Homesick candles might not smell exactly like home, but we think they make great gifts anyway – here’s why

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Scent is very closely tied to memory. That’s why when you smell cookies baking in the oven, you might feel like you’re back in your kitchen helping your grandma decorate cookies with icing and sprinkles.

But what about the scents of more abstract things like “home” and even geographic locations like New York?

Homesick candles range from the hilarious to the sentimental, with unique scents that may not smell exactly like home, but perhaps an idealized version of it.

What are Homesick candles?

Candle company Homesick polled people around the U.S. to find out what home smelled like to them to develop customized scents for each city and state, as well as experiences. The results range from the celebratory – like Let’s Toast, which includes citrus and Champagne grapes – to the more sentimental – like Love Letters, which includes notes of rose, jasmine, sandalwood, peony, red plum, and lemon.

Each candle is made from all-natural soy wax, which is then hand-poured into a glass container. The simple black and white labels are minimal, and let you know what candle you’re smelling. The candles come in cute, colorful packaging, making them ready to gift to anyone who wants a whiff of nostalgia in their home away from home.

Homesick’s candles are reasonably priced starting at $34, and orders over $59 will get free shipping.

What Homesick candles actually smell like

New York City Candle (small)

We tested a few of its candles and found that some of the scents transported us “home,” while others smelled lovely, but not quite like the places we imagined. Here are our team’s thoughts on each candle we tried.

New York City candle

As denizens of New York City, the Insider Reviews team typically remembers the malodorous smells we catch a whiff on the street rather than the candle’s idealistic “scents of spring days in Central Park, fine department stores, and concrete.”

Senior reporter Mara Leighton said it best when she described the candle as “what New York smells like in your dreams before you actually move here.” The candle smells a lot like Macy’s in Herald Square, and is infinitely preferable to the iffy smell of the city streets and the subway.

When I burned the NYC candle in my apartment, it smelled amazing. The gentle scent made my entire apartment smell great, and it burned evenly.

United Kingdom candle

Senior home & kitchen editor Lauren Savoie purchased the United Kingdom candle after a bout of nostalgia for her time living across the pond. The candle is advertised as smelling like bergamot, grass, rain, Earl Grey tea, apple crumb, toffee, vanilla, and sugar. While the candle smelled pleasant, Savoie said it didn’t exactly smell like how she imagined. “This one was much more sweet than it was hoppy or grassy like I imagine the U.K. to be. While it was lovely to burn, I can’t say it transported me back to my days stomping down London’s streets,” she said.

Ski Trip candle

Health & fitness editor Rachel Shultz owns the Ski Trip candle with notes of frosted air, cocoa, and warm amber. “As someone who lives in a ski town, it didn’t smell distinctly themed to me (but what does snow and fun smell like?), but it does smell delicious regardless,” she said.

Let’s Toast candle

Senior story producer Francesca Rea owns the Let’s Toast candle, which is packed with citrusy Champagne notes. “I actually really liked the scent but I did think it was pretty strong,” she said. Though Rea didn’t mind the prominent scent, others might find it a bit overpowering. We think this candle would make a great gift for anyone celebrating a special milestone like an engagement or promotion.

New Mexico candle

Travel editor Hannah Freedman is a New Mexico native, and while she enjoyed the smell of this candle, it didn’t quite hit all the marks of home. (“Where is the juniper or pinon??”)

South Dakota candle

This one was the biggest miss of the candles our team tried, with Freedman reporting it smells “like soap,” and not in a good way.

Flameless options

Reed Diffuser (small)

If you don’t like candles because of the fire risk, you may prefer Homesick’s reed diffuser. The glass bottle has four ounces of essential oils that saturate reeds for a lovely scent, and you can choose from several different Homesick oils that smell the same as the brand’s candles.

Should you buy Homesick candles?

While not all of us felt a sent of nostalgia associated with the Homesick candles we tried, we still think they make excellent gifts. Scent is deeply personal, and what smells like home to one person may not to another.

