Beauty Report: Scented candles

A scented candle is a universally pleasing gift that makes your home more beautiful

Good scented candles will enhance your home’s atmosphere as well as providing a warm, cosy glow

Good scented candles will enhance your home’s atmosphere as well as providing a warm, cosy glow

 

Scented candles don’t technically count as beauty products, but they’re certainly a passion of beauty lovers. A nice scented candle is a universally pleasing gift that literally makes your home more beautiful.

There’s nothing as welcoming as a high-quality fragrance when you cross the threshold of someone’s home, and good scented candles will enhance your home’s atmosphere as well as providing a warm, cosy glow. I keep a glut of them in a confusingly over-fragranced drawer set aside for the purpose of housing them, and am always overjoyed to receive the gift of a new one. There is permanently a scented candle burning in my home; I run through them at a frightening pace.

CANDLE2_WEBBrands that traditionally focus on beauty and fragrance can turn out great scented candles. Clinique have recently released candle versions of their fragrances, Aromatics in Black, and Aromatics in White (both €48). The Black candle fills a room with the deep, wintry scent of myrrh and exotic floral fragrance. Its white counterpart is equally warm, with wood and amber notes. Both lack the homely packaging of a more traditional scented candle, but look very chic indeed.

CANDLE1_WEB

Irish brand Rathbornes (from rathbornes1488.com and Brown Thomas) has been making the most divine candles in Dublin for over 500 years. Priced between €19 and €54, this brand is perfect for stocking fillers. Their new collection – Beyond the Pale – is a range of six scents inspired by the Irish landscape. All of the fragrances are interesting and unusual, but Dublin Tea Rose, Oud and Patchouli is positively transporting.

 

CANDLE4_WEBInnovation in candles is difficult, but the Shot Candle from Jo Loves (a company headed up by Jo Malone herself after she sold the company that bears her name ) is so clever. You choose from two scented interlocking waxes, insert one into the other, and have an instant customised candle. Their latest combination – salted caramel and charcoaled lemons (£75 from joloves.com) is strange and delicious. An excellent dinner party candle, it compliments desserts nicely.

NEOM reign triumphant as usual in the scented candle department, and this year’s Christmas Wish candle (€60 for a large three-wick candle from neomorganics.com) is a really comforting winter home fragrance. Mandarin, cinnamon and tonka bean warm the whole house and make this candle perfectly suited to Christmas festivities.

CANDLE5_WEBJo Malone London offers something pretty sensational each Christmas, and this year’s offering is a crisp contrast to the other, warm home fragrances that I’ve already mentioned. Their Pine and Eucalyptus Home Candle (€52) has all the zesty pine aroma of a new Christmas tree, while the eucalyptus adds freshness rather than an overpowering impression.

Pine is surprisingly difficult to get right. If you like a candle that mimics real pine trees, then look no further. Candles are excellent for gifting, but I challenge you to give any of these away once you’ve got your hands on them.

lkennedy@irishtimes.com

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.