With a soothing combination of flickering light and mood-boosting fragrance, the right scented candle can make all the difference to your space. Whether you’re planning an intimate soirée or a cozy dinner-à-deux, setting the mood is essential – and nothing says warm and inviting quite like a scented candle. Follow this latest gift guide to scenting your space in style and look forward to a festive holiday season, whatever the occasion.
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BEST FOR A DINNER PARTY — Fornasetti Gold Scacco Otto Scented Candle
When it comes to fragrance around food, it’s best to keep things simple; avoid anything too sweet, spicy or overly floral, as strong scents will only end up fighting for attention with the food aromas. To ensure the fragrance remains as a background note, light it earlier in the evening and put it out just before guests arrive.
BEST FOR WORKING FROM HOME — Jo Malone London Colorless Fresh Fig & Cassis Scented Candle
With more than 70 hours of burn time, it can scent even the busiest and longest working week with the juicy and comforting smell of ripe figs.
BEST FOR GIVING AS A GIFT — Diptyque Black Black Baies Scented Candle
Blending the romantic scent of rose with the juicy tang of blackcurrant leaves, Diptyque’s Baies manages to captivate every nose.
BEST FOR A SMALL SOIRÉE — Byredo Black Ambre Japonais Scented Candle
For intimate entertaining, look to scents that convey coziness and warmth. Timing-wise, you want to create a balanced output of aroma, so light it an hour before your post-lockdown guests arrive, then put it out after about two.
BEST FOR UNWINDING — Cire Trudon Green Ernesto Scented Candle
Aside from the hypnotic light that provides an instantly calming ambience, the inclusion of earthy scents is a sure-fire way to help you unwind, triggering the release of feel-good hormones in the brain.
BEST FOR MAKING A STATEMENT — L'Objet Colorless Oh Mon Dieu No.69 Scented Candle
L’Objet’s eye-catching candle contains notes of cognac, caramel and musky leather, and is a great choice for the mantelpiece, as both a visual and olfactory statement.