XMAS CAN­DLES

The quick­est way to set a scene and con­jure at­mos­phere, SAM WYLIE-HAR­RIS se­lects this sea­son’s most de­sir­able scented can­dles

Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - Property & Living -

Cre­ate a cosy or ex­otic am­bi­ence with the best of the sea­son’s scented can­dles

In­te­rior de­sign­ers love to wax lyri­cal about mood­en­hanc­ing light­ing, but if you re­ally want to set the scene this win­ter, a scented can­dle can be a quick­fire way to cre­ate a cosy – or sen­sual – am­bi­ence. Whether you’re styling a man­tel­piece, lay­ing the ta­ble for a din­ner party, or sim­ply want to make the down­stairs loo more invit­ing – think how bou­tique ho­tels man­age to make their ladies’ rooms that much more luxe, with a deca­dently dark wall paint, plush hand soap and the flick­er­ing flame of a three-wick can­dle – a well-cho­sen can­dle might be the per­fect fin­ish­ing touch.

“Can­dles are the most an­cient form of ar­ti­fi­cial light, adding in­stant warmth and at­mos­phere to a room. Whether you choose gi­ant churchy cylin­ders, thin ta­pers or mini tea lights, their dis­play po­ten­tial is lim­it­less,” says The White Com­pany’s founder Chrissie Rucker.

Here’s how to make scent a sea­sonal state­ment this win­ter...

1. APOTHE­CARY WILD FIG & POME­GRAN­ATE CAN­DLE £5, Mor­risons stores

WITH hints of hon­eyed wild fig and juicy berries, un­der­lined by the bit­ter-sweet notes of tangy pome­gran­ate, this lux­u­ri­ous look­ing can­dle will cre­ate the right vibes any­where in the home.

2. SANC­TU­ARY SPA LUX­URY OUD DIF­FUSER Cur­rently re­duced to £12 from £18, Boots

RICH and pow­er­ful, oud is the scent of splen­dour, with its in­tense woody notes, sump­tu­ous sweet­ness and musky base. Sen­sual and ex­otic, it’s per­fect for the bed­room. 3. BAYLISS & HARDING SWEET MAN­DARIN & GRAPE­FRUIT 1 WICK CAN­DLE £11.95, Fra­granceDirect.co.uk WITH the fes­tive sea­son in full swing and twin­kling Christ­mas trees fring­ing shop win­dows, there’s no rea­son to hold back when you can start spruc­ing up your space with this glitzy can­dle crowned with a gold fir. Sweet man­darin stud­ded with zesty grape­fruit will boost the mood.

4. JO MALONE IN­CENSE & EM­BERS HOME CAN­DLE £47, Jo Malone Lon­don

SMOKY in­cense and em­bers is the scent of cel­e­brat­ing the calmer things in life, and with a touch of sil­ver fir and warm­ing notes of soft leather and am­ber, this con­coc­tion is a sea­sonal stress­buster too.

5. THE WHITE COM­PANY WIN­TER TEALIGHTS Set of 12, £15, The White Com­pany

If you’re plan­ning to top place set­tings with glass­ware, crys­tal and trin­kets and don’t want the fuss of a can­de­labra, the ten­der flame of a tea light is a god­send – es­pe­cially if you don’t want guests fight­ing for at­ten­tion over your favourite cen­tre­piece.

6. ANYA HINDMARCH ANYA SMELLS LOL­LIPOP DIF­FUSER, BLACK­CUR­RANT LEAVES & ROSE £99, Amara.com

WHO says scent can’t be fun? Fa­mous for her de­signer hand­bags, we love Anya Hindmarch’s tongue-in-cheek take on home scent­ing, with pen­cil-shaped reeds en­cased within a quirky pen­cil pot. Fun and de­li­ciously fruity, place it next to your lap­top to make the most of work­ing from home.

7. BAYLISS & HARDING FUZZY DUCK ESPRESSO MAR­TINI 2 WICK CAN­DLE Cur­rently re­duced to £11.25 from £15, Ocado

WHY not come in from the cold and spice up your favourite win­try cock­tail with this gen­tly fra­granced can­dle to mir­ror the notes of cold brew cof­fee? De­li­cious.

8. FOR­NASETTI PROFUMI REGALO GOLD OTTO SCENTED CAN­DLE £140, Sel­fridges (avail­able De­cem­ber 3)

MARVEL­LOUSLY deca­dent, ‘Regalo’ means ‘gift’ in Ital­ian – and who wouldn’t want to be on the re­ceiv­ing end of this chic ceramic present, tied with a gold rib­bon? Fea­tur­ing the fa­mous face of For­nasetti, the jar makes a won­der­ful col­lectable once the en­tic­ing blend of laven­der, or­ris, cedar­wood, in­cense and birch has burned to its end.

10. YANKEE CAN­DLE HOL­I­DAY SPARKLE RANGE from £8.99-£23.99 each, Yan­keeCan­dle.co.uk

WHETHER you’re dream­ing of Win­ter Won­der, wish­ing upon a Glit­ter­ing Star, have set your sights on an Icy Blue Spruce, or want to snug­gle up with some Frosty Gin­ger­bread, Yankee Can­dle have it all wrapped up with the most pop­u­lar scents of the hol­i­days.

Se­lec­tion of The White Com­pany’s win­ter can­dles

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