Whether you like just like the gentle glow and noise of a flickering candle on a winter’s eve, or you like the olfactory mood shift a sumptuous room fragrance can give, there are plenty to choose from for the season. I find that often, the ‘oldies’ are still the best in terms of throw and ambience.
Sainsbury’s Home Robin Candle, £5. This is a find! Full of cinnamon notes without being too sweet, it’s a spectacular bargain but doesn’t have a huge scent throw. It’s HERE.
Miller Harris has collaborated with Julie Verhoeven to create some show stopping packaging this year. No wrapping required! This year, they’re using a limited edition scent, Musk & Sandalwood, so it’s warming, hearty and smooth. It’s £45 HERE. I love that you get a surprise envelope with Christmas hats in the box as well.
Elemis Soothing Glow, £27.50 HERE. Just say the words lavender, eucalyptus and geranium and I’m in! The eucalyptus gives it a winter comfort feel while lavender and geranium are soothing – a great chilly night bath time companion candle.
Ashleigh & Burwood Monarch of the Forest – Winter Forest, £38. This brand is a recent discovery for me and this particular candle is all about frost-hit, earthy countryside. It’s woody, aromatic and resinous – big throw, great value on that basis. It’s HERE.
This is such a lovely collection of candles sitting right at the top of the price range at £66 for a set of 5. The fragrances range from bright and fresh through to full on festive with Frosted Cherry and Clove. Includes: Nectarine Blossom & Honey, Grapefruit, Pomegranate Noir, Sweet Almond & Macaroon and Festive Frosted Cherry & Clove. Find them HERE.
Space NK Shimmering Spice, from £16 HERE. I have the very last vestiges of Shimmering Spice from last year – it’s still spicy! Space NK candles are surprisingly good and this is a mix of fruity and cinnamon notes: the 2017 scent is the same as last year and it’s quite a sparkling and happy aroma.
Diptyque Fiery Orange, £48 HERE. Diptyque always brings it for their Christmas candles, and I like this for being not traditionally Christmas focussed but more of a smoky citrus with minimal spice that’s seasonal without necessarily being ‘festive’. There’s a set of three different scents (Unicorn, Pheonix and Dragon:Fiery Orange) all in these beautiful designs that will take you from now til January if you’re having an indulgent moment, £144 HERE.
You know that moment when you snuggle up to your woolly scarf while it’s wrapped round your neck just as you step outside and realise that it’s colder than you thought? Well, this smells like that moment with a waft of florals. I love that it’s in a bauble shaped jar and has a crackling, sounds-like-a-real-fire wick. It’s £17.99 HERE.
I had a blast of this when I was in an Oliver Bonas store recently – it’s not ‘Christmassy’ per se but a) it’s ridiculously cute and b) there is something marshmallowy and sweetly comforting about it that made me think of duvet days and box sets with a hot chocolate in hand. It’s £20 HERE.
I smelled these are the Christmas press launch and they’re so special – they’re expensive, but you can tell their heart is in fragrance rather than room scenting. Eau d’Hadrien is woody and citrussy, Ambre is deep, warm and resinous, while Une Foret D’Or is pine, spicy and orange peel-ish. It’s £54 HERE.
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