It’s the season of crackling fires, cosy blankets and… rows of flickering scented candles to infuse the home with warming aromas and a pinch of love. As you may have guessed, I’m a sucker for a touch of perfumed wax and love to give any new finds as presents at Christmas time. So, welcome to my latest must-have – courtesy of this new artisan label called Aequill.
Not only does the candle come in a gorgeous, characterful clear-green glass container (which is made from 100% recycled glass), but the candles also continue the ‘artisan’ theme by being hand-made and hand poured. Tying in with the feel, they come packaged in brown cardboard boxes, and are adorned with brown labels (with a typewriter-style font) and wax seals, all of which give a timeless feel, but yet still give the brand a thoroughly modern vibe.
Launched by Jintana Khieochuam, who was inspired by her love of aromatherapy (learnt at the hands of her mother, who was a beauty therapist), the candles are all made with essential oil blends. This Orange & Ylang Ylang version, £24, for instance, is one of five unique and long-lasting scents.
The Ylang Ylang, known as the ‘flower of flowers’, gives a rich, floral aroma and is balanced with sweet orange, lavender and bergamot, which give a sweet smokiness. Beautifully exotic, once you light it, you will be transported to far-away lands. It is the perfect antidote to a cold, winter’s day.
Another standout candle that uses orange as its central scent, is Branche d’Olive’s Fleur d’Oranger Candle, £22.50. It comes delightfully bagged in a pretty voile drawstring bag and is scented with orange blossom and rose to give out a heady fragrance once you light the wick. It glows for hours and scents the room with a delicate yet significant fragrance.
Also from the brand – which is inspired by classic French traditions and heritage – is this pretty Scented Ceramic Heart, £6, which comes in either Feather – a combination of lemon geranium with mimosa and violet spiced with hints of nutmeg, warm musk, vanilla and sandalwood or Cloud – an infusion of blackcurrant blended with fresh rose and violet with soft musk and sandalwood. These are such gorgeous stocking fillers and will gently scent your clothes (place in lingerie drawers or hang in wardrobes). So pretty…