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 underway, we've gathered up the scented candles that we'll be lighting in the countdown to Christmas.
RLI is an independent candle brand based in London. The scents are inspired by founder Rachele Langmuir's travel memories, and we rather like 'Up in the Andes', awinter scentwith notes of pine needles, aged leather and pink pepper,said to evoke an early-morning horse ridethrough the Andes. Think windy, messy hair, an old leather saddle, and breathtaking views. Ah bliss.
DOWN TO EARTH
Founded by Camilla Fayed in 2016, plant-based restaurant Farmacy in Notting Hill has now launched its first candle collection (exclusively available at Harrods). The 100% organic, natural and toxin free candles are available in four different scents: ‘The Sacred Smoke’, ‘The Space Clearer’, ‘The Heart Warmer’ – and our favourite ‘The Three Kings’,a heavenly blend of frankincense, almond milk, cinnamon and turmeric.
The stylish black glass vessels have been designed to be reused at home. Engraved with gold illustrations celebrating everything earthy from the sun to the soil, they work well as mini planters or pen pots.
COOL AND COSY
Hand poured in the UK with soy wax, Plum & Ashby candles come in a choice of winter scents from Spiced Orange & Red Berry to Fireside Embers or Lime & Ginger. Encased in a simple white votive or recycled brown glass lidded jar, it's the candle of choice for those who like a pared-back minimal style and subtle seasonal scents. Available at Amara.
BEAUTIFUL AND USEFUL
Fill the air with soft leathers and spices with this Morris & Co scented candle. Presented in a reusable drum shaped box embossed with the Morris & Co. Acanthus print, one of William Morris’ most iconic patterns and the first wallpaper released as Morris & Co, it's the gift that keeps on giving.
WORK OF ART
A scented candle that also doubles up as a ceramic art piece? What's not to love?Abalon, the sustainable brand created by artist Ana Bridgewater, has a collection of eco-soya, hand-sculpted porcelain candles and we're just a little bit obsessed.
The vegan candles burn clean so that once the wax has burned down, it can easily be replaced with a refill (with additional refills costing as little as £8), plus the candles typically last 30-50% longer than paraffin wax.
Available in three gorgeous spa-like scents(lemongrass, lavender and a cedarwood, rosemary, lavandin blend), and in a variety of gorgeous ceramic cases, they make a gorgeous Christmas gift.
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FRESH FROM THE SLOPES
Festive scented candles often make the mistake of going down the the sickly sweet mulled wine and cinnamon route. Not so withVictoria Cator's Santa Baby candle,with top notes of zesty lime, orange and mandarin, middle notes of nordic pine and a resin base note. The result? A candle which reminds us a little of skiing down a snowy, pine tree lined slope. Heaven.
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.
Smoke & Musk soy wax candle, from £20
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.
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