They’re the home accessories that just keep giving. Here we bring you our pick of the best candle companies on the block. Prepare to be illuminated.
Who doesn’t love a candle? Instant mood booster, ambience enhancer and, at times, a rather sophisticated (but useful) odouriser for post-walkies Rover. They have the ability to extol purity (churches) or sin (date night) and more importantly they now come in such a dizzying array of visually pleasing designs that they do a darn good job of prettifying the mantelpiece/sideboard too. Moroccan cushions and cashmere throws are all well and good but who can beat Diptyque’s Feu de Bois for instant cosy factor, especially as the nights are drawing in?
“I always light a candle before I do anything else,” says Sophie Beresiner, founder of beautifully niche new candle company ‘No22’. “If friends are coming over, if I'm watching TV on my own, when I move house before I unpack anything. They create an instant warm, inviting atmosphere which is why I think they are becoming ever more popular, particularly to gift at dinner parties in place of flowers. What use are flowers?!”
Cosyness aside, did you know that candles are actually more than frivolous adornments? For example, candle-light has been proven to calm the system and focus the mind (not to mention adding that instantly flattering ‘crema’ filter to anything in the vicinity), whilst it’s long-been recognized that certain scents have the ability to enhance your mood and improve performance.
Candles are steeped in history (they’ve been used for more than 5000 years) and whilst they may once have been associated with festive events or special occasions they’re now seen as the modern go-to treat that doesn’t break the bank (or end up on your waistline). Their origins may be ancient but that old-world glow also makes them the perfect antidote to the sleep-zapping blue light emitted by all our modern devices.
But with all and sundry now jumping on the candle bandwagon (M&M’s candle anyone?) how do you choose which one is for you? The best candles burn cleanly and evenly with a scent that is capacious enough to fragrance a room without feeling cloying or overpowering, and we personally love the ones that can be reused as a chic mini plant pot or pencil/toothbrush holder afterwards. Still in the dark? Feast your eyes on these fragrant lovelies.