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The best winter candles to turn your home into a cosy haven

These soothing winter candle scents will fill your home with comfort and joy in the run-up to Christmas

The best winter candles for Christmas 2020 - Yankee Candle Surprise Snowfall

There’s nothing like lighting a festive candle to make your home feel cosy during the countdown to Christmas! We absolutely love snuggling up on the sofa with the smell of classic winter candle scents like  (just remember to blow them out before you doze off!).

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Whether you’re looking for a luxurious treat or some affordable alternatives, here’s our round-up of the best Christmas and winter candles for 2020!

Freshly Baked Gingerbread candle

Christmas candle - Freshly Baked Gingerbread Hampton & Astley
Freshly Baked Gingerbread, £44.99, Hampton & Astley

We’ve all been around one too many sickly-sweet candles, so you’d be forgiven for assuming that a scent calling itself Freshly Baked Gingerbread might be an addition to that overpowering club. But don’t be fooled! Hampton & Astley’s new Christmas candle genuinely smells like pulling a pan of warm homemade ginger cake out of the oven. The candle’s tempting wafts of ginger, allspice and vanilla are so natural, you’ll genuinely have to fight the urge to sink your teeth into it.

Frosted Spruce candle

Frosted Spruce candle

How cute is this! We love John Lewis’s clever collection of candles suspended in a gel display of Christmas scenery. As the name implies, the Frosted Spruce candle is bursting with an alpine scent of snow-dusted firs, set in an evocative gel display of pine needles and pinecones. This would look so atmospheric on a mantelpiece or coffee table, although we definitely recommend exploring the rest of the range, which includes Snowscene, which features a miniature village scene, and Winter Spice, which comes garnished with orange slices and festive spice.

Chai latte candle

chai latte candle

If you spend the cooler months sipping on a steaming chai latte, there’s a candle for that! Blending cinnamon, benzoin, clove, nutmeg and peppercorn essential oils to mimic the spicy scent of the ultimate winter warmer, the chai latte candle comes in two sizes, with a burn time of 25 or 50 hours.

Made by independent seller TheVeganBunny, each candle is handmade in Britain with 100% natural ingredients – so you can bask in the soothing scent knowing your purchase is eco-friendly and cruelty-free, too!

Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Light-Up candle

Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Light-Up candle

Nothing says Christmas cheer like the smell of spicy cinnamon and cloves punctuated with the freshness of zingy mandarin, which is what you get in this M&S candle, a steal at £9.50. Plus, we absolutely adore the design – light the flame and the village skyline comes alive with glowing moon, stars and windows lighting up the night sky. Magical!

By the Fire candle

Christmas candle - Petits Rituals By the Fire
By the Fire, Petits Rituels
© Petits Rituals

Each Petits Rituels aromatherapy candle is intricately blended and handmade by artisan perfumer, Nathalie Allard, to provide a different therapeutic benefit. The By The Fire candle – a blend of cinnamon, clove, orange and lemongrass – is specially mixed to evoke feelings of warmth and happiness and allow you to feel safe and cocooned as the candle burns. It’s a perfect choice for those who want to restore a sense of wellbeing and relaxation over the hectic Christmas period – simply burn it for a minimum of three hours.

Woodwick Fireside candle

Fireside woodwick candle
© Woodwick

This fireside scented candle from Woodwick is a must-have for any home at Christmas. Not only does it give off the scent of a warm, wood fire, but it also has a wick that crackles as it burns – it sounds just like heavy raindrops on a roof. If you’re looking to purchase this on online, be aware that although it appears grey on the website, it’s actually a soft muted green. It’s available in a number of sizes.

Pomegranate, Honey and Amber candle

Pomegranate, Honey and Amber candle

If you find the ‘obvious’ winter scents like cinnamon, vanilla, Christmas cookies, or mixed spice can quickly become overwhelming, Hampton and Astley’s Pomegranate, Honey and Amber candle is the ideal option for you. The scent gives a nod to the season in the form of its notes of fruity pomegranate and musky amber, but it’s subtle enough to use all year round, too. Hand-poured in Staffordshire, this natural wax candle has a burn time of around 50 hours.

Spiced Noir Luxury Scented Candle

Christmas candle - Spiced Noir Luxury Scented Candle
Spiced Noir Luxury Scented Candle, £30, Taylor Benfield
© Taylor Benfield
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If you prefer warmth and spice over sweeter festive scents, this Spiced Noir candle from Taylor Benfield is the perfect winter candle for you. The warming wood and spice-based fragrance is inspired by the exotic scents of Malaysia and Indonesia – we’d liken it to the candles you’d find burning in a luxury hotel in New York. A full size is £30 but you really get what you pay for – the scent fills a room even before you’ve burnt it.