Blogmas 2015 Day 17: Christmas Candles

If you follow me on Instagram or any of my other social media channels, then you may have seen that I have a little bit of an addiction to candles and scenting my home with delicious fragrances. There’s something about a aroma in the air and I find that a lot of my memories are linked backed to certain smells. I like to have fresh clean cotton and linen scents in the Spring and apple, pumpkin and cinnamon in the autumn whilst winter gives way to the christmas inspired scents. I thought that I would put together a little post of eight of my newest winter candles that will be leaving my house feeling all warm and cosy over the next few months.

It’s no secret that I’m a massive Bath and Body Works candle fan and luckily, my job enables me to spend a lot of time in America and also spend a lot of dollars on candles. It is ridiculous with the price that I pay for these, especially when they aren’t on offer, as they retail for around $23 (£15). Luckily, I have managed to grab a handful whilst they’ve been on $12 offers or 2 for $24. In the last few weeks, I’ve brought 8 candles home and although some are to take me from Christmas into Winter, the others have been purchased solely for Christmas. I’ve been burning Marshmallow Fireside this week which smells of toasted marshmallows, creamy vanilla and with a hint of smouldering wood.

I’ve previously had Mahogany Teakwood, and Balsam so when I saw Mahogany Balsam it went straight in my basket. Described as a ‘Walk through wintry woods with the aromatic fragrance of fresh green balsam, juniper berries and rich mahogany’, I couldn’t resist, especially with my love for the deeper, more seductive fragrances and the liveliness of pine.

‘Tis the Season will be the next candle that I will be burning as it’s very Christmassy. Its described as ‘The rich, fruity scent of red apples, green pine & golden cider captures the joy of the season’ so it will be in keeping with the joy of Christmas.

My number one favourite Bath and Body Works Candle is Sweater Weather and I think that this is one of the most difficult ones to get hold of as its always sold out. I’m guessing there is a US Blogger who’s telling everyone to buy it. Its a real Autumn into Winter fragrance and it makes me want to curl up in the corner of my couch and get cosy. ‘Cuddle up with an aromatic blend of eucalyptus, juniper berry and fresh sage that celebrates the coziness of sweater weather’. Sounds amazing doesn’t it?

Christmas Candles Bath and Body Works Candles

Christmas Candles Bath and Body Works Candles

Christmas Candles Bath and Body Works Candles Tis The Season

Christmas Candles Bath and Body Works Candles Mahogany Balsam

Christmas Candles Bath and Body Works Candles Sweater Weather

Christmas has started to become synonymous with Flamingo Candles, and each year I get another couple of candles to place around my house. I love Flamingo Candles as they are really well scented for the £12 price point and the natural soy wax gives a really even burn with no smokiness. All the candles are hand poured in the UK and who could resist the pretty Flamingos adorning the side of the jar. I have got the updated version of Mulled Wine and Berries*, which still has the same scent as last year – mulled wine, apple, sweet berries, wine, brandy, orange, clove, ginger, cinnamon and vanilla but with the addition of a glitter filled wax which is so lovely.

I’m trying Cinnamon Stick* for the first time, and the glitter filled wax is scented with cinnamon, ginger and orange on a base of vanilla. It’s not as intense as Mulled Wine and Berries whilst in the jar but is more warming and spicy. I will be using this in my kitchen to remind me of all the home baking that I won’t be getting chance to do this Christmas. Sad face.

In my bedroom, I am a creature of habit when it comes to candles. In my post last week on my favourite fragrances, I spoke about Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir and how I love this particular scent in my house. It will come as no surprise to you that I have a back up of the Pomegranate Noir candle and although this is probably the most expensive candle I’ve ever owned at £42, I will always be able to justify buying it as my mum has the luxury £280 one. Pomegranate Noir is described as ‘rich and fruity pomegranate and raspberry, the elegant floral note of Casablanca lily and the warmth of guaiac wood and amber’. Simply gorgeous.

Flamingo Candles Mulled Wine and Berries Cinnamon Stick

Flamingo Candles Mulled Wine and Berries Cinnamon Stick

Flamingo Candles Mulled Wine and Berries Cinnamon Stick

Christmas Candles (23)

Dunelm Gingerbread Candle

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir candle

Crabtree and Evelyn Windsor Forest Candle

A Sunday afternoon browse in Dunelm led to me this little Gingerbread scented candle. It was only £2 and the scent that it gives off is so warm and lovely. I have this burning in the kitchen at the moment and it does remind me of Christmas whilst making my kitchen feel so warming and inviting. A very good find, and although I can’t see it on the Dunelm website, they had a large selection of different scents, and all at £2 per jar.

Do you know when you open a box that has been delivered and literally all you can smell is the contents? When this Crabtree & Evelyn Windsor Forest Botanical Candle* was delivered, I could smell it before I even opened the packet. It’s Christmas in a candle, from the fresh scent of fir needle, spruce and pine combined with holly and juniper, it is evoking some serious nostalgia right now. I don’t actually even want to open the candle and burn it because I don’t want the amazing smell to disappear. The candle itself is beautiful; ivory and filled with spruce and ivy leaves. It would look wonderful on a decorated table for Christmas Dinner, and if I do eventually decide to burn it, it will sit pride of place on my coffee table whilst filling my home with that sprucy pine scent that is quite apparent that I love.

Do you like to have Christmas candles? What’s your favourite scent?

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  • Thestylepanther.com

    Love this! Candles are my favorite and especially as the nights get cold and dark I like to make my room look cosy! X

  • Corinne C

    All the candles I keep seeing lately are GINGER and I’ve never sniffed a ginger one. WTF. Give me the gingerbread and the cinnamon sticks. I wish it was red though. It should be red. Cinnamon is my favourite flavour and smell, it also keeps spiders away and I used to always burn them when I lived in the spider basement.

    Pour the wax on your hand. Go on. GWAAAAN. Do it. Do it and tell me you don’t enjoy it * flicks hair and struts out*.