Bring some hygge into your life, with a luxe scented candle. Not only will a cosy, glowing flame provide an atmospheric centrepiece, but it can completely transform your mood.
From uplifting fragrances to relaxing and calming scents and aromas that stimulate happy memories, the act of lighting a candle is a simple yet effective way to shift your mind to a place you want to be.
They are also an ideal gift for a friend or loved one who already has everything, after all, you can never have too many candles in your life!
Design, scent, wax formation and burn time (luxury candles are made from a more premium wax such as bees, coconut or soy which means, that they will burn for longer than their paraffin counterparts) are just some of the elements to consider when choosing a luxury candle and with so many choices, the decision can be a tricky one. We’ve collated a list of some of our own favourites to help make that decision-making a little bit easier. Read on to discover more.
ANATOMĒ – Recovery + Sleep Candle
This candle by anatomē is hand–poured in the UK and made from vegetable wax. It provides a warm and comforting scent to set the perfect mood for a cozy and elegant home. The English Lavender, Somali Frankincense, Myrrh, Scots Pine and Sandalwood in the candle support physical relaxation, unwinding and quality sleep.
ARRAN – Hot Toddy
This Christmas, get cozy by the fire and light this beautifully scented candle from Arran. This modern take on the traditional winter candle has spicy notes of nutmeg and patchouli, layered on top of the rich warmth of vanilla and frankincense.
CHASE AND WONDER – The Starry Night
Chase and Wonder’s The Starry Night candle has developed a cult following and is a festive favourite. It sells out quickly every year when it launches. There’s good reasons why – It comes in a beautiful ceramic pot, decorated with a Victorian scene of Christmas, and even features a 22-carat gold painted rim. But it’s the scent itself that is the star – it’s a sophisticated blend of pine needles, herbs, orange, rich wood and mint, which fill the room and help get you into the festive spirit. It also has serious eco credentials, it’s made in the UK, using eco soy wax, but the best part – Chase and Wonder offer candle refills, so you can keep using it for years to come.
HENRY’S TOWNHOUSE – Monsieur Halavant’s Pantry
This candle is named after the Austens’ French chef, Monsieur Halavant, with notes of cinnamon and amber. It is part of a curated edit of six fragrance blends that evoke life in Regency London society. The top notes of resin–scented pine and zesty bergamot contrast with the warming, sultry cinnamon and clove. The rich cedarwood and amber, heady and sensual, sit with earthy musk for a fragrance that is both soothing and intoxicating. The candle is presented in a hand–finished ceramic vessel decorated with a delicate gold leaf silhouette that is inspired by the period cameos and miniatures that adorn the walls of the lovingly restored interior of Henry’s Townhouse.
GINORI 1735 – Il Favorito Orange Renaissance
Ginori 1735‘s Il Favorito candle, translates to ‘the favourite,’ which inspires you to keep the fire burning with its powerful and playful slogan, Light my fire. The joyful Orange Renaissance fragrance is an ode to one of the richest periods in history. The candle’s porcelain vessel, designed by Luca Nichetto, doubles as a timeless piece of art to display atop your living room coffee table.
BYREDO – Cotton Poplin Candle
We love the smell of freshly laundered linens, and Byredo‘s Cotton Poplin candle comes pretty close to capturing that scent. It‘s handmade in France with notes of blue chamomile, lemon, cedarwood, and musk. Plus, it comes in the brand‘s signature black mouth–blown glass.
BON PARFUMEUR – Mystical Escapade
A spellbinding new candle from Bon Parfumeur. First, you are struck by the subtle, very smoky scent of Lapsang Souchong black tea. Then the aromatic and botanical facet of mugwort lends a surprising, unexpected freshness. Last but not least, notes of birch wood add depth and distinctive warm, sweet and leathery undertones.
