WINTER EVENINGS: Candles for the season

These scents will create a cosy atmosphere in your home for all the nights in ahead

  • Amara

It is finally time for cosy nights in and we couldn't be happier. Nothing adds to the atmosphere of a night in front of the fire like candlelight, and with so many phenomenal scents on the market, it's worth investing in something that will lift your mood for the season ahead. Get your home winter-ready with these sumptuous seasonal fragrances.

THE BEARDED CANDLE MAKERS — A Real Turf Fire Soy Candle (£15)

This candle is described as a wooly hug in a tin and it really is just that. With notes of patchouli, woodsmoke, oakmoss and cedarwood, this is a nostalgic scent that will remind you of nights in cosy pubs in front of a good fire. The candlemakers smoke the raw wax with turf before melting it, before delicious oils are added to create the uniquely cosy scent. All of their candles are handpoured in small batches in their workshop, and made from sustainable plant wax, and the wicks are lead-free, pure cotten with paper cores. They also use 10% fragrance in their candles, where the industry standard is 3-7%, so the scent really lasts. The 250ml candle has a burn time of 45-50 hours.

FIELD DAY — Winter 3 Wick Candle (€49.95)

Field Day’s Winter candle is deliciously Christmassy, with a warm and comforting blend of cinnamon, clove, spicy orange and soft vanilla. The soft spices and citrus scents are a lovely scent to relax with on a winter’s evening. This limited edition 3-wick candle comes in a large glass jar, wrapped in tissue with a beautiful lidded box, making it a gorgeous gift this festive season. Due to the size of the candle, burn it for a minimum of 2-3 hours on the first burn to ensure you get a completely melted wax candle pool at the top to prevent tunnelling. This 12cm x 12cm candle has a burn time of 90 hours.

CANDELLA — Earth Collection #Wood (€45)

This fresh and woody scent is based on notes of sandalwood and patchouli. Accords of ylang and jasmine are balanced with moss and vetivert for a really luxurious scent. In the brand’s distinctive copper holder, the light of this candle will be enhanced by the copper’s rich colour and texture. The candles are hand poured in the Candella studio in Kildare, and only all natural soya wax and premium quality fragrances are used. This 12oz candle has a burn time of 60 hours.

FIELD APOTHECARY — Peat Candle (€35)

This candle is wonderfully warming, with that distinctive nostalgic scent of a peat fire. Notes of birch, rose and earth add to the warmth, with essential oils of baies rose, incense, rock rose, cedar, amber and musk, vetiver, patchouli and vanilla. This is one Team ICM's favourite candle brands, particularly for the gorgeous packaging, a smoky glass jar inside an embossed box illustrated with a line drawing of a patchwork of fields. The candle’s burn time is 40 hours.

BEESWAX CANDLE MAKERS — 100% Beeswax Hand Rolled Pillar Candle (€7)

Create atmospheric lighting by burning a few of these gorgeous candles. These candles create a warm glow that will contribute to a wintery ambience. They burn cleanly and have a natural, subtle honey scent. The tall 34cm candles have a burn time of 11-12 hours and the classic 20cm candles 5-6 hours approximately.

PIPPA COLLECTION — Warming Winter Pine Candle (€42)

Are you the kind of person that adores the scent of a real Christmas tree? This festive, crisp and warming candle has a delicate scent of a freshly cut pine tree topped with gently spiced wood. This range of candles has a really strong scent you will notice as soon as you enter a room, so they are perfect for those who like a candle with a bit of oomph. This 190g candle has a burn time of 45 hours.

MINDY BROWNES — Vanilla & Fig Candle (€17.95)

This candle by interiors brand Mindy Brownes is a delicious combination of vanilla and fig. This candle has a sweet scent that is powerfully uplifting.

RATHBORNES 1488 — Bitter Orange, Birch Tar and Balsam Candle (€36)

This candle’s earthy citrus fragrance is sharp and tangy, with a rich black amber heart blend. The smoky woody undercurrent of birch, fir balsam and oak wood add sophistication to this scent. The candles are handmade with beeswax and premium essential oils in Dublin, and have a burn time of 40 hours.

MAX BENJAMIN — Paris In The Fall Boulevard de Feuilles D’Or (€24.95)

The ‘boulevard of golden leaves’ scent has top notes of green leaves and bergamot with a heart of cedarwood and a base of white musk. This scent is inspired by the tree-lined boulevards of Paris and the beauty of the city under the moonlight. Each Max Benjamin candle is handmade in their Wicklow studio, from pure natural wax and lead free cotton wicks. This 190g candle has a burn time of 40 hours.

CLOON KEEN — Noble Fir (€40)

Exclusive to Brown Thomas, this candle was created by hand in the Cloon Keen workshop in Galway. Evoking the peace of a woodland forest, this wintery candle is a gorgeous scent to have in the home this season. The candle is 300g and has a burn time of 55-60 hours.

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