Everyone loves a good candle to burn during winter. Candles can help set the scene for a cosy night in and come in a wonderful selection of festive scents that are perfect for burning in the run-up to Christmas. They also make the perfect Christmas gift, thanks to their eye-catching and decorative packaging. In our latest Christmas gift guide we show you some of our top picks this year!
Bella Freud Fairytale of New York Candle from Amara £45.00
This is one of my absolute favourite Christmas candles. I say ‘Christmas candle’ but you could use it all year round and I absolutely adore the trendy monochrome style. This one has fragrance notes of blood orange, coriander, mimosa, saffron and tobacco flower. Inspired by the classic punk rock love song of the same name, this candle is the perfect mix of harshness and romance.
It doesn’t smell overly Christmassy in my opinion, but it would leave a gorgeous warming, cosy scent around the house throughout all of the winter months, making it the perfect Christmas gift idea for someone who loves modern and stylish home decor!!
You can find this gorgeous candle and loads more from Amara.com
The Chapel ‘Noctula’ Candle
Perhaps the best way to prolong the after-effects of a trip to your favourite hair salon is to take a little piece of it home with you and this Christmas that’s exactly what fans of one award-winning salon can do. Amanda Dicker, founder and creative director of The Chapel, is taking her ‘pause’ philosophy beyond the salon doors and into a luxury fragrance collection that not only ticks the box on sumptuous scent and striking design but could also help calm a busy mind during the chaos of Christmas.
Perfect to give as a gift or as a personal treat, the collection has been created with leading fragrance expert Fran Brown. Three botanical-rich, mood-enhancing scents evoke different times of day – The Chapel Oparus (morning), The Chapel Mellifera (afternoon) and The Chapel Noctula (night) – and each beautifully packaged treat features flora, fauna, birds and bees in the designs to help tell the fragrance story, with intricate gold blocking to add a subtle splash of Christmas sparkle.
THE CHAPEL NOCTULA: A scent to evoke the hour between sunset and darkness, a heady blend of crimson fruits and flowers caught in the evening air to flood the senses. Bright, crisp, fresh and energetic top notes of lemon and sweet mandarin, middle notes of clove, rose, geranium, English violet, lavender, lily, jasmine and beetroot, and base notes of amyris, courmarin, patchouli, black musk, cedarwood, sandalwood and vanilla to finish.
Available from www.thechapel.co.uk
Available from The Chapel online and from Islington, Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and Verbier salons.
Crabtree & Evelyn Candle Trilogy Set £42.00
If you want a gift that is going to seriously impress this year then Crabtree & Evelyn has come up trumps with this absolutely stunning Christmas Candle Trilogy. Create a joyous, festive atmosphere with these aromatic candles.
This perfect gift infuses the home with mid-winter notes of frozen citrus, deep wood, mulled spice and succulent scarlet berries. I love that you could split this gift set up and create little stocking fillers for friends and family, or keep it as one lovely present for someone special. Thanks to the beautifully intricate packaging, this is a gift suitable for friends or family this Christmas.
Get the Crabtee & Evelyn Candle Trilogy at www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk
Beefayre Christmas Gift Sets
Beefayre is passionate about British wildlife and conservation, with its products inspired by nature and the plight of the honeybee. The brand’s mission is to create quality homewares, fragrance, beauty and gifting products, using the finest ingredients. Beefayre puts 3% of the company’s profits back into bee and bug conservation.
This Christmas we love their Winter Garden collection, featuring scented candles and reed diffusers. Three gorgeous fragrances include Winter Berries, Wild Fig and Spiced Orange. Perfect year-round, the collection comes into its own when the seasons turn colder and cosy nights in become the norm once again.
Available from www.beefayre.com
SUN.DAY of London Candles
Natasha Garbawi, the founder of SUN.DAY of London Candles has spent years developing a range of bespoke scents for the core SUN.DAY candle range using uniquely formulated blends of pure aromatherapy-grade essential oils including tea tree, bergamot and lavender. All products are carefully crafted by hand in Natasha’s Dalston studio and are beautifully packaged in British made apothecary jars that can be used once the candle has burned. The SUN.DAY range uses only the purest ingredients, including GMO-free coconut and plant waxes and pure cotton wicks and are 100% free from synthetic perfumes, chemicals and paraffin, making them completely environmentally-friendly.
Our favourites are ‘Beyond the pines’ this is a fresh and vibrant scent of Pine needle, cedar wood bark, tea tree, Eucalyptus leaf, lime peel and peppermint oil. Available in mini (£12) or 180ml midi (£26) and Midnight (somewhere) which is scented with Orange peel, French and English Lavender, rose geranium, lemon peel, lime peel. Available in 180ml midi (£26) or three-wick extra-large (£60). The minis are in 60ml/2oz apothecary jars and burn for approximately 13 hours. The midis are 180ml/6oz apothecary jars and burn for approximately 40 hours.
Find them at www.sundayoflondon.com
Yankee Candle Christmas Collection
Every year Yankee Candle releases some amazingly festive candles that are perfect for scenting the home throughout winter and for giving as gifts. This year is no exception. Our favourite is definitely the ‘Christmas Magic’ candle. Yankee Candle, invites you to discover their new festive fragrance collection, The Perfect Christmas. Introducing four fabulous new fragrances designed to fill your home with the scents and memories of a timeless and traditional family Christmas.
The four NEW fragrances are:
The Perfect Tree – designed to replicate that unique Alpine smell, this fragrance captures the scent of your perfect tree—balsam and fir-scented with festive snowy branches – and is perfect if you struggle to fit a real Christmas tree in your home.
Christmas Magic – want to know what the magic of Christmas smells like? This gorgeous scent will give you a good idea. The combination of classic Christmas scents—balsam and pine— are given a touch of magic with hints of birch and eucalyptus, this fragrance will add a special something to any home during the festive period.
Crackling Woodfire – one of the best things about Christmas is the warmth of a log fire and this fragrance will bring that feeling to your home. With hints of warm cedarwood kindled with sweet whispers of nutmeg and warm amber, this scent will make you want to cosy up with your family and watch the world go by.
Spiced White Cocoa – A sweet treat of indulgent cocoa topped with scents of whipped cream and a hint of nutmeg, this warm, spicy and comforting fragrance will have you running to the kitchen to whip up a sweet treat for all the family.
Each of the new Christmas fragrances is available in all of Yankee Candle’s six classic candle forms, including Large, Medium and Small Jar Candles, Tea Lights, Votive Candles and Wax Melts. Advent Calendars – with a growing trend towards luxury advent calendars, Yankee Candle have the perfect solution for people looking for more from their Advent Calendar than just chocolate. The Yankee Candle Advent Calendar is a scented festive treat, with each window concealing a different wax melt/votive for each day, including a special votive candle for the 24th window, which will fill your home with fantastically festive scents. You can grab these with a RRP of £34.99 but find some great deals here.
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