Can you distinguish the Diptyques from the duds?
Candles are a fairly divisive topic at H&P: do you go for the name, or scent alone? How important is the glass vase (and its reuse potential)? And what about the supermarket lookalikes? Reunited in our discord, that last one was a unanimous “avoid”.
The good ones aren’t cheap of course, while great ones are the ultimate extravagance.
But then, is there anything better than coming home to light a luxe, quality candle that looks as beautiful as it smells?
Here’s our pick of the statement candles to splash out on this winter.
Diptyque’s Baies candle is one of the brand’s most iconic scents, the difference with this one is a stylish graphic vessel design.
Graphic collection Bais candle, £32 from Diptyque at Space NK.
Boy Smells’ figurare candle is a spicy blend of black pepper with fig, rose and lavender — without being overpowering. One for those looking for a chic alternative to traditional festive scents.
Figurare candle, £45, Boy Smells Holiday collection at cultbeauty.co.uk.
Loewe’s scented ceramic candles come in brilliant colours and the fragrances are both unusual and accurate, such as this beetroot scent.
Small beetroot candle, £70 from Loewe at Liberty.
No luxury candle collection is complete without a Cire Trudon – this blue and gold vessel would look striking on display.
Esterel scented candle, £85 from Cire Trudon at Liberty.
And Objects’ new hand-blown Murano glass candles are filled with scented soy wax and can be used as a vase or pen pot once finished.
Folium scented Murano candle, £90 from And Objects.
Another striking Murano glass vessel, this one as part of a colloboration between fragrance brand Eym and Italian glassmakers Laguna B.
Available with three aromatherapy blends: Create (energising orange and black pepper), Home (restorative camomile and geranium) and Soul (soothing neroli and ylang ylang). The Eym + Laguna B candles cost £115 from Eymnaturals.com.
Moro Dabron’s double-handled stoneware candle has already reached cult status for its striking shape and dual-use as a vase.
Augustine scented candle, £135 from Moro Dabron at Selfridges
Fornasetti’s lidded candles make brilliant storage pots after the wax is finished – this cocktail design has a slightly kitsch retro feel to it.
Cocktail scented candle, £140 from Fornasetti at Net-a-Porter.