Every week I develop some sort of online shopping obsession; sometimes it’s a glitzy dress that I’m on the hunt for, other times it’s rubbery protective corners for the edges of my tables and shelves. (Watch out, crazy baby on the loose!) This week I’ve been rounding up the best, most decorative candles. You know, the ones you’ll never want to burn because the jars are so beautiful and the wax is so gorgeously scented and the thought of getting to the bottom is just unbearable…
First on the lust-list: anything from No.22 Candles. I love the cable knit effect on the outside of the jars and this warm, homely aesthetic is continued into the scents too – Bookshelf, Laundry Room, Woodstove. Very different, very new and there’s a bespoke service available, if you want something absolutely unique… You can find No.22 online here and at Liberty here.
Bella Freud’s Ginsberg is God candle – one for the sleek, cool interior. I adore the Fig Leaf and Tomato scent; it’s green and earthy but slightly sweet at the same time. Very evocative of my childhood years, for some reason, though I can never quite pinpoint why. Maybe my Grandad’s greenhouse. At any rate, it’s amazing and the glassware would make a great brush or eye pencil holder once the candle has burnt out. £40 at Cult Beauty.
Fornasetti’s Ortensia Rose, Iris and Orange Blossom candle is more than just a candle, it’s a small work of art. The scent is absolutely beautiful, but it’s the decorative ceramic holder that you’ll want to show off. Fornasetti create the most striking designs – they are always a talking point. And that’s before you’ve even put match to candle wick and released the fragrance… Fornasetti candles are £115 here.
If Batman had a scented candle (I love my Batman beauty fantasies – hairbrushes, nail polishes, lipsticks, I can imagine him with all sorts of things) then it would be this whopper of a Baies candle from Diptyque. Who an earth wouldn’t want this gracing their garden patio or outdoor terrace or bijoux balcony in the Marais? Baies is a classic Diptyque scent and the jet black earthenware holder is just unutterably chic. Better get saving if you want one of these, it’s sort of the ultimate candle indulgence, though it does weigh in at one and a half kilos! It’s £180 here.
Finally, a delectable fig scent from Mrs Todd’s candles: Figs in the Forest. I wrote about my friend’s start-up business here, but since then things have gone from strength to strength for Mrs Todd and there’s even a website to browse. Figs in the Forest has had nearly every visitor to my house asking what the gorgeous smell is – and the candle they’re talking about hasn’t even been lit! You can order scent samples and browse the candles online here. The luxury candles are handmade and cost £28 each.