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Yes, candles are aesthetically pleasing, but they do more than just make your home look nice—the majority of them also smell great. If you’re a fan of cozying up your home with a candle or two, you most likely have your go-to smells that you can’t resist, whether it’s a classic vanilla scent or something a little more niche like a cappuccino-scented candle or even an IKEA meatball-scented candle.
Shane Co. conducted some research to find the most popular candle scent in each state, from the traditional clean and crisp scents to those seasonal smells that pop up once a year. Using Google search data between Nov. 2020 and Nov. 2021, they put together a list of 24 of the most popular candle scents in the country before breaking them down state by state. Intrigued? Read on to find out your state’s most popular candle scent!
Note: Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming were not included in the study as there was not enough search data for any of these states to declare a conclusive number one candle scent.
Turns out, we’re a nation of fall lovers. An autumnal scent that can be enjoyed all year-round, pumkin candles came out on top as the most-searched scent in 9 different states: Arkansas; Washington, D.C.; Delaware; Idaho; Maine; Mississippi; New Mexico; Rhode Island; and West Virginia.
The sweet smell of vanilla-scented candles followed closely behind as the most popular in eight states. In joint third place with each scent proving the most popular in three states are classic fruity and floral smells that add a breath of fresh air to any room of the house: lemon, lavendar, and rose.
Finally, zesty citrus scents are preferred in Florida and Washington; Alabama and Arizona are huge fans of tropical coconut candles; and Mayland and Ohio are keen on invigorating peppermint-scented candles.
What’s your favorite candle scent? Let us know in the comments below.