The Glass guide to Christmas candles

IT’S COLD out there! And it’s almost Christmas – giving you an excuse (if one is ever needed) to light a scented candle. Here is the Glass edit of our favourite ones of the season.

Frida, Romilly Wilde

Fragranced with rich and soft wood and resin notes, the British skincare and perfume brand Romilly Wilde’s Limited Edition Votive Frida candle is composed of 100% vegan ingredients – including sustainable soy wax – and has a lead-free wick. Fragranced with delicious notes of  sandalwood, warm cardamom, clary sage, cedar amber and saffron, Frida is longlasting and carefully composed as if it is a complex eau de parfum.

Romilly Wilde Limited Edition Votive Frida candle (70g) retails at £36 and is available from Romilly Wilde

Frida, Romilly Wilde candle

Cedarwood and Orange Spice candle, the Home collection Parks

The innovative British candle brand Parks is one of earliest pioneers in sustainability. Founded by Carol Symons in 1989, Parks has been committed to making candles with 100 per cent natural wax, a super-clean burn – as well as responsible and sustaible sourcing. Parks have also devised  Coreless CleanBurn™ technology which gives candles a long-lasting scent without sooting.

From the delicious Parks’ Home collection, the Cedarwood and Orange Spice candle spicy and citrus notes are a perfect Christmas accompaniment.

Home candle

Une Foret D’or, Goutal Paris

The limited edition Une Foret D’or, from leading French perfume house, Goutal Paris is the house’s iconic Christmas candle. Evoking bosky forests and crisp snow, Une Foret D’or is handmade and hand poured and made of 100 per cent blended vegan waxes and is scented with  accents of pine branches and mandarin.

Goutal Paris, Une Foret D’or Candle (300g) retails at £71

Goutal Paris, Christmas Candle& Other Stories, Midnight Encore Candle

The Swedish-founded, international fashion company & Other Stories has a beauty and fragrance line that is quietly impressive. From their very reasonably costed candle collection, with pretty blue coloured wax and housed in elegantly frosted glass and FSC-approved packaging, Midnight Encore has subtle, lush and warming notes of cashmere woods, salted musks, ambroxan; lush jasmine petals, fig leaves and a pinch of black pepper to spice it up. Midnight Encore gives luxury feels at a budget-conscious price

Midnight Encore retails at £17 (500g)



&Other Stories, Midnight Encore Candle,

Björk & Berries, Måne

The ecoluxury Swedish skincare, fragrance and home scent company Björk & Berries has a commendable approach to sustainablity. The brand uses only certified organic ingredients, with natural ingredients making up  95–100% of and using packaging using the most sustainable options currently available and suitable for our formulas and products.

Björk & Berries, Måne (moon in English) is made of 100 per cent natural vegan wax and is hand poured and is scented with spicy and rich wild cherry, cinnamon, osmanthus,violet at its heart and birch, leather, cedarwood holding it together in the base.

Måne (240g) retails at £57


Candle 5, MixMy

Recently launched by British beauty entrepreneur, Vicky Bellerby, MixMy is a “home fragrance concept” which allows you – by combining the range according to your taste – to create your own unique and special home-scented environment. Each candle in the range is designed to complement each other – in all their combinations with not one dominating the scentscape.

Presented in an covetable weighty bespoke glass cube – made to be refilled again and again – each 100% natural vegetable wax candle and is hand-poured in the UK .

For winter, I suggest burning Candle 5, Wood / Smoulder,  which is smoky, sweet, rich and  creamy and is fragranced with cedarwood, guaiacwood and birch tar, leather. sweet tobacco leaf and amber

Candle 5, Wood / Smoulder (200g) by MixMy retails at £64, refills (200g) cost £38

mixmy 5 candle

Gilt, Boujee Bougies

Created by leading perfume experts – obsessives even – perfumer Pia Long and creative director, Nick Gilbert, Boujee Bougies (geddit?) is a pun-filled candle collection which smell simply divine.

The candles are composed of 100% natural wax made of a unique blend of rapeseed, soy and beeswax, (which gives an even burn), the luscious Gilt is scented with accents of black pepper, lemon, juniper berry, saffron, aldehydes, tobacco, cypress, labdanum, amber, frankincense, myrrh, opoponax, cashmere woods and cedarwood atlas. Phew!

Gilt (220g) from Boujee Bougies retails at £35

Bougie Candles, Gilt

Cashmeran Velvet, Ostens

Ostens is a perfume brand created by perfume experts Laurent Delafon and Chris Yu (who have worked with the biggest names in the scent world like Francis Kurkdjian, Olivier Polge Lyn Harris, Sophie Labbe and Dominique Ropion) to celebrates their favourite raw fragrance ingredients –of the finest quality. l

This year they launched a candle range – again focussing on a select few notes. The candles are housed in sophisicated mouth-blown scalloped glass and the wax is hand-poured for an even  burn. Cashmeran Velvet – the third offering for the collection  – and it is warming and comforting – perfect for the long cold winter.

