14 seasonal scented candles for autumn
It's the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness... and of sensational scented candles! Check Muddy's pick of the best candles for autumn 2021, chock-a-block with smoke and wild woods (and a bit of fun).
Literati & Light’s luxury candles are handmade in Newbury with a fragrance inspired by great books. Rivendell, inspired JRR Tolkien’s elvish kingdom in Lord of the Rings, is from The Magical Lands Collection and is blend of woods, moss, cade and night flowers. Wrap up in faux fur and disappear through your wardrobe to a covered forest with full of talking animals and mythical beasts. Check out the Classics, Mordernist and Natural Collections as well.
THROUGH THE TREES
Aesop’s new Callippus Aromatique candle is woody, earthy, and shot through with Frankincense spice. Perfectly wild for a misty autumn scent, that hints of the winter – and festivities – to come. And isn’t that container just zen in a pot?
That’s the mouth and nose of early 20th century Italian opera singer Lina Cavalieri on a Fornasetti candle — but you, of course, recognised that instantly. The scent is a heady blend of dried thyme and lavender with spicy incense and cedarwood. If only it came with her lipstick brand…
Get all the cosy vibes of a fire, without the faff of stacking logs and hunting down the firelighters. Smoked Wood from luxury perfumers Humos in Caversham, is a single wick soy wax candle, scented with a unique smoked wood blend of pure essential oils. Based in Caversham, Humos scent designer Gabriel De Caravalho’s fragrances have been created to boost healing and relaxation.
In the brambles
Bring the early autumn charm of a blackberry bush into your home with Jo Malone’s Wild Berry & Bramble Townhouse Candle, scented with dark red fruits (owl not included). Like all the Townhouse range, it comes in a gorgeous unglazed ceramic lidded container — dead chic to reuse.
Diptyque is taking us on a curated global tour with its latest candle range, and we love stop number one: Paris. The vision is antique booksellers on the banks of the Seine (you gotta love this stuff), so the scent is polished wood and the ‘spicy vanilla accents’ of old books. Ooh la la.
SCENT OF THE SEASON
Need a scent to pep up that glass of red by your first fire of the season, look no further than Berkshire-based luxury candle maker Apothenie. Its Seven Seasons scent is a woody, earthy fragrance with a hint of patchouli that is as energising as an hour spent kicking leaves in the crisp autumnal sunshine. They also use pesticide-free EcoSoya Wax, 100% natural essential oils and offer refills.
Nothing says shorter days and colder weather like a steaming bowl of soup, right? Take that logic one step further: a jaunty Andy-Warhol-style tomato soup candle from Amara is just the thing for October. The fragrance is a cosy, kitchen-y one of tomato leaf, basil and mint, and the colours be poppin’.
Make Candles not war
Give peace a chance and fill your house with the aroma of Sixties liberation. Which in this case is of course the scent of fig leaves, cyclamen, and musky woods, courtesy of the Lauren Dickinson Clarke Yoko Ono candle.
Another one big on the eco-creds, Self Made candles have seeds hidden in the labels for use at the end of the candle’s life. For autumn, we love this Sage & Rosemary scent — a blend of woodsy herbs that’s perfect to hide cooking/pet/husband smells in a cosy kitchen.
Mystery in Mykonos
A set of dinky but oh-so-chic candles from the luxe Soho Home range, inspired by the brand’s house in Mykonos. They’re each scented differently: bergamot & mandarin zest, a dark and autumnal leather & oud mix, and a sweet and spicy tonka & florum. Guaranteed to make your home appear as sleek and stylish as a Soho House. Maybe.
With this Cedarwood and Bergamot Candle from the Bucks brand Iris Organics, you get warm, woody notes shot through with citrussy bergamot. A cosy, relaxing scent in a candle made from soy wax, 100% cotton wick, and pure essential oils.
Award-winning Bucks-native Ruth Mastenbroek has launched the evocative Rebel County candle, inspired by tales of Cork from her Irish grandmother. It’s an effective mix of Irish oak, amber, and wild herbs: a ‘firesome scent’ that evokes burning peat and a chilled sunrise on the Irish coast.
This Frederick Malle Café Society candle is scented with the “ephemeral odour of the living room a few minutes after the end of a Parisian dinner.” No more description needed, we know exactly what that smells like. What do you mean you need more information? Yeesh, fine: it’s a blend of wood, citrus and soft floral notes. Just the thing for autumn dinner parties.