Scent can relax you or invigorate you, trip a memory and take us back to a place that perhaps brought us serenity, excitement or comfort. And there is no better way to bring scent into you life than with scented candles. The flicker of the candles creates a soft and warn glow and the scent starts gently, building the longer they are allowed to burn.
With so many different scented candles out there at the moment, just which are the ones that are worth lighting?
Here are our top six fragrances, designed to evoke warm and pleasant thoughts.
Boujies Black Dahlia, £37
Boujies are independent perfumers, luxury candle makers and modern alchemists, founded in London’s fashionable Spitalfields market in 2009. Their Black Dahlia candle is a deep and mysterious floral fragrance inspired by the sultry glamour of film noir and the passion of dangerous romance. With rich, lush top notes of lotus flower, mandarin and bergamot gently blended into a sultry floral heart of orchid, rose, gardenia, jasmine and ylang, finished with a spicy twist of ginger. Resting on a dramatic and musky base of sandalwood, amber, vetiver and patchouli, this sensational fragrance will envelope your home in a lush and dramatic floral aroma.
Roja Dove Rose de Mai, £75
Enjoy the luxury of a Roja Dove candle. Rose de Mai is the finest of roses grown in the French town of Grasse. A whole months production is less than one day’s production of Bulgarian rose. This stunning, floral, sweet and cool fragrance captures the loveliness of fresh, dewy rose petals – the finest Rose de Mai candle in the world. This intoxicating candle will fill your home with the scents of the rose fields in the South of France for over 50 burning hours.
Diptyque Violette, £40
For over 50 years, legendary French perfumer diptyque has perfected the art of making scented candles. Passionate about re-creating scents from their exotic travels and childhood memories, Diptyque fragrances capture the essences of green figs, orange blossoms, tuberose petals and black currant leaves, to name but a few. Diptique’s olfactory range for the home pays tribute to nature, through carefully chosen raw materials. Their Violette candle is reminiscent of leaves releasing the plant’s radiance and body – with traces of powdery iris. With its combination of pure fragrances and chic packaging, Diptyque has been a favourite in design-conscious homes for more than 40 years.
Jo Loves Frangipani, Wild Reseda and Tuberose layered scented candle, £75
Jo Malone created one of the world’s most sought after luxury fragrance brands eponymous with her name. In 1999, Jo sold her beauty business to Estée Lauder Companies and remained Creative Director until her departure in 2006. Now, five years on, Jo is once again designing scent and JO LOVES… This is Jo Malone’s new venture and the quality and scents are fabulous. Reminiscent of wonderfully warm and exotic holidays, this candle’s delicate scent of Frangipani flowers tailed by fresh and herbaceous Reseda which finally rests on a base of soft, sweet Tuberose creates calm and comforting surroundings.
Neom Sicilian Lemon & Fresh Basil Candle, £39.50
Experience this humble scent and prepare to be overwhelmed… the smell of a real lemon, a fresh, juicy non-synthetic version is really special, and very rare. Coupled with a clean basil this is a fantastically pure and clean scent. Made from vegetable wax and pure essential oils the candle will awaken your senses for at least 55 hours! A favourite amongst celebrities, Neom’s wide range of scents mean that all your aromatherapy needs can be met.
Penhaligon’s Earl Grey Tea Candle, £87
Penhaligon’s scents are for the true modern dandies and bold women who are proud to go their own way and their scents are still made in England using the finest rare ingredients – from hand squeezed bergamot, to jasmine at twice the price of gold.Penhaligon’s Earl Grey tea candle is an enigmatic and creamy brew. Golden fruits, rich rose and smooth sherry wrapped in the lightest veil of smoke and citrus. This decadent candle burns for up to 110 hours and is housed in beautifully opalescent glass.