All posts tagged: candles

The best Christmas gifts for the house-proud

Your home is your theatre, show it off   Anatomy Boutique Arteries plate £50, anatomyboutique.com “That’s a pretty plate. What is it?” “Oh, some arteries.” How’s that for a conversation starter? If like us, you’re mesmerised by the anatomical illustration on this beautiful hand-guilded, bone china plate, you might like to know there’s a whole set with further anatomy-inspired designs to impress upon your dining guests. – – – – – HAM Superhero Rabbit Screen Print From £29, hammade.com This artwork perfectly sums up our mood. A simple and elegant, hand-made screen print featuring a silhouette of a daredevil rabbit is the perfect reminder for always putting a spring in your step. – – – – – Sabichi Owl Cushion £15.50, sabichi.co.uk If you’re after an adorable decorative cushion, this ‘goes with everything’ owl design is a pretty wise choice. – – – – – Madebyzen Fresh Mint and Grapefruit Candle £21.99, madebyzen.com A bright and beautiful scented candle that fills the room with natural fresh and fruity notes for hours. Better still, the food-grade …

Life’s a beach

Sometimes you just need a little ‘something’ to help you truly relax. Well, achieve that in an instant with this heidi klein Coconut Beach Candle. It contains notes of coconut, jasmine, marine and vanilla to transport your senses to a blissful desert island in a flash. (£36, heidiklein.com)

Sweet treats to gift this Christmas

Gifting can be tricky business but if you can’t afford to get it wrong, you’ll be safe with any one of our picks of the most charming gifts in town this Christmas. You know the rule: if in doubt, spend it on chocolates and you won’t go far wrong. But if you pick up this Lindt Master Chocolatier Collection (£12.99 at supermarkets nationwide), you’ll be onto an outright winner. Not least because it includes a crowd-pleasing 16 different chocolate recipes including a velvety raspberry ganache and a smooth almond truffle. Hmm, bliss in a box. – – – – – Awww! Our sentiments exactly. Hidden inside its bell-shaped home, the Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil will help to reinvigorate the senses during the cold, dark winter when you need it most. And the bonus? When this Little Bell (£10 at aromatherapyassociates.com) is not in use, it can sit pretty on the Christmas tree whilst the fragrance emanating from the box lingers and scents the room. – – – – – One of …

Tiziana Terenzi – the mother of all scented candles?

Here’s a very special treat for scented candle enthusiasts. Having produced candles for the likes of Acqua Di Parma, Ferragamo and Gucci, Tiziana Terenzi have created a stunning new collection of six fragranced candles under their own name. Every aspect of the candles has been incredibly well thought out, from the ingredients to the packaging, down to the way in which it burns. Each candle, housed in black or white glass, which comes embossed with 24-carat gold, has a wooden wick made from two types of wood, which not only intensifies the fragrance but also provides a visual spectacle whilst alight – the flame is stronger and brighter and it flickers and crackles like a log in a fireplace. With 20% pure essences, the candle will fill your entire home with the warmth of its perfume. Plus, whilst it is burning away, the candle releases clean water vapour which helps to humidify the room as well as negative ions which helps to clean the surrounding air. Now that’s thoughtful, clever and beautiful. There are six …

Di Palomo Wild Fig and Grape candle

Let’s get straight to the point – this is easily one of the most addictive scented candles we’ve ever lit up. In its simple, date wood bowl, the candle is entirely unassuming but once alight, the fragrance that emanates from it commands attention. The two-wick, vegetable wax and olive oil-based candle gives a long and even burn and with top notes of grape and gardenia, middle notes of fig, orange blossom and mimosa and a base of sandalwood, amber and vanilla, the scent is beautifully breezy, clean and serene. Having guests heap praise on how lovingly kept your home is, will come easily. The difficulty will lie in your ability to remain in the now, whilst your senses are transported to the dream of blissful, sunny and picturesque Italian countryside, conjured by the fragrance. £20, available from www.dipalomo.com

Scented candles – find your match

Lighting up a scented candle is a sure-fire way to turn your home into a haven. Here are our favourite fragrant pickings. Affection Heaven by Deborah Mitchell The name says it all. This grapeseed and soya organic wax candle has deeply soothing coconut and vanilla oils that smell good enough to eat. £21.38, www.heavenskincare.com ———- Sanderson Primavera Mandarin Blossom and Neroli Transport your senses to sunnier climes in an instant with this exotically sweet and enlivening mandarin blossom, neroli oil and magnolia blend. £18, www.heathcote-ivory.com ———- Yankee Candle Summer Scoop Prepare yourself for a mouth-watering experience every time you light up this strawberry ice-cream scented candle. A perfect summer accompaniment. £19.99, www.yankeecandle.co.uk ———- Jonathan Ward Fig Ultimatum Fill your room with real warmth and elegance by lighting up this two-wick beeswax candle with honey, jasmine iris oil and woody notes. £35, www.jonathanwardlondon.com ———- Miller Harris Le Petit Grain An ideal all-year-round scent with orange oil, bergamot, lemon and neroli that is pretty much guaranteed to lift any mood. £40, www.millerharris.com ———- Molton Brown Patchouli and …