Sunday, 15 December 2013

Smells Like Christmas! Festive Candles & Home Scents

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One of my favourite things about Winter evenings is lighting candles.  Apart from how pretty and atmospheric they look, there’s nothing like a gorgeous scent to welcome guests into your home at Christmas.  Add a few fairy lights into the mix and you have a little twinkling slice of heaven right there.  For all day long scents that are safe even with children (& animals!) around, diffusers are the way to go. Here are my picks to suit every purse.

NEOM Organics Real Luxury Candle £39.50 here - I can’t do a post about home scents without mentioning this favourite.  Real Luxury is a blend of smooth, calming blend of Lavender, Jasmine and Brazilian Rosewood oils.  Burning this makes me feel like being wrapped in an imaginary cashmere blanket - unobtrusive, warming and enveloping - I can’t imagine anyone not loving it.

Laura Mercier Crème Brulee Candle - I bought this last year and while I can’t find the full size version online, it’s available as part of a cute votive set here. Imagine the comforting scent of French Patisseries and caramel and you’re pretty much there - not sickly sweet, just divine! 

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MUJI Log Fire candle £3.50 here - the best budget candle around, this little beauty smells similar to Diptyque’s Feu de Bois for a fraction of the price. It may not throw the scent as far, so best for a small room (unless you buy several) but it really does smell like an open fire, great for those of us who crave one!  [One word of warning though - blow this out just before it gets to the very end as mine turned into a huge flame, which was a little scary!]

Rituals Spice Trail Fragrance Sticks £22.05 here - I keep this in my hallway and am greeted by its delicately spiced perfume every time I come home.  I expected it to be stronger and more cinnamon based, but it’s really well balanced.  The bottle is very elegant and its pretty presentation box only requires a bow if you choose to pass it on as a gift!

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Orla Kiely Geranium & Myrrh Mini Candle & Diffuser set £19.99 here - I had to show you this little set in its presentation box as it’s just too cute and would make the perfect gift (yes, for you too).  It smells divine and looks adorable together, perfect for a double dose of fragrance or to split between two rooms. Although dinky, the candle burns for 50hrs and the diffuser lasts around 2 months.

Do you like to burn candles at this time of year? Please leave me a comment below with your favourites! x 

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