Can you give your home a de­signer scent for un­der £5?

Are ex­pen­sive can­dles and dif­fusers re­ally worth their price tags? Fra­grance ex­pert Karen Gil­bert gives us the low-down…

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De­signer can­dles D can be a se­duc­tive con­cept. On one hand, they’re a way of adding a high-end el­e­ment at home with­out splash­ing too much cash. On the other hand – you can spend up­wards of £50 on some­thing that will burn out in a week or two. Fra­grance ex­pert Karen Gil­bert shares her in­sider knowl­edge on what to spend your money on…

“Can­dles might look sim­ple, but a lot of thought goes into them for both qual­ity and safety. When buy­ing lux­ury can­dles or dif­fusers, there will be a high ex­pec­ta­tion on what we call ‘throw’ – which is how much the scent fills the room. To do this, you need higher fra­grance lev­els and a big­ger bud­get for the ma­te­ri­als. Lots of peo­ple want nat­u­ral scents in their can­dles and that comes with a higher price. Nat­u­ral oils don’t give the same pow­er­ful scent that syn­thetic fra­grances do, so more scent and a big­ger bud­get is needed.

“I think there’s a fine line be­tween pay­ing for qual­ity and pay­ing huge amounts for de­signer brands. Pack­ag­ing is also costly, so with lim­ited edi­tions and beau­ti­ful wrap­ping you can ex­pect to pay a lot more. When choos­ing can­dles for your home, think about what you’re look­ing to achieve. If you’re just look­ing for a warm cosy glow, then you don’t need to spend a for­tune on de­signer can­dles.”

Olivia Palermo is a Jo Malone fan

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