Traditional festive scented candles
Cinnamon, Clove, Spiced Apple, and Frankincense fragrances. Traditional winter scents are up there with Jimmy Stewart in It’s a Wonderful Life and Will Ferrell in Elf when it’s time to get into the spirit of things.
Take a moment to inhale before we get lost in the rush of shopping, parties, putting up the tree and bringing down the baubles from the loft. There’s nothing lovelier or more relaxing than the scent of Cinnamon, Clove, Fresh Pine, Fir, Toffee, Spiced Apple, Frankincense, Sugared Plum and Ginger.
Orange with its lively, zesty notes, energises a room as well as a glass of mulled wine. Indulgent cocoa notes also blend fabulously with fruity orange to inspire a range of Christmas fragrances that smell good enough to eat.
Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle, Christmas Cookie, £16.99.
If we’ve ever had an urge to eat a candle, this is it (we didn’t though – and you shouldn’t either). Forget the nonsense about dropping a dress size before the party season kicks off, this candle will take you by the hand and lead you to the biscuit tin. Roll with it.
Fruit and Spice fragrances featured in fruitcake and mince pies also herald the countdown to Christmas, while Fir Pine and Cedar Woods are all about the tree (to tinsel or not-to tinsel, that is the question). Toffee notes, redcurrant and almonds are irresistible additions to scented candles and complement cedarwood notes.
Get your festive kicks with this standout stripy candle. It features a warming base of cedarwood and tonka with the delicious bite of redcurrant and the distinctive nuttiness of green almond.
Ginger, Cinnamon, Syrup and Honey are forever associated with the classic gingerbread house, a time-honoured throwback to the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel in the 1800s. Rewind time further still, there is Frankincense with its wonderful warm, woody-ish aroma and a touch of sweetness and citrus.
Where there is Frankincense, there is Myrrh, (both derived from tree sap, genus Boswellia and Commiphora respectively), which is earthier than Frankincense but possesses a certain sweetness, too, not unlike a liquorice stick. These two scents are steeped in historical significance, especially during the month of December because of a biblical association with The Three Wise Men sharing gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh to mark the birth of Jesus.
Religious, healing, spiritual or medicinal, whichever way you look at them, these are not the sort of scents to keep on the low. Frankincense and Myrrh are big swinging numbers, much like most of the traditional festive fragrances, which is probably why they are never overlooked when it hits holiday season. Like marzipan, mistletoe, brandy butter and snow, more is more.
Roja Parfums Christmas candle, 760g, £95.00
Santa might bring you this luxe candle, so be good for goodness’ sake. Roja Dove has been working his magic once more with this candle. Notes of Balsam Fir, Fir Needles, Pine and Cedar Woods with Cocoa, Toffee, Leather, Vetiver and Frankincense. As gift giving goes, this home fragrance is fit for a king (and queen).
Christmas markets throughout Europe are also favourite hotspots to inhale home fragrance inspiration. Destinations such as Strasbourg, Hamburg, Cologne and Lille hit the right notes. These popular market stalls are home to traditional breads, biscuits and sweet treats with tempting scents such as Orange, Chocolate and Cinnamon while mulled wine and rich rum punch are a fragrant feast of Nutmeg, Marjoram, Cardamom and Cloves. Warm cider with its cheeky Apple Spice kick is another trending tipple at this time of year.
White Company Winter Botanical Pillar Candle, £26.00.
Christmas home fragrance wrapped up in a red ribbon with a fabulous dash of Cinnamon, Clove, Orange and Red Berries.
Then there is Dresden Stollen cake with its fabulously Christmassy marzipan notes complemented with Cranberries, Honey and Almond and Vanilla. Too much sweetness can be toned down with nuttier notes, similar to roasted chestnuts, to create warm, winter winners without overwhelming the home.
With so much traditional inspiration to choose from, it’s little wonder that festive home fragrances never get fatigued or fall out of favour. The latest range of seasonal scented candles and diffusers continue to seduce shoppers while successfully saluting the spirit of home, contentment, merriment and precious memories at this time of year. It’s a wonderful life, indeed.
Jo Malone Incense & Embers Home Candle, £45.00.
It is tradition to hang up a stocking on the mantelpiece on Christmas Eve in the hope that Santa will fill it with small toys and sweets. Or a scented candle. Like this one. Wintery smoky notes are lightened up with hints of fresh fir.
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