Beauty

12 Days of Christmas Candles

Scented candles aren’t just the perfect Christmas present, they’re also beauty’s latest status symbol for the home...

Words: Samantha Flowers

  • Day 1: Decadent

    Spiritus Santi, £55, Cire Trudon

    An amber-infused delight from the house that provided Louis XIV with candles in 17th century Paris

  • Day 2: Virtuous

    Christmas Wish, £40, Neom

    For each of these cinnamon-scented candles sold, Neom will donate £1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation

  • Day 3: Spicy

    The Empress and Darya, £25, Jonathan Ward

    Vetiver, warm woody notes and a leathery aroma provide some winter drama

  • Day 4: Surrealist

    Profumi Pistole, £99, Fornasetti

    It’s a return to decadence with notes of lavender and cedarwood hidden inside a decorative ceramic vessel

  • Day 5: Innovative

    Triple Layered Candle in Frangipani, Wild Reseda and Tuberose, £75, Jo Loves

    Three layered fragrances, beautiful alone, perfect together

  • Day 6: Indulgent

    Aoud Candle, £125, Roja Dove

    Scents don’t come more richly exotic than aoud. Light for 20 minutes to be transported to a Moroccan souk

  • Day 7: Festive

    Perdigone, £45, Diptyque

    Aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon and pine make this the most Christmassy around. Watch the gold tones glimmer as it burns

  • Day 8: Couture

    30 Montaigne, £55, Dior

    Inspired by the scent of Dior’s first boutique, think warm cardamom, liquorice and vanilla

  • Day 9: Creative

    Pantone Candle in Twilight Purple, £27.50, W2

    This apple and jasmine scented candle is the ultimate form of self-expression through colour.

  • Day 10: Minimalist

    Private Blend White Suede, £50, Tom Ford at Selfridges

    Masculine musk and feminine rose meet in this subtle, sophisticated yet mesmerising scent.

  • Day 11: Royalist

    Moroccan Tuberose, £45, Illuminum

    The Duchess of Cambridge’s choice, these candles contain a generous 12% dose of musky perfumed oils.

  • Day 12: Warming

    Pine & Eucalyptus Candle, £38, Jo Malone

    Packed with winterfuelled scents of pine and that Christmas favourite, frankincense