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Candles, By Occasion

Get the ambience right every time with our run-down of the best scented candles for every occasion

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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.

1. CURLED UP BY THE FIRE
Designed to match the scent of a log fire, D.S. & Durga’s Portable Fireplace candle adds an extra measure of warmth to a blazing hearth. If your evenings at home involve an unlit fireplace (or complete lack thereof), light this candle to enkindle a cosy atmosphere.

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2. BURIED IN A BOOK
Curl up with your favourite novel and enhance the surroundings with Byredo’s Bibliothèque candle. Think yellow-paged poems inscribed by littérateurs of the past, in a library overgrown with wild flowers for a truly magical escape.

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3. PREPPING FOR SLEEP
Made with a natural blend of soy wax and essential oils, Eym’s REST candle leaves you with no excuse not to relax. Scents of sweet orange, chamomile and lavender are included for their aromatherapeutic benefits, creating an oasis so calming, you’ll be snoozing in no time.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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10. TAKING A MOMENT
Each time you light Aster de Villatte’s Jerusalem candle, you’ll embark upon a sensory journey through the celestial city, filled with smells of incense, oud, spices and woods. A sweet escape for evening meditation or a candle-lit yoga session.

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