And once again Christmas is around the corner. In just a month’s time we will know, If Santa considered us to have been good or naughty. Anybody, nonetheless, deserves a nice candle gift for Christmas! The first would probably get an Angel by Thierry Mugler one, the latter would suit one of the Unwined ones. But the options on the market are endless. Among an immense amount of popular pine or allspice inspired scents you could decide for something non traditional, yet exclusive and/or very special. Here is my candle gift guide for this year.
Le Roi Sapin by DIPTYQUE
Every year the French candlemaker Diptyque wows us with an exquisite christmas collection, created in collaboration with the French artists. The trio of candles always comes with elegant and arty design, resin/ sweet/ smoky scents and of course, all-time Diptyque quality. Last year I wrote about the warm and leathery Liquidambar. This year my vote goes to Roi Sapin (“Festive Fir Tree”) – a woody and resinic younger brother of last year’s Sapin. Its basenotes carry mugwort/ artemisia, balsam fir and pine, with a hint of cedar and patchouli, creating the third act of a Christmas Theater by Diptyque.
The big 190g candle costs 60€; You can also get it as part of the 3x70g set, which costs 88€: therefore 30€ per small candle ($70, $100 and $35 respectively).
Winter Spice by JOHN LEWIS
A well priced candle that has a very good scent throw and is fantastic to look at? I could not not include Winter Spice by John Lewis – the British upmarket department store. At a 22£ (=26€ or$27) for 160g (35h burn) you get a good deal, especially, that you can later reuse the tumbler as a tea-light holder. The scent is a beautiful combination of tart citrus with spicy cinnamon, cloves and deep sandalwood.
You can also get this scent as a “regular” candle in a traditional tumbler and cardboard box – but this particular one would make a perfect Christmas gift! The downside? It’s made of mineral oils and you can only get it in the UK (John Lewis doesn’t ship internationally).
Christmas Wish Candle by NEOM
I wrote about NEOM before. This British brand takes scent-creation seriously, taking into account aromatherapy and using beneficial ingredients (essential oils and vegetable waxes). Christmas Wishjust had to make it into this year’s candle gift guide: this luxurious and comforting scent has been created with 13 pure essential oils including mandarin, cinnamon and tonka bean, to reduce stress and bring a peaceful ambience on the busiest Christmas evenings. And that’s not all: the glass tumbler has been sprinkled with real 18ct gold for this extra something!
The 150g candle (35h burn) costs 30£ (=35€ or $37). You can also get a bigger, three wick version of 380g for 45£ (=53€ or $56). The brand collaborates with the Make a Wish Foundation, donating part of the revenue to charity. What better gift to give someone in those dates, than one of Neom candles?
Special Edition Dark Amber Musical Candle by ZARA HOME
On the more economical side we have this year’s Zara’s Christmas candles. A collection of three scents hidden in boxes inspired by the architecture of various international cities, with Christmas touches, and a festive music playing the moment you open the packaging. My favourite would be the Dark Amber (the silver one), which includes a not-so-obvious composition of festive notes of bergamot, clove, cardamon, ylang-ylang, jasmine, cedar and sandalwood.
Price: £15.99 (€12,99) for 200g candle (25h burn).
Citrus & Cinnamon Christmas Edition Candle by MRS TODD
I first came across Mrs Todd candles in a gift guide prepared by A Model Recommends. Due to their exquisite blends and arty design with scandinavian feel, they are all a great Christmas present-material. This year my vote goes to Citrus&Cinnamon – a beautiful and perfectly balanced mix of spicy warmth and citrus freshness. You can sense a hint of flowers and musk in there too, which adds an unexpected depth and elegance. You can make somebody (or yourself) enjoy a wintery evening surrounded by those notes for 40 hours for just £32.00(=38€ or $40). The candle arrives wrapped in tissue, placed in a box and wrapped up with a dark satin ribbon.
Place Vendome by YOUKOUNKOUN
If you’re not entirely new to the scented candle scene I’m sure you’ve heard about Jewel Candles or Diamond Candles: companies whose popularity went over the roof with a smart idea of inserting a ring or other piece of jewellery into the bottom of a tumbler. The idea is cute, but most of the “gifts” as well as the overal design are IMHO rather cheap looking. I long couldn’t understand why they wouldn’t put just a little more effort into a luxe product with a similar idea. Well, Youkounkoun did it!
This young brand of candles (don’t pay attention to their rather poor website) creates their candles in France, filling sleek tumblers with environmentally-friendly wax, fragrance oils from Grasse (!) and a real diamond (tiny one, but still) selected in World Diamond Capital Antwerp. Apparently one in every 1000 candles reveals a 1.00+ carat stone. I just had to included it in this gift guide! I haven’t tried this brand yet, but 10% of fragrance oils from Grasse per candle promises a lot. I’d definitely risk giving “Place Vendome” by Youkounkoun to a girlfriend – who knows, maybe you’re lucky and among the seducing florals, warm woody notes and amber base she’ll find a small precious stone.
A Youkounkoun candle comes for now in three scent combinations and 1 size and costs 52€ (=44£ or $55).
Materialism candle gift set by TOM DIXON
Last, but not least – an ultra lux candle set for a lover of industrial design. Tom Dixon’s candles have been appearing in Christmas candle guides for some time now. This year’s “Materialism” collection of candles took the breath away of anybody into candles, quirky design and anything “lux yet different”. The gift set contains 4 candles, inspired by four different materials: alloy (ambrette and cedar), oil (tar, cedar, styrax oils), quartz (rose ambrette, cypress oils) and stone (bergamot, sandalwood).
The design is a result of “adventures in materials” and the inspiration is clear and visible through scent, finish, colour, luminosity and shape. There is more to them than just visual, and olfactoric experience. The creator explains, how “the mutation of the raw material into an object of desire or an artefact of function is the real alchemy of a designer”. This unique set of candles could be perfect gift for a true lover of art and design. Moreover, the candles form part of 4 different ranges, so you can later decide to purchase a matching decorative object.
The materialism candle gift set costs a steep 190€ and are made of a 50% soy and 50% paraffin wax and a high, 10% content of essential oils. Their burning time is around 20h per candle.
What candles would you include in a candle gift guide? Which are in your Christmas Wish List? Share and comment! I’d love to learn more :)
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All pictures of the Christmas candles have been taken from producers’ official webpages.