June is the start of the pool season at my house. The pool gets filled and the tropical fruit candles come out. I do lots of fruit, some summer florals, all the various stuff that has coconut in it and watery scents that manage not to smell like men’s cologne. I also throw in some green, grassy, palm type fragrances if there are any good ones easily available.
The Best Pool Party scented candles and wax list is a list of my affordable favorites for summer entertaining that are easily available either online or in major stores.
7 top pool party scented candles
- Kringle Candle Fiji
- Yankee Candle Summer Peach
- Goose Creek Candle Strawberry Lemonade Cupcake
- Yankee Candle Juicy Citrus and Sea Salt
- Yankee Candle Tropical Jungle
- Village Candle Sea Salt Cucumber
- Yankee Candle Rainbow’s End
I got a large jar of Goose Creek Candles Strawberry Lemonade Cupcake to give to my SIL as a gift. She loves all things bakery and sweet and out of all the Goose Creek candles I sniffed I figured I can’t go wrong with this. I was visiting today and she had it burning in the kitchen. I was very strong. She has a small to medium sized kitchen and for my nose, it was too much for that space. I’d need a large room for this.
The official scent notes in Goose Creek Candles Strawberry Lemonade Cupcake are strawberry, orange and grapefruit, sweet lemonade, bakery coconut, vanilla cupcake mix, buttermilk, and powdered sugar.
As is often the case in Goose Creek Candles, there are a ton of notes in the official description but I can’t even smell half. It was still a nice scent, but much less complex smelling than what you’d expect from the description. I smelled a very sweet lemonade scent, with strawberry and some vanilla. The overall scent was warm and fruity. It was like you’d make the lemonade with honey instead of sugar. The strawberry note is candy-like. It’s like the flavored syrups you buy for coffee or cocktails type of strawberry. I couldn’t smell the cupcake or any other type of bakery notes.
I’m very fussy when it comes to bakery notes, they’re either there and done right, or not. Companies often just throw vanilla and sugar in there and call it bakery. That’s not it. If it doesn’t smell like cake, it’s not bakery and I couldn’t smell it here.
The scent throw on the large jar was a strong 8. This will fill any big room and travel around as well.
Yankee Candle Rainbow’s End was around in 2012 and then it became quite hard to find, to the delight of ebay scalpers and chagrin of Yankee collectors. I tried it out when it first came out and in 2019 it’s coming back as a Treasure. It’s already popping up in US outlet stores so it shouldn’t be long before it’s available online.
The official scent notes in Yankee Candle Rainbow’s End are: after the storm… a wonderfully balmy, refreshing scent of clear country air.
This is a nice, fresh laundry type scent with a good dose of ozone thrown in. Yankee always does really well with this type of scents but honestly, I think the hype over this particular fragrance is mostly due to the “hard to find” status and the overall adorable look of the candle rather than because of the scent itself. I get the water note, the ozone note, detergent type floral note and a bit of an earthy undertone.
It’s the type of scent you burn during a summer storm or a sleepless spring night. I went through so many laundry scents during the good old days when I was up all night with a colicky baby or a job-related thing and I’ve always found them to be the perfect companion.
It’s the kind of smell that won’t be too much even if it’s a bit stronger but could get lost in a big space.
Village Candle Sea Salt Cucumber is my favorite of the Summer Limited Edition scents. Of course, I absolutely love cucumber scents for the everyday summer feeling so it’s a pretty easy pick.
Village Candle Sea Salt Cucumber fits right into my current obsession with spa-like fragrances. It’s clean, green but avoids being a plain “vegetable” scent because there is the agave note that is fuller and deeper than a plain “green, leafy” note. You do get the salty aspect of this and that makes it a great scent to mix and layer with.
I’ve already layered it with just about anything I have in my current burning rotation and with the exception of sweet, summer drink type scents it layers so well. I’ve mixed it with Village Candle’s Serenity, Yankee Candle’s Ginger Citrus and Yankee’s Honeydew Melon on various occasions and I can’t wait to start layering it with more complex, marine type scents as well.
Yankee Candle Juicy Citrus and Sea Salt in a new scent for this past Summer. I’m already on a second large jar of this scent and I gave a few as presents this season as well because I feel it is a very generally pleasing fragrance.
Yankee Candle Juicy Citrus and Sea Salt smells like a freshly squeezed lemon with some grapefruit mixed in. I also get some mandarines to sweeten up the citrus mixture. As for other notes, I get some mint, some sugarcane but I can’t really smell any vanilla. As for the salt…I can smell anything that would make me think of salt. It’s just a super fresh citrus juice smell.
I’d love if they went harder on the mint here of if they added something unexpected to make it Yankee money worthy but it’s still a delicious scent, just a bit plain for my taste.
I like to mix it with a buttercream fragrance, I like it with a vanilla cupcake scent and also with a vanilla bean candle.
Yankee Candle Tropical Jungle came out for the past summer season in Europe and out of that whole collection this is the most season appropriate and expected.
Yankee Candle Tropical Jungle official scent notes are Pomelo, Lime Papaya Nectar, Hibiscus Flower, Palm Leaf Sugarcane, Vanilla.
Burning Yankee Candle Tropical Jungle I get the pomelo (that smells like grapefruit and orange) and I get the fruity hibiscus. I don’t get the vanilla but there is a light sweetness to it from the sugarcane.
I really appreciate that it’s not an overly sweet, syrupy smell but very fresh and fruity. I’d like it better if I could smell the papaya but I couldn’t get that.
I layered it with last year’s Delicious Guava and it pairs beautifully.
Yankee Candle Summer Peach is my favorite from the Riviera escape collection. I don’t normally go for straight up fruit scents like the Sweet Strawberry or Black Cherry or Sweet Apple but I just fell in love with this scent and I’ll definitely be getting a large jar of it.
The official scent notes in Yankee Candle Summer Peach are: peach
It’s not a totally straight up peach. This is the same peach note that you get from Mango Peach Salsa with just a bit of white musk and warm vanilla added, so it is a bit warmer than Juicy Peach was. I love how it’s not too watery so it doesn’t smell like a peach drink and it’s not too sweet so it doesn’t smell like candy. If you like peach scents, definitely one to pick up.
Simple scents can get boring in a large jar because you get so many hours of burn time, but I’m not worried about this one because you can mix it with just about anything and it will work.
The scent throw on a quarter of a votive in a melter was an average 7.
Kringle Candle Fiji is a brand new scent from Kringle candle for the summer season. This scent is available in the old Kringle Candle line and in the new Country Candle line.
The notes in the candle description are Kiwi Blossom, Mandarin, Muguet, Frangipani, Green Coconut, Orchid, Pear, Amber, Musk, Pineapple Nectar, and Vanilla.
Burning the Kringle Candle Fiji candle, the fragrance is really complex and definitely not a generic coconut and suntan oil smell that I was half expecting.
I smell a lot of Tahitian Vanilla, which has a very floral vibe as opposed to your standard foody vanilla. On top of that base, there’s a whole bunch of florals that lean quite perfumey and the fruit notes don’t really show up individually but you know there’s the citrus and pineapple mixed in with the flowers. Since the vanilla is on the perfume side and then the floral notes added are muguet and orchid, the overall fragrance reads like a summer women’s perfume to me. It can just be my fragrance framework talking here though. I tend to connect certain scent notes to perfumes; orchid is one of them, stuff like vetiver is another…so whenever I get these notes as rather dominate, my mind goes into the “people perfume” territory instead of “home fragrance”