Our Top Candle Picks for a Scented Christmas Whether It’s Summer or Winter Inspired

| 15 December , 2011 | 1 Reply

Candles, I have to admit I have an addiction to Candles, I have them pretty much in every room of my home, so I decided to put together a list of some must have candles this festive season.  These picks will be perfect as a self-treat or pop under the chrissy tree option.  We’ve done the hard work for you and smelt them all and chosen our favuorites and broken them down into two categories, for those of you who love your Winter Inspired Christmas, a log fire, snow drifts outside, table buckling under the weight of the traditional winter roast fare, Christmas Pudding with hot custard, hot toddy’s and the scent woody scent of Christmas in the air. For the Summer Inspired Christmas which is the traditional “Aussie” Christmas, we’ve got blue skies, the sun shining, fun and frivolity in the pool, BBQ fired up, salad and seafood and the scent of freshly cut lawn we’ve got the candles for you!

For A Winter Inspired Christmas

Crabtree & Evelyn: The first Winter Inspired Christmas is my favourite Christmas brand of candles that I’ve been buying since I spent my first Winter Christmas in New York over 15 years ago is Crabtree & Evelyn\’s limited edition festive candles.  This year they are celebrating their 25th anniversary of the classic Noël® festive fragrance, the collection is inspired  by a treasure seeking journey from East to West. Reminiscent of the beautiful artistry of the Indian, Persian and Ottoman empires encountered on their travels, the 25th anniversary Candle Noël is presented with an opulent gold and silver design, this large, three wick candle is a true luxury while the of other candles and room fragrances come in a deep red pattern.

Noël is composed of a festive medley of evergreens, bayberry, zesty orange and warm notes of cinnamon and star anise. Containing 25 key fragrance notes and accords Crabtree & Evelyn\’s iconic Noël home fragrance evokes the scent and spirit of Christmas. Also new this year are two festive fragrances inspired by the exotic origins of the Noel fragrance journey: Golden Topazâ„¢ evokes a captivating blend of spices, precious frankincense and myrrh, while Smoky Amber, inspired by luxurious silks and precious baroque pearls, offers an alluring blend of crystallised ginger, golden amber and cardamom.

The collection includes; 25th Anniversary Candle $59.95, Fragranced Candle $44.95, Three Fragranced Candles $54.95, Home Fragrance Reed Diffuser $59.95, Home Fragrance Spray $19.95, Home Fragrance Oil $14.95, Noël®, Smoky Amber and Golden Topaz Seasonal Home Fragrance Collection and Seasonal Personal Care Collections are all available in-store and online now visit www.crabtree-evelyn.com.au.

Glasshouse: This year Glasshouse have introduced two glorious Limited Edition Christmas Candles (RRP$39.95) to their much coveted and another firm favourite in the Sassi Sam home. If the names don’t have you snapping them up the scents will.  Night Before Christmas: Dancing Sugar Plums is inspired by plum puddings and festive fruits, the winter scents of this candle will have you dreaming of a white Christmas this year. The fragrances of the Night Before Christmas candle adds a cold climate aura to festive celebrations.  Adding to the frosty aura is their White Christmas Limited Edition: Cedar Leaf & Fruity Clove, a scented candle inspired by snow-covered rooftops and snowmen.  Also available on counter are miniature candle collections to add to the festivities as gifts or decorations.  Call 02 9757 3080 or go to glasshousefragrances.com to find your nearest stockist.

Joie De Noel by Votivo: This tinned candle is the perfect size to enjoy while travelling to see family during this festive season and packs a yummy scented punch. It\’s also a great size to sample one of many unique fragrances by Votivo. The Joie De Noel Travel Tin is made up with several fragrances inspired by traditional winter Christmases such as hearty spices, thickened honeycombs and an open cherry wood flame.  It reminds me of indulging grandma’s plum pudding while snuggled under a blanket by the fireplace.  Available from Ambrosia Candles, Australia\’s newest online home fragrance store stocks Votivo and many other candle brands, visit their website www.ambrosiacandles.com.au for more. Ambrosia Candles delivers Australia-wide for a flat rate shipping charge of only $5. Delivery is free for all orders over $100, fantastic!

Jonathan Ward Mombasa Candle: I introduced you to his divine candles earlier this year and his Mombasa candle is a Christmas stand out.  Part of the Spice & Amber scented candle collection, the Mombasa candle is inspired by warmth and comfort during the festive season. Made with amber, cinnamon, anise, cassis and ginger, this fragrance is for the candle lover who enjoys a bit of decadence.  It’s a true Christmas Holiday Scent, immediately has you wanting to be curled up on the sofa in front of a burning log fire with a book and coffee table of christmas treats!

We asked Jonathan what he loves about Christmas:

“I think at Christmas time (whether you\’re in beautiful Australia or freezing England), the scents that I choose at this time of year are about warmth and comfort. In the UK I would opt for warm wood notes, like cedarwood or birch leaf, complimented with seasonal herbaceous notes, fir, balsam, pine etc. I stay away from cinnamon personally as its overused. Scents that compliment seasonal drinks or red wines can set a lovely mood. Wood and fruit combinations with spice can help to enhance the ambiance especially if you have a real fire.

On a personal note, Christmas for me is about letting go of the work pressures and it\’s the one universal time of year that we get to down tools and see family. On the 23rd of December I\’ll be on a train speeding up the coastline of Britain to spend time with my mum and family from up north. I\’m hoping the blackberry can remain firmly off…!”

