Stylish Candles For Christmas

Create seasonal aromatic ambience with one of these festive burners


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Sisley Campagne Candle $105

Take an olfactory trip to the French countryside with this boxed black wax candle housed in forest green lacquered glass or try rose or tuberose editions. From Smith & Caughey’s Queen St. Visit Smithandcaugheys.co.nz

Voluspa Gilt Pomander & Hinoki 3-wick candle $70

Serve this up with a fancy supper. The metallic dish sits pretty on its pedestal with a lid to keep the candle free of dust and ready for an afterlife protecting keepsakes. Holly berries, cardamom and Japanese hinoki essential oil (from a native cypress specimen) make for a suitably celebratory scent. Visit Isabelharris.co.nz

Diptyque Foret Givree Scented Candle $108

Mint freshens the fir-tree aroma of this stunning limited edition design. It references the constellation of the unicorn with its nebula called the Christmas tree, home to sparkling stars. Mythical dragon and phoenix designs decorate other offerings from the French maker. Diptyque also has one of the most indulgent Advent calendars we’ve spotted, along with covetable sets of mini candles. From Mecca Cosmetica. Visit Meccabeauty.co.nz

Byredo Saints Incense Candle $99

Inviting notes of amber, patchouli, eucalyptus and incense, make this a good festive match, but also a warm aroma worth squirreling away for winter. The deep red vessel is one of Byredo’s three limited edition updates on classic prayer candles, the others being Rosewater and Altar. From Mecca Cosmetica. Visit Meccabeauty.co.nz

Sohum Christmas Lily Limited Edition $70

In a festive gold vessel, this might be the one for those, like me, who find the real flowers set off the sniffles. It’s a long burner from an Australian maker and comes nicely boxed. Visit Isabelharris.co.nz

George & Edi Cardamom Limited Edition Candle $42

It’s the time of year for gathering to eat, so no wonder gourmand fragrances are seasonally appealing. This one is softly spiced. Although it is inspired by gingerbread, a touch of citrus ensures the aromatic warmth of cardamom, ginger and nutmeg isn’t too intense. In handcrafted soy from Wanaka, it comes boxed in beautiful floral wrapping and the scent is available as a room spray also. Visit Georgeandedi.com

Curio Noir Black Spice Demi $85

Auckland maker Tiffany Jeans says this is her choice for Christmas because it “carries notes of warming clove amongst other wonderful spices, perfect for the festive season”. Available also in her larger classic jar. If your taste runs more to wine than food, then check out her new Cellar Notes fragrance. Visit Curionoir.com

Jo Malone London Green Almond & Redcurrant Christmas Candle $360

At 420g this candle is more than twice the standard size my old favourite Pine & Eucalyptus comes in, so it should see you well into the New Year. It has zingy citrus and tart berry top notes softened with almond and woods. The cylindrical ceramic candle container in the brand’s green and pink colour scheme for the season comes in a matching box to save wrapping. Visit Jomalone.co.nz

Cire Trudon Lumiere Red Limited Edition $169

Long acclaimed for its candles, Cire Trudon’s Christmas selection has been extended this year, with the presentation of longevity inspired Lumiere in a red vessel. The fragrance combines leathery notes with woods and florals. From World.Visit Worldbrand.co.nz

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Christmas Candle $99

Fans of this glorious floral bouquet of a fragrance will be queuing up to get it for the first time in limited edition candle form. Perfect for the bedroom, or anywhere you’d enjoy seeing a bowl of roses. From selected department stores and pharmacies.

Ecoya Salted Coconut & White Jasmine Madison Jar $53

This summery scent fits in nicely with our casual celebration season. The melding of coconut, citrus and vanilla was inspired by the South Pacific and will be around for a limited time, along with three other Ecoya summer candles and diffusers. They’re sure to compete for attention with the brand’s Christmas range of Fresh Pine and newbies Summer Spritz and Dark Chocolate, Meringue & Raspberry. Visit Ecoya.co.nz

The Aromatherapy Co. Therapy Christmas Limited Edition Candle $35

The opulent coconut, caramel and tonka bean aroma is infused in soy wax. The large candle comes in a ceramic vessel, as does a matching diffuser. Visit Farmers.co.nz

Tom Ford Private Blend Jasmin Rouge Candle $210

One of five new scents (adding to the designer’s six-strong private blend candle collection), this one is redolent of a scented waft caught on a summer evening garden walk. Another more exotic option to relocate you to the olfactory experience of Christmas past would be Ford’s Arabian Wood or Oud candles. From Smith & Caughey’s Queen St. Visit Smithandcaugheys.co.nz

L’Occitane Candied Fruits Candle $35

The travel tin is a great way to transport some traditional aromas to the bach or campsite. For at home, L’Occitane make this and their other Christmas fragrance, Winter Forest, in room perfumes and diffusers. Visit Loccitane.co.nz

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