Saturday, 19 November 2011

Three of The Best... Christmas Candles

I am a self-confessed candle junkie in Winter. As soon as the weather starts to turn a bit colder, the candles come out. You can guarantee there will be a candle burning in my house every single day from November-January, mainly because I just can't get enough of Christmas scents.

Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Pumpkin, Vanilla. I'm a complete sucker for anything that smells like festive baked goods so as you'd expect, I have tried a fair few Christmas candles in my time.

Here are my top three for the festive season.


Number one is the daddy of all Christmas candles. It's big, it's red and it has Santa on the front...


Yankee Candle's 'Christmas Eve' will get you in the festive mood in no time. With sugared plum, candied fruits and a dash of 'warm hearth' (whatever that is meant to smell like!?) this will fill your whole house with it's delicious scent in a few minutes. Make sure you buy the large size though, I find the smaller (or even medium) jars have hardly any scent payoff compared to the big ones. They have about 110-150 hours burn time too, so expect this to last you all season! (RRP £18.99 for the large jar, available from Clinton Cards. You can get them a little cheaper online)

Second up is my all time favourite autumnal candle from Slatkin & Co. 'Leaves' is a ridiculous name but it smells like winter embodied.


Cinnamon, mulled cider, mandarin and red apple combine to create the most heavenly scent. Everyone asks what this is when I burn it in my kitchen. It's meant to be one of their autumn candles I think, but it takes me all through winter and beyond. It has the strongest scent payoff I've ever experienced from a candle. I simply love it, which is why it's ever so frustrating that it's not available in the UK. And mine just ran out. I'm going to be stocking up on my next visit to the US! ($19.50 for the large size, available from Bath & Body Works in store and online)

Last but not least, for those of you who prefer a more sophisticated looking candle, The White Company's Signature Candle in 'Winter' is also divine.

This one is more obviously 'Christmas' to me. It has more of a strong scent of clove combined with cinnamon and dried orange. It's more expensive for less product, at £20 but if you're looking for a gift, this is a great choice! (£20 in stores and online)

Another candle that deserves an honourable mention in this post is Yankee Candle's 'Winter Wonderland'.

If you aren't such a fan of the spicy, cinnamon-based scents and prefer to go down the fresh/minty/pine route, then this is also lovely. It's white too, so a little more subtle than some of Yankee's other Christmas options. (RRP £18.99 for the large jar, available from Clinton Cards. You can get them a little cheaper online)

I'm feeling all festive now! What is your favourite candle to burn at Christmas time?
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  1. I hope I will be able to buy first one "Christmas eve" here in Slovenia. :-) We have some shops selling them, but I wonder if they're getting Christmas candles to. :-)
    p.s. I love Christmas. The way it smells, the way you can decorate everything and mostly the way it makes you feel! :-)

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  2. Hi Fleur,

    You can buy some Slatkin & Co and Bath & Body Works products from www.bathandbodyshop.co.uk an independent company who import from the US. I order from them quite a bit and the postage is reasonable (within Europe only) and the lady who runs it is super nice and they're based in Coventry. It's pretty popular so there may be times when things you want are out of stock but they have a facebook page too:https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bath-And-Body-Shop/191688774230523 and they update there when they get stock replenished or new stock comes in and they recently just made a deal with EOS to sell their lipbalms :)

    Karen

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  3. I might have to purchase my first ever Yankee candle! Definitely fancy Christmas eve, the colour makes it doubly festive! :)

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  4. Yankee candel christmas cookie is mine for xmas for all year round its baby powder! Have you tried getting them on qvc? They are much cheaper and they do great deals

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  5. My favourite candle to burn at the moment is Slatkin & Co "Cranberry Woods" fragranced with cranberry, rich blackcurrant and raspberry delicately layered with notes of cinnamon bark, cedarwood and warm amber.

