Find your new flames with our coveted candles

Sure-FIRE hits when it comes to gift giving, candles are great for house-proud BFFs and are sure to delight even aunts who’re too-easily displeased. From festive frankincense and just-ground coffee to the timeless scents of raspberry and peony, we’ve curated a fragrant selection to suit the most discerning nose (and stylish mantelpiece). The only risk? These chic pieces might prove far too pretty to party with… consider yourself duly warned. 

An olfactory buzz that looks cute on a coffee table, Anya Smells’ {Coffee} brings just-roasted warmth to your living space. A smooth, spicy blend of Iranian galbanum, Indian cardamom, cedar wood, vetiver, patchouli and warm, honeyed amber, this sexy scent is the perfect perfumery ‘wake up call’ (it’s sure to ignite dormant passions)…

Need some R&R? No wind-down routine is complete without OVERROSE’s {Anamorphine} – a heavenly, feminine fusion of peony, vanilla and raspberry balanced by smoky tobacco base notes. Totally intoxicating, this beautiful blend helps to ease all the stress of your festive excesses – burn by your bedside (and bury your nose in a book). Heaven!

The perfect perfume for the most stylish hallways, goop’s {Scented Candle – Edition 01} lends a complex, ecclesiastical air to the… well, air. A church-inspired marriage of fresh, verdant cypress, labdanum (believed to instil inner peace) and the mellow notes of frankincense, this ‘grown-up’ candle evokes the essence of ancient, sacred spaces.  

If tinsel makes you wince and Christmas jumpers give you goosebumps, trust Bella Freud to make ‘festive’ feel fashionable. A seasonal candle that looks cool year-round, {Starry Starry Nights} brings some much-needed chic to your seasonal soirée. With an intoxicating heart of frankincense, agarwood and tobacco flower, coupled with the spicy warmth of nutmeg, this velvet scent is the perfect olfactory backdrop to champagne-fuelled get-togethers.

An evocation of the myths of Ancient Egypt from French candle-makers extraordinaire, Cire Trudon’s {Philae Scented Candle} is an objets d’art and stunning scent. A must for self-proclaimed sophisticates, this candle is ideal for stylish studies – perfuming your space with its smooth, scholarly notes of papyrus, cedar, vetiver and labdanum.

Last but not least, from designer {Tom Dixon} come candles and stunning diffusers to perfume your space *and* add instant panache to your sideboards. Exquisitely styled (there’s a reason they’re seen on the most aspirational Instagram feeds), these works of art are the perfect excuse to be slightly self-SCENTred (geddit?) this winter. We recommend Fire – a hot, sexy cocktail of amber and musk that creates a warm, sensuous ambience: “To me, love me!”


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…