For some people, luxe pampering means an ultra-soft cashmere blanket. For others it’s a chilled bottle of Krug. For me, it’s the soothing combination of flickering candlelight and my favourite scents: the perfect ingredient for me-time, duvet days and combating daily stress, while also creating a lovely backdrop for social evenings.
And these gorgeous creations of wax and glass work as powerful holistic treatments as you breathe in the scented air, so they can really do no wrong in my book.
But… and it’s a huge but… quality is of utmost importance when choosing a candle. Go for the 12-in-a-pack option and their cloying, soapy, chemical laden OTT odour is more likely to create a headache than relaxation. Well made candles, on the other hand, provide a subtle, refined and natural scent when lit up and look just as cool when not.
Plus, the latter have a much higher “burn time”: while the cheaper candles will usually burn down completely in 8-10 hours, one that’s loaded with high quality vegetal waxes can last anywhere between 50-100 hours without releasing harmful pollutants, toxins or soot.
Here’s a selection of the best candles on the shelves… ranging from delicate tuberose to voluptuous spiciness, there’s sure to be one that suits your personality and lifts your mood.
No. 22 Bookshelf Candle
No. 22’s Bookshelf candle layers the warm, mellow notes of woody musk with birch tar, leather and verdant herbs to evoke the feeling of curling up fireside with a favorite novel. The signature cable-knit motif? An added bonus. US$88
Jonathan Adler Hashish Candle
Scandalously scented with black currant, green apple, wormwood, patchouli and moss, this earthy-yet-couture Jonathan Adler candle is a tempting taboo to inhale! And when the wax burns out, the porcelain vessel makes for the perfect stash box. US$45
Paddywax Apothecary Collection Jar Candle
As evidence that feeling good doesn’t always need to drain the wallet, Paddywax’s Apothecary candles tick all the right boxes for innovative scents, quality and pretty packaging. Special shoutout to Orange Zest and Bergamot, which soothes and cheers simultaneously. $16
Himalayan Trading Post Tree Bark Candle
What smells like a sweet evergreen and brings with it a touch of rusticity in the form of a forest-fresh tree bark? Try this smooth soy wax candle, which smells like crisp winter air, aromatic fir trees, and sandalwood. $27.99
Burberry Beauty Cedarwood Candle
It was a cozy day in paradise when Burberry ventured into candles. Candles that are handmade in Sussex, England, and come in twill paper packaging, which references the brand’s iconic trench coat. My favorite is the warm and spicy Cedarwood. $95
Nest Sugar Cookie Classic Candle
Craving something sweet? This confectioner’s dream mixes the warm flavors of Tahitian vanilla bean and bourbon-infused caramel with delicate threads of sugarcane crystals and the rich essence of golden amber. The result is the aroma of a freshly baked sugar cookie that satisfies even the most sophisticated sweet tooth. $40
Sisley Paris Tuberose Candle
The night tuberose here is paired with precious balsam and vanilla for a scent that’s sweet, delicate and far from cloying. And the intense black paraffin wax paired with the matte white lacquered glass holder is almost sculptural. $70
Maison Margiela Jazz Club Candle
Musk, vanilla, vetiver, tonka bean and tobacco leaves… perfect for those who shy away from more feminine notes. $62
Diptyque Feu de Bois Candle
How in the world could any list of winter candles be complete without Diptyque’s Feu de Bois candle? It’s literally the next best thing to curling up in front of a crackling hearth in countryside cottage IRL. $64
Which one do you choose?