My Christmas shopping guide continues. After a suggestion of various scent diffusers today I would like to focus on candles. And I love candles. There’s something magical and peaceful in their light. Whenever I want to relax or clear my mind a little flame in the jar is just perfect for that. A candle is also an ideal companion for long conversations with friends. Warm light and gentle aroma in the air are like a fluffy blanket that embraces you. To me the scented candle is a synonym of comfort.
When you ask me, candle was a second fragrant product in my life that I started using. (first came the incense sticks) I use all variety of candles. Starting from cheap scented tea-lights bought in a supermarket, ending at more expensive ones with more complexity to them. Below I tried to inlude some good-looking (and hopefully great-smelling) suggestions at different price ranges.
Starting with a cheapie. I have discovered P.F. Candle Co. by a total accident when one day I noticed their beautifully packaged candles in the pictures that appeared in my Instagram feed as profiles I might like. This artisanal California-based candle manufacturer offers only hand-made soy wax candles made in small batches. Their products are hand-poured into amber glass jars with a brass lid. A simple label printed on a gray-ish recycled paper gives P.F. Candle Co. candles a minimalistic look and since packaging is so simple, you know your money are spent mostly on the content inside, which is always a fantastic thing. Among a varied offer here’s what I’d love to burn:
- Mistletoe Special – with notes of pine needles, sweet berries, pineapple and green apple;
- Amber & Moss – with notes of musk, amber, moss, lavender, sage, orange essence;
- Campfire – with notes of smoke, pine wood, raspberry and vanilla;
For a a 3.5 oz. (103,5ml) mini candle you’ll pay $11 (~€9), 7.5 oz. (222 ml) candle costs $16 (~€13)
We all love Mandy Aftel and her unusual perfume creations made with only fine and natural essences. For this Holiday season Mandy has prepared a special candle that sounds just perfect to light it during these special days spent with family. If you crave for a little more sweetness and you’re afraid to eat another piece of Christmas cake (oh, a diet), indulge in this Candy Apple candle. It is made with natural beeswax, so it has a beautiful golden color and I’m sure it smells amazing. It is packaged in a tin, so you can even take it with you for a Holiday trip and enjoy it wherever you are.
2 oz (59ml) candle costs $45 (€36)
How about the Swedish niche perfume brand Byredo? I had more or less luck with their perfumes, not to mention that I have only tried a small number of them, I would be very keen on trying how good they are at making perfumed candles. Just by having a look at the way they packaged their candles makes me want to buy one. A golden and brownish shade of amber glass contrasts with a clean white label of a minimal design. Could there be anything better than a rich scent of spices filling your house not only thanks to the bakery goods your family prepares for Christmas, but also thanks to a candle? The limited collection from Byredo should satisfy anyone who is looking for a snuggly aroma for winter amore.
- Safran – with main notes of saffron, black pepper;
- Cardamome – with main notes of cardamom, black pepper and nutmeg;
- Gingembre – with main notes of ginger and black pepper;
Each of this candle costs €65 (~$80) for 240 gram
And now something special for extreme perfumed candles addicts! Everyone knows Jo Malone, the woman who started from scratch and gradually built a little fragrance empire. For her Jo Loves brand she has just composed 2 limited candles in a wintery, Christmas theme. Presented in a beautiful jar in white color (not sure if it’s milky glass or white lacquer on top) with silver details really brings the Holiday aura to your home. Truly, I would take one home immediately, if it wasn’t for the size! It’s enormous!
- Log Fires – with notes of smoky woods and Lapsang Souchong tea;
- Salted Caramel – with notes of caramel and crushed sea salt;
2,2 kg (wow!) candle costs 325 GBP (~€410, $507)
Honestly, there are so many choices for perfumed candles! I have shown you just a small part of what brands have to offer. If it’s still not enough for you make sure to check the limited editions from Diptyque (Resine, Hiver and Epice), Cire Trudon (Bethleem, Gabriel and Nazareth), Atelier Cologne (Gold Leather, Santal Carmin), Aedes de Venustas (Cellarius, Phoenicis), Jardins d’Ecrivains (Dickens, Beatnik, Zweig). Hope anyone can find their perfect candle!