Don’t know what to give your hostess for the holidays or what to add as a stocking stuffer? Why not gift a luxurious candle? Or buy a candle for yourself to have your home smell festive, while bathed in candlelight when your holiday guests arrive. Look no further! These candles infuse any room with a fragrance and warmth perfect for the long winter nights ahead. You might just buy and keep them all, to light on those snowy afternoons when you’re curled up with a good book.
Arquiste Holiday Candles ($85) These candles transport you around the world and through time. Notes of Persian saffron and Spanish leather balance those of sandalwood, Frankincense, and dark cade. Art Deco Velvet takes you to the London of the 1930s. The aroma of spilled gin martinis, vanilla, and cigarette and cigar smoke fill the air at The Architect’s Club in Mayfair. A top note of juniper berry oil gives way to a middle note of blond tobacco, vanilla absolute, and oakwood. A base note of amber leaves a warm, lingering scent.
Arquiste x J.Crew Dark Pine Candle ($45) Nothing says “Holiday Season” quite like the scent of pine. This candle gets its name from the pine trees of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Notes of pine oil and juniper berry oil capture the scent of the mountain air, and sweet almond powder and fir balsam evoke the aroma of pine resin. A base note of cedar wood gives the fragrance a masculine vibe. The candle is hand-poured in the U.S., and comprises a blend of natural soy and paraffin wax and a lead-free cotton wick.
TOCCA Candela Luxe Collection ($54) TOCCA just released this new collection for the fall, and its Mediterranean-inspired scents bring to mind la dolce vita. Cleopatra owes its clean, crisp scent to grapefruit and cucumber, which the legendary queen used in her beauty rituals. Italian blood orange gives Stella a sweet and uplifting fragrance that is refreshing after a long day spent shopping or decorating. Giulietta features green apple and the pink tulips of Corsica and evokes the romance of Federico Fellini and his beloved wife, actress Giulietta Masina. The notes of green tea, lemon, and sugar give Bianca its fresh, clean scent. If it’s a floral scent you’re after, Florence gets its fragrance from the European cabbage roses, known as Centrofolias.
C.O. Bigelow Freesia Candle ($42) C.O. Bigelow’s popular freesia perfume oil inspired this soft, floral scent, with middle notes of tart quince, jasmine, pink freesia, and muguet. All year long, C.O. Bigelow donates 10 percent of proceeds from the sale of the Freesia Candle to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
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