Cinnamon, spice and all things nice as they say – such are the scents of the seasons ahead. Autumn candles set the scene for the winter that is soon to come, transitioning your home away from light floral fragrances and the zesty citrus notes of summertime and towards those that carry aromas of wood, tobacco, musk and all things fireside.
In no time at all though, we’ll be decking our halls for the festivities and so the question arises of which Christmas candles and fragrances to shortlist, be it for gifting or for your own home’s seasonal scent. LuxDeco’s senior creative buyer, Jessica Harding reveals her own wishlist…
A beguiling candle that’s a treat for the eyes (being decorated with the face of Fornasetti's muse, Lina Cavalierias) as much as it is for the nose. Illuminate it to experience its heady combination of cedarwood, sandalwood and musk at the base with laurel, incense and pink pepper as its top notes.
The Baobab series of scented candles almost always make my shortlists for they are always so striking to behold with their statement vessels. This one in particular is just perfect for a Christmas candle with its berry red glass (and berry and tonka fragrance) whose hand-engraved etchings appear almost golden when the flame dances away merrily inside.
While room diffusers and room sprays are effective at providing a room with seasonal fragrance, they cannot always offer the decorative element that a scented candle can through its vessel. A case in point is this classic fine bone china Christmas candle by the masters at Wedgewood that is adorned with a silver fir tree and filled with spice-scented wax.
The clue is in the name – this is a winter candle made for gifting be it to yourself or a loved one. Consciously crafted from rapeseed and soy wax, each of the three scented candles in this set are scented as deeply as the black glass vessels in which they’re presented. My personal favourite for Christmas is Grove with its pine needle, eucalyptus and moss notes.
BRAND: Evermore London
A piece to treasure long after the wick has been burnt to the bottom for its handmade-in-France ceramic pot features the original 1955 Piero Fornasetti astronomical design. The scent inside is created by Fornasetti’s son Barnaba and the perfumer Olivier Polge and is characterised by herbal aromas of thyme and lavender alongside incense and labdanum.
To choose just one candle from the Baobab collection was simply too difficult, and so this incense and amber scented Christmas candle joins my shortlist too. Not only does its fragrance offer something woodier than the berry-scented Louise candle, but its handblown glass vessel provides an alternative should your Christmas colour palette lean towards evergreen shades.
A majestic upgrade on the typical room spray, this Cire Trudon creation calls out to be spritzed with its luxurious golden atomiser and moss green glass bottle. The fragrance it emits is indulgent and bold so expect to detect leather, amber moss and tobacco, though bergamot as a top note provides freshness.
BRAND: Cire Trudon
Not all is as it seems with this curious candle by L’Objet. Snow white on the outside in cool-to-the-touch porcelain but coal black wax on the inside, here is a tale of stark contrast. The fragrance is a similar story with creamy vanilla and soft jasmine combined with intoxicating spice and cypress.
My final selection from Baobab, this is a candle that commands attention before it is even illuminated. Golden yellow from the outside and rose gold from the inside, it has an impressive 60-hour burn time so that you can enjoy its jasmine and musk floral fragrance all season long.