‘Tis the season for lighting candles
It’s the 1st December which means we are officially allowed to fully embrace anything and everything Christmas related. Cheesy festive songs on repeat in the office, mince pies after every meal, and mulled wine by the bucketload. It also means it is now totally acceptable to give your home its yuletide makeover.
Whether you plan to go the whole hog with a tree, tinsel and more, or are taking a more minimalist approach with a sprinkling of lights and a few tastefully placed holly branches, candles make a great addition to any festive home.
From forest pine to spiced gingerbread, these are our favourites.
Roja Parfums Christmas Eve
For an indulgent Christmas candle look no further than Roja Parfums. Their Christmas Eve candle, with notes of frankincense, leather and vanilla, is a homely scent ideal for entertaining. £94.95, Harrods
Bella Freud Fairytale Of New York
Much like her widely coveted sweaters, Bella Freud’s candles are an equally cult item. Taking its inspiration (and name) from the much-loved Christmas song, this scent is a rock and roll take on a festive scent with notes of blood orange, amber and oud. £40, Bella Freud
Diptyque Candle Epices et Delices
A quintessential Christmas scent with spicy notes of gingerbread, honey, and star anise. Housed in a beautiful a ruby red jar, a festive twist on Diptyque’s classic packaging. £48, Space NK
White Company Fir & Berry
Fusing the earthy scent of pine needles and fir cones with the delicious fruity scent of berries, you can keep burning this candle long after Christmas has passed. £34, The White Company
& Other Stories 7:e Våningen Scented Candle
Embrace hygge with this dark suede and smoky wood candle from our all-time favourite Scandi store, & Other Stories. £17, & Other Stories
Space NK Shimmering Spice
A sparkling addition to any mantelpiece, this year’s candle offering from beauty mecca, Space NK is a blend of cinnamon, citrus, cedar and vanilla. £25, Space NK
Jo Malone Pine & Eucalyptus
Scent your home with the familiar aroma of christmas trees without forking out (or carrying home) an actual tree. £42, Jo Malone
Origins Feel Good Candle
A spicy blend of ginger, bergamot and clove housed in a recycled wine bottle, this candle will make you feel good in more ways than one. £28, Origins
No 22 Woodstove
Who needs a real fire when you can burn this beautiful candle? Smoky notes are interspersed with rich spices to create a scent reminiscent of a warm fireside. £38, The Conran Shop
P.F. Candle Co. Teakwood & Tobacco 3.5oz Soy Candle
Make all your Pinterest dreams come true with this candle contained in an apothecary-inspired jar. The teakwood and tobacco scent is ideal for winter nights intro front of the fire (or Netflix). £12, Urban Outfitters
Wondering how to make the most of your purchase? Roja Dove, perfumer and fragrance specialist, has shared with us his genius candle hacks.
When lighting for the first time, always allow your candle to burn for two hours. This will allow the wax to pool evenly for the duration of its burn time and avoid that annoying thing where it burns down in the centre but not the edges.
Never blow your candle out. This causes that awful smog scent which can often trump the work of the candle. Instead, use the lid of the candle to snuff out the flame.
Be sure to give the wick a trim (about half a centimetre) before relighting. This ensures the candle burns cleanly and will stop black soot getting stuck on the rim.
Place the candle on a coaster or its lid to avoid damaging wooden surfaces.
Light candles one hour prior to the arrival of guests for that maximum punch of fragrance. Extinguish the flame and even hide the candle just before they arrive so the home appears naturally, beautifully fragranced.
Don’t be afraid to light more than one candle at once. By burning candles in unison you can create your own bespoke scent. Just remember to select scents that complement each other with shared styles or some similar notes.