Designer’s Guild candles – hitherto rather boring – have suddenly got extremely glamorous. Lime Flower, Guirlande (herbs) and Capucheen (rose) are all as beautiful to smell as they are to look at. A golden rule for mainstream beauty and fragrance retailers is not to bother trying to sell a candle for more than 20 quid because customers just can’t bear to see more than that burn away in front of their very eyes. However, these at 24 pounds, are the obvious exception.

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