Ted Baker Residence Fig & Olive Blossom Candle

At £28 you wouldn’t ever say this is a ‘cheap’ option for a scented candle, but it’s performing as well as many of the £40+++ candles I’ve reviewed this year. For some reason, the Ted Baker ‘Residence’ collection for the home has been reigned right in – when it launched a couple of years ago, it was based on cities around the world with quirky labels in bright colours and something of a personality. The new collection is literally three candles and three diffusers in ‘safe’ scents and interior led colours. I’m not complaining – I’m so over a candle in a glass jar with a wonky black & white label. Since it’s all I can do not to paint my entire house in versions of grey and white (Mr BBB, quite rightly, says he needs some colour!) I like this grey glass.

It’s also given me the opportunity to show off my new sloth that was crocheted by my friend Charlie for me! In terms of the fragrance, it’s Fig & Olive Blossom, so it’s sweet and green at the same time. You don’t get a huge throw of scent and you do have to be patient to get anything at all – it needs to burn for a good ten minutes or so before any notes start to emerge – it’s pleasant and ambient and probably best for those who like a lightly scented backdrop not a dominating room fragrance.

The collection launches into John Lewis in November.



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