We’ll find any excuse to invest in a new scented candle. We like designer launches; summer ones – even ones especially for the purpose of reading books by. No occasion is too irrelevant. By this logic, investment in a Christmas scented candle borders on being essential. How else are you supposed to scent the room as you watch yet another cerebral Christmas film on Netflix? Will you actually be able to read your Christmas book if you’re not seated next to one? We don’t think it's worth the risk.
But just as everyone fits on a sliding scale of Christmas manicures, not everyone wants an explicitly Christmassy candle – some might go so far as to call them tacky. The olfactive version of tinsel. While a candle by any other name would smell as good, you can easily refer to a Christmas candle as a ‘winter candle’ if necessary.
Anyway, smell these:
Predictably given its name, Wintertide by Miller Harris evokes everything that winter represents in a candle. So how do you fit an entire season into a single scent? Eight top notes, eleven middle notes and nine bottom notes. You won't want winter to end,
We could smell Floris London’s Cinnamon & Tangerine scented candle through its cardboard packaging. If you’re pining for saccharine Christmas cocktails ‘with the girls’ (which you almost certainly are), we recommend it.
Walking through a pine forest is what winter dreams are made of – but some of us live nowhere near one. With Elephant & Bamboo’s Winter Forest candle in existence, however, this needn’t be an issue.
We understand. You miss responsible Christmas drinking. But probably not the hangovers. Lighting a Dark Rum candle by MALIN+GOETZ might be a suitable substitute – maybe even a better one.
With vanilla at its top, coconut milk at its heart and white musk, star anise and coumarin at its base, Linari's Vaniglia candle smells edible. For quite possibly the most gluttonous season of the year, we think this is fitting.
Christmas tends to be about abundance, which is why this massive – cinnamon, clove & orange hand poured botanical – winter candle makes so much sense.
Although Diptyque's Sapin de Nuit candle only has a limited amount of burning time, you might want to keep its holder – designed by artist Ugo Gattoni – on your Christmas mantlepiece for years to come.
The Portable Xmas Tree candle by D.S. & Durga sits on the parnassus of unashamedly Christmas candles. We think we heard 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' when the flame touched the wick, but we can't be certain.