As far as I'm concerned, there's nothing quite as comforting as settling down on the sofa for the evening, the room lighted only by the glow of a candle. The best time of year to indulge in such an activity is autumn.
While we cling to the last days of summer, autumn's arrival is imminent. The nights are slowly darkening, and there's an unmistakable chill in the air, which makes cosy nights in all the more appealing. Over the past few days, I've instinctively found myself perusing new candles to invest in for autumn, but with so many scent options out there, it's overwhelming to know where to start. And the last thing I want to do is spend my money on a candle that doesn't deliver in scent or burn time. So I sought advice from someone very much in the know: Jo Malone CBE.
Having launched her first brand, Jo Malone London, back in the '90s, Malone, who has been described as a British scent maverick, has since gone on to found another impressive fragrance-focused company, Jo Loves. Most recently, she's also been the nose behind Zara's perfume-and-candle collection. So who better to get the autumnal-scent lowdown from than the woman responsible for creating some of our favourite candles?
“A candle can transport us to any time or place, giving a sensorial experience that allows us to remember things like a family holiday, celebration or a person we have met," explains Malone. "Autumn is a nice time to rethink the scents we burn at home, especially with the change in weather." But which scent will Malone be burning come autumn?
"Personally, I like to opt for something a little deeper in scent, much like the Jo Loves Fig Trees candle," Malone continues. "It reminds me of my early morning dog walks around the Serpentine in London. Blue skies, imagination and a mezze of different tree colognes—total heaven. This autumn, I'll be burning this candle and enjoying it with a warming mug of hot chocolate."
It seems Jo Malone and I are kindred spirits. While we both tend to gravitate towards complex scents with fruity notes, such as fig, pomegranate and berries, there are countless other fragranced candle options to choose from for the season ahead.
From cedarwood and sage to orange and leather, keep scrolling to see the best candles for autumn.
Our Lovely Goods is perhaps my favourite brand discovery of the last year. Not only are these candles hand-poured in my Scottish hometown, but they also boast incredible aromas. My favourite is The Old Library, which smells exactly as you'd want it to.