This Candle Puts Me at Ease & Makes My Whole Apartment Smell Divine

We’re all constantly connected to our phones and laptops, it can be difficult to disconnect, even when we try. In Moment of Zen, we ask SwearBy Editors to share the one product that helps them destress or feel more centered during the day.

As the type of person who writes a schedule of my entire week hour-by-hour each Sunday, I’m in my head a lot. I’m always thinking about the next task to check off my list, and that winds up making me feel overwhelmed pretty regularly. Plus, as an editor, working in a fast-paced digital environment makes it tricky to ever slow down. That’s where my key de-stressing tool steps in: A candle.

It might sound cliche, but there’s a reason why candles are associated with spas—they’re damn relaxing. The moment I light the wick, watch a flame come to life, and see smoke rise from inside, I instantly feel soothed. Whether I light it next to my laptop while I continue working or while I’m taking a lunch break, there’s just something about that little orange glow that puts me at ease.

This Capri Blue Volcano Candle from Anthropologie has been my go-to pick for years; so much so that I’ve come to expect it in my stocking on Christmas and am not surprised when a friend gifts it to me for my birthday. Not only is the candle itself pretty—a gold metal lid and shimmering ivy vessel are neutral and sleek—but the smell is my absolute favorite, too.

A mixture of tropical fruits like oranges, lemons, and limes is paired with exotic mountain greens for a scent that’s fresh, light, and clean. Plus, it takes the cake for being the most fragrant candle I’ve ever had. (Is there anything worse than a candle that you have to lean close to to smell?) Not this baby—the moment it’s lit, the refreshing aroma fills the room, and everyone who steps inside my apartment says, “Ooo, it smells amazing in here.”

If you’d like to feel like you’re lounging on the coast of Spain in the spring, this candle is for you. And if you’re hesitant about the pricetag, let me assure you: This baby will last you weeks of use, and it’s more fragrant than any other candle I’ve tried. It’s sure to earn you compliments from guests and lighting it when you feel stressed just might become your new favorite ritual—it’s mine. Light it up, take a deep breath, and relax.

Capri Blue Volcano Candle