This Year's Best Christmas Candles 

This Year's Best Christmas Candles 
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It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas…

I will never forget the cold November afternoon on which my mum came home from a shopping trip aglow not with the Christmas spirit but instead with the thrill of having found a fake tree in the garden centre that looked exactly the same as a traditional fur tree. ‘I won’t have to hoover twice daily,’ she proclaimed with glee. 

Once we'd seen the fake at her insistence, we three kids were unanimously agreed: it did indeed look like the real deal, but buying it was unthinkable - it didn't smell  of Christmas trees. That fresh, clean, outdoorsy whoosh of pine was synonymous with our idea of Christmas and, as smells are wont to do, just a little whiff of something seasonal even now as a grown up ushers in the spirit. None of us would entertain the idea, even going so far as to offer to muck in with the cleaning duties in order for her to buy a real pine tree.

I now think of a Christmas candle as doing a similar job to a Christmas tree in making the house feel festive - only they're smaller and serve the dual purpose of throwing ambience as well as scent into a room. Get one now and you'll almost feel ready for Buble and mince pies. Here are our top picks... 

Cire Trudon Etoile Scented Christmas Candle

Cire Trudon Etoile Scented Christmas Candle

If you like your scents warming and still a bit outdoorsy, try this. The blend of sandalwood and incense is freshened by the addition of rose and fizzy aldehyde. 

Available at John Lewis | £78

Roja Parfums Treats of Christmas Candle

Roja Parfums Treats of Christmas Candle

Master perfumer Roja's take on Christmas is a delicious and decadent blend of woody notes, ginger bread and cinnamon. Also noteworthy with this one is the sheer power of the scent - lighting it in one room can scent the whole house. 

Available at Net a Porter | £95

Floris English Fern & Blackberry Candle

Floris English Fern & Blackberry Candle

If that post-lunch rousing walk and that biting, crisp smell of the outdoors does it for you, get this piquant, fresh one. 

Available at Selfridges | £40

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Rue des Groseilliers Candle

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Rue des Groseilliers Candle

Conjure up clouds of sugar and stewed berries in your mind and you'll get an approximation of what this one smells like. Also, props to MFK for the snow white candle jar that's jazzy red on the inside and is begging to be turned into a make-up brush jar once the candle's burned... 

Available at Selfridges | £70

Jo Loves Christmas Trees Candle

Jo Loves Christmas Trees Candle

If you can't get a real tree into your house, this is the next best thing, and the pine mingled with incense and herbs instantly calls the festive season to mind. 

Available at Jo Loves | £55

Elemis Joyful Glow Candle

Elemis Joyful Glow Candle

A bit of vanilla, a touch of orange, and a lot of cinnamon make this a gourmand choice that's warming and uplifting. 

Available at Look Fantastic | £27.50

Evermore North Christmas Candle

Evermore North Christmas Candle

This organic coconut wax candle cocktails quinessentially Christmassy notes like frankincense and myrrh, adding a touch of tobacco for a smoky edge.

Available at Evermore London | £25

The Bird Box 'Christmas Schnizzle' Candle

The Bird Box 'Christmas Schnizzle' Candle

This is a brand to watch: the soy, biodegradable candle is a spicy, moreish blend of clove, cinnamon and orange. Oh - and another covetable jar that can be used as a beautiful receptacle after burning. 

Available at The Bird Box | £30

Jo Malone London Green Almond and Redcurrant Ceramic Candle

Jo Malone London Green Almond and Redcurrant Ceramic Candle

If you're after something a bit special and want to invest in a cheery candle, grab this. Everything from the reusable tin to the pink and green candy cane stripes to the nutty, biting freshness of the almond and berry scent will lift your spirits. 

Available at Selfridges | £120

Ecoya Spiced Ginger & Musk Candle

Ecoya Spiced Ginger & Musk Candle

This Aussie brand's take on Christmas is underpinned by musk and amber, making it warming and moreish. 

Available at John Lewis | £39

Diptyque Phoenix Scented Candle

Diptyque Phoenix Scented Candle

Diptyque NEVER get it wrong - and this candle is no exception. Everything from the beautiful gold phoenix on the jar to the blue wax that's delicately scented with myrrh, incense and cinnamon makes this a great pick. 

Available at Net A Porter | £48

Molton Brown Vintage With Elderflower Single Wick Candle

Molton Brown Vintage With Elderflower Single Wick Candle

Sweet, fizzy, and fun, this candle is the Christmas pick for you if you look forward to that first reviving glass of champers and like a little sparkle in a scent.

Available at John Lewis | £42

Isla Apothecary Wanderwood Candle

Isla Apothecary Wanderwood Candle

Taking it's cue from the hygge movement, this candle's jar undeniably channels that Scandi vibe - and the scent is equally pitched between traditionally Christmassy spice, and spa-like vetiver and black pepper. 

Available at Isla Apothecary | £25

Miller Harris Sandalwood & Musk Christmas Candle Gift Box

Miller Harris Sandalwood & Musk Christmas Candle Gift Box

Warming and powdery, this beautiful candle is the ultimate soothing, uplifting Christmas treat.

Available at John Lewis | £37.50

 

 
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