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From frosted plum and pine needles to luxe leather and cloves, these high-style votives promise joy and good cheer.
Scented holiday candles are an essential ingredient of a great-smelling December. And of winter, in general. They offer softly lit cozy ambiance to rooms; tranquility to hot, relaxing baths and subtle fragrance to our beloved nests.
Much like a great bottle of perfume, candles are an indulgence that we can always justify because they’re a simple thing that makes us feel better. Although there’s plenty of good cheer during the holiday season, sometimes you need to unwind, relax and forget about the hustle and bustle (read: stress) of the mall—not to mention the impending frightful weather.
With this in mind, we’ve pulled together a few scented candles that have us daydreaming about our own perfumed quiet time to come. And with all budgets in mind—from $22 to $100!—we believe there will be no excuse to just sit back, relax and enjoy the festivities that are to come.
This designer label brings the best notes of its eau de parfum—leather, florals, plum—to this deluxe collection candle. It is deliciously rich, warm and elegant—just like the fragrance from which it is inspired—and would be perfectly accompanied by a luxe cashmere throw and generously poured glass of bordeaux. $100, www.holtrenfrew.com www.thebay.com
This Holiday-scented candle is the stuff Christmas dreams are made of. Pomegranate, mandarin, pine, cloves, cinnamon and vanilla—it really is sugar and spice and everything nice. $38, www.nestfragrance.com
The iconic brand always offers up great scented products for the holidays. We’re partial to its limited edition scented offerings. This year, it’s a winter fruits-inspired scent—Frosted Plum—that has us anxious to slip on our furry slippers, set the widescreen up with The Nutcracker and settle in with a cinnamon-spiked mug of hot chocolate. $22, www.thebodyshop.com
This candle will transport you to a different time and place. English-inspired, it mixes notes of holly, juniper berries and evergreen. Your home will be filled with its most traditional but enchanted and polished forest scent. $44, www.crabtree-evelyn.ca
Diptyque has a candle reputation for a reason. It’s a brand we go back to again and again—partly for its fantastic French aesthetic and partly because they smell so damn good. This season we’re opting for the limited edition Liquidambar—notes of amber, nutmeg, cinnamon and muscovado sugar make for a sweet treat that rivals our favourite holiday desserts. $70, www.diptyqueparis.com