[productsample] It’s getting to that time of year, isn’t it, when settling in for the evening seems so much more appealing than going out. I’m not relishing the clock change, I must admit, but there’s something really so lovely about nesting. It’s the best time to appreciate a fragranced candle, too, and create an environment that feels nurturing and soothing (don’t worry, you can still eat Twiglets in front of the TV!). Making the effort for yourself or others is so worthwhile – it’s a deliberate caring act and we all need a bit of that. Of course, you don’t need a fancy candle to do it; almost any will do just to have that flickering low glow that sets the atmosphere, but if you’re particular about your fragranced candles, I think this is one you’ll like.

Jonathan Ward Hermitage Noel 1878 Candle

If you’re a fan of the History Channel or a history pod-cast, you’ll find extra resonance with Hermitage Noel as it’s inspired by Belgian Chef, Lucien Olivier (1838-1883), owner of Moscow’s Hermitage Restaurant. Although the germ of the idea is a Christmas pudding, it’s not so immersed in the season that you immediately think of Christmas. There’s a warmth to the light scent that is fruity (think dates and plums rather than apples and pears) and spicy (frankincense and myrrh).

Jonathan Ward Hermitage Noel 1878 Candle

It’s woody with a leather edge but the first thing I think you’ll notice is almond and clementine. It takes a little while for all the notes to start filtering through the room but once you start catching the gentle drift, it becomes a sort of scented contentment. I think candle lighting is a lovely winter ritual – take off your coat, kick off your shoes, light your candle for a while and let the notes and the light soothe away the day. It’s £45 HERE.



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