Cashmeran Velvet  retails at £65 (220g)

Ostens Cashmeran Velvet Candle

Ambre Nuit, Dior Beauty

From the French iconis brand’s exclusive Collection Privée line and housed in a lovely ceramic jar, the rich and smoky Ambre Nuit candle is scented with notes of rose and ambergris.

Its creator François Demachy, the former Parfumeur-Créateur Dior says, “The idea was to create a sensual Rose by combining it with Ambergris, two of the most emblematic ingredients used by perfumers. This accord was particularly important to me; I worked on it for many years before successfully creating Ambre Nuit.”
Ambre Nuit from Dior Beauty (250g) retails at £80

Dior candle Ambre Nuit

Nocturne, Ormonde Jayne

Handpoured in Kent using high quality wax, this festive candle from leading luxury British fragrance company Ormonde Jayne, Nocturne evokes cosy log fires and rich  cedar wood and is scented with accents of cedarwood, cardamon, sandalwood, amber, tonka, mandarin and pink pepper.

And what is more, each Christmas candle bought at Ormonde Jayne’s shop in Old Bond Street or online  includes a 10% donation to Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity

Nocturne (280g) retails at £80

Ormonde Jayne Nocturne

Palazzo Centauro, Ginori 1735

This splendid candle, Palazzo Centauro, from the storied Italian porcelain company Ginori 1735, is infused with hints of bergamot, invigorating woody olibanum and elemi and basenotes of cedarwood, birch tar, and patchouli. Housed in 100 per cent porcelain container, Palazzo Centauro is a impressive blend of wood and incense notes.

Ginori 1735 Palazzo Centauro (320g) retails at £140

GINORI 1735 Palazzo Centauro scented candle 320g  £140

Noble Fir, Cloon Keen

A limited edition candle by Irish perfumery Cloon Keen based in Galway Bay with each fragrance telling a tale. Noble Fir is inspired by medieval Dunsandle Castle in Galway – secreted away in a dense thick forest. Noble Fir  is scented with bosky pine needle as well as fir balsam, amber and cedar while clove and cinnamon adds spice to this wonderful mysterious scent.
Noble Fir  (280g) retails at €42 online  or at Les Senteurs £40


Cloon Keen candle, Noble FirSaturnalia, Henry’s Townhouse

Henry’s Townhouse is an elegant and unique 18th Georgian century boutique hotel in Marylebone, London which was once owned by Jane Austen’s brother, Henry. It also boasts its own candle collection  – created in collaboration with a leading French perfumer – which evokes aspects of life in Georgian London. Each candle is presented in a stylish ceramic bisque. Saturnalia is a limited edition candle and is a perfect winter companion, conjuring up cosy Solstice evenings around a fire in a room decorated in holly, ivy, rosemary, mistletoe, spices, orange and vanilla.

Saturnalia, Henry’s Townhouse (220g) retails at £75

Henrys Townhouse, Saturnalia Candle

Lesedi La Rona, Graff

The world leading luxury jewellery brand, Graff have expanded into perfumes and home fragrances. The Lesedi La Rona candle named after and inspired by the 1,109 carat Lesedi La Rona, the largest rough diamond in the world, and now owned by the brand, is as rich and sumptuous as you might imagine with glorious intoxicating notes of incense and black amber.

Lesedi La Rona, Graff (228g) £150 is exclusively available at Harrods


La Nuit Nairobi Kenya, Lalique

From the leading luxury French glass, crystal and fragrance company Lalique present their Voyage de Parfumeur collection, their special edition candle La Nuit Nairobi Kenya for this season. Housed in beautiful Lalique glass, this candle has delicious and enticing notes of plum, jasmine and orris with a base coffee and vetiver,

Lalique, La Nuit Nairobi Kenya (190g) retails at £59

Lalique Candle-La-Nuit-190g

Holiday, Nest New York

Nest New York make beautifully perfumed candles and home fragrance made of high quality ingredients. Central to the brand is the wax used to make its candles – it is made of naturally derived vegetable soy which burns beautifully smoothly.

Perfect for the festive season, Holiday is infused with notes of pomegranate, spicy mandarin orange, pine, cloves and cinnamon and a pinch of creamy vanilla and amber.

Holiday, Nest New York (230g) retails at £45 and is available from Selfridges and Cult Beauty

Birmanie Oud Blue Leather Candle, Creed

Let’s wheel out the big guns shall we? Birmanie Oud Blue Leather Candle by the eminent French House Creed, is rich and pungent. This luxurious offering is a celebration of the Far East inspired by Creed’s visits to the region in scent, its deep rich oud notes are sweetened with creamy tonka been and styrax.

The large impressive glass housing the candle is contained in a handcrafted Italian leather candle holder, a nod to the origins of Creed,

Birmanie Oud Blue Leather Candle  (650g) retails at £355 , 1475g  retails £535

Creed candle

by Caroline Simpson