We’re waxing lyrical over these luxury candles
At a loss when it comes to finding the perfect indulgence or gift? Explore our edit of luxury candles for some bright ideas
Our edit of the best luxury candles includes something to delight everyone in your life, from sleek sophisticates (we suggest Celine), to colourful creatives (try Ginori 1735), soigné friends (Jo Malone), and all those in-between.
Luxury candles: gifts that are sure to please
Neandertal launched in 2017 as a conceptual perfume brand with two scents inspired by the history of Neandertals and imagined reality in which they continue to live with us in the present day. This avant-garde concept has just been reformatted as two companion candles-‘us’ and ‘them’- in handmade porcelain containers designed by Neandertal’s founders, the artist Kentaro Yamada and designer Campbell Melrose-Allen.
Sunspel’s candles are the olfactory companion to the brand’s iconic knitwear and, like their clothing counterparts, they are well-executed and refined.
With scents formulated by Britain’s master perfumer, Lyn Harris, the Oakwood and Neroli Sun are Goldilocks candles. They exude just the right amount of fragrance to be noticeable without being overbearing, and are timeless enough to appeal to most sensory palettes.
Loewe’s candles are, like most things the brand does, is an expression of impeccable aesthetic taste undercut with by a cheeky edge. The plant and vegetable scents are inspired by Creative Director Jonathan Anderson’s own garden with witty scents like honeysuckle, cannabis, pea, and beetroot, to name a few.
The candles come in terracotta pots based on a 5th century BC Greek mug and are available in a range of colours, from striking black to powder pink.
Celine’s new candle collection features familiar scents from the brand’s fragrance collection, such as Nightclubbing, which evokes nicotine and ‘the nape of a neck fragrant with vanilla’, as well as new fragrances, such as Palimpsest, a blend of gallica rose, pear, ivy and moss, and Grands Lys, an intriguing combination of pimento, ylang-ylang, and heliotrope.
The candles are housed in faceted black glass containers designed by creative director Hedi Slimane, who took inspiration from an 18th-century multi-paned silver goblet, adding sleek lines and a monochrome colour palette for a distinctly modern look.
Ginori 1735’s playful candle collection is inspired by the court of Catherine de Medici. Designed by Luca Nichetto, the collection features multicoloured busts of characters from de Medici’s entourage, including L’Amazzone (The Amazon), L’Amante (The Lover), Il Letterato (The Scholar), and more.
The luxury candles are available in three fragrances: Orange Renaissance, a rich blend of bergamot Tuscan cypress, and musk; Black Stone, an oriental scent that combines nutmeg, cloves, patchouli, and amber; and Purple Hill, a light floral of mandarin, lavender, and white flowers.
Jo Malone’s ability to continuously produce scents that are both inventive and accessible has garnered the company a cult status within the fragrance world. This holiday season, we recommend trying the brand’s festive collection of luxury candles, which includes scents such as Frosted Cherry & Clove, and Wood Sage & Sea Salt.
Acqua di Parma
This holiday season, Italian fragrance house Acqua di Parma has teamed up with Emilio Pucci to create a festive candle. Called Notte Di Stelle, the candle’s fragrance is blended with pine oil, spiced clove, raspberry and birch accords to instantly infuse a home with seasonal merriment. The packaging, in Pucci’s classic Vortici print, makes this an ideal present.
Best of all, proceeds from the candle will contribute to Save the Children’s Rewrite the Future campaign, which supports disadvantaged children and young people by ensuring their right to quality education.
It would be remiss for any story on home fragrances not to mention Diptyque. The beloved French fragrance brand turned 60 this year and has launched a number of sweet-smelling products to celebrate. Among them is ‘Le Grand Tour’ collection, which includes five new scents nodding to locations around the world that inspired the brand’s founders.
The collection includes the ‘Byblos’ candle, a roasted coffee and cedar scent so powerful you can almost taste it; and a ‘Paris’ candle, which blends myrrh with the accords of old books, wood patina, and Paris stone to recreate the feeling of strolling alongside the Seine and pausing to scan the book stalls.
The first line of luxury candles from cashmere brand Loro Piana is made entirely from natural materials. This includes the fabric woven into the wax paraffin, essential oils used for the fragrance, and the cotton wick dyed with food-grade natural pigments.
These ‘sculptures-in-progress’ come in three different scents – Zibeline, Jacquard and Bouclé – which allude to materials used by the brand. Cashmere production scraps are melded into the wax as an innovative means of reducing waste.