What we particularly like about Homesick candles is the sentiment they convey. Selecting a scent specifically for your giftee that acknowledges their current circumstances feels much more personal than choosing a generic candle. Senior story producer Francesca Rea gifted a Connecticut candle to a friend stationed in Germany when he missed his first Christmas at home and reports he was really moved by the sentiment. Even if the candle’s scent doesn’t transport your giftee home, the simple act of receiving such a curated gift will make them feel a connection to the place they’re missing.

What are your alternatives?

We’ve put together a full guide to the best places to buy candles. If you’re looking for transporting scents in particular, we recommend checking out Otherland candles.

The bottom line

At $34, Homesick candles are reasonably priced so you can gift them for every occasion. College students and new-ish grown-ups who are just getting started in a new city or state will love the nostalgia factor, and anyone who likes candles will appreciate how well made they are.

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Homesick candles smell like home and make great gifts for any occasion

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more.

homesick candles diffuser

Scent is very closely tied to memory. That’s why when you smell cookies baking in the oven, you might feel like you’re back in your kitchen helping your grandma decorate cookies with icing and sprinkles. 

But what about the scents of more abstract things like “home” and even geographic locations like New York? 

Homesick candles range from the hilarious to the sentimental, with unique scents that somehow smell like how you’d imagine

Candle company Homesick polled people around the US to find out what home smelled like to them to develop customized scents for each city and state, as well as experiences. The results range from the celebratory – like Let’s Toast, which includes citrus and Champagne grapes – to the more sentimental – like Love Letters, which includes notes of rose, jasmine, sandalwood, peony, red plum, and lemon.

Each candle is made from all-natural soy wax, which is then hand-poured into a glass container. The simple black and white labels are minimal, and let you know what candle you’re smelling. The candles come in cute, colorful packaging, making them ready to gift to anyone who wants a whiff of nostalgia in their home away from home.

Homesick’s candles are reasonably priced starting at $34, and orders over $59 will get free shipping too.

What Homesick candles actually smell like

We tested a few of its candles and liked how the unique scents transported us “home,” whether that meant New York City or baking with our grandma in the kitchen.

New York City candle

As denizens of New York City, the Insider Reviews team typically remembers the malodorous smells we catch a whiff on the street rather than the candle’s idealistic “scents of spring days in Central Park, fine department stores, and concrete.”

Senior reporter Mara Leighton said it best when she described the candle as “what New York smells like in your dreams before you actually move here.” Still, we cannot deny that the candle smells a lot like Macy’s in Herald Square, or that the scent is infinitely preferable to the iffy smell of the city streets and the subway.

When I burned the NYC candle in my apartment, it smelled amazing. The gentle scent made my entire apartment smell great, and it burned evenly.

Holiday candle (currently unavailable)

The Holiday candle hit all the right notes with its scents of “freshly cut Pine trees and pomander balls; Mom’s sugar cookies and Grandma’s pies, warm from the oven.” The whole Insider Reviews team agreed that it smelled wonderful.

Just like the NYC candle, it burned evenly and beautifully all evening long in my apartment. When I closed my eyes, the gentle and aromatic pine scent reminded me of Christmastime at my Grandma’s house, which was surrounded by pine trees. The hint of cinnamon in there brought me right back to baking Swedish cinnamon buns with her too. It’s my favorite of the two I tried.

Homesick also makes a reed diffuser if you’re not into candles

If you don’t like candles because of the fire risk, you may prefer Homesick’s reed diffuser. The glass bottle has four ounces of essential oils that saturate reeds for a lovely scent, and you can choose from several different Homesick oils that smell the same as the brand’s candles.

At $34, Homesick candles are reasonably priced so you can gift them for every occasion. College students and new-ish grown-ups who are just getting started in a new city or state will love the nostalgia factor, and anyone who likes candles will appreciate how well made they are.

Shop all Homesick candles and diffusers

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26 thoughtful holiday gifts ideas from Black-owned businesses

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  • If you’re looking to support Black-owned businesses while shopping for the holidays this year, you’ve come to the right place.
  • Below, we’ve rounded up 26 of the best gifts from Black-owned businesses, big and small.
  • Check out all of our holiday gift guides for ideas categorized by budget and type. 
  • Shopping for more gifts? Read all of our gift ideas in this helpful roundup of all our gift guides.

