Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Candles for Christmas! My top 6 that would make a whopper gift

I think candles are the perfect gift for someone you know, someone you don't know, someone you know but don't particularly like and also for yourself.  Self gifting is totally allowed this month.  I don't make the rules.  And as much as I like to abide by this ethos, buying myself a fancy schmancy candle rarely actually happens.  Now I'll buy a stranger a spendy candle without a second thought, so I need to cop on!

So if you're feeling like you want to treat yourself this Christmas, or your loved one hasn't a notion what to get you this year, then send them this blog post and everyone will be happy.  And if lighting a gorgeous candle on a cosy night doesn't make you happy, then I'm at a loss.  There's no hope for you. So maybe one of these beauts will tickle your fancy this Christmas!

You know when people say ooh this smells like Christmas?  Well the Joyful Glow candle from Elemis really does.  Well, it doesn't smell like the Christmasses we had growing up with fake trees and all the tinsel and those metallic garlands that we had attached to the ceiling with thumbtacks, four going from the "big light" out to the corners of the room.  Ah good times...  No this smells like the cinnamon Christmasses we used to see on the telly, with notes of vanilla and orange.  It smells cosy, it makes me want twinkly lights everywhere and I'm just short of making a gingerbread house from scratch even though I can't bake, that's now much this smells like Christmas.  And while I'm saving this for Christmas actual Day this year, when I went to the festive showcase a couple of months ago, they had it lighting and the glow that comes through all of those tiny bows is only dotey.

The YonKa Quintessence Candle smells like relaxation station across the nation and as this burns, you get to enjoy YonKa's exclusive blend of essential oils - lavender, geranium, rosemary, cypress and thyme as they waft through the air, just what's needed during the busy month that is December.  One of my missions for next year is to go to a YonKa spa, so until that happens, I'll light this candle, lie down and close my eyes and pretend I'm in one, while we all know I'll be lying on the bed in my fleece with the hun bun high.  Yas!

Is it really Christmas if you don't have a vanilla scented candle in your collection?  Well this Gousse De Vanille candle from Irish brand La Bougie has a mix of tonka bean, orchid, cider and cinnamon and yes, it smells as delicious as it sounds.  I find pure vanilla scented things can be too sweet for me, but this is just so aromatic and has a hit of warm spice thanks to the cider and cinnamon.  I've written about the Sage & Bitter Orange candle years ago and the Sweet Pea & Pear candle back in 2012, which they don't make anymore, awww.  This will be lit in the lead up to Christmas and all will be well in the world.

I defy you to light this in the evening and not want to face plant the couch.  That's how relaxing the Waxperts lavender candle is.  Lovely Mammy Bits is as obsessed with it as I am and it's a candle I reach for to light when I've had a mad day, when I just want to switch off and unplug from social media and do what they call in the business, relax the kax.  This candle, a cosy Christmas film and my fleece blanket and I'm a happy bridie.  Ok add a glass of wine and nothing can make me want to leave the house!

Le Labo Laurier 62 Candle - available from The Loop Dublin Airport

I really didn't think I was cool enough for the brand Le Labo which launched into The Loop in Dublin Airport this year.  When I was in the airport during the summer, I had a look and a smell of lots of the products, got overwhelmed and didn't know what I wanted!  There's very much a cool New York vibe about the counter and the packaging itself too, with chic typed labels on the candles and fragrances, which you can get customised while you wait.  I am not chic, but I feel less not chic now that I have the woody scent of my Laurier 62 candle which I got at The Loop Christmas event last week.  With 62 ingredients in it, it's so hard to pinpoint what it smells like exactly, but I get woody winter wonderland vibes from it.  It's definitely a winter candle that's full of cosiness and I can't wait to burn it this Christmas!

Sand + Fog Cedar & Lavender candle - €8.99

Ok this is a bit of a cheat because I bought this in Home Sense a few weeks ago, but I wanted to include it for a few reasons.
1.  It's a mix of two of my favourite scents ever - wood and lavender.
2.  It was under the tenner mark.
3.  Home Sense has their candles colour coordinated and that just makes me happy.  They've always a load of Sand + Fog candles when I head in and it's just a matter of whittling down the ones you love.  But while you might not be able to find this exact candle, I wanted to give you ideas that you can get some beautiful candles on a budget that don't begin with Y and end in ankee.  Trust me.

We're rarely without a candle lighting in the living room in the evenings, all year round.  They're such a nice treat, so why not treat yo'self this year!

What's your favourite candle?  Go on, influence me!


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