The fire is roaring away, curtains drawn, cats asleep, sea roaring outside and I just lit my first candle of the festive season. The gorgeous aroma started to fill the room which then turned my thoughts to my Christmas shopping list, perhaps scented candles for friends, family and oh yes, my home.
Smell is for me the strongest sense I possess and plays a hugely important part in my life, this time of the year is no exception. I desire fragrances that associate warmth and cozy feelings with memories of festive seasons past and yet to come. So with this in mind I’m sharing my favourite festive fragrances with you, in the hope that you can delight someone special this Christmas.
CIRE TRUDON, Bethléem scented candle, 270g – £59 from Net a Porter
My favourite and I shall be burning this over the holiday season. Inspired by the story of The Nativity, Cire Trudon’s ‘Bethléem’ candle has an exotic and musky fragrance – it combines top notes of spicy Pepper, Cardamom and Saffron with a warm Amber, Sandalwood and Cedar base. Infused with middle notes of White Flowers for a refreshing floral twist, the vegetable-based wax and white cotton wick are housed in a hand-blown bright-blue and silver glass vessel.
DOLCE AND GABBANNA, Carretto Princess scented candle – £67 at Net a Porter
Dolce & Gabbana’s candle is scented with warm and spicy notes of incense – perfect for chilly winter nights. It’s housed in a vibrant glass vessel decorated with the label’s ‘Carretto Princess’ print inspired by traditional Sicilian carts.
NEOM ORGANICS, Limited edition Christmas Wish scented candle, 380g – £49.95 at Amazon.co.uk
Infused with warming Cinnamon, zesty Mandarin and sweet Tonka Beans, Neom Organics’ ‘Christmas Wish’ candle is reminiscent of a freshly baked Christmas cake. The British-made natural vegetable wax has been blended with therapeutic essential oils for an intense fragrance experience that helps to relieve stress and lift your mood. Presented in a frosted glass vessel with an elegant gold motif, it makes for a perfect gift, too.
BYREDO, Ambre Japonais scented candle, 240g – £42 at Net a Porter
Stockholm-based brand Byredo focuses on craft and quality – its candles are handmade in France and housed in mouth-blown glass. This black wax ‘Ambre Japonais’ version has a distinctive spicy fragrance from generous top notes of Coriander Seed and Black Pepper, rounded off by rich, sweet hints of Bourbon and Vanilla.
JOSEPHINE, Blanc D’hiver scented candle, 225g – £12.50 at NOTONTHEHIGHSTREET
A warm yet rich fruity floral accord enveloped with bergamot, mandarin and smooth, soft velvet vanilla.
ASTIER DE VILLATTE, Zermatt, 260g – £60.00 Liberty
This scented candle evocatively captures the aromas of Zermatt. Savoring a hot toddy in front of the famous Hôtel du Mont Rose and watching the Matterhorn’s eternal snows, one delights in the fruity emanation of wild berries, cranberries, black currants and blueberries, rounded off with a hint of liquorice, that wafts in from the nearby trails.
DIPTYQUE, Oliban, 190g – £48 at John Lewis
Diptyque has introduced three new limited edition candles for this winter season. Dedicated to the olfactory attributes of trees, Oliban ‘s woody accents are set against fresh notes and balmy tones.
ANNICK GOUTAL, Noel Candle, 70g x 3 – £60 at Harrods
Experience the emotive scent of Noël with this miniature gift set. The fragrance is fresh and full-bodied, spicy and fruity. Perfumed with orange and mandarin from Brazil, and pine from Siberia, it recalls the clarity of snow and the warmth of a house filled with impatient, excited children on Christmas Eve.
JO MALONE, Roasted chestnut Deluxe Candle, 600g – £120 at Jo Malone or in Jersey at Voisins
Chestnuts roasting on a crackling fire. Our limited edition candle seasoned with nutmeg, cinnamon and clove, sweetened with soft caramel. Delectably rich. Invitingly smoky.
THE WHITE COMPANY, Mulled Wine Candle, 200g – £28 at The White Company or in Jersey At Voisins
The evocative aroma of a classic, Winter-warming drink sipped beside a roaring fire. Fruity meets spicy as notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and star anise blend harmoniously with sweet vanilla and sumptuous red wine accord.
D S & DURGA, Portable Fireplace, 200g – £41 at Net-A-Porter
D.S. & Durga’s scented wax candle recalls the warming scent of a fireplace. The relaxing wood accord mingles with notes of smoke, birch tar and copaiba resin to recreate the smell that lingers after the fire is extinguished.
MATTER AND HOME, Strength, 230g – £38 at Net-A-Porter
Last but not least, one for the men. Each of Matter & Home’s hand-poured candles is created with intention. Light this scent for an overall sense of strength, clarity and direction. The white soy wax balances the invigorating notes of Orange and Spruce with the richness of Patchouli, Cedar and Cinnamon. Use the black glass votive as a vase once it has burned to the end.
If you have any suggestions that you’d like to share please leave a comment, I’d love to hear your favourites.