The holiday season is officially here and gifts are on most people’s radar. This year, though, many of us are making a conscious effort to be more inclusive and supportive of diverse communities as we do our shopping. One way to do that during the holidays (and any other time of year) is to buy from Black-owned businesses.

In doing so, you’ll discover many new and interesting brands, and support under-represented small businesses that make some truly great stuff. Shopping from Black-owned businesses shouldn’t be the only effort you make to dismantle or address systemic racism, but it is one small choice that can have an impact. 

We rounded up 26 thoughtful gift ideas from Black-owned businesses ranging from small stores on Etsy to bestselling brands.

Take a look at some of our favorites, below. You’ll likely find something for everyone on your list – and yourself, too.

The 26 best gifts from Black-owned businesses:

Medium roast coffee beans

BLK & Bold Coffee

BLK & Bold Coffee, $12.99

If you’re shopping for a coffee lover, BLK & Bold’s fair trade coffee beans might be the perfect gift. The brand also donates 5% of its profits to initiatives that help sustain youth programming, enhance workforce development, and eradicate youth homelessness.

An indoor plant

The Nice Plant

The Nice Plant Blooming Energy Box, $43.99

Indoor plants are much more than an extra responsibility. They help purify the air, have been proven to reduce stress, and look good aesthetically. The Nice Plant’s Blooming Energy Box includes a small plant and a few other useful things, like a sage smudge stick, palo santo bundle, and room spray, to make their home more peaceful and relaxing. 

 

A satin-lined beanie

Kink and Coil Sink l

Kink & Coil Satin-Lined Beanie, $35.99

Most people with naturally curly and kinky hair avoid wearing hats to reduce frizz, but Kink and Coil’s Satin-Lined beanie solves that issue. Just like a silk pillowcase or a bonnet, the inside of the beanie is designed to protect your hair from frizz and damage. On top of that, the pom-pom can be removed, if you’d prefer to wear the hat without it.

We spoke with a trichologist to learn more about how satin- and silk-lined beanies can benefit anyone with curly or high-porosity hair

A vegan leather cardholder

vegan cork leather wallet

Vegan Cork Leather Slim Cardholder by mindthecork on Etsy, $25.20

If their old wallet is tired and tattered, this cardholder made of vegan cork leather is a gift they can put to use right away — and use every day going forward.

A simple skincare regimen for men of color

Ceylon

Ceylon Skincare Set, $34.95

Including a detoxifying face wash, a hydrating toner, and a clarifying moisturizer, this three-step skincare kit was designed specifically for men of color. If he isn’t one for hoarding skincare products, this simple kit can help him achieve healthier skin.

A timeless watch

Asorock Watches

Asorock Monolith Watch, $135

Founded by Nigerian-American Ben Iroala and Zambian-American Andrew Mutale, Asorock specializes in making elegant timepieces — and the Monolith Watch is a unique design that can elevate any simple outfit. 

Yummy organic popcorn

Major's Project Pop

Major’s Project Pop Organic Kettle Corn 2 Pack, $31

Made using organic ingredients, Major Project Pop Kettle Corn is a healthy, tasty snack anyone will enjoy. 

Hydrating hair products

Briogeo

Briogeo Merry Multi-Masking Kit, $36

Briogeo is one of our favorite haircare brands, and their gift sets are always on point. This kit includes Briogeo’s bestselling Don’t Despair, Repair! Honey Moisture Deep Conditioning Mask and sample size containers of two of the brand’s other masks. They’re designed to work on all hair types.

Spices made by a professional chef

Chef Max spices

Chef Max Signature Spices, $9 each

Created by professional celebrity chef Maxcel Hardy, these spices are the result of years of culinary experience. Gift these to your favorite cook and they’ll be able to incorporate them into many new recipes.

An all-purpose serum for skin and hair

Glow Skin Deep

Glow Skin Deep Glow Serum, $22

Founded in New Jersey by Marshay Monet, Glow Skin Deep was originally created to address uneven tone, blemishes, and acne scars in her own skin. Now available for everyone, the facial serum makes a great gift for skincare fans, and can also be used as a moisturizing beard oil.

