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.
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. This year's Valentine's Day / Lunar New Year gift offering is a special one as well - it's all about the exceptional scent of the rose.
Jo Malone London Special Edition Red Roses Home Candle, £52, 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 limited edition scented candle is apart of the new 2022 collection and features honey, chamomile and violet leaves.
Diptyque Limited Edition Chamomile scented candle, £60, Selfridges
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. If you've got a fashionista friend she would love the special Olivia Rubin candle gift set.
Rose Arbour scented candle, was £32, now £22.40, Elemis
WIJCK scented candles
Taking inspiration from some of the best cities in the world including London, Manchester and Berlin, WIJCK's candles use locally sourced fragrances to make their aromas as close to the heart of the city as possible. The New York candle is a floral yet leathery scent, to transport you to the beat of the city and it's mix of floral boutiques, concrete buildings and the lush green of Central Park.
WIJCK New York candle, £29.95, The Fragrance Shop
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.
Jo Loves Log Fires scented candle, £55, Cult Beauty
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Acqua di Parma scented candles
Acqua di Parma brings out candles and the brand loyalists certainly love them. The Apperitivo in Terrazza scented candle has been been compared to taking that first sip of a Spritz cocktail.
Acqua di Parma Apperitivo in Terrazza 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.
‘LOVE’ Massage Candle, £58, Oskia or Temperley London
Boy Smells scented candles
Boy Smells is a cult LA brand, and the cool, genderless candles started as an experiment in candle-making from the Los Angeles kitchen of co-founders, and real-life partners, Matthew Herman and David Kien in 2016. Polyamberous features patchouli, geranium and tobacco flower blend with sticky amber, bees wax and pistachio - a combination that any friend of yours would love.
Boy Smells Polyamberous scented candle, £45, Space NK
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.
Neom Feel Refreshed Candle, £32, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Noble Isle Fireside scented candle, £40, Liberty London
Tom Daxon scented candles
This is described as a winter's bouquet of crisp narcissus set amongst smoky woods - sounds irresistible, does it not?
Tom Daxon White Narcissus scented candle, £25, Tom Daxon
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.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat scented Candle, £90, Selfridges
Charlotte Rhys scented candles
Charlotte Rhys is one of South Africa's leading luxurious bath, body and lifestyle brands, and the candles are best-selling. With prices starting from £12 for a mini, to £50 for a large, there are an array of delicious flavours to try. You bet the 'gingerbread' scented candle will be on our Winter wish-list.
Charlotte Rhys scented candle, prices starting at £12, Charlotte Rhys
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.
Ormonde Jayne Ambre Royal scented candle, £80, Harrods
Katie Loxton scented candles
Packed full of essential oils, Katie Loxton’s candles are the perfect gift for visiting a friend! With its sumptuous scent of sweet papaya and hibiscus flower, this blissful candle features the golden sentiment 'Fabulous Friend' to the front and is presented in a perfect little box for the ultimate gifting moment.
Katie Loxton Fabulous Friend scented candle, £16.99, John Lewis
Keys Soulcare scented candle
This candle is constantly selling out - and if you know someone who needs to hit the 'reset' button, the Sage + Oat Milk Candle will work to perfection. Revered as sacred by the Egyptians and other ancient civilisations, sage fills the room with its mystical perfume and cleanses the air as it works to eliminate negative vibes. Oat milk then helps to encourage a feeling of peace as it quietens overwrought minds with its subtly sweet and seductive allure – lulling you into a scent of security (aaaaand, breathe).
Keys Soulcare Sage + Oat Milk scented candle, £35, Cult Beauty
Luna London scented candles
Luna X Sol is the perfect centrepiece for any mantelpiece this winter. With warm and comforting winter inspired scents, the Luna & Sol collection draws inspiration from day and night. We highly recommend Luna, a beautiful mix of rankincense, tuberose, violets, myrrh, and amber, creating the perfect cosy scent.
Luna London, The Luna and Sol Collection, £28, Luna London
Suzanna K candles
This beautiful candle by Suzanna K is not only super chic, but has essences of white tea, tonic bean and saffron. The handmade candle is mixed with a 100% natural coconut soy wax blend, and is infused with fine fragrance and pure essential oils. Heaven!
Sahara Candle, £28, Suzanna K
Nest Fragrances 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. Rose Noir & Oud combines smoky oud, black leather and patchouli, housed in the prettiest glass jar.
NEST Fragrances Rose Noir & Oud Classic Candle, £40, Cult Beauty
Wings of Wisdom Candles
Wings of Wisdom candles bring the positivity in to your home. The brand has a collection of three, 100% natural candles, known as: 'A Watchful Eye', 'Lunatic' and 'Memories of Summer'. They look stunning; we adore the gold detail. They are also incredibly natural too; they are paraffin-free and made with a luxury natural wax blend of rapeseed oil, and vegetable oil. Swoon!
Memories of Summer, A Watchful Eye and Lunatic, £80 each, Wings of Wisdom
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