NEILL STRAIN – Verdure Fragranced Candle
Light this candle by Neill Strain and you’ll soon feel a sense of tranquillity, as its aromas transport you to the warmth of the Mediterranean. It contains sandalwood, used in some cultures to aid meditation and healing, along with carefully curated, internationally sourced, precious ingredients. Notes of cypress, thyme, basil and papyrus blend with elemi citrus, slightly sweet tobacco, cedar, musk, smokey vetiver and balsamic for a complex and wonderful olfactory experience.
SKANDINAVISK – Skog Forest Scented Candle
Meaning ‘forest’ in Swedish, this authentically Scandi candle by Skandinavisk is 100% vegan and ethically made to support the environment. It contains a Swedish rapeseed wax blend encased with glass that is 30% recycled. Skog is designed for the winter season, to promote a true sense of hygge, and evokes the aromas of pine needles, fir cones, birch sap and woodland lily of the valley.
AMAN – Nourishing Candle
Aman Skincare was created to provide both tangible physical benefits and lasting emotional balance. They only purchase ingredients from suppliers who support farmers and sustainable practices, as well as supporting their community. A number of their ingredients are certified organic, wild-harvested and first pressed at source. Their Nourishing Candle has top notes of bergamot and a heart of jasmine and clove are layered over sandalwood to nurture and revitalise.
FORNASETTI – Comme des Forna scented candle
Choose this if you want your candle to make a statement. The arty piece is emblazoned with a surrealist print by Comme des Garçons. It’s UK made using a vegetable-wax blend and offers top notes of lavender and thyme. The cotton wick provides an even 60-hour burn. But the creatively designed vessel is one to keep long after the wax has gone.
SENSORI+ – Detoxifying Soy Candle Toowomba Carnival 4350
This comes from the first-ever Air Detoxifying Candle Collection. Toowomba Carnival 4350 offers lab-tested efficacy, with all-natural, allergy-free and plant-derived ingredients, with a 60-hour burn. This unique soy candle contains ChlorosPURE®, an exclusive green technology developed in Australia to offer a gentle healing solution to the home. A new generation of fragrance candle, it removes malodours on a molecular level, replacing them with a curated Australian fresh air experience of roses in bloom, lingering lavender and sweet orange.
MAISON MARGIELA – By The Fireplace Scented Candle
Maison Margiela’s funky contemporary design looks almost pharmaceutical – it’s fully in keeping with the fashion house’s edgy, avant-garde style. By The Fireplace is based on the brand’s top-selling fragrance from their Replica collection. Woody chestnut accord, clove and notes of warming cashmere create the comforting sensation of sitting by a roaring fire.
SANA JARDIN – Sandalwood Temple Scented Candle
All of Sana Jardin’s candles are made with 100% vegetable wax, are vegan and have lead-free cotton wicks. Sandalwood Temple is a love letter to a love of India, as experienced by the brand’s founder. It is a sensual and enveloping scent, designed to create your home into an intimate sanctuary. Warm, rustic notes complement East Indian sandalwood, an aroma often used in religious ceremonies for spiritual cleansing. The fragrance is completed by Madagascan vanilla, cedarwood and Haitian vetiver. Presented in a glass votive, the candle has a weight of 190g.
CIRE TRUDON – Ernesto Scented Candle
Every candle tells a story and Cire Trudon’s Ernesto soya wax creation is named after the revolutionary politician Che Guevara. It evokes the warm spicy notes of mid-century Havana; using bergamot, rum, labdanum and patchouli, and is completed by a deep leather and tobacco base. The wax is framed in a handcrafted green glass vessel and decorated with a logo-embossed gold front plaque for some retro class.
ESPA – Restorative Candle
Light this 100% natural soy wax candle when you need to restore. It’s hand-poured and infused with the unique Restorative Signature Blend incorporating aromatherapy oils for an increased sense of wellbeing. Relax with the aroma of rose geranium, sweet orange, lavender and palmarosa. This is a particularly elegant piece created with white glass and a metal lid (this doubles as a protective plate to stand the lit candle on).