Scented candles for your home

Caroline Cassidy

Air freshening plug-ins and sprays are all very well, but there's nothing like a scented candle to fill your home with glorious aroma and provide a warm glow at the same time.

Best scented candles
Best scented candles

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We take a look at some of the best fragrances on the market, whatever your scent preferences.

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With the clocks changing and the warm, heady days of summer well behind us, many of us have already started feeling the winter blues. If that's the case, look for an uplifting scent that can boost your mood. Perfumer Miller Harris' range offers a whole variety of fragrances, but we like Le Petit Grain, with its rosemary, tarragon and lavender top notes and sweet orange aroma, or the bright and sparkling citrus of Tangerine Vert (both £40).

Hotel Chocolat's Revive (£30) is another to lift you up, with an invigorating blend of bergamot, green tea and citrus, with pretty jasmine, neroli and rose aromas.

If you prefer a more feminine aroma to fill your home, a floral scent may be the way to go. Forget the usual lavender and lily-based scents, and opt instead for a touch of luxury with Jo Malone's Peony and Blush Suede, which blends floral peony with sensual suede and the sweetness of apples, or try the soft elegance of the French Lime Blossom candle (both £39).

Spicy and woody
A heavier fragrance isn't for everyone, but as both the nights and the weather draw in, some may find comfort in a spicy or woody aroma. Miller Harris' La Fumee (£40) is a sensual scent combining spices such as cardamom, coriander and cumin with a deep, smoky cedar and birch tar, while Molton Brown's Firefly Embers (£55) evokes the aroma of campfires and aged leather for a warm, woody mixture.

For a seriously spicy hit, try Murdock's Black Tea candle (£35), which blends nutmeg, basil, pepper and clove, or Kartushya (£35) from scented candle master Jonathan Ward, a heady combination of birch leaf, cognac, rosemary and amber.

For those who often find indoor scents a little overpowering, a fresh take is what's needed. Heyland & Whittle's Jasmine & Lilac scented candle (£22) will remind you of those lazy summer days with its berries, citrus, jasmine and lilac blend. But for a bright and refreshing alternative, try Wild Mint (£26) from The White Company, with its peppermint, spearmint and white tea notes.
Winter spice and mulled wine are standard fare when it comes to Christmas scented candles, but if you're bored of the same old, same old, think a little out of the box for your festive fragrances. Molton Brown's Paradisia Pink Pepperpod (£36) is a best seller, with pink and black pepper, labdanum, oakmoss and patchouli creating a sultry, spiced scent.

Jo Malone also offer a beautifully scented Christmas range, with the Pine and Eucalyptus (£39) a fresh and uplifting alternative, and the evocative but pricey Deluxe Blue Spruce (£115) blending woody cedar and vetiver with cinnamon, patchouli and amber for an elegant festive aroma.

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