You probably haven’t heard of these candle brands yet, but they deserve to be on your radar – and in your living room.
We all love a classic Jo Malone and Diptyque votive, but there’s a lot to be found in the niche market for a scent that’s less common (but just as divine), or for a gift that’s a little more unique.
You might also find your new favourite candle brand by looking beyond your usual stopping points.
We’ve done the hard work for you, finding some of the best candles out there for the cosy season.
Burning well and emitting both a soothing glow and scent, these should go straight on your wish or gifting list.
But first, remember to keep trimming the wick so it burns brightly and avoid tunneling:
Malin & Goetz Dark Rum
Get it for £44 from SpaceNK.
Boozy and spicy – what more could you want on a cold evening?
Even the dark wax feels fitting for the season.
With notes of leather, warm rum, plum and milk, it’s the sweet yet rich fragrance perfect for cosying up fireside.
It’ll burn for 60 hours and has a 16% concentration of fragrance, so you should be able to catch whiffs of it even when unlit.
Maison Margiela Replica By The Fireplace
Get it for £45 from John Lewis.
This luxury candle line has been designed with memories in mind, and this one is routed in France in 1971 on a night sat by a fireplace.
It’s woody yet sweet with notes of chesnut, clove and orange flower.
Let it scent your home then spritz on the fragrance version to take the cosy vibes with you.
You’ll get 52 hours of burn time with this one.
Neom Organics London Perfect Night’s Sleep Travel Candle
Get it for £16 from John Lewis.
Dip your toe into niche candles with a travel one.
Neom are known for their relaxing scents and this one in particular is designed to get you in the mood for bedtime.
It has notes of lavender, sweet basil and jasmine, making it a little different to your usual calming candle that’s loaded up heavy on the lavender.
Boy Smells Ash
Get it for £36 from SpaceNK.
Despite the brand’s name, there’s nothing boyish smelling about this.
This smoky scent has notes of firewood, smoke, charcoal, palo santo and hay.
The wax is a mix of coconut wax and beeswax which is ethically harvested.
Given how aesthetically pleasing the glossy black votive is with the pink label, we’d suggest reusing it once burnt through.
No. 22 Bookshelf
Get it for £44 from Harvey Nichols.
If dusty pages and worn out leather makes your heart swell, this candle is sure to delight.
Inspired by reading in an old library – which is most enjoyable in the autumn and winter – it has notes that’ll make you nostalgic for simpler times.
This one will burn for up to 60 hours and look special on any bookshelf given the detailing.
Herlum Comfortable Silence
Get it for £42 from Liberty.
Silences will be tons more comfortable with this burning in the backdrop.
Focusing on the notes of sandalwood and black pepper, this is suitably genderless and fits a range of occasions.
Burn for 40 hours and enjoy the peace.
Nette Another Life
Get it for £60 from Selfridges.
Feeling romantic? Reminisce and reflect to the smell of this, which has notes of ginger, cocoa, cedarwood and vanilla.
We love the poetical quotes on this brand’s candles and with this particular one, the terracotta-brown votive which sits nicely in any backdrop.
Women in Mind Harlem Rose
Get it for £45 from Women in Mind.
Women in Mind is an outlet that has a ‘carefully appointed range of products, all made and chosen to delight the senses and enrich the soul’.
This old school rose, musk and spice candle does just that, filling a room with the kind of rosy scent that isn’t summery, but rather has a vintage quality to it.
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