You can find a huge range of his candles sold exclusively online at www.ecoluxe.com.au.

L’occitane: Delice des Fruits: Citron & Clementine’

As its name suggests, this tinned candle bears the scents of citrus fruits and other sweet, floral and fruity fragrances. With a trace of vanilla, this candle is sweet without being overpowering. The aroma of this candle will have you craving fruit zests in the form of hard-boiled sweets for this years Christmas confectionary. This limited edition is available from all L\’Occitane boutiques, as well as selected department stores. Call 02 8912 3000 to find your nearest stockist.

Yankee Candle Company’s Happy Christmas’

From the moment you open the lid of this candle, the festive smell of Christmas plum pudding and other Christmassy sweets rush from the jar. Disappointingly, however, these overpowering scents of fruits and spices disappear once the wick is lit. Although the candle smells lovely, sweet and fruity in the jar, it seems to have a very weak scent when burning but their Cookies & Cream one is much sweeter and has a stronger burning scent definitely for the dessert table this one.  A small housewarmer jar of the Happy Christmas candle is available for RRP$19.99. Call 08 9402 9421 or go to yankee.net.au to find your nearest stockist.

For A Summer Inspired Christmas

Bloom’s Lily of the Valley Scented Candle: This lovely summery candle from Bloom Lily of the Valley, brings a refreshing floral scent with an elegant heart of the flower to burn lightly in the background as you enjoy a summery Christmas. The soy wax blend burns clean and will instantly transform their home into a haven of floral notes. This year Bloom have teamed up with local Melbourne creative studio – Inaluxe – for the cutest festive packaging designs. Other scents available include; Moroccan Mint, Lemon Verbena & Rose, and White Flower for RRP$39.95 and are all available at Bloom Cosmetics online: www.bloomcosmetics.com.au.

Also available from Kit are these gorgeous Travel Candles by Archipelago Botanicals, we love the Tahitian Lime, so refreshing!  ALso available in Pomegranate Citrus, and Gardenia Tuberose.

Aromatherapy Company Wild Mint & Bergamot:  This warm and woody blend creates a positive inspiring scent, infusing your environment with enthusiasm, energy and stimulation. The refreshing, positive effect of wild mint can uplift the mind to help combat fatigue. Bergamot is an excellent deodoriser as well as being emotionally uplifting and inspiring. Using 100% natural essential oils we were immediately relaxed when this candle was lit – RRP$29.95.  For your nearest stockist call 1800 104 029 or visit their www.thearomatherapycompany.co.nz.

MOR Pomegranate Candle: MOR’s soy wax candle is infused with the heart of violet and jasmine and burst of tangy pomegranate blends with sweet Raspberry and Black Currant coulis to top a Sweet Musk base and is perfect for a dessert laden Christmas table.  With an RRP of $15.00 this fresh burst of sweetness is a bargain and can be purchased nationally from your nearest Target store.  Call 1300 130 000 for your nearest Target.

Pompadour “Virtue” (Quince & Juniper) Candle:  The Quince and Juniper fragrance is available across the range of the delightful and a personal favourite Pompadour Candles.  The Virtue fragrance range is an elegant blend f sweet, spicy and exotic gardens that is a summery version of Christmas scents.  Hand poured by master candle makers in Melbourne and inspired and named after Madame de Pompadour (1721-1764), mistress to the monarch Louis XV of France, the collection of home fragrances comes in six other fragrance combinations; Abundance – Frangipani & willow bark, Bliss – Honeysuckle & lotus leaf, Delight – White jasmine & pine needle, Elysium – Agarwood & peppercorn, Harmony – Orange blossom, Rhapsody – Pomegranate & patchouli. For your nearest stockist visit www.pompadour.com.au.

Leila Lou by Rosie Jane: With a clean and fresh scent by Rosie Jane Cosmetics, the Leila Lou candle smells strongly similar to a frangipani tree during the summer time so is perfect for our Summer Fragrance hit list. The fragrance calls for Christmas lunch outside on the verandah with lots of summer fresh salads, cold chicken or turkey, ham and lots of sweet watermelon. The Leila Lou candle is available now RRP$37, to find your nearest stockist or favourite online store visit their website:  www.leilalou.com.


Circa Home Blackberries & Cream: This stylish limited edition Christmas Candle (RRP$29.95) is a sweet and fruity summer fragrance that is not overpowering.  Another dessert table recommended fragrance, it will add a touch of warmth to the meal with it’s summery aroma of fruits.  Available in either other fragrances outside this limited edition version; Jasmine & Magnolia,  Vanilla Bean & Allspice, Coconut & Orris Root, Pear & Lime, Oceanique, Hyacinth & Lychee, Ginger & Ylang Ylang, Cara Cara Orange and Mango & Papaya. So fruity, visit circahome.com.au or call 02 9357 3600 to find your nearest stockist.

Ecoya ‘French Pear‘: We love this Ecoya Candle, it has a distinctly fresh pear scent to it and smells like a winter dessert baking in the oven, with a hint of vanilla the Ecoya French Pear could easily be mistaken for warm apple crumble served with a scoop or two or three of ice cream, we heart this candle. We also loved the Ecoya Caramelised Fig Candle (RRP39.99), you can purchase online ecoya.com.au or call 1300 730 180 for your nearest stockist or Ambrosia Candles.

We hope you love our picks this Christmas, we wish you an amazing festive season.

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