There’s never a better time to light a scented candle than right now. Whether it’s to fill your home with a warm aroma after a marathon Christmas shopping expedition, to set the mood when you're entertaining, or to just make your house a home. Here are my favorite winter fragranced candles. They make great gifts, but you’ll want to keep them all for yourself...
Tuscan fig by The White company
When I think of candles for this time of year Winter by The White Company (above) always springs to mind. It’s one of my favourites, but I recently bought the new Tuscan Fig candle for my birthday and it’s divine. All The White Company candles burn long and clean and leave your room perfectly fragranced.
Red Berry & Cinnamon by Oliver Bonas
This is a really cute little candle from Oliver Bonas with a great combination of fruity berries and seasonal cinnamon. The fact that it’s handmade in Sussex using only top quality waxes and cotton wicks means you get a long 40 hour burning time packaged up in the little 140g candle. I really love the leather look boxes that they come in too. They look so much more expensive than they actually are. It's a perfect gift!
4 Wick Passion Candle from EI8HT
This gorgeous handmade artisan Moroccan bowl (below) features a classic Rose and Tuberose scented candle - it smells simply divine. It's on promotion at ACHICA on Monday 28 Nov 2011 too!
Avery Row, Mount Street Gardens by Halcyon Day
The range of candles by Halcyon Days work all year round. Their floral undertones are perfect for a crisp winter’s morning and cold winter evenings alike. My favourite would have to be the blend of Verbena and Lemon Oil with White Jasmine and Chinese Geranium in the Mount Street Gardens range.
The CORDA by Caroline Gardner
There seems to be an increase on the market of candles that smell of a good old open fire and this one - with blends of birch, juniper, leather and amber - is perfect for nostalgic memories of Christmases past. I was first introduced to these candles when I discovered Caroline Gardner's beautiful illustrations. Her cards and gift wrap designs are fabulous and these candles not only smell great but look good too...
Noel by Crabtree & Evelyn
Noel is one of the first Christmas candles that I came across in my styling career 12 years ago. It conjures up so many memories that the season just isn’t the same without it burning somewhere in my home. This year it’s the candle’s 25th anniversary so Crabtree & Evelyn has designed a beautifully decorated three-wick limited-edition version, which still has the same lovely aroma of fresh evergreens, bayberry, cranberry, orange, persimmon, cinnamon and star anise. I love it.
Primavera Cassis Rose & Violet candle by Sanderson
When you think of Sanderson, images of gorgeous fabrics spring to mind, so you won’t be surprised to know that its Primavera collection of candles are just as top notch. There’s something very appealing and warming about the blend of cassis rose and violet. Somehow it just works. The packaging for all these candles are really great too. The mini candles are very cute.
I thought I’d burn this candle from Roost Living in my office to test it out and I’ve lit it every day since – moving it around my home with me! It smells gorgeous. It’s the perfect blend of cinnamon, clove and orange zest and really gets you in a Christmassy mood. It’s just what I need as I sit here and write my 9th Christmas feature since March. It burns slowly and fills my whole room with lasting fragrance in no time at all.
Fig leaves & Cedar by Max Benjamin
Max Benjamin is one of those companies that makes the most amazing natural candles. The company has a huge choice of fragrances and are always bringing out new scents. I’ve been a fan for a while so it’s no wonder that they make my top 10 list. This Fig Leaves & Cedar candle has a really woody smell. Lovely!
Taif Rose by Illuminum fragrance lounge
Sometimes only a floral fragrance will do. That’s when this lovely Rose candle from Illuminum hits the spot. It has a gorgeous blend of Egyptian geranium, Bulgaria white rose and Taif rose with a subtle sandlewood undertone, which makes it good for both winter and summer alike.
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Emma Morton Turner, Guest Editor
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