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The Best Winter Candles To Make You Feel Cosy

Lighting one of your favourite winter candles can be the perfect way to stay cosy on cold winter nights, especially if you choose one of this season’s most popular scents.

From luxury brands including Diptyque and Trudon, there’s a candle (or two) for everyone on our shortlist, with popular aromas like uplifting vanilla and sandalwood, spicy cinnamon and orange, or fire-like incense and spiced woods to choose from.

These are the best winter candles to bring maximum joy at this time of year, as recommended by the CF experts.

DIPTYQUE

Feu de Bois is an open wood fire in candle form, just as its name which means wood fire, would suggest. There's the scent of rare woods set alight by the aroma of embers and an underlying warmth of lapsang tea to bring a sense of cosiness, all encased in a classic Diptyque-design porcelain holder. In fact, the iconic scent embodies the reasons why you'll find so many Diptyque candles in the lobbies of the finest luxury hotels – it's beautifully crafted and hard to forget.

Burn time: 90 hours

 

 

JO MALONE LONDON

There's a reason Jo Malone London candles are loved during the festive period and beyond – the brand is brilliant at capturing just the right emotions within its signature scents. This burner, from a collection inspired by the brand's London townhouse (a social media treasure trove), evokes curling up in front of a warm fire with your favourite book; it's warming and woody, without being overly smoky. 

Burn time: 70 hours

ESPA

Whether you've been caught in the rain (or snow) or endured a stressful day at work, ESPA's 100 per cent soy wax winter candle is a delightful treat to come home to. The sweet, spicy aroma of orange, clove, cinnamon and ginger is comforting and reenergising in equal measure, and the supersized three-wick option means you don't have to save it for special occasions.

Burn time: 70 hours

TRUDON

The magic of a Trudon candle – aside from the brand's heritage stretching all the way back to 1643 – is that every scent evokes so many of your senses that it always leaves you wanting more. In the Gabriel, there is the sweetness of candied chestnut, instantly recognisable for anyone who has tasted them, teamed with the enveloping warmth of cashmere, wood and leather that seems to hug your skin even from a distance. You can see how it's designed to bring back happy memories of family nights in.

Burn time: 60 hours

NEOM

All Neom candles are developed to not only smell great but to have a noticeably positive impact on your mood – which can be just what you need from your winter candles. This three-wick candle is especially popular as it makes you feel instantly relaxed, with an aroma of embers and smoky firewood cut through by frankincense and nutmeg for a cosy, but not too intense scent, perfect for any home. 

Burn time: 50 hours

MOLTON BROWN

If you want your winter candle to offer a side of escapism, without turning to a summery, tropical scent, try Molton Brown's highly recommended burner. It aims to evoke a "sleeping forest", with the earthy richness of elemi, myrrh and oud combined with the sweet nuttiness of honey, cinnamon leaf and nutmeg. It's cosy and intriguing in equal measure, helping you leave the outside world behind. 

Burn time: 40 hours

 

 

BYREDO

Sometimes a wintry candle can feel a little too festive, but not so with Byredo's Symphonique candle. Previously a limited-edition scent, it proved so popular beyond the holiday season that it is now a permanent product, with the black soy wax candle able to cocoon you throughout the winter. There's a hint of festivity in the citrus and spicy accords, but the true magic lies in the lingering woody base and the hit of anise and ginger. 

Burn time: 60 hours

 

 

COWSHED

If you love to host friends and family at this time of year (or need a gift for someone who is), look no further than Cowshed's Winter Candle. Simple but chic in design, this soy wax candle brings an inviting warmth to any home and is perfect for anyone wanting something lighter than traditional wintry scents, due to the essential oil blend of rose, neroli and ylang-ylang.

Burn time: 50 hours

 

MAISON MARGIELA

Like walking in from a cold winter's night to the warmth and energy of a classic jazz bar, this candle crackles with energy and spice. There's a playfulness to the cosy club atmosphere it brings to any room, with the smokiness of tobacco and the sweetness of rum brought to life with a spark of pink pepper, sage and the creamy warmth of vanilla. You'll want to revisit it again and again. 

Burn time: 40 hours

 

BOY SMELLS

Since Boy Smells burst onto the candle scene in 2015, fresh off a Los Angeles' kitchen table, the brand has been subverting and delighting the fragrance industry. With a natural base of beeswax and coconut wax, this hand-poured candle is all about longevity and throw (aka how far away you can smell it), so you can revel in the smoky intensity of incense, black pepper, guaiac wood, tonka bean and papyrus for as long as possible. 

Burn time: 50 hours

EYM

The winter cold is notorious for making you feel sleepy and unproductive – what's nicer than staying tucked up under your duvet in the morning after all. Yet, life can be busier than ever at this time of the year, so this candle is a room-warming solution to awaken your senses. The essential oil blend of orange, bergamot and black pepper is fresh and energising, meaning you can work from home feeling cosy, but without losing your work ethic. 

 

DISCOTHEQUE

 

This statement luxury candle takes inspiration from dance culture in the 70's and early 80's with all the energy of that time, meaning its perfect if you feel lethargic during the winter. There's a duality to the combination of fresh violet leaf, freesia and lilac and smoky clove, tobacco and cinnamon in the base.

Burn time: 45 hours

 

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