Tis’ the season for lighting candles in every corner of the house, for cosy nights in. Whether for decorative purposes, for their transporting scents, or creating moody lighting for an indulgent soak, we couldn’t resist compiling our chicest candles for the home this winter.
When investing in a signature candle, you’ll want to know how best to keep it spick and span. Co-founder of Skandinavisk, Shaun Russell, says ‘the most important thing that most people don’t know is, when you light a candle the first time, you have to allow it to burn all the way out to the edge before extinguishing. This way you will avoid tunnelling. Always trim the wick before relighting too as it removes the carbonised tip and avoids sooting. 0.5cm is typical, but you can often feel where the wick breaks between your fingers’.
Now you know how to maintain them, here is the CF edit of the chicest candles to purchase now.
It goes without saying that the minimalist, ceramic vessel of this candle is incredibly chic, and we will absolutely be repurposing it as a pen/make-up brush holder after. And as for the scent? It’s aromatic with cardamom, mimosa and gentle notes of tobacco.
The result of a collaboration between the heritage French perfumer and artist Jean-Michel Othoniel. To mark the occasion of the Parisian exhibition "The Rose of the Louvre " by Jean-Michel Othoniel, diptyque has collaborated with the artist to create an exclusive candle honouring the queen of flowers. Rose is paired with a surprisingly peppery note and a smokey vetiver undertone. A reinterpretation of a single vivid red rose painted by Rubens in the painting ‘The Marriage of Mary of Medici and Henry IV’, adorns the bottle.
… with feelings of wellness and contentment, I couldn’t have summed up the scent of this candle better.
Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of cosiness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment and I couldn't have summed up the scent of this candle better. Black tea, warm apples and a dusting of baked cinnamon.
The clever people at Byredo have encapsulated that ruinous, ceremonious smell of an old church and worn papers in a candle. It's a soothing olfactive cacophony of clove bud, carnation, Haiti vetiver, and papyrus, that instills a reassuring sense of peace.
The clever people at Byredo have encapsulated that ruinous, ceremonious smell of an old church and worn papers in a candle.
This happy-making candle is the result of a collaboration between Swedish fragrance brand, Bjork & Berries, and British illustrator, Fee Greening. Bringing the depths of the Swedish forest indoors. There are luscious green notes of birch and moss enlivened by spicy nutmeg and cloves.
From the oldest candle makers in the world comes a fragrance to evoke the old worldliness of the Ottomon empire. It’s deliciously heady with turkish rose, tobacco, smoked leather and saffron- it smells reassuringly expensive
It’s deliciously heady with Turkish rose, tobacco, smoked leather and saffron- it smells reassuringly expensive
There’s something so decadent about a three-wick candle and this exclusive Acqua di Parma candle for Harrods, encased in hand-painted Tuscan glass, burns for a pleasing 70 hours. Let the Italian coastline unfurl in your living room, with zesty notes of orange and lemon and earthy patchouli and vetiver.
We couldn’t compile a 'best of' without the home fragrance behemoth- Jo Malone London. The limited edition, Frosted Cherry & Clove,is a festive candle, but not as you know it. There's of course the sweetness of cherry, and a dash of warming amber, with cloves and cinnamon for good measure.
The newly launched ‘Peace and Love’ candle perfectly captures what we all need in a year as tumultuous as 2020.
For fans of Bella Freud’s slogan-adorned knitwear and cushions, this one is for you. The newly launched 'Peace and Love' candle perfectly captures what we all need in a year as tumultuous as 2020. With romantic patchouli, clarifying sage and warming pink pepper, it’s wonderfully head-clearing and makes a perfect desk-mate.
If your trip to the Balearic Isles was cancelled this year, transport yourself to the sunny shores with this vegan candle from Saint Fragrance. Bursting with notes of coconut,blood orange, vanilla and tuberose, it has all the sensuality of suncream massaged into sunbaked skin, prerequisite cocktail in hand.
If your trip to the Balearic Isles was cancelled this year, transport yourself to the sunny shores with this vegan candle from Saint Fragrance.
Richard Ginori’s Italian ceramics are known for their opulent maximalism, and this candle has serious design credentials: it makes for an excellent objet to adorn mantelpieces and tabletops. Almost too pretty to light, but not quite, it happily marries style AND substance with a punchy, earthy scent of patchouli, sandalwood and vetiver scent.