Fine-tuning the atmosphere is a fine art – but one that can almost always be perfected with the addition of a candle, or two, or three. And when it comes to scented ones, it’s important to hit the right notes – so whether you’re seeking out gift ideas, honing your self-care ritual or hosting a special event, consult our guide to discover the best candle to rise to the occasion.
3. PREPPING FOR SLEEP
There’s no place like home – and with the fresh floral chords of Eym’s REST candle, you’ll drift into a dream state in less time that it takes to repeat the expression. A natural blend of soy wax and aromatherapeutic essential oils of rose, geranium and chamomile create a stress-busting oasis of calm.
4. RISING & SHINING
Start the day right with an aroma to encourage clear-mindedness. Tom Dixon’s Earth candle casts an air of freshness from the forest floor over your interior – inhale invigorating notes of green leaves, mint, galbanum and woods first thing in the morning to build motivation for whatever activities await.
5. EMBRACING THE OUTDOORS
Whether dining alfresco or star-gazing in the garden, Diptyque’s Feu de Bois Indoor and Outdoor candle will set the tone with soft light and fine fragrance. In a heavy-duty earthenware pot, the French maison’s classic accord of rare woods warms the soul after dark with comforting notes reminiscent of a crackling open fire.
6. BATHING TO UNWIND
Wash away all traces of stress at the end of a tough day with a bubble bath by the light of Boy Smells’ Kush candle. Infused into a cruelty-free coconut and beeswax blend, this soft green scent combines notes of cannabis flower, suede, white musk and amber for a truly blissed-out soak.
7. REFRESHING YOUR INTERIOR
Spring clean or wardrobe overhaul, set the backdrop for a productive clear-out with a scent to inspire rational thinking and resourcefulness. Skandinavisk’s Lysning candle does just that, channelling fresh, green notes from nature to de-clutter your mind and, in turn, your environment.
8. HOSTING DINNER
House of Hackney’s Artemis candle is set to boost your hosting credentials with a hand-painted porcelain vessel that’s just as impressive as the scent within. Decorated with the interior expert’s trademark William Morris-inspired wildflower print, this gold-trimmed candle is the epitome of opulence – blending heady notes of tobacco, leather and cognac.
9. HOLDING INTIMATE DRINKS
Pave the way for romance with L’Objet’s Lito candle. This vetiver-scented creation really is something special; not only is its porcelain vessel 24-carat gold plated, it’s also decorated with an all-seeing eye for good luck and protection – setting the precedent for future success.