Scented candles with holiday vibes
Who needs foreign shores when you can bring the Med to your living room? Here are the best destination-inspired candles money can buy.
The weather's unreliable but, for pure coastal drama, you can't beat a bit of Blighty beach action. Grab your bucket and spade – this candle's blend of sea salt, drying driftwood and fragrant hyacinths is what staycay memories are made of. It's also made right here in Berkshire by luxury candlemaker Literati & Light.
Fancy a trip to Menorca? Sit back and soak up the sun, sea, sand and gin. In fact, it's the first place the sun rises in Spain. So while it may be 18 degrees and overcast here, get this candle on the go, pour yourself a G&T, and you’re away.
INTO THE WILD
Where the wild things live… Canada. A place that's all mountains, maple syrup and moose. Slip into your hiking boots and dream of being rescued by a Canadian Mountie with a little help from Berkshire-based Apothenie Candles. The Forest of Wilds is a outdoorsy mix of lemongrass and woodsy Cedarwood and Balsam Fir. It'll keep the bugs from biting while you're eating Smores round the campfire.
Did you know that Paris confectioners and curators of all things chic Ladurée made candles? You do now. Part of their ‘Les Capitales’ range, this Tokyo candle not only looks good enough to eat, but is delicately scented with floral yellow tea to evoke the calm of a Japanese tea house. We feel more zen and ready for a summer of Olympic action.
Ah, the heady Ibizan sundown; all tanned limbs, laidback beats and the excitement of the night ahead. Not feeling it in your living room come Friday night? Well, open up the French doors, pour yourself a long G&T and burn this baby infused with coconut and white floral notes. Let the Balearics come to you.
Dreamy landscapes, olive groves, a lick of sea salt on the air and roads so treacherous it’s a wonder anyone drives at all. That’s the Amalfi coast – and this candle, enriched with the scent of fig, lemon thyme and olive leaf will take you there in a flash.
If you’ve never been to the mountains in the summer, you’ve missed a trick. Trust us, Heidi was onto something. Capture a touch of the stunning verdancy with this mix of mountain flora after a summer storm – bergamot, wild mountain fennel and rockrose. Lush.
Few of us will be kicking our feet through the white sands of the Seychelles anytime soon but don’t let that stop you from the odd daydream. Take yourself there with this exotic mix of coconut, vanilla, amber and orange.