Friday, 8 December 2017

Blogmas 2017 - Day 8 - My Top Five Festive Candles With A Twist

If you follow my blog you will know of my love for candles. Actually, maybe more than love them,  I think I have a slight obsession...

If you walk into my home at any time of year, you will instantly see at least one candle in each room, although some definitely have more!

You'd be forgiven for thinking that my love of both Christmas and candles would mean that my house would smell like one giant cinnamon stick at this time of year, but actually, you'd be wrong. Although I do love the smell of cinnamon and citrus fruit throughout the festive period, I just don't like my house smelling of it. In fact, throughout my whole house, I only have one Christmas scented item, which is a winter berries scented reed diffused, but even then it's tucked away behind my TV, so now and then I get the faintest whiff of Christmas and that's enough for me.

That being said, this doesn't stop me from burning candles at Christmas, ohhh no. A recent trip to Home Sense proved that! I came out with no less than 8 new candles. I told you, it's an obsession. And, in my defence, 1 was a gift...

I love nothing more than coming home from work, switching my fairy lights on and lighting a few candles, that's my happy place. In fact, as I'm writing this I'm currently sat on my couch, with my fairy lights on, my candles flickering away and the crackling fireplace on Netflix. I feel like I'm locked away in some snowy cabin in the woods. Does it get any better than this?

I guess there's a lot of people like me, aren't there? It's not that I dislike the scent of  the typical festive candles, I just prefer other scents. I suppose Christmas means different things to everyone doesn't it, so because of that, I decided to choose some alternative scents.

Bath & Body Works - White Barn edition in Peppered Suede

The first one is my 3-wick Bath and Body Works candle in the scent Peppered Suede. The presentation of the B&BW candles is always beautiful, this one in particular is a rich copper coloured jar, with a white marble lid. It's gorgeous, with notes of bergamot, black peppercorn and amberwood it has quite a spicy smell which makes it perfect for the festive period.

Elle Décor - Sandalwood & Musk

Next up is this gorgeous sandalwood and musk candle from Elle Décor, I bought this one in Home Sense. I absolutely love the look of this candle, its a baby pink mirrored effect jar with a silver lid. It just looks so classic and elegant and the smell, oh my goodness, it smells like a beautiful perfume which I think is the down to the sandalwood. The musk adds a little bit of depth to it too - definitely recommend this one.

One of my favourites has to be this Empire candle. Tuberose and sandalwood are two of my favourite scents in a candle so to have them both in one together - dreamy! This scent isn't particularly festive at all, but given the theme of this post - I just had to feature it. It is described as '...a subtle, sweet fragrance blend, creating a light and refreshing scent in your home.' You can definitely smell the tuberose in this candle but I love it. This would be perfect in a small room - possibly a toilet or hallway.

Sand & Fog - Winter White

Second to last is the Sand & Fog Winter White candle. I really like the design on the jar of this one, it's raised and bumpy - it actually reminds me of a pineapple! This is the only one I got that is remotely festive scented. It's a very spicy scent, with a lot of clove and even a slight hint of eucalyptus or liquorice I think. This candle is perfectly named, a white winter day is exactly what I think of when I smell this scent.

DW Home - White Christmas

Last but by no means least is the DW Home candle. Now, I almost didn't even smell this one in the shop because it's called 'White Christmas' however I tried it anyway and I'm glad I did because it's so not a festive smell to me, it smells like you've just came out the shower; clean, fresh and slightly like baby powder. It is quite a heavy scent though, so I don't think I could burn it all the time, however I absolutely love the labelling it's beautiful.

So there you have it, my alternatives to the usual festive scented candles. As mentioned above, all of these except the B&BW one were purchased in Home Sense, so definitely try there if you can, they literally have a wall of candles so perfect for this wick lovers out there. Although I like them all for different reasons, my ultimate favourite is the Elle Décor one, It's just so elegant and beautifully scented. Do you have any festive candles in your home? Which ones have you gone for?

Love and hugs,

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