    I also like Slatkin & Co "Winter Night", fir tree, warm cypress and clove bud blend perfectly with cedar and a touch of incense.

    and;

    Slatkin & Co "Winter Garland, Cranberry champagne, blood orange and red berry mixed with the essence of evergreen moss, white cedar and toasted clove.

    I'm going to check out a couple of those Yankees you mention I'm a fan of the Fresh Cut Roses and Midnight Jasmine candles and also the Slatkin & Co Leaves I've been wanting Leaves for a while.

    Karen

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  6. never been a candle person but keen to try :) you inspire me fleur xx

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  7. Christmas Eve is my favourite! I used it all last winter, must buy a new one! x

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  8. www.bathandbodyshop.co.uk sell these candles in the uk!!! Lovely post!

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  9. Love candles , especially the cinnamon smelling ones I have lots of the airwixk range dotted around all over the place xo

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  10. i love the yankee candle 'christmas eve', its constantly burning away in my room!

    emilys musings
    xo

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  11. I absolutely love candles, but all year around! My favourite for this time of the year has to be Yankee Candle's Cinnamon and Sugar. It smells like freshly baked gingerbread men. I'm sure you'd love it!

    http://www.elle-yeah.com

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  12. I LOVE candles! And I found a website called bath and body shop that sells the slatkin & co candles and other bath and body works stuff to the UK:)

    blogbeforebeauty.blogspot.com

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  13. Oh yum, I want the white christmas one!! I make soy tarts though so they're just as good hehe xx

    http://fridayisforever.blogspot.com/

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  14. I also love winter scents. I agree, Christmas Eve by Yankee Candle is amazingly yummy!!!!!

    At the moment i´m burning a cinnamon candle by "Casa", a spanish shop. Sooo yum!!!

    xx

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  15. I love candles, sadly i'm the only one in my family who does, but my bedroom will be kitted out in wintery scents if nothing else ;).
    -x
    http://makeupmeow.blogspot.com

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  16. Ohhh i really want to try the Slatkin and co ones, so far ive only tried Yankee candles!

    http://zozeze.blogspot.com/
    xo

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  17. Yankee candles are the best, Its a shame I cant use them in the house I'm currently in. Im also a massive candle junkie x

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  18. I love Yankee candles, I really need to try these Christmas ones! x

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  19. I've never tried Yankee Candles.... I'm so slow sometimes! I think I'll be ordering some for this Christmas though. Thanks for posting :)

    http://athingforbeauty.blogspot.com

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  20. I really want to try the Yankee christmas candles never tried them before, I love candles at christmas time too! The christmas eve one sounds lovely :) x

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  21. I so want to try a Yankee candle, but they're so expensive where I live! If you think £18.99 is a lot to pay, try paying £29!! I think it's outrageous and I refuse to spend that much on a candle! :(

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  22. I love the Yankee Candles, I love the Christmas Eve one- too me it's just the smell of christmas in a jar! xx

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  23. Crabtree and Evelyn's Noel is Christmas in a nutshell. It's been the official holiday scent of my family since probably the early 1990's when I was little and now it's one I use in my home. It's fantastic! Slatkin and Co.'s Winter and Yankee's White Christmas are also amazing.

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  24. Leaves is already discontinued for the season :(

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  25. i love candles! expecually in winter! the special edition yankee candle smells that only come out around christmas are amazing! i litterally have one in every room of my house!

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  26. those candles look and hopefully smells good

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  27. I adore candles in the winter, Christmas smells are the best. Primark have started doing rip offs of the Yankee candle jars, but they come in more universal scents like Vanilla and Berry, I think they are like £2ish!

