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Create a festive ambience with these exquisite candles

Now that the clocks have gone back and the nights are drawing in, create a warm and cosy ambience with our edit of covetable candles

Few things look as stylish on a mantelpiece as Cire Trudon’s stunning bougies. Responsible for perfuming the persons and palaces of the 17th Century’s French monarchy Cire Trudon’s fan base includes everyone from Louis XVI to Madonna. {Spiritus Sancti} smells like Catholic churches (specifically the final scenes in Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet – it’s heavenly), while {Odeurs d’Hiver Etoile} surrounds you with a multi-layered blend of roses, tonka bean and sandalwood.

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With a sexily seductive scent, Costes’ {Scented Candle} brings the spirit of one of the chicest hotels in the heart of Pareee to your living space. Slightly spicy with a hint of musk, this is heady and intoxicating – perfect if you’re in the mood for luuuuurve….

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Contained in stunning gold- or silver-flecked glass jars, NEOM’s limited edition candles are the essence of Christmas encapsulated in wax. {Christmas Wish} evokes the joy-inducing warmth of mulling spices – mandarin, cinnamon and tonka bean – while {Perfect Peace} smells clean and frosty like a walk in a wintry forest, thanks to essential oils of pine, myrrh and lime peel.

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Inspired by the heart of Topanga’s music scene in the 60s and 70s, 19 Candles’ {#5 Roadhhouse} captures the boozy, sweet and woody scent of ‘The Corral’ – a Californian roadhouse which played host to artists like The Eagles, Joni Mitchell and The Rolling Stones. With star anise, juniper, lime and benzoin, it’s a seductive unexpected blend that’s ideal for an intimate winter-time party with friends (and whisky).

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The ultimate ‘hostess gift’ if you can bring yourself to part with it (we couldn’t), Bella Freud’s chic {Fairytale of New York} offering defies the all-too-common Christmas clichés. Sure to summon a smile from the sulkiest fashionista, this Pogues-inspired candle has a healthy dose of ‘gravel’ thanks to tobacco and amber… even Little Ms. Moody will wax poetic about your perfect taste.

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Distilling the distinctive scents of the Great British woodland into wax, Laboratory Perfumes’ sleek and understated confections will fill your home with their uplifting, reassuring fragrances. Complex yet comforting, {Amber} is simultaneously green, woody and warm – a blend of just-dug earth, wood fires and smooth ambergris – that takes you on an olfactory stroll through England’s rained-on autumn forests. Just close your eyes and you will hear the squawk of pheasants and the crackling of twigs.

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Verity Ann Douglas

Verity Ann 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…