I’m putting it out there: I’m a candle hoarder. I have drawers full of them. From fresh, airy scents to woody, spicy aromas, I’ve got a plethora of options in my collection—one for every mood. And as a candle obsessive, we’re finally entering my favourite time of the year. With Christmas approaching, I’m gearing up to unwrap all of the most festive scents in my collection and turn my home into a Christmassy grotto.
The only problem is that when it comes to Christmas scents, I’m seriously fussy. The idea of filling my room with the sorts of traditional heady, sickly scents associated with Christmas makes me want to run for the hills. I like my festive candles to smell fresh and crisp but with a warming (but not headache-inducing) base that makes me want to snuggle up under a blanket. And after testing and trialling virtually every Christmas candle out there, I can safely say that I’ve found the best ones.
It's rare that an entire candle collection ticks all of the boxes for me, but Diptyque's festive offering is always the exception. This particular scent is exceptionally light, filling the room with notes of rose, clove, and nutmeg. It's subtle but beautiful.
Like freshly baked Christmas treats with a hint of spiciness and fruitiness that smells reminiscent of mince pies and mulled wine, this candle is nowhere near as sickly as I anticipated. In fact, it was love at first sniff.
Every year, Neom brings its A game in festive home fragrance, and it totally knocked it out of the park with this one. Pine and lime peel make it impossibly fresh and uplifting, while myrrh gives it a depth perfect for cosy evenings by the fire.
On paper, this is the typical sort of gourmand scent that doesn't do it for me. Although, I'm actually sort of in love with this one. Like warm gingerbread and cinnamon, it has a musky base that keeps things light.
I actually just finished burning this candle, and I'm already missing it. The fresh but warming scent fills the entire house with a cinnamon-like spiciness without feeling even a little bit overpowering.
I would actually burn this candle year-round if I didn't have an edit for every season. (It's extra—I know.) It smells just like a smoky, open fire but with a freshness that leaves it lingering subtly in the air.