Candles are the gift that keep on giving.
Long after the festive fun has dissipated and the last bottle of New Year bubbles has been popped, a luxurious flicker on the mantlepiece can fill the entire house with luscious fragrance.
These luxury scents offer so much more than just a blast of sugary cinnamon; light one on a dark afternoon and prepare to be transported to Christmases past…
1. Somas Burren Pine
If you’re not getting a real Christmas tree this year, this is the candle that will fill your home with the nostalgic scent of fresh pine.
A festive relaunch by Cork company Sómas, this gorgeous candle hits the nail on the head, fragrance-wise and if you treat it right, trim the wick, and limit your burn time, it’ll last throughout the festive season too.
“An ode to our Irish roots, Burren Pine is a crisp blend of pine, cedarwood, and musk, perfectly capturing the memory evoking notes of a fresh Christmas tree,” they told us.
It might be the easiest way to deck the halls; you can buy one, €33, here.
2. Replica’s Winter Stroll
This winter, Replica, by the French fashion house Maison Margiela, unveils ‘Winter Stroll’, a limited-edition candle inspired by the unique feeling of a peaceful walk through a Colorado forest at dusk.
As the scent of pine needles enfolds, the very essence of evergreen trees fills the air with eucalyptus notes for a soothing, fresh fragrance.
The Replica ‘Winter Stroll candle’ is €64 from Brown Thomas.
3. Armani Privé’s Thé Yulong
Thé Yulong is a unique aromatic combination of black tea and green tea extracts that takes you on a sensory journey through one of the most renowned landscapes in the Yunnan region, the Yulong Mountains.
Inspired by the new perfume, it’s a smoky, woody, yet fresh and citrusy fragrance – ideal for cosy nights in during the dark winter months.
Available exclusively at Brown Thomas Cork.
4. La Bougie’s Mission Fig
The ultimate treat for the Mission Fig lover, Kinsale’s La Bougie has launched a limited edition three-wick Mission Fig candle for this Christmas.
“More than just a fragrance, it’s a piece of art and a heartfelt tribute,” they told us.
“The jar’s serene watercolour landscape, painted by Lucy’s mother Sarah Balmer, mirrors the views from our family farmhouse in Tuscany.”
At €140, this one is exclusively available at Brown Thomas Cork and online at labougie.com.
5. The Handmade Soap Company’s Kindness Comes Naturally
If it is a hint of festive spice you’re craving, The Handmade Soap Company has launched a beautifully fragranced festive Kindness Comes Naturally candle, hand-blended with pure essential oils, and lit using pure cotton wicks for a clean burn.
“The blend carries a cosy mix of sweet cinnamon and clove at the heart of the fragrance. With top notes of wild scotch pine needles and a nutmeg base to round off an ethereal seasonal scent,” they told us.
Order one directly from The Handmade Soap Company, €20 here.