Now that summer is out of the way, the countdown to Christmas can officially start, right? Whether you’re looking to get into the festive spirit by investing in a scented candle to fill your home with the autumnal aromas of cinnamon, spice and all things nice or shopping for an early Christmas gift for a loved one, we’re here to help you choose the perfect buy.
Be it a pine-perfect scent, a warm and spicy fragrance or a sweet-smelling aroma that you’re after, a scented candle will give you the cosy feeling you’ve been waiting for all year long – and it’ll be sure to impress guests when they come to visit your home.
So, from Aldi’s bargain berry offering to Jo Malone’s must-have scented treat, we’ve sniffed our way through the best candles for autumn/winter 2022. These are our favourites for every budget, with prices starting from just £3.49.
Best scented candles to shop this Christmas
Elemis Regency Library, £42 here
The scent evokes a sophisticated English library with rich and festive notes of spicy clover and warming whiskey. Even better, the bees’ wax is sourced from the UK’s only refinery, which has operated for more than 100 years and works to preserve plant biodiversity in the area.
Skandinavisk NORDLYS 2-Wick Scented Candle, £45 here
Meant to resemble Scandinavian Northern Lights, this two-wick candle looks very enchanting when lit. It also releases a Christmas-appropriate Swedish forest scent just a couple of minutes after you light the wicks.
Yankee Candle Winter Night Stars Candle, £27.99 here
Part of the new Snow Globe Winter Wonderland Collection, this giant candle jar will see you right through the festive season. Plus, it makes for a great gift. Our pick from the range is this Winter Night Stars candle, which has a luxe forest smell and a gorgeous green colour.
AKT The Lantern Candle, £49 here
This mood-enhancing, natural rapeseed wax candle is inspired by London’s West End (cleaner, though). With an approx burning time 50+ hours, you'll be treated to happy scents of peeled orange and neroli.
Tisserand Aromatherapy Sleep Better Candle, £20 here
Technically the scent isn't very Christmasy, but when do you need sleep more than you do during the festive season? Set the scene for the perfect night’s sleep with the jasmine, sandalwood and soothing lavender essential oils that scent this gorgeous candle.
Miller Harris Santal Scented Candle, £50 here
If you're going to treat yourself to a fancy candle this winter, we recommend this one. It smells like an expensive perfume and scents your home with sandalwood, pink pepper, amber and vanilla smell. It also comes in 100% recyclable packaging and is made in the UK.
M&S Apothecary Restore Scented Candle, £8 here
This single-wick candle is part of M&S new luxe-for-less Apothecary wellbeing range. We think you’ll agree that it looks much pricier than its £8, and we can safely say it also smells like an expensive buy. With warming notes of cedarwood and the calming addition of eucalyptus, this scent will travel through your home quickly.
Neom Organics Cosy Nights Scented Candle, £48 here
A three-wick, luxurious candle with a rich blend of pure essential oils including sandalwood, frankincense and nutmeg. Expect festive aromas of blazing embers and smoky firewood to make it feel like you’re snuggling down by an open fire.
Aldi Blackberry & Bay Glass Candle, £3.49 here
From Aldi’s Luxury Hotel Collection, this candle is our favourite find for autumn/winter. It smells of sweet berries and has undertones of warm vanilla and herbal bay. The two wicks also make it appear much more expensive than it actually is.
Jo Malone London Myrrh & Tonka Home Candle, £65 here
It’s not a new launch for this year but no candle round-up would be complete without this luxe-smelling splurge. It’s a best-seller for a reason, with shoppers giving it rave reviews for warm and cosy myrrh and vanilla fragrance. Definitely worth investing in for the festive season, we say.
Lily-flame Silent Night Jar Scented Candle, £15 here at John Lewis
Described as having a fragrance of “still and silent hay fields as night time falls”, this is guaranteed to impress anyone entering your home. The deep blue and gold of the packaging also make it a very pretty gift to wrap up for a friend or family member.
Boy Smells Cedar Stack Candle, £42 here at Selfridges
Hand-poured in LA but now stocked in the UK to scent your home with irresistible aromas, Boy Smells is known for its incredible candle collection – and this autumny treat is our favourite. It smells of cedar, juniper berry, sawdust, and white musk fragrance – the perfect combination for the run-up to the festive season.
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