Your Guide to Candles That Go With Every Parenting Challenge

by Melissa Willets

Your Guide to Candles That Go With Every Parenting Challenge
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Self-isolating with your family is undoubtedly stressful, and it’s been a while since you’ve been alone (kids even find you in the shower!). You’re sick of cooking night after night and the house is a mess, we get it! Times are challenging and a vacation might not be a possibility, but you can certainly plan some time for self-care with the help of a relaxing scented candle. 


In fact, we’ve rounded up the best candles for parents from Nordstrom to help you deal with every parenting challenge thrown your way. From a fragrance that will help you feel like you’re on a remote tropical beach — if only for a moment— to a scent to fool your family into thinking you’ve baked up decadent homemade muffins. Read on for the candles that will be your salvation during this challenging time. Because remember; parents deserve a little indulgence when things get rough.


And don’t worry; our picks are not expensive (in fact, Nordstrom is currently having a huge sale) but are sure to buy you a teeny bit more peace of mind and sanity so you can continue guiding your family through uncertainty and so, so much togetherness.


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You Are Never Alone Anymore

Anthropologie Home Salt and Sand Scented Candle


Escape to the beach if only through your nose with this hand-poured salt and sand-scented candle. With notes of tropical and citrus fruits, you will get as much of an opportunity for seaside solitude as is possible right now.

19 ounces
4 x 5 inches
Soy wax

What Reviewers Are Saying:
This is such a luxurious candle. It burns evenly and emits so much for a single wick. You can smell the fragrance in minutes. I feel like I’m at a high end spa when I light this.

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You Can’t Cook One More Night

Trish McEvoy Wild Blueberry Vanilla Votive


We feel you if the fun of cooking and baking wore off. The warm vanilla and blueberry fragrance of this Trish McEvoy votive will fool your family into thinking there’s a delicious treat in the oven. And then you can serve up store-bought muffins or cookies. We won’t tell.

2-1/2 x 2 inches
2 ounces
Lead-free wick

What Reviewers Are Saying:
Received this candle as a gift several years ago and it’s been my favorite since. Fills an entire room with a wonderful fragrance.

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Your House Is Always a Mess

Nest Fragrances Linen Classic Candle


With everyone home, it’s impossible to keep up with laundry and dirty dishes. And the bathroom? You just want to cry. Light this linen-scented candle and at least your home will smell clean, which under the circumstances, is good enough!

8.1 ounces

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The Kids Ask “What Can I Do?”

P.F. Candle Co. Lavender Terra Candle


Deep breath. You will get through this. Fill the house with the relaxing scent of lavender and suggest a puzzle. Again. It’s OK; we are so in the same boat!

Comes in terra cotta jar
Soy wax
Cotton wick
3 x 3-1/2 inches
8 ounces

What Reviewers Are Saying:
I really like the material that the candle is held in. Very sturdy. The lavender fragrant is strong but not overpowering. This is exactly what I was looking for.

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Someone Is Crying

Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Candle


Is it you crying? Either way, treat yourself to this indulgent Donna Karan Cashmere Mist candle with notes of uplifting jasmine to brighten your mood.

7 ounces

What Reviewers Are Saying:
I already LOVE the deodorant and now the candle, paradise!

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You Need a Drink, Stat

Voluspa Maison Noir Crisp Champagne Classic Maison Candle


Light this champagne-scented candle while you wait it out until after the kiddos get in bed for that glass of wine.

Coconut wax
Cotton wick
12 ounces

What Reviewers Are Saying:
This is one of my favorite all-time candle brands and scent! It is a mild, slightly sweet fragrance that really does remind me of popping open a champagne bottle.

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You Need a Pick-Me-Up

The White Company Ceramic Candle in White Rose and Spicy Black Pepper


Maybe the news has you down or you're overwhelmed with entertaining your kids all day. No matter the reason, lighting this refreshing candle will immediately brighten your spirits, which will in turn make you a more positive person and a better parent. Next, you’ll conquer the world or at least bedtime.

Vegetable and mineral wax
7.4 ounces