Because candles make the perfect gift for just about anyone
There’s no doubt about it, luxury candles are the ultimate interior accessory, whether you want to add ambiance to your living room or have a relaxing candlelit bath. They’re our go to for transforming our home in literally seconds; who knew some candle light and the smell of neroli could do so much?
With so many different fragrances out there, you’d be hard pushed to find someone who wouldn’t love to unwrap a scented candle (FYI, we’ll never judge a spot of self-gifting). Just don’t forget to tell them about this genius candle hack, as it turns out that burning them the wrong way can completely diminish the life span of your new flickering friend. Sad times.
For the perfect long-lasting scent, we love Jo Malone latest release, which is inspired by the earthy scents of the Great British forests. Yes, its an ostensibly wintery scent, but come rain or shine, winter fires or summer barbecues, we are 365-days-a-year candle advocates.
Diptyque are one of the best when it comes to scented candles, and their Baies candle is a firm favourite of Team Marie Claire’s. The wonderful blackcurrant aroma is sharp, fruity and delicious, and it’s had a special upgrade just in time for gifting season.
For the truly candle obsessed, we recommend you check out Scent, a subscription service that hand picks and delivers candles based on your own personal taste, as often as you desire. And with the festive season just around the corner, it’s a great shout if you’re still looking for Christmas gifts for her or Christmas gifts for him – who doesn’t love a candle?
The Best Christmas Candles
With Christmas around the corner, everyone is getting in the festive spirit. We’ve rounded up the best Christmas candles to help you along the way.
Smells like: With notes of grapefruit and lemons, this is the zingy way to ring in Christmas.
Best bit: Hand poured in New Zealand using 100% natural wax – absolutely crafted to perfection.
Burn time: 50 hours
Smells like:With notes of cinnamon, cloves and berries, this is a Christmas classic.
Best bit: One to take pride of the mantel piece – just look at the beautiful peering through the wax.
Burn time: 65 hours
Smells like: Eucalyptus, smoky guaiac wood and black pepper – clean and spicy.
Best bit: There’s chic and then there is Tom Dixon. An absolutely masterpiece of design, this candle will have everyone talking this Christmas.
Burn time: 48 hours
Smells like: Sparkling notes of tangerine are given the spicy treatment with the adding of musk.
Best bit: Makes you feel all wam and fuzzy – and the bright orange glass is very Christmassy.
Burn time: 40 hours
The best luxury candles for your home
We’ve rounded up all of our current favourites, so whether you prefer the light scents of wild jasmine or the rich aromas of neroli and spices, you’re sure to find a scented candle that suits anyone and everyone – including yourself.
Because hey, a candle is an interior necessity and, yes, if anyone asks, you DO need another one. Below are the new releases and timeless favourites you need to make your home smell incredible.
It’s rose but not as you know it. A much more current version of the flower that sometimes has a bad rep – this is young and fresh. The ideal prop for those Insta moments and is achingly cool – but thats to be expected from Boy Smells.
Burn Time: 50 hours
Formulated with Vegan-friendly ingredients, the new candle from Aesop is bursting with notes of cedar, cypress and vetiver and evokes memories of an ancient forest. And, true to Aesop nature, is suitable chic in a matte finish with an inscription on the inside.
Burn Time: 55 – 65 Hours
Shop Now:Aesop, Ptolemy Aromatique Candle, £80
A delightful blend of bergamot, fig and suede. Smells and looks amazing.
Burn Time: 60 hours
Shop Now: Saint Fragrance, Late Night Fig candle, £40
Natural and organic, the Beyond the pines candle by way of SUNDAY London blends six essential oil, eucalyptus, tea tree, cedar, lime, pine needle and peppermint. The result is super fresh, invigorating and comforting.
Burn Time: 45-50 hours
Shop Now: SUNDAY, 1. Beyond The Pines Candle
The unmistakable smell and qualities of tuberose have been artfully captured in this exquisite candle by EDP Frederic Malle. Think an abundant bouquet of creamy white flowers with a sweet buttery edge.
