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21 best scented candles to give as gifts in 2022

These are the best scented candles to gift this year...

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Leanne Bayley
Leanne BayleyDirector of Lifestyle & Commerce
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We all have that one friend who's obsessed with candles, and if you don't - and you're reading this - it's probably you. Burning a gorgeous candle in your home is a real luxury. Whether you're on this page looking for candle inspiration for yourself, or shopping for a thoughtful gift for a loved one, we promise you can't go wrong with any of these suggestions.  

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Jo Malone London scented candles

You can't have a candle roundup and not include Jo Malone London, can you? It's synonymous with thoughtful gifting.

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Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir Home Candle, £55, Jo Malone London


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Diptyque scented candles

Diptyque and cold cosy nights go together like apple pie and cream - it's a match made in heaven. This delightful Tubereose  Rouge scented candle is divine. 

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Diptyque Limited Edition Chamomile scented candle, £60, Selfridges


Boy Smells scented candles

Cult LA brand Boy Smells began as an experiment in 2016 from the Los Angeles kitchen of co-founders and real-life partners, Matthew Herman and David Kien. With a genderful, inclusive ethos, the candles are made for everyone, and none are more popular than the iconic Kush. A light blend of delicate florals, it mixes notes of the cannabis flower with white musk, tulip and amber.

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Kush Candle, £42, Cult Beauty


Elemis scented candles 

Elemis is a brand you just can't go wrong with. This year you've got the choice of an english rose escape or a dash to the the Mediterranean. Whichever one you choose, you've made the right decision.

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Mayfair No.9 scented candle, £42, Elemis 


Jo Loves scented candles

Personalised by the Jo Loves team and carefully labelled by hand, it's a gift they're sure to love and treasure. An artisan scented candle, hand-poured in England and beautifully presented in a luxurious gift box. The glass that holds the candle is hand-blown and is accompanied by a silver and glass lid to keep the wax dust-free. Each Home Candle burns for approximately 37.5 hours.

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Jo Loves White Rose and Lemon Leaves scented candle, £55, Jo Loves


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This Works scented candles

A luxurious, hand-blended candle, enriched with pure essential oils of Lavender and Camomile. A perfect gift for a friend who's in need of some zen and relaxation.

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Deep Sleep Heavenly Candle, £26, This Works


Nest New York scented candles

Stylish candles are the perfect gift for a loved one (or yourself), and this striking design by NEST fragrances smells just as beautiful as it looks. The NEST Wellness Himalayan Salt & Rose Water is your secret for scenting your sanctuary and creating a warm, welcoming environment for everyone that crosses through your home.

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Glossier scented candles

Glossier launched two permanent candles ready for the Christmas rush. Available in Glossier You and Orange Blossom Neroli, this duo is the ultimate gift for interior obsessives this holiday season, and it’s now available to purchase today - priced at £37 individually or £92 for the duo.

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Glossier Orange Blossom Neroli, £37, Glossier 


Acqua di Parma scented candles

Acqua di Parma brings out candles and the brand loyalists certainly love them. The Luce Di Colonia scented candle has lingering woody notes - perfect for a new season. 

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Acqua di Parma Luce Di Colognia Candle, £59, Harrods


OSKIA x Temperley London scented candle

After a challenging time, OSKIA and Temperley London have come together to help celebrate some love and joy this Winter season with a ‘LOVE’ Massage Candle in aid of Women for Women International. A true partnership inspired by Alice Temperley’s 2021 bridal collection and OSKIA’s award winning Rose De Mai Skin Smoothing Candle, this exclusive, limited edition ‘Love Massage Candle’ will leave skin super soft, nourished and gloriously scented and hearts innately glowing. What's more, 10% of sales will be donated to Women for Women International when purchased directly from either Temperley London outlets or Oskia online. 

Top notes are dominated by beautiful florals including Rose and Amyris combined with deeper, musky Patchouli, while sensuous base notes of Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Guaiacwood add voluptuousness and depth.

