It might be too early to put up the tree, but it's never too soon for a festive fragrance.
Creating a yuletide mood isn’t just about decorations – seasonal candles with flickering flames and subtle scents evoke a cosy, winter atmosphere, too. So with advent starting in two weeks, we’ve gathered up the scented candles that we’ll be lighting in the countdown to Christmas.
For its winter 2018 Holiday Collection, Diptyque has released its Legend of the North series of three scented candles, beautifully illustrated by Parisian designer, Pierre Marie.
The decorative drawings are a play on ancient folklore, and there is one for each of the three scents: Exquisite Almond, Pine Tree of Light and Amber Balm.
Earl of East London hand pours its soy wax candles in its Hackney studio. Simply packaged, there are eight signature scents, including the latest one, Elementary, which has tobacco leaf, amber and leather notes for a warm, wintry glow.
We’re rather taken with Smoke & Musk, too. Its blend of green balsam fir, wood smoke and musky patchouli oil conjours up a sense of being in a cosy cabin in the woods.
Part of the Tom Dixon Elements Collection, Fire is an amalgamation of Cypriol oil, musk and amber in ruby red glass.
If you don’t have a real fire, this is the next best thing, with its hint of scorched timber crackling in the hearth.
THE NATURAL CHOICE
Feldspar‘s candles are made with 100% natural scent and plant-based wax, hand poured into its beautiful bone china containers.
‘Ash’ is a sweet and woody scent, with a hint of mandarin for that festive feel. The pretty china vessels can be reused when the candle is finished and each comes with a charming box of Feldspar matches, so makes a great gift, too.
With names like Damson Brûlée, Almond Macaron and Mandarin Glace, who could resist the winter candle collection from Urban Apothecary?
Damson Brûlée, with its wafts of rich, dark fruits; plummy damson, juicy blackberry and grape purée is on our Christmas menu. And not a calorie in sight.