In the depths of Winter, I think we are all thankful for a warming scented candle or two - typically around this time of the year the majority of home scent options are bogged down with spices, berries and pine accents. As nice as such fragrances are, sometimes a change of pace is what is needed and for that I have just the thing - cheery, festive yet uplifting orange based scents. What could be more perfect on a chilly, wet, Winter evening?
I have five, zesty suggestions for all budgets and if this post is not for you, I have a run down of all best Christmas candles in this post.
Le Couvent des Minimes Botanical Cologne of Love Scented Candle £12 - link
Not only is this bright, zesty candle utterly affordable but the story behind it is beyond cute - inspired by Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, who welcomed and cared for those in need, the Le Couvent des Minimes Botanical Cologne of Love Scented Candle aims to promote a sense of well-being and serenity. Forget overly tart, citrus scents, Le Couvent des Minimes Botanical Cologne of Love Scented Candle is a gentle, comforting orange blossom fragrance that you will want to burn continuously. I'm also more than a little enamoured by the bright, sunny packaging too.
Petites Rituals Orange Gourmande Candle £35 - link
For those who enjoy sweet, floral based scents I fully recommend Petites Rituals Orange Gourmande Candle. A luxurious blend of bright, zesty yet sweet orange combined with luxurious Rose Geranium oil. Petites Rituals Orange Gourmande Candle has been created not only to beautifully scent the home but to help the user relax and de-stress. I personally will be burning this on Christmas Eve Eve (not a typo but rather the eve of Christmas Eve) when I'm frantic and way in over my head...as usual.
Orla Kiely Orange Rind Candle £20 via John Lewis - link
I have a soft spot for Orla Kiely candles; not only are the packaging and scent combinations truly wonderful but they burn so well too. Forget weak, non-detectable candles and those that are so strong they are headache inducing - Orla Kiely candles are the perfect middle ground, they don't dominate the room yet they do greet you with their delightful aroma each time you enter a room. Orla Kiely Orange Rind Candle is fresh, sweet and zesty - very much like real orange rind. It is oddly rather festive, I think it would be a wonderful addition to any December dinner table.
La Montana Winter Oranges Candle £35 - link
I hate to pick favourites but I would only be lying if I didn't state that La Montana Winter Oranges Candle is my favourite of the bunch and maybe out of my stash of Winter candles too. A fresh, comforting, rich and warming scent that combines notes of orange, cinnamon and clove - it oddly reminds me of freshly baked Pannetone (a bread like Italian Christmas cake). I plan on burning this from Christmas Eve onwards.
Ikea Orange Candle £2
Ikea candles are often overlooked in a haze of self assembly panic but if you are on a budget and/or simply want a lovely, long burning classic orange candle, then you could do far worse than hitting your local Ikea store. Admittedly the Ikea Orange candle is a little basic in design and scent but it is delightfully sweet, long lasting and surprisingly offers a great scent throw. Stock up and thank me later.
A bizarre and fun fact, as a child I used to swap my brothers my chocolate coins at the bottom of my stocking for their Clementine. To this day I have no real idea as I don't particularly enjoy fruit other than grapes.
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