Interiors | 13 of the best scented candles…

It’s that time of year when we love to draw the curtains and light candles in the evening.  An Autumn pleasure.

I can’t get enough of candles.  Every evening during the darker months, we eat by candlelight.  A ritual I developed when the boys were very small.  I would light a candle, and sit them up at the table in their highchairs.  The noise and chaos of toddler boys, calmed by the lighting of the candle, as they gaze into the flame, quietly eating.  BLISS!  Try it.

That ritual is still with us.  When I ask the boys to set the table, they will always light a candle.  I love it.  Our dining table has a single taper candle, unscented.  But elsewhere in the house, especially the lounge, I love a scented pot candle.

In search of more brands to try, I held a little poll on Instagram recently, asking for suggestions on what were your favourite brands of candles.  And so many of you replied.  So I thought I’d do a little round up….

New to me is the candle by sustainable homewares brand – Aerende.  Lovely Emily sent me her ‘denu’ candle, firmly declaring ‘these are the best out there’!  Well I had to try it.

Their beautiful hand-crafted candles come in three flavours inspired by British landscapes – Denu (Valley), Braeden (forest) and Maed (meadow). We use Old English words to reflect our commitment to heritage crafts and seasonal locality (the name Aerende is an Old English word meaning care or message).
These beautiful Aerende candles are made by hand with natural rapeseed wax, a sustainable and non-toxic alternative to standard paraffin or soya wax candles, and scented with essential oils. To minimise the environmental impact of their candles, they use non-toxic cotton and linen wicks (standard wicks can include lead). Their simple, utilitarian style gives them a unisex appeal and makes them suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Made with clear glass because it’s easier to recycle than frosted or coloured but also means that the container can be cleaned and used as a glass or container when the candle is finished.
Each candle is hand-poured in Wales by people with learning disabilities at brilliant social impact workshop in Wales that provides training and employment for people who are distanced from the labour market.  The packaging is designed in London and printed on UK-made, FSC-certified paper using eco inks. Also are vegan friendly and not tested on animals.
I must admit, it is rather wonderful.  A good size, burns well, and smells amazing.  Not to heavy in the scent department either.  A light fresh scent, which doesn’t overpower the room.
So, this is one for your candle wish list.  But what else was suggested… here is a round up below:
Clockwise from top left:
  1. Diptyque – Figuier £47
  2. Skandinavisk – SKOG £30
  3. Earl of East – Smoke & Musk £20
  4. Byredo – Chai £57
  5. L:A Bruket – Black Oak £50
  6. Laboratory Perfumes – Amber £50

Clockwise from top left:

  1. MOA – Moonlight £35
  2. Litlab – Poly Goldstruck £48
  3. Hobo – Oakwood & Tobacco £20
  4. Jo Malone – Lime, Basil & Mandarin £48
  5. Sevenseventeen – Unplugged £34
  6. The White Company – Fireside £20

Some classic candles in popular autumnal scents, plus some new to me brands too.  Perfect for lighting this Halloween, Diwali and Bonfire night.

Collaboration Note:  This post contains a few affiliate links, of which I make a few pence per sale. I was also sent the Denu candle to try, for the purpose of this post.  Thank you for supporting the posts that make this blog possible.


Images: Top two – Lou Archell.  Candle images in the moodboods by respective brands.