As you may or may not know I have a certain weak spot for candles especially in the winter months - the give a certain warmth and ambience to the home as well scenting any room they are placed in.
One of my favourite brands to indulge in (and I say indulge as they are pricey) has to be Diptyque and the Christmas collection was just too much for me to bypass.
Diptyque Christmas 2013 sees the brand team up with French home-ware company Tsé Tsé to produce a truly beautiful limited edition collection of scented candles, three to be exact - two of which I purchased.
Orange Chaya which contains notes of orange, cardamom, tea, quince, cinnamon and ginger - the notes suggest it to be strong and almost spicy yet it is a soft, mellow fragrance. I wouldn't deem it to be a typical festive offering and is the perfect scent out of the trio to purchase as a gift as it won't seem dated or bizarre should they burn it in the summer months. To complement the uplifting notes this is pretend in a gilded orange glass which oddly reminds me of the styling's of the Marrakesh. There is also Encens des Indes (Indian Incense) which is constructed of incense, myrrh, rose and carnation. This is the purple glass offering and the fragrance I skipped as I found it too overpowering and musky for my personal taste. Lastly we have Écorce de Pin (Pine Bark) which of course has notes of pine, Japanese hinoki cypress, galbanum, cedar and patchouli, unsurprisingly this is presented within a green glass holder and is a fresh pine scent that is not at all overly strong but does heavily feature green notes and is perfect to burn in the run up to Christmas day.
You can find the Diptyque Christmas Candles via Space.NK starting at £25 - link