Burn Time: 40 hours
Shop Now: Editions De Parfums Frederic Malle, Tubereuse Candle, £85
This Women candle from Baobab Collection is made in support of BIG (Breast Cancer International Group) and breast cancer research. Combining notes of magnolia, rose and musk, it has a delicate scent of powdered rose and ultimately is a celebration of women. Making your home look and smell amazing AND helping a great cause – the ultimate win, win right?
Burn time: 60h
A soft, sensual fragrance with warm top notes of exotic coconut and creamy almond will transport you away from the doom and gloom of the UK to a tropical island somewhere in the Caribbean sea. Undertones of hibiscus blend with buttery Madagascan vanilla pods add a sweet freshness to the fragrance. And let’s face it, who doesn’t love rose gold packaging?
Burn time: 40 hours
Jo Malone’s candles have earned their place on just about every mum, sister and aunt’s birthday and Christmas wishlists, and rightfully so; their aromas have the ability to transform even the emptiest of living rooms into a cosy cove of comfort within just a few minutes of burning. Pine and Eucalyptus is your new favourite one.
Burn time: 45 hours
Elemis Life Elixirs help you thrive in every aspect of your life through aromatherapy, from managing your sleep to resetting your mind and embracing life with a bit more positivity. The Fortitude Candle is made from a concoction of 19 essential oils, carefully chosen for maximum holistic benefits. It blends Geranium, Ylang Ylang and for a restorative aroma that clears the mind and soothes the soul (plus the glass container is a dreamy accessory in its own right). You’ll love it.
Burn time: 40 hours
This gorgeous candle from thisworks is from their limited edition range, bringing together rich neroli and sweet orange essential oils to give your a much needed boost. Shut your eyes and you’ll be whisked away to the Mediterranean in a much sunnier place – the candle’s much more affordable than a full on vacation and absolutely addictive.
If you know someone whose candle of choice involves the berry delights of Diptyque Baies, upgrade their classic version to this: a three wick, 90-hour burner that comes in a chic, black porcelain glass. Or, you know, invest in this baby for your own living room.
Burn time: 90 hours
Can’t get over to Japan for cherry blossom season? This pale pink candle from Rituals will tide you over till you can get over there, blending the smell of sakura with rice milk.
Burn time: Up to 50 hours
The orchid has long been regarded as an exquisite and mysterious bloom, and Penhaligon’s has perfectly captured its elusive sent in a deluxe sized 290g candle. As they themselves put so beautifully: ”That orchids represent refinement, thoughtfulness and beauty is a coincidence. The Countess has always harboured an enthusiasm (a weakness?) that defies reason. To her son George’s eternal despair, it is not for her family, but for her jardin d’hiver. Everyone needs a secret garden.’
The latest addition to the Jo Loves Candle collection is a thing of natural beauty (almost literally). Blending calming Ylang Ylang and White Narcissus, the Gardenia Home Candle captures the full and floral fragrance of creamy Gardenia in full bloom. It’s just gorgeous – and don’t forget, if you want to add a personal touch, you can visit the Candle Shot Studio and create your own unique, bespoke candle for a truly special gift.
The launch of Bella Freud’s Psychoanalysis was one of the hottest fragrance launches of the year, and the accompanying candle is a great gift for the fragrance-obsessed in your life (if they don’t already have one that is). Top notes of neroli and lilac flowers give it a fresh initial aroma, with a heart of tobacco flower on woody base notes of Cedar. It’s just delicious.
Burn time: 40 hours
This one is called a portable fireplace for a reason; it’s smoky and woody and will give off that lovely lingering aroma that a real roaring fireplace leaves behind. A lovely addition to just about any living room on a colt winter’s night.
Burn time: 60 hours
With these gorgeous fragrances and winter warmers, your humble abode is guaranteed to feel homely all year round.
If you’ve never experienced one of Victoria Cator candles then you’re certainly in for a treat. Created by London-based interior designer, Victoria Cator, this super chic line of candles not only looks the part but they all smell pretty amazing too.
Our favourite of the pack is La Litrone, where notes of fig and amber sit atop a base of bark. Quite fabulous, really.
Burn time: 55-60 hours
Happy candle shopping!