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‘LOVE’ Massage Candle, £58, Oskia or Temperley London


Neom scented candles

Neom's new candles have such positive vibes and we're loving it. The combination of natural fragrances such as non-synthetic Sicilian lemon and fresh basil creates a clean, overwhelming scent that has been chosen to stimulate a tired mind and encourage clear thinking.

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Neom Feel Refreshed Candle, £35, Selfridges


Tom Ford scented candles

Tom Ford candles are a great gift idea. Designed with elegance to perfume, decorate your home with one of the gorgeous candles. Oud Wood is one of the most rare, precious and expensive ingredients in a perfumer’s arsenal. Exotic rosewood and cardamom give way to a smoky blend of rare oud wood, sandalwood and vetiver. Tonka bean and amber add warmth and sensuality.

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Tom Ford Oud Wood Scented Candle, £68, Tom Ford


Miller Harris scented candles

Miller Harris candles are incredibly pretty and look as luxe as you would expect. The smell of the Mandarin candle is exquisite even when unlit and perfect for gorgeous atmospheric scent. 

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Miller Harris Mandarin candle, £50, Feel Unique


Overose scented candles

The Overose croissant scented candle sold out in minutes, and it's fast-becoming the IT candle brand to know about. Founded in 2016, Overose is now a cult favourite, and this scent is presented in a holograph-effect glass holder, and the mesmerising anthurium-scented candle is defined by strong Caribbean floral notes with a wild rose and berry backbone.

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Overose Anthurium scented candle, £52, Cult Beauty


Frédéric Malle scented candles

If you're looking for the ultimate chic candle that's a little off the beaten track, look to Frédéric Malle who describes the scent of 'Cafe Society' as the "ephemeral odour of the living room a few minutes after the end of a Parisian dinner when the guests have just left." Is that not fabulous? Developed by perfumer Carlos Benaïm, it features Wood, Citrus and soft floral accords. The pretty red vessel perfectly accents kitchen or dining room tables.

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Frédéric Malle Cafe Society scented candle, £65, Cult Beauty


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Penhaligon's scented candles

The Penhaligon's Kumgam Rose candle is just the thing for a night in front of the fire with a glass of red wine in hand. The unusual scent of Sichuan pepper is mixed with woods and saffron and, of course, rose petals.

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Kumgam Rose Candle, £60, Penhaligon's


Floral Street scented candles

Infused with notes of saffron, eucalyptus and creamy vanilla, this is one to light before indulging in an evening of self-care on a cosy winter evening. It's both powerful and energetic.

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Floral Street Santal scented candle, £34, Selfridges


Le Labo scented candles

This is a cult scent for a reason! Le Labo's Santal 26 is smoky and leathery, but still gentle enough not to overpower. The style mavens of Instagram love this brand and it's on every fashionista's wish list.

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Le Labo Santal 26 scented candle, £57, Cult Beauty 


Noble Isle scented candles 

If you're after a gorgeous wedding winter candle, this scented candle from Noble Isle could be spot on. The Fireside scented candle from British brand Noble Isle emits a warm, woody fragrance, igniting an uplifting ambience in your home. 

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Noble Isle Fireside scented candle, £40, Liberty London 


Maison Francis Kurkdjian scented candles

This warming candle originally launched in 2014, the fragrance is filled with notes of saffron, amber and cedar. Perfect for igniting when getting home after a long day before settling down on the sofa and diving into your favourite book.

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Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat scented Candle, £90, Selfridges


Ormonde Jayne scented candles

All Ormonde Jayne candles are developed over several months, tested until perfect. For winter, it's all about the Ambre Royal scented candle which is the perfect hypnotic fragrance for those chilly nights. Presented in a gilded tin, this candle will lend hours of fragrant citrus bergamot to your home.

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Ormonde Jayne Ambre Royal scented candle, £80, Harrods


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