, it came out in Summer 2015 but since it wasn’t available in EU I guess it makes sense they released it here as a Treasure.
Official scent notes in Yankee Candle Windblown are: citrus, sea, lily.
Melting my Yankee Candle Windblown it’s in the same vein as most of Yankee’s beach fragrances such as Beach Holiday, Ocean Star and Turquoise Sky. It has the same ocean note and perfumey feeling but those get diluted with a nice citrus laundry detergent scent.
It’s really a pretty generic “ocean” base that gets elevated a bit because of the laundry fragrance mixed in.
The scent throw on half a wax tart was a 5 and throw on a whole tart was a strong 8.
Village Candle Cozy Cashmere is my hands down favorite scent from their Fall collection. It’s not what I expected at all – I was thinking it will be an amber-y laundry scent – and after going through my votive I’ll be getting this baby in a large jar for sure.
The official scent notes in Village Candle Cozy Cashmere are: woods, vanilla, flowers
Village Candle Cozy Cashmere is a really complex and unique mix of a soft, powdery vanilla note, underlined by gardenia and white woods. It’s a lovely, well-balanced mix, with the woody note taking it into the fall vibe without making the overall fragrance masculine or too intense.
I really enjoy this, it pairs great with vanilla and white florals, depending on which side you’d like to amp up, but I think it’s such a great and interesting fragrance on its own, it really doesn’t need any additional layering.
The scent throw on a quarter of a votive was a good 7.
Yankee Candle Warm Luxe Cashmere was a new scent for the Fall USA Collection. Currently, these are available everywhere in melt cups and tumblers so you can test them out easily. Keep in mind that fragrance is melt cups is more intense and has stronger throw than in candle form, so don’t get a melt cup and expect the same scent throw and intensity from a jar.
Yankee Candle Warm Luxe Cashmere isn’t a laundry, fabric softener type of scent. The “cashmere” note is actually sandalwood, so Yankee Candle Warm Luxe Cashmere is actually a very sandalwood based scent.
Cashmere is a musky, powdery version of a warm wood note. So to represent it, Yankee took sandalwood, amber, vanilla and musk. These are all blended together well, with sandalwood dominating the blend.
Adding to the complexity is a hint of darkness in iris and patchouli but honestly I could only smell the iris because I knew to look for it, otherwise it gets pretty much lost in the blend.
It is a very warm, quite thick fragrance, good for super cold winter evenings.
Yankee Candle Bundle Up is new for this year’s Winter collection from Yankee. While it’s still a laundry type scent, like Yankee Candle Winter Glow, this is more intense and more wintery. My SIL said, that Winter Glow doesn’t smell like anything and Bundle Up has actual fragrance notes. While I don’t agree with her opinion of Winter Glow, I do see why she would find it bland in comparison to Bundle Up.
The official scent notes in Yankee Candle Bundle Up are: frosty days, cozy warm clothing, citrus, snow, fresh linen.
Melting a quarter of the votive, it’s laundry or a linen fragrance but it’s very complex. I get some pine, a little bit of citrus to freshen it up, mint to add the cold feeling, a sweet floral note that might be jasmine and amber to warm up the lot. If I had to compare it to older Yankees, I’d say it’s in the same vein as Clean Cotton, but with added amber. While Clean Cotton is a summer linen fragrance, this is a winter linen version.
The scent throw was a 7 on the quarter of a votive and an 8 on a third of the tart.
I’d burn this as a day or evening candle in January and February. I had a Yankee Candle Sugared Apple burning in my hall and it got mixed with Bundle Up that wafted out of my office where the kids left the doors open and the mix was surprisingly awesome, so if you find laundry fragrances boring, I’d totally recommend this mix.