A gorgeous candle is a festive essential

A gorgeous candle is a festive essentialIMAGE: Jo Loves

While we’re fans of a good candle all year round, they undoubtedly come into their own at this time of year. Cosy and warming, they can fill the room with a suitably festive fragrance.

Whether your Christmas scent is crisp pine trees, soothing cinnamon or something a little different, there will be a candle to suit. Here are just some of our favourites, from the affordable to the deliciously indulgent.

Christmas Favourites Scented Candle Gift Set, €35, Max Benjamin

A neat trio from the Enniskerry, Co Wicklow based candle makers. There’s notes of warm orange spice, amber and musk in Christmas; incense and oud in Frankincense, and woody cedar and fig in Frosted Fig.

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Christmas Wish, our cult home fragrance has been scenting homes since Neom launched back in 2005. We love it, you love it, and it’s become a Christmas MUST HAVE! A traditional mix of spicy and fruity oils that work brilliantly to give your home that festive cheer, whilst working to soothe and help you feel calm during the busy holidays. Our Wimbledon store manager, Alessandra, sums it up perfectly "Imagine the warming spicy scent of a Christmas cake baking in the oven filling your home. That's the Christmas Wish candle!” . . . . #PreciousGiftOfWellbeing #NeomPreciousMoments #GiveTheGiftOfWellbeing #NeomChristmas #ChristmasWish #FestiveWellbeing #ChristmasIsComing #FestiveFeels #NeomFeelGood #Neom #NeomOrganics

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Christmas Wish, €54, Neom

Aromatherapy-based brand Neom is a favourite in the Irish Tatler office but the Christmas collection is truly lovely. The Christmas Wish candle is warm and spicy, with mandarin, cinnamon and tonka bean – and 13 other essential oils too.

Noble Fir Perfumed Candle, €40, Cloon Keen

A beautiful festive option from Galway brand, Cloon Keen Atelier, in a mouth blown glass, with a silver opaque finish. Noble Fir features notes of pine needles, softened by fir balsam, amber and cedar with clove and cinnamon adding to the Christmassy aroma.

Set of Three Holiday Candles, €94, Diptyque

The holiday candle trio from Diptyque could work as a lovely gift – but is too pretty to give away! The featured fragrances are Sapin de Lumiere (pine tree of light), Amande Exquise (exquisite almond) and, and Baume D’Ambre (amber balm), each one housed in colourful glass.

Christmas Trees Home Candle, €61 approx, Jo Loves

Another candle that brings to mind Christmas trees and walks in snowy woodland. Jo Malone has combined notes of fresh pine with lavender, incense and amber for a comforting, warm fragrance. And we love the accompanying glass lid too.

‘Une Forêt d'Or Candle, RRP€58, Goutal

“Like melted Christmas trees” says one Irish Tatler staffer of this elegant option. Once known as Noël, the candle – as with all the (formerly Annick Goutal) range - has had a refresh but, we’re assured, the scent remains the same. Don’t have a real tree? This will have you thinking you do.

Nazareth Candle, €95, Cire Trudon

This very elegant candle comes from the renowned Cire Truedon which dates to the 1600s. A limited edition fragrance, it has notes of bitter orange, ceylan cinnamon, cardamom, bourbon vanilla and myrrh.


Seasonal Spice Luxury Candle, €27, Voya

Sligo based brand Voya's limited edition seasonal spiced candle is exactly that. It features notes of orange and cinnamon blended with clove and woody undertones.

Vetiver and Black Spruce Candle, €45, ESPA

A truly elegant option from spa brand, ESPA. This hand poured candle is full of essential oils. Cardamom and warm black spruce comfort, while Virginian cedarwood and javan vetiver add a woody warmth.

White Christmas Candle, €30, Waxperts

Waxing salon Waxperts has launched a limited edition Christmas candle. It features notes of frankincense, tuberose, amber and myrrh – and the warm glow will last longer than you might think. Waxperts is donating €3 to homeless charity Peter McVerry Trust from each White Christmas candle sold.

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