Rihanna’s bestselling Fenty skincare set

Fenty Skin

Fenty Skin All Four One 4-Piece AM + PM Skincare Bundle, $112

Rihanna’s bestselling skincare bundle from her brand Fenty includes everything you’ll need to maintain healthy skin. The kit includes a facial cleanser, toner, two-in-one sunscreen moisturizer, and a nightly moisturizer. Read our full review of the Fenty skincare set here.

A hair and beard trimmer

Bevel Trimmer

Bevel Trimmer, $199.95

Designed for men of color, whose facial hair and skin tend to be slightly thicker, the Bevel Trimmer will help the one you’re gifting maintain a well-groomed look without the razor bumps that traditional trimmers can cause. Read our full review here.

A wine gift set

McBride Sisters wine

McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic Wine, starting at $19.99

As the largest black-owned wine company in the United States, the McBride Sisters Collection is the perfect place to find a gift for the wine lover on your list. The Black Girl Magic collection in particular is inspired by the resilience of black women and includes varieties from Rosé to Merlot. 

An Afrocentric-patterned face mask

Upenyu masks

Cloth face mask by Upenyu, $13.50

Featuring Afrocentric patterns, Upenyu’s cloth face masks are a great gift for when you’re feeling tired of wearing boring, solid-color masks.

Catchy stationery

Effie's Paper

Effie’s Paper Stationery Sets, $18

During times where we can’t always see our loved ones in person, stationery can be very useful for sending letters and thoughtful notes. Created by Kalyn Johnson Chandler, Effie’s Paper takes something as boring as stationery and makes it fun with cute and catchy lines like “Joy is not Cancelled” and “Good Things are Coming.”

A holiday candle

Southern Elegance candle

Shop Southern Elegance Holiday Candle, starting at $16

Southern Elegance has an array of holiday-themed scented candles that make for great gifts, whether you’re spoiling someone else or indulging in something festive for yourself. 

A pair of designer sneakers

fear of god blue suede 101 sneakers

Fear of God Blue Suede 101 Sneakers, $302

Shop all Fear of God products at Ssense now.

One of the most popular streetwear brands in recent years, Fear of God by Jerry Lorenzo is known for its comfortable approach to casual style. These sneakers are a perfect way freshen up someone’s footwear rotation.

Stylish eyewear

Coco and Breezy Eyewear

Shop prescription eyewear and sunglasses at Coco And Breezy 

Founded by twin sisters Coco and Breezy, this Black-owned eyewear brand has a great selection of fashionable sunglasses and prescription glasses. Each style is designed to be gender-neutral, so everyone can wear them.

Weatherproof Chelsea Boots

Baxter Wood

Baxter Wood Chelsea Boots, $125

Delivering a futuristic take on classic Chelsea boot style, Baxter Wood is also helping preserve the environment by using recycled and natural rubber for its waterproof boots.

A tin of green tea

Golde Pure Matcha

Golde Pure Matcha, $32

If the person you’re shopping for is looking for a healthy, energy-boosting alternative to coffee, matcha might be a good fit. One teaspoon of Golde’s Pure Matcha features more caffeine than a shot of espresso and they won’t experience that awful crash.

Beautiful art prints

SBrownArt

African American Wall Art by SBrownArt, starting at $26

Released as part of artist Stacy Brown’s Urban City Life Collection, this work of art is a great gift for anyone in the process of furnishing a new space. It comes in a range of sizes that can be hung on a wall or framed for tabletops.

 

Organic hair products

Mielle Organics

Shop all Mielle Organics products here.

Founded by registered nurse Monique Rodriguez, Mielle Organics is a natural haircare brand that caters to types three and four hair. The brand will help you learn about your curl type, factors like hair porosity, and most importantly, provide you with all-natural products designed to maintain healthy hair.

A silk-lined hoodie to protect natural hair

Kin Apparel Silk Lined Hoodie

Kin Silk-Lined Hoodies, starting at $54.99

Kin Apparel hoodies feature a silk-lined hood to help protect natural hairstyles. Even if the person you’re gifting isn’t too concerned about their hair, the hoodies are so comfortable, they’ll want to wear them daily.

