The best winter candles

Everyone loves the calming scent of a candle in winter, especially as those dark nights draw in. Here's our guide to the best ones

Wax lyrical gift box

There’s nothing like lighting a festive candle to make your home feel cosy at Christmas! 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 2019!

Wax lyrical gift box
© Wax Lyrical

If you’re not keen on strong, powerful fragrances, you’ll love this candle. Wax Lyrical’s Fallen Leaves is part of a collection inspired by ‘the unspoilt beauty of the alluring English lakes.’ It’s the perfect antidote to the heavily scented candles on the market at this time of year, with a delicate amber, vanilla and musk scent that will lightly fill rather than overpower a room. It’s a great one to have in if you’re planning to have guests over the festive season – it’s soft and pleasant but totally inoffensive.

Petits rituals winter candle
© 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.

Hampton and astley warming candle
© Hampton & Astley

Sometimes, when choosing the perfect candle for your home, it’s easy to focus on the scent and forget about how the candle burns. This bergamot, rose and lavender scented candle is part of a hand-poured range which uses only natural ingredients and pure essential oils – there’s no paraffin wax in the mixture, and it burns beautifully. The scent is soft and floral but not overpowering in the slightest – it’s ideal for adding a sense of cosiness to your home in the winter.

Spiced noir decorative candle
© Taylor Benfield

If you’re not a lover of sickly-sweet, cinnamon based 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.

Love jamilla library candle
© Love Jamilla

Love Jamilla’s Library candle is handcrafted in Suffolk using 100% natural rapeseed wax, high quality botanical oils and a cotton-wick. The scent, as a result, is different to what you’d usually expect from its sweet and fruity high street alternatives – it has very strong cardamom, cedarwood, frankincense and cinnamon notes that are designed to remind you of cosying up with a good book by the fire.

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.

Aldi Jo Malone dupe
© Aldi

Aldi’s candles quickly rose to fame when they were first released, with fans even likening them to iconic Jo Malone scents. This Pomegranate candle from the new Hotel Collection range smells expensive and smooth – it’s exactly the sort of scent you’d associate with a high end spa, but for a fraction of the price.