I am not embarrassed to say I love candles, and the way I prop them around the house like some show ponies or mantelpieces. The power of candles is undeniable; certain scents can be mood-lifting and energising. Take for example, essential oil lavender that's known to reduce stress. Research has shown that “aromatherapy involving lavender-scented steam inhalation increased sleep quality and quality of life in women with sleep deprivation problems during menopause."
Candles also make for great gifts when you're running out of ideas – and time – without burning a hole in your wallet. But these days, we're also seeing the rise of chic, luxurious candles like Penhaligon's, Tom Ford and Maison 21G that come with showstopping packaging and unique scents.
Whether it's your significant other, siblings, or even your mother-in-law, candles make one of the best gift ideas we should consider.
Here are some of the best candles in the market to buy now.
1. Jo Malone London English Pear & Freesia Home Candle
The sensuous freshness of just-ripe pears is wrapped in a bouquet of white freesias, mellowed by amber, patchouli and woods.
2. Penhaligon's Maduro Leaf Candle
A luxury scented candle disguised as a gentlemen’s club with familiar scents of wood, leather and smoke.
3. Tom Ford Beauty Oud Wood Candle
This candle features oud wood, one of the rarest, most precious and expensive ingredients in a perfumer’s arsenal. Exotic rosewood and cardamom give way to a smoky blend of rare oud wood, sandalwood and vetiver.
4. Dior Beauty Scented Candle Discovery Set
Fill your home with the fragrant art of living of La Collection Privée Christian Dior with this discovery set featuring three scented candles.
5. Hush Candle Lavender Essential Oil Candle
An all-natural, hand-poured soy candle scented with therapeutic essential oils to scent a room or space.
6. Maison 21G Symphony of Love Set of 4 Scented Candles
This candle set features four scents, Vanilla Venus, Terrific Tonka, Amber Affair and Havana Harvest.
7. This Works Deep Sleep Heavenly Candle
This candle lifts your mind with Lavender and Roman Camomile. Prepare your mind and body for a good night’s sleep with this natural, toxin-free scent.
8. Neom Happiness Scented 3 Wick Candle
Made of pure vegetable wax and natural oils, the candle has an awakening fragrance of white neroli, mimosa and lemon to create a fresh aroma that will inspire a positive state of mind, making it a great choice for when you're feeling a bit down in the dumps.
9. Molton Brown Rhubarb and Rose Single Wick Candle
Infuse your home with the delicious scent of Molton Brown’s Rhubarb and Rose Single Wick Candle. The candle releases a tantalising and delicate fragrance, reminiscent of freshly cut roses in the Yorkshire countryside.
10. Diptyque - Scented Candles Set - Berries, Roses, Fig Tree, Tuberose, Amber
Pair different scents in your home to unwind and promote a sense of well-being.