The Scented Candle You Should Get Based on Your Favorite Perfume

I've been using the same two perfumes on rotation for over a decade. I started using Stella McCartney's first scent, Stella, in 2007 on my 13th birthday—the combination of delicate, classic English rose and warm amber has felt like a veil of comfort ever since, though now it has to make room on the shelf for my grown-up go-to. I'd been on the lookout for a couple of years, but nothing felt right until I found Byredo's 1996, a fragrance inspired by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin's ethereal and hyper-realist yet vaguely and darkly erotic photograph, "Kirsten 1996." With leather, patchouli, iris, black pepper, amber, and vanilla, it's the most complex, bold, earthy, and intriguing yet equally romantic, intimate, and dreamy thing I've ever come across. I don't feel fully dressed until I have it on.

As it turns out, it's pretty hard to mimic both of those scents in candle and diffuser form. And as someone who clearly has an emotional response to sensory experiences, I've been pretty frustrated that I can't find the right home fragrance to capture these comforting moods and aromas. But just because I can't dump a bottle of 1996 into a jar of hot wax and call it a day doesn't mean I can't find something comparable, right? Since I wanted a comprehensive list of all the main types of fragrances that broke down the various notes and corresponding associations, I decided to do the research myself once and for all. 

If you, too, have a hard time picking out scents for the home but know exactly what kind of perfumes and smells you're drawn to and which moods you'd like to evoke, this guide will steer you in the right direction. Get to know the difference between perfumes, candles, and oil diffusers below, and then discover the main types of perfume fragrances and luxury home fragrances with a similar effect to really turn your home into the sanctuary you want it to be. Get ready to luxuriate.