For dinner party ambiance: Le Labo Santal 26
This supersized candle from cult fragrance brand Le Labo not only smells incredible (it’s a slightly sweeter version of the famous Santal 33 Eau de Parfum), but will look great as a table centerpiece too, encased in a beautiful concrete vase. But wait until after dessert is served to light it – you don’t want the fragrance to clash with your carefully curated menu.
For post-holiday relaxation: Neom Organics Real Luxury
For the scent of winter sun: Tom Ford Mandarino Di Amalfi
For your whole house: Diptyque Amande Gourmande
In festive metallic red, this Diptyque candle is part interior decor, part mood-setting signature. Its soft, powdery fragrance of sweet almond fills the room without being too overpowering or saccharine. It also comes as part of a set of three (alongside the lavender-noted Baume d’Ambre and pine-scented Sapin de Lumière), so you can create a room-by-room scent experience.
For a night by the fire: Cire Trudon Abd El Kader
A crackling fire, a mug of hot cocoa, luxurious loungewear and a warming candle creates the perfect December night in. This one has a scent that is as comforting and cocooning as a cashmere blanket.
For that festive feeling: Jo Malone London Pine & Eucalyptus
The crisp, zingy smell of fir trees creates instant holiday happiness. Jo Malone’s spot-on scent immediately lifts your mood, making this the perfect candle to burn while you decorate the tree. And if you’re not going ‘real’ this year, light this before friends and family visit to fool them completely.