One of the small joys in the festive period is picking out a candle that smells like Christmas. Scenting our homes is crucial as our sense of smell plays an important role in the physiological effects of our moods and emotions. For example scenting your bedroom with lavender promotes better sleep and scenting your kitchen with citrus notes as a refreshing effect.

So candles are essentially an object of expression and aromatherapy when it comes to your home. There is neuroscience in nostalgia as unlike the other senses, olfactory information goes straight to the limbic system in the brain which ignites memories and emotions before your brain even figures out what the smell is. Which is why selecting the perfect Christmas candle is important when creating and evoking fond Christmas memories.

Diptyque, Sapin Candle, Christmas Limited Edition

Diptyque is a go-to brand for candles and this limited edition is speckled with real gold and deep malachite green, complete with a golden lid. Diptyque candles have an average burn time of 50 – 60 hours so you can have a fragrant home all through the holidays. The Sapin Candle is the choice of scent, an aromatic scent of pine trees mingled with the smell of a smoky log fire. Although warm and dense there are zesty Citrus notes and refreshing doses of Mandarin that create a welcoming and cozy atmosphere.

Roja Dove, Essence of Christmas Candle

Roja Doves, The Essence of Christmas Candle, is just that encapsulated in a luxurious gold-adorned vessel. The candle captures the quintessential smell of Christmas; notes of gingerbread, toffee, pine, cocoa and tonka bean, blend with vetiver, frankincense and leather. With a burning time of 60 hours, this candle fills the home with memories of log fires, baking, midnight mass and chocolate treats.  This is heartwarming scent leaves you reminiscent of Christmases passed.

Maison Francis Kurkdijan,  Pain D’epices Candle

Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s limited edition Pain D’epices candle is inspired by the gingerbread houses in fairytales. The scent ignites the senses along with the inner-child in all of us. With a burn time of 40 hours, this candle fills the home with sweet and spicy notes of cinnamon, honey and orange. Creating a cozy and inviting indoor ambiance that leads to the indulgence of treats in the company of loved ones.

Cire Trudon,  Gloria Scented Candle

Cire Trudon is known as the oldest candle maker in the world. With a burn time of up to 80 hours and using only the finest quality of wax and presented in hand-blown glass, the brand’s Christmas collection of candles take you on a journey of the senses. The Gloria scented candle is composed of notes of cardamom, nutmeg, incense, orange, lemon-infused with cinnamon, vetiver and amber; the fragrance is reminiscent of glass of mulled wine.

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