Candles are something I get asked about a lot at Christmas time, both by friends and family and by my followers on YouTube and my blog. So today, as I lit a fresh Elemis Spa Light candle (one of my all-time festive favourites!) I thought I'd write a post about the best festive candles out there. Below are twelve of my all time favourites, with a vast range of price tags to accommodate for an array of different budgets.
Elemis 'Spa Light'- A delightfully sweet concoction of vanilla, orange and cinnamon, this smells almost exactly like Hot Tamales (yum!) It doesn't burn as evenly as I would like, but it smells so good, I don't care! They change the colour of the glass each year too. £25 Available from all Elemis retailers.
Pommes Frites Candle Co. 'Spruce' - A fresh Christmas tree in a jar. PF Candle Co. are amongst my favourite candles in general, but especially so for their festive scents. They look understated, but their scents and strength rival the more pricey brands. $18 Available from the PF Candle Co. Website (Great UK Shipping)
Tom Dixon 'London' - I have been hooked on this ever since I received one as a birthday gift back in July (which has only just run out) This dark, smokey scent isn't just for Christmas but works especially well in the winter. A great uni-sex choice and the copper and marble jar can be washed and re-used. £55 Available from Selfridges.
Diptyque 'Oliban' - My favourite of the three Diptyque festive scents this year. It's fragranced with resin frankincense, which I'm not normally crazy for, but this smells incredible. £48, but also available in miniature for £28 and as part of a set for £80, from all Diptyque retailers.
Emma Bridgewater 'Joy' - This candle looks cute-as-a-button in it's circular cardboard box and metallic red and gold jar (I love the little foxes too!) It's a delicious christmas concoction of clove and cinnamon, with rose blended in for a softer side. Not the most even burn, but it smells delicious and makes a great gift. £18 available from Emma Bridgewater shops and M&S.
The White Company 'Noir' - Another one that isn't just for Christmas, but is very well suited to this time of year. The White Company's 'Noir' scent is my all time favourite from the brand and contains a blend of amber, mandarin and sandalwood. It's £35 for the standard size, or you can go all out and get a luxury three-wick version for £70, available from The White Company stores and Selfridges.
Jo Malone 'Roasted Chestnut' - The Jo Malone limited edition Christmas candles are always on my wish list, but I've never been lucky enough to get one under the tree (thanks to the £120 price tag!) This one is 600g, so three times the size of the standard candles and has the most gorgeous limited edition festive packaging. The Roasted Chestnut scent is a blend of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and salted caramel. I wish! £120 available from Jo Malone stores and counters.
Capri Blue 'Volcano'- My current candle of choice for my living room, the Volcano scent is really well known now, but continues to be utterly irresistible. It's a fruity, yet warm mix of sugared citrus, tropical fruits and 'mountain greens' (whatever that means?!). They are available in lots of different sizes and colours, for all budgets. The medium one is £24 and available from Anthropologie.
The White Company 'Winter' - Another classic, this candle simply smells like Christmas in a jar: a spicy blend of cinnamon, clove and orange. The classic design is perfect for clean, minimalistic homes too. £20 available from The White Company.
Diptyque 'Baies Black' - Another year-round candle, but one that I personally adore in winter thanks to it's blackcurrant notes is Diptyque's iconic Baies scent. The black version has a more intense fragrance and is a little bigger than the classic candles (hence it's also a little more expensive). This is a great Christmas gift as it'll keep going well beyond the festive season! £55 available from SpaceNK and Selfridges.
Illume 'Balsam & Cedar' Tin - Another christmas-tree failsafe, you can get the Illume Balsam and Cedar scent in a few different guises, but I personally love the Christmas tin as it's so pretty. £20 available from Amara and Anthropologie.
Next 'Winter' - A more affordable alternative if you don't want to break the bank. This one doesn't burn as evenly as the above selection but the scent of mulberry, plum, amber and pomegranate is gorgeous and it's also available as a room diffuser too. £10 from Next.