Set the mood with 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.
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 released its new collection of eco-soya, hand-sculpted porcelain candles and we’re just a little bit obsessed. Each pretty porcelain pot is filled with pure eco-soya wax which is infused with 100% natural, ethically-sourced essential oils. 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.
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.
LIGHT MY FIRE
As the temperature drops and the nights draw in, it’s time to think about lighting the fire and snuggling up. Set the mood this season with a sleek and slender fire lighter to light up those candles and get that fireplace roaring. Available in six colours (our favourite is this brushed gold), The Wand from S.T. Dupont has a powerful blue torch flame – and comes with a refill. The perfect decorative object for lighting any candle in an instant, both indoors and out, The Wand makes a seriously stylish Christmas gift (or keep it for yourself – we won’t judge).
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 with Victoria 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.
Collective nouns can be tricky to master: do mice really come in a mischief and squids in a squad? Better invest in a few of Polkra’s matchboxes to clear up the matter. Illustrated by London artist Fee Greening, packaging across the range features sketches of animals en masse. Top marks for making the slimy critters look pretty, too!
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.