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  28. I love candles for the holidays!! They're an instant Christmas-mood catalyst!!

    http://powdrroom.blogspot.com/

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  29. If you love christmas smells try M&S Chai Tea, full of Christmas flavours, gorgeous with a bit of milk added.

    http://ishinelikejewellery.blogspot.com/

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  30. LOVE LOVE LOVE Yankee candles, although I'm not a fan of Christmas scents as I find the too overpowering! But I think I'll give the winter wonderland a go! My all time favourite Yankee candle is 'cotton fresh'
    Thanks for the recommendation!!
    http://bella--blonde.blogspot.com/

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  31. Seeing these gorgeous candles makes me wish it was winter again here in the southern hemisphere.

    http://clickyourheelswithme.blogspot.com/

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  32. I love slatkin & co Autumn Candle it is like Leaves but more spice and I think it have more scent pay off. I tend to alternate them in the fall. Also, I love Yankee Candles Mountain Lodge and over the river for winter. Oh and Farmers Market from Yankee candle for Fall!! Wonderful Candle Choices Fleur!

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  33. They look so great!

    http://cestlavieophelia.blogspot.com/

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  34. The Winter candle is hands down my favourite. I used to work for them and it always reminds me of good times and Xmas more then any other fragrance. I have it out already with the room spray. I wish they'd bring back their Verbier fragrance which was a love/hate smell (fresh smelling pine cones but quite smokey and crisp) because I adored that for this time of year as it was a bit different. Plus the quality of the White Company's stuff is worth every penny. I've had hit and miss with Yankee. Love love love their Wedding candle though for any time of year.

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  35. oh, Fleur! how this makes me dream of christmas time hahaha! My favourite is Yankee's Christmas Cookie, i was burning a bit of it today (cheeky me keeping it over a year) and i love it so! appaz its a dupe of Frosted Cupcake from Slatkin & Co! i deffs will be trying all of these!

    perdi x

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  36. Hey Fleur! Do you think the Christmas Eve one really has a bit of fire place scent to it? The Dutch reseller promises it and I looove the scent of burning wood in the winter, haha. Definitely buying some if it does!

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  37. Love Yankee candles! I really want a big North Pole candle (tried it in a tart and loved it) but it's US only :-(

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  38. With all the raves online about the Leaves candle I'm so desperate to try it! I can't find it anywhere online though so think I'll have to sadly pass it by (for now...)
    I did manage to smell the Yankee Christmas Eve candle in Debenhams the other day though and almost died! Yum!
    Chloe x
    www.thebeautyatlas.com

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  39. I love the body shops cranberry scent at christmas time. I don't find the candle to be scented enough but the cranberry oil is amazing!! x

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  40. I love candles too especially during the Christmas holiday season!!! nice post!
    http://cottoncandyc.blogspot.com/

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  41. There are some gorgeous candles... that contain rings inside, that you can get once you fire the candle! i'm so sad because they don't deliver to Spain, but for everyone else I think it can make a great christmas present!

    http://www.diamondcandles.com/

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  42. Yankee do a christmas tree one now which is also good !

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  43. Yankee Candles and the White Company candles are just divine I honestly don't think I've smelt a bad one!

    http://changingtidesofsummer.blogspot.com/

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  44. i love candles to i like to burn my gingerbread candle because my mum always bakes gingerbread cookies at christmas xx

    my blog : http://ravingbeautyx.blogspot.com/

    RavingBeautyx

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  45. Yankee candle Jack frost is absolutely amazing if you like winter wonderland I think you'll like that one! xx

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  46. Hey Fleur,

    I just thought I'd share 2 candles I got from bath and body works just yesterday! It was 2 for $20 for I was pretty happy.It was the Slatkin & Co. company candle. And I got Frosted Cranberry and this Cranberry Pear Bellini. They smell sooo good. The Frosted Cranberry is sweet & smells amazing. You got me into this candle phase! haha. I smelled a lot of candles yesterday at the store but I didn't really like the spicy scents....that pine cone one was..yuck. I saw this tiny mini japanese cherry blossom candle though. I wouldn't have paid $9.50 though.

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  47. Hi Fleur,
    your WINTER Candle is AWESOME, when i take it's fragrance than it's give me Christmas feelings, so, carry on & i hope everyone take it on your site...
    http://purelightbotanics.com/scented-candles/
    Likes scented candles also visit this sites.

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