It’s time to light up! With the arrival of October creep in cosy rainy days, coloured leaves and crisp evenings. As the temperatures drop and the weather gets more temperamental, transform your living space into a cocoon that makes you feel calm and comforted with an aromatic scented candle.
From seasonal spices to mouth-watering sweets, sacred woods to cleansing crystals, home fragrances have come a long way. Combining the wisdom of ancient spiritual rituals or century-old medicinal knowledge with luxurious aromas, there is a scented candle out there for you. Whatever your hygge-seeking heart desires, we have rounded up our autumnal favourites!
Sweet Almond & Macaroon by Jo Malone
Luxurious and elegant, the Jo Malone home candle is a classic choice for those wanting to add a touch of opulence to their home. This season’s hottest scent is the enticingly titled Sweet Almond & Macaroon, combining a comforting concoction of sweet almond and creamy coconut enriched with cherries.
Naturally, this delicious scented candle is currently out of stock, but if you can’t wait then we’d also recommend the classic autumn combination of English Pear & Freesia, which layers the tart freshness of just-ripened pears with the sweetness of white freesias, mellowed by the wooden aromas of amber and patchouli.
Campfire & Smoke by Nicole Rose Studio
What scent could possibly top the smell of a crackling campfire in the autumnal stakes? Made from soy wax and hand-poured in Brooklyn, New York, Nicole Rose Studio candles come in either a stylish amber glass jar, gold metal tin or clear glass container depending on what size you order. The Campfire & Smoke scented candle combines earthy and wooden notes with a hint of cinnamon for a warming effect.
We also love the artisanal company’s Palo Santo candle, which is studded with fragrant chips of the holy wood and evokes magical jungle nights. All Nicole Rose Studio products are fair trade, minimally processed and delivered ethically. The business also works with a selection of women’s collectives and refugee programmes in places like Delhi, Kathmandu, Syria and Myanmar, shining a light on important causes and making this a 100% feel-good buy.
Cinnamon Fig by Ayuri Handcrafted
Ayuri Handcrafted scented candles are inspired by the principles of the ancient Indian science of Ayurveda, which is considered one of the oldest holistic healing systems in the world. Based on the belief that our health and wellness rely on the balance between mind, body and spirit, Ayuri founder Reena is a qualified Ayurveda practitioner and blends each fragrance combination to harmonise the three ‘dosha’ energy types believed to make up our individual constitution.
These are known as Vata (air + ether), Pitta (fire +water) and Kapha (earth + water), and it’s not uncommon to have a dual dosha balance such as Vata-Pitta, Pitta-Kapha or Vata-Kapha. The warming and spicy Ayuri Cinnamon Fig is a seasonal limited edition scented candle designed to promote calm and stillness in Vata types – perfect for the colder months of the year!
Amethyst ‘Calm & Centred’ by Cleanse & Co.
Take your scented candle game to the next level with a crystal candle, which combines the benefits of aromatherapy with the energies of your favourite precious stones. The Cleanse and Co. intention candles come with a special mantra to create a calming and comforting living space wherever you choose to light up. Made from natural soy and coconut wax, each candle is adorned with a generous sprinkle of crystal chunks.
Depending on the vibe you want to create in your home, choose from the popular calming amethyst, energising clear quartz or nurturing rose quartz. There are also lesser-known varieties available, too, including balancing sodalite, uplifting strawberry quartz or empowering pyrite to name just a few. Once you have chosen your intention crystal, you pick the fragrance for your scented candle from aromas such as Wild Lemongrass, Sea Salt & Driftwood or Cardamom with Clove & Amber amongst others.
Palo Santo 14 by Le Labo
The Palo Santo 14 scented candle by Le Labo offers a stylish alternative of burning the sacred wood to cleanse your space. The iconic perfumers have refined their concoction with notes of cedarwood and the dark, resinous nature of labdanum, incense and patchouli – find out more about this spiritual practise of burning palo santo, and this luxurious candle in particular, here. The delectable Le Labo candles are sold in minimalist clear glass or vintage metal tins for a more urban effect – a stylish gift option whoever you are buying for!
Dark Rum by Malin + Goetz
The enticingly named Dark Rum scented candle by cult beauty brand Malin + Goetz instantly brings up visions of romantic nights by the fireplace. Expertly balanced, the fragrance includes notes of leather, ripe plum, bergamot and creamy milk for a spicy, but not overly musky aroma. A dark and warming scent inspired by the Old World sailors who used to navigate the stormy waters of the Caribbean. Other tempting aromas in the collection include Leather and Cannabis.