Christmas and candles go together like me and Santa’s naughty list but that’s another story. There’s something about the warm glow of flickering candle light, releasing fragrant reminders (whether in your mind or in myth) of Christmases past, that is so right at this time of year.
Here’s my pick of the best festive candles that would make great gifts
Peace On Earth……Moisturizing Peace Candle, The 7 Virtues
The 7 Virtues, the fragrance company with a mission to “make perfume not war” has just launched a candle collection. Like the perfume, the candles use the same heavenly smelling, high quality essential oils from countries around the world including rose and orange blossom from Afghanistan, vetiver from Haiti, patchouli from Rwanda and citrus and basil from the Middle East region. The melted soy wax can also be used on skin. 50 hours candle burning time, CAD $44.00 (the candles are only available in North America at the moment) www.the7virtues.com
Light My Fire…….By The Fire, Petit Rituels
Petits Rituels candles are made from 100% natural ingredients including soya wax, floral waxes, beeswax and organic essential oils. ‘By The Fire’ is a festive blend of spicy cinnamon and clove, with zesty orange and lemongrass. 40 hours candle burning time, £35 www.petitsrituels.com
Merry Christmas…..Pomegranate Blood Orange, Voluspa
Voluspa candles are made with coconut wax and always beautifully packaged. Housed in a ceramic container, Pomegranate Blood Orange sounds to me like Christmas breakfast cocktails in a candle with notes of pomegranate, blood orange, nectarine and champagne. 120 hours candle burning time, £35 www.voluspa.co.uk
Oh Christmas Tree…..Mon Beau Sapin, Maison Francis Kurkdjian
Master perfumier, Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s festive candle offering is Mon beau Sapin, which translates to my beautiful fir tree. The balsam notes transport you straight to shaking presents under the Christmas tree, with a gold decorative container adding the festive bling most tastefully. 40 hours candle burning time. £55 www.franciskurkdjian.com
We Three Kings…..Odeurs D’Hiver, Cire Trudon
Cire Trudon, makers of the creme de la creme of candles, have a luxurious limited edition set of three travel candles in glass with gold leaf. Inspired by the nativity tale, Gabriel has notes of leather, cashmere and chestnuts roasting; Gaspard, named after one of the three wise men, has notes of mandarin and Mysore sandalwood; Melchior, another one of the three wise men, has notes of myrrh and benzoin resin. 25 hours burning time (per candle), £160 for the set. Individual candles, 60 hours burning time £70. www.ciretrudon.
Do you get candled up at Christmas?