Only 9 days left for till Christmas! How crazy is that!
I’m one of those people who think about what to put under the Christmas tree almost all year-long and only visit online stores on Black Friday for fun or in my free time for “finishing touches”. But for those of you who leave Christmas shopping for the last days before, I’ve got some tips for scented gifts.
Scented christmas candles are a beautiful gift, and it’s really difficult to go wrong with them.
A luxury Christmas candle with an original scent creation or in a designer packaging makes a perfect and very personal present, while a high-end winter scented votive made of quality ingredients is a universal Christmas gift that will make anybody happy. I mean let’s face it: who doesn’t like his apartment to smell nice?
What is the perfect scent to gift for Christmas? Which aromas make us think of Winter and Christmas Eve? For some it’s an oven full of gingerbread stars, for others, a Christmas-tree vendor on a cold December morning. But you surely can also “imagine” the amber scent of a velour throw in front of a fireplace. So you really can’t go wrong gifting somebody with a high quality candle. Here are my tips:
Cinnabar (or any other, really) by L’Objet
For me, especially when it comes to presents, packaging is very important. A well designed tumbler complements the scent, and therefore, I do understand, (even though it hurts a bit), how it constitutes a bigger part of the candle’s cost…
L’Objet candles are little pieces of art. This Portuguese brand’s founder Elad Yifrach, a former interior designer, has created a collection (that also includes dinnerware, table linens, accessories etc.) that blends ancient techniques with a modern sensibility. L’Objet is carefully handmade by European and Asian master craftsmen. Many pieces are crafted from 24-karat gold, platinum, and other fine materials. The candles are made of paraffin-coconut blend with a cotton wick. Cinnabar candle enchants with the breathtaking Limoges Porcelain, 24k Gold and Pink Champagne fragrance. It burns for around 35h and costs 110€ (RRP), which is pricy, but when you take into account that you’re not really paying only for the candle but also for a piece of art and accessory that you’ll be able to keep on your vanity table, I think it’s OK. L’Object are not your typical Christmas candles, but they make a perfect Christmas gift.
Scented candle by Free People
This American bohemian and hip lifestyle company created this year a very special winter candle. A feminine opalescent glass jar with a light pink hue and metal etched lid shelters a vibrant eucalyptus and Siberian pine scent blend, which is both deep and refreshing.
You can get this 212g soy wax candle through the producer’s website (43,71€ RRP) as well as brand’s retailers all over the world, like Nordstrom. In the Benelux countries available through brand’s official distributor Nuvo Niche.
Voluspa doesn’t disappoint when it comes for gift ideas. This year’s limited edition “Maison Holiday” collection brings 4 fantastic fragrance blends that will suit any nose. And you can get them in various forms: in a decorative glass tumbler (38$ RRP for 100h of burn) which you can see on picture, typical metallic oval tin, fragrance diffusers as well as different sets of mini sizes). Visions of Sugar Plum is an unusual yet very fit blend for Christmas candles. It combines tartness of plums, cherries and lemon zest with sweetness and powderyness of sugar, toasted hazelnuts. A truly gourmand experience, especially taking into account a good quality coconut wax.
Ribbonwick Flickering Fireside Candle by Woodwick
What’s better on a winter evening than to cozy up under a blanket with a glass of mulled wine and a good (audio)book. And even better? To cozy up under a blanket with a glass of mulled wine and a good (audio)book in front of a fireplace :) And if we’re not lucky enough to have luminous sparks dancing on the wood, thanks to Woodwick we can make it on the table. This company produces candles that feature a natural wooden wick to create the soothing sound of a crackling fire. I particularly like the look of this Flickering Fireside candle, with its rectangular rough ceramic holder with stunning blue and gold finish.
This particular candle is not available on the official website at the moment, but you can easily get it in Bed, Bath&Beyond and on Amazon. Its 12oz of smoked amber and warm wood notes will cost you around 22€ and bring around 20 hours of cozy atmosphere.
Frasier Fir by Thymes
It is said to be the most natural smelling pine candle which rounds the pungent Siberian Firs scent with warm and creamy undertone of sandalwood and cedarwood. A perfect addition to a Christmas candles ‘ collection!
It has been the brand’s bestseller for years and can be accompanied by fragranced sachets, soap and even dishwasher liquid.
Thanks to this gorgeous blend in high-quality paraffin wax, you can have a lovely fir forest in your living room during 40 fragrant hours (regular sized candle of 185g) for 29$. Frasier Fir can be purchased through the brand’s official webstore, Amazon and Candle Delirium.
Hollyberry and Clove by Shearer Candles
A big round of applause of this Scottish candle manufacturer (since 1897!) for bringing it up a notch when it comes to design of their candles. Recent new creations from the Christmas candles range reveal sleek tumblers with metal lids as well as elegant, barroque-like jars, which do not stand out in their design from other high-end brands’ candles. Hollyberry and Clove combines red tartness of the very christmasy hollyberry with spicy fragrance of cloves and cinnamon. The RRP of a standard 30h-long burn candle is only 8£ which makes it a perfect option for tighter budget. Shearer Candles are often considered the British answer to Yankee Candles due to their low prices and broad range. In my opinion they do win in design and ingredients (Shearer candles are not relying only on paraffin but blending in other, natural waxes), however loose when it comes to availability: outside the islands it’s pretty difficult if not impossible to find them offline. You can buy them directly from the producer, or from Amazon. UK customers will be happy to find some great offers on these candles on CandlesAtHome.co.uk and ocado.com.
Liquidambar by Diptyque
Finally last, but not least: One of this year’s special Diptyque candles. Because let’s face it: can there be a candle list without this Queen (King?) of the candles?
Faithful to tradition and (unfortunately) paraffin wax, Diptyque keeps taking our breath away with high amount of high quality essential oils. Liquidambar is no different. A blend of not aggressive ambar wood fragrance intertwined with sweet (not that spicy) cinnamon and nutmeg will please both men and women, especially not used to more pungent blends. According to the producer the candle expresses “a celebration of nature’s delights, which embraces the redness of this large autumnal tree”. Presenting somebody with a Diptyque candle is as classy and timeless as a bottle of Chanel no 5 or a Burberry scarf. So when in doubt go for a Diptyque. You can buy the Liquidambar and the rest of the Christmas candles collection on the brand’s official webpage and in stores. Diptyque is also available in all bigger on- and offline lifestyle stores like SpaceNK, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Mecca and many more… The small tumblers (70g) sell for €30.00, and the regular ones (190g) for €58.00 (RRP).
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All pictures of the Christmas candles have been taken from producers’ official webpages.