A puzzle for kids

Puzzle Huddle

Shop in-stock puzzles, starting at $12.95

Founded by a father who struggled to find diverse puzzles for his children, Puzzle Huddle offers a variety of kids’ puzzles that showcase children of color. The theme of the puzzles includes important values like education, achievement, and culture. 

Clothes from a popular streetwear brand

Alife

Alife Collegiate Hoodie, $138

Alife is easily one of the most iconic streetwear brands in fashion — and it happens to be Black-owned. The brand delivers timeless staples that anyone can work into their wardrobe, whether they consider themselves to be fashion-forward or more of a casual dresser.

A moisturizing body balm

Golden Grooming Co. Body Balm

Golden Grooming Co. Body Balm, $5.99

Made from a blend of natural oils and shea butter, Golden Grooming’s Body Balm is a great alternative to lotions that dry down too quickly. Golden Grooming Company donates 5% of sales to programs that foster entrepreneurship in youth of color from underserved communities, in addition to providing financial support for students at HBCUs.

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Homesick candles smell like home and make great gifts for any occasion – and they’re 20% off right now

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more.

homesick candles diffuser

Scent is very closely tied to memory. That’s why when you smell cookies baking in the oven, you might feel like you’re back in your kitchen helping your grandma decorate cookies with icing and sprinkles. 

But what about the scents of more abstract things like “home” and even geographic locations like New York? 

Homesick candles range from the hilarious to the sentimental, with unique scents that somehow smell like how you’d imagine

Candle company Homesick polled people around the US to find out what home smelled like to them to develop customized scents for each city and state, as well as more nostalgic experiences. The results range from the hilarious – like Jewish Christmas, which smells like “Buttered popcorn and a movie at the local theatre followed by an overindulgence of Chinese food with friends and family” – to the more sentimental – like Thank you, Mom, which smells like “Freshly trimmed flowers on the kitchen table. The smell of breakfast sizzling on Sunday.” 

Each candle is made from all-natural soy wax, which is then hand-poured into a glass container. The simple black and white labels are minimal, and let you know what candle you’re smelling. The candles come in cute, colorful packaging, making them ready to gift to anyone who wants a whiff of nostalgia in their home away from home.

Homesick’s candles are also reasonably priced starting at $34

What Homesick candles actually smell like

We tested a few of its candles and liked how the unique scents transported us “home,” whether that meant New York City or baking with our grandma in the kitchen.

New York City candle

As denizens of New York City, the Insider Reviews team typically remembers the malodorous smells we catch a whiff on the street rather than the candle’s idealistic “scents of spring days in Central Park, fine department stores, and concrete.”

Senior reporter Mara Leighton said it best when she described the candle as “what New York smells like in your dreams before you actually move here.” Still, we cannot deny that the candle smells a lot like Macy’s in Herald Square, or that the scent is infinitely preferable to the iffy smell of the city streets and the subway.

When I burned the NYC candle in my apartment, it smelled amazing. The gentle scent made my entire apartment smell great, and it burned evenly.

Holiday candle (currently unavailable)

The Holiday candle hit all the right notes with its scents of “freshly cut Pine trees and pomander balls; Mom’s sugar cookies and Grandma’s pies, warm from the oven.” The whole Insider Reviews team agreed that it smelled wonderful.

Just like the NYC candle, it burned evenly and beautifully all evening long in my apartment. When I closed my eyes, the gentle and aromatic pine scent reminded me of Christmastime at my Grandma’s house, which was surrounded by pine trees. The hint of cinnamon in there brought me right back to baking Swedish cinnamon buns with her too. It’s my favorite of the two I tried.

Homesick also makes a reed diffuser if you’re not into candles

If you don’t like candles because of the fire risk, you may prefer Homesick’s reed diffuser. The glass bottle has four ounces of essential oils that saturate reeds for a lovely scent, and you can choose from several different Homesick oils that smell the same as the brand’s candles.

At $35, Homesick candles are reasonably priced so you can get a different one as a gift for every occasion. College students and new-ish grown-ups who are just getting started in a new city or state will love the nostalgia factor, and anyone who likes candles will appreciate how well made they are.

Shop all Homesick candles and diffusers

Read the original article on Business Insider