If there is one thing this gal knows it is candles and I have used my almost lunacy levels of wax addiction to good use and composed what I deem a decent candle gift guide for all budgets.
I must warn that I haven't went for the typically festive based fragrances as let's face it Christmas is one day and you will have the gift for much longer than that.
I promise that as of tomorrow I will keep the candle posts to a minimum...
1, I have actually bought and reviewed the Best Kept Secrets Sparkling Sevens collection here and still stand by the admission that they have to be some of the prettiest candles I have ever had the joy to own. Each candle is not only uniquely presented but individually scented too. What scent family you choose is up to you be floral, festive or one of the other four choices. I really want the Scottish set - shortbread and highland cream should lovely. You can find them here for £15.99 - link and read my original review here - link.
2, It is no secret that I adore Bomb Cosmetics candles namely the naught Sex on Fire fragrance but they truly have a candle for every taste and occasion for a well priced £7.99 for their tinned candles. With 54 fragrances in such range you really are spoilt for choice, each candle comes beautifully presented, burns for up to 45 hours and offers an amazing scent throw. If you are looking for a somewhat festive offering that won't seem out of place once Christmas is over I recommend Cranberry and Lime - it is fruit and some what fitting with the festive season yet cheery enough to be used all year round. You can read previous reviews of Bomb Cosmetics candles here and here, you can find the candles to purchase here - link.
3, What candle gift guide could be complete without a nod to Yankee Candle? The answer is none my friend, none! Much like perfume home fragrance is very much subjective but I do urge you all to try out Yankee Fireside Treats, if I was to buy someone a Yankee Candle as a winter gift this is the scent I would go for. It is mellow, sweet and yet to captures the essence of winter - being curled up beside the fire. If you are a fan of Diptyque's Fois de Bois then you will like this and the white wax will go with all home colour schemes. You can read my review of this scent here and purchase the candle in various sizes here -link.
4, Speaking of fire based scents if you do decide to go for a festive candle be a treat to yourself or a loved one, I highly recommend Rituals Scared Fire Candle. If like myself you don't like spicy scents but want something rich and indulgent this is the way to go, I also adore that when the candle is lit the inside glows to reveal a message that says "It's a Wonderful Life". The burn time is great at over 46 hours and the fragrance really does add a festive tinge to the air. You can read my full review here and purchase the candle via Rituals stores as it has now sold out online. I have this on my re-purchase list.
5, In my eyes everyone should experience the sheer indulgence that is Neom at some point. I will hold my hands up and say that the items are on the pricey side of things but very worth the splurge as each product is wonderfully fragranced and comes complete with aromatherapy benefits. At the moment Neom are offering pick and mix gift sets which mean you can not only choose the fragrances but the products you wish to gift too. You can have four candles should you wish or a candle and body products for various prices. If someone in your life loves Neom or Aromatherapy for that matter I highly suggest investigating.
You can find the sets here - link
6, You didn't think for one moment I wouldn't sneak a Diptyque recommendation in did you?
Another pricey choice but one of my favourite candle brands of all time, there is lots of Diptyque scents to choose from but if gifting someone I say go for the Diptyque Winter Fragrances Trio which would cost you £75 to purchase individually. Inside you get three winter based 70g candles Pomander, Feu de Bois and Opopanax which allows the recipient to discover their own favourite. You can fin d the trio via Space.NK for £60 - link.
7, Candles needn't be expensive and one of my favourite more budget friendly candle brands is Kringle Candles at the moment for £7.50 you can kit a gift pack of four daylight candles which are essentially huge tea lights in a gift box. With packs to choose from it would make a great stocking stuffer or secret Santa gift. You can find them here - link
8, Last but not least we have the set I currently have my eye on which is the Jo Malone Travel Candle Collection which features three well sized mini candles in a beautiful gift box. I have personally sniffed these in store and oh my goodness are they beautiful the scents included are English Pear & Freesia , Sweet Almond & Macaroon and Pine and Eucalyptus each of which captures various elements of the festive period. I warn to see these in the flesh is to want. Find the trio here for £62 - link
I promise that there will be no more candle chat from me until mid December...