A Guide To What Each NEOM Candle (And Essential Oil Blend) Smells Like
Posted by Samantha Nice, Oct 18, 2022
Introducing our expert candle scent guide...
Renowned for our 100% natural scents which not only smell incredible but have wonderful wellbeing boosting powers too, did you know we have 19 different blends?
So whether you’re new to NEOM, are looking for a new favourite or are perhaps shopping online and unable to sniff them for yourself in store, we’ve enlisted the help of Alice du Parcq who has given her expert take on what each of the best NEOM scented candles and best NEOM Essential Oil Blends actually smell like...
Alice is a fragrance expert, content creator and event host who has turned the complex (and often intimidating) language of perfumery into a fun and easy way to navigate the world of scented descriptions and shopping advice. She was an award-winning beauty journalist for 20 years and now focuses her work on Instagram creating informative and entertaining perfume posts, interviews and news, whilst also hosting live ‘smellalong’ customer events with major beauty brands.
Smells like an armful of a thousand jasmine blossoms – decadent and indulgent.
The most glamorous of all NEOM aromas (and in fact the first ever scent) Real Luxury is an overdose of rich jasmine – as if you’ve brushed past an archway heaving with its fully-opened blossoms. A whisper of lavender brings a soul-healing and de-stressing sense of calm, whilst rosewood – with its deep, sweet and damp tree-trunk scent – adds a meditative and grounding linger.
Smells like crackling log fires - warm and comforting.
This is a hunker-down dream and an absolute must-burn throughout the winter season. Smouldering, coal-rich notes of roasted sandalwood embers are blended with spiritual and syrupy-sweet frankincense – and for extra toasty warmth, there’s a touch of freshly-grated, invigorating nutmeg.
Talking of seasonal scenting, here are our other two festive fragrances...
Smells like a home-baked Christmas pudding - familiar and nostalgic.
A truly traditional Christmas scent, this smells like a dense, darkly-spiced and fruit-laden Christmas pudding dripping in rich brandy butter snaking its way from the kitchen throughout your home. Candied mandarin and snapped cinnamon sticks bring all those deliciously familiar and nostalgic vibes, whilst tonka bean adds a caramelised swirl of deep and sticky decadence.
Smells like a real Christmas tree - piney and fresh.
Welcome to our Christmas wreath in a candle. There’s a big, bold and generous cluster of deep green pine needles for recalibrating freshness, a warm, holy glow from myrrh resin and a crisp breeze of lime: together, they create a calm, welcoming and tranquil ambiance that immediately feels like you’ve come home for the holidays.
Smells like freshly cut lavender - tranquil and mind-melting.
A soft-focus, hazy and pillowy blend of therapeutic lavender, lush white petals and crisp basil that mimics the wonderful sensation of sliding into a freshly made bed. This scent silently persuades your body to loosen every muscle, every joint and every tense thought for a dreamy transition into a deep, deep sleep.
Smells like a cascade of velvety pale pink roses - welcoming and reassuring.
Like a thousand blousy and delicate rose petals condensed into one single scent, this is the ultimate romantic, whimsy and cosy candle fragrance for your soul and your space. There’s a spike of fresh lime for clarity, plus warming black pepper to bring balance and grounding calm. The overall effect? Velvety, opulent comfort that feels welcoming and reassuring within moments.
Smells like a glorious summer's day - optimistic and warm.
One of the star ingredients in Happiness is neroli blossom, chosen because it radiates the most succulent, joyful and generous scent of sweet white blossom. Blended with warm, pollen-fuzz mimosa extract and flashes of lemon zest, it’ll make your space feels like it’s flooded with optimistic golden beams of sunshine.
Smells like walking through woodland - outdoorsy and euphoric.
Channelling the revitalising effects of forest bathing in a dense pine woodland, this euphoric aroma blends freshly-chopped logs with rich green foliage and an intense blast of recuperative eucalyptus. As well as its head-clearing wellbeing benefits, this scent laces your space with an empowering physical sensation that shakes off the cobwebs and pushes you into a heightened state of motivation.
Smells like a luxury hotel resort spa – heavenly and peaceful.
Creamy, cool and fruity with tropical ylang ylang blossoms and the nutty, damp hay aroma of chamomile, Bedtime Hero isn’t your classic sleep-inducing combination – and that’s precisely why it’s so effective. Instead of being a sedative scent, it has a mellow, fresh and escapist smell of a luxury hotel spa reception destined to blur away pent-up worries and cloak you with lucid, centred clarity. That’s the emotion this one evokes: a calm, clear frame of mind that segues you into a healthy and restorative slumber.
Smells like a spiritual temple - earthy yet sweet.
Spiritual and resinous with subtle church-like aromas, Sensuous instantly sets the tone for an intimate, reflective and tranquil moment of scented self-care. The combination of precious frankincense, heady patchouli and luscious ylang ylang releases a sweet, earthy, mystical and refreshing amber glow reminiscent of holy temples and secret shrines.
Smells like an ice-cold citrusy tonic - uplifting and energising.
This lung-expanding, sharp, juicy and bracing scent vibrates with intensely pinging lemons sliced through with the dewy, jungle-green crunch of basil. This is the fragrance equivalent to a tall glass of ice-cold sparkling tonic water with a twist of citrus peel sipped in a Mediterranean herb garden and is flooded with quenching vitality.
And now for our most sophisticated scents - the exclusive Precious collection. Welcoming 6 blends, these were made with extra special moments in mind. Expertly sourced and distilled using the richest (and 100% natural) essential oils, these are luxury scenting at its finest. After popular demand, 3 of these now come in candles too. Discover them here.
Smells like freshly cut and perfectly ripe citrus fruits - juicy and uplifting.
The ultimate get-up-and-go blast of sharp-sweet citrus zest, featuring the perfect balance of bitter and tart grapefruit with warm and juicy mandarin. For extra oomph, there’s a subtle ping of cooling eucalyptus that radiates through your space – the greatest of all feel-good scents.
Smells like a mug of warm chai latte - creamy and comforting.
Comfort at its finest, this luxurious scent has flavours of earthy vetiver blended with rich and buttery ylang ylang petals. It’s the tonka bean extract that deepens it into a nuzzling hug, with its faint caramel and liquorice-like hints – creating the most welcoming, warm and reassuring glow in any space.
Smells like your favourite handsome cologne – refreshing and reassuring.
Invigorating smells have that magical ability to infuse our thoughts with positivity, which counteracts feelings of stress and tension. This cologne-esque candle, featuring warm black pepper with refreshing bergamot, is so uplifting and luminous it’s akin to an invisible scented hand guiding you out of your troubles.