Last Minute Gifts: The 5 Best Christmas Candles
It’s December 19th, you’ve missed the online deadline. But except for Tom’s (an order by phone might do the trick – but it’s getting late…) you can buy all these Christmas candles the good old way:
Tom Daxon Under Milk Wood available to buy online – woods, woods and more woods, think sandalwood, cedar wood and agar wood. It’s creamy, decadent, delicious. Like how you’d imagine the scent of a cashmere stole to be. Smart navy blue sprayed tumbler container glows when the candle’s lit, its packaging is handmade in England. Burn time 40 hours. It’s made from paraffin wax – this holds the perfume better than soy wax candles says Tom. £55
Shay & Blue Pins d’Antibes at Harvey Nichols, Fenwick and Blow Ltd – this is the scent of ‘Christmas tree’ for 2015. Think of how the pines smell on the Cote d’Azur or deep in the pine-decked woods just above Grasse. My absolute favourite in this spirit is Noël by Annick Goutal, with Jo Malone’s Pine & Eucalyptus a close second. S&B’s is a softer rendition. £35
Fornasetti Malachite Scented Candle by at Selfridges. It’s super green, like sap laced with a vanilla like sweetness, without being sickly. Elegant. Chic. And as for its ceramic cask embellished with a pattern inspired by malachite it is a new design classic in the scented candle stakes. But of course this is not a scented candle: it is an objet particulier. £110
Jo Loves Neroli Blossom – not strictly Christmas, but heavenly if you’ve had it with trad Yuletide smells. Has a powerful scent as though steeped in the rich, sensual smell of orange blossom. Fabulous. ‘A Candle Shot Box’ contains a half size version and two others: Tahitian Gardenia and Lime Cologne. Great present. Find her boutique at 55 Elizabeth St, London, SW £60
Diptyque Les Lilas Pillar Candle and Plumage Photophore from Selfridges, Liberty or 195 Westbourne Grove – this would make a ravishingly extravagant present. The lilac scent will brighten January days with the promise of spring. Its delicate ceramic cover, hand made by a French ceramicist nestles over the top emitting a soft, white, lace like glow as the candle burns. £45 and £100.