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Smells like Christmas: The best festive scented candles to usher in the holiday season

By Megan Bedford

Smells like Christmas: The best festive scented candles to usher in the holiday season
Tis the season to be jolly…. and light deliciously-scented candles everywhere to further boost the mood. 

It’s a long favoured approach that more and more fragrance brands are getting on board with, creating limited edition scents and seasonal packaging alike to help us decorate and add to the mood-boosting ambience during the festive period. 

The only downside is that these gems usually go fast, flying off of shelves in order for us to indulge for a number of weeks before we arrive at December 25. 

So without further ado we invite you to get clicking – below are the best festive and fragrant candles for 2022.

Candle care tips:

  • Trim the wick to 5mm before burning to help prevent smoking, soot and extend the life of the candle and re-trim before re-lighting.
  • Always ensure the wax pool meets the edge of the vessel during the first burn. This sets the ‘burn memory’, helping the candle last longer and prevent tunnelling.
  • Keep candles away from draughts to prevent uneven burning, flickering, smoke and a faster burn.
  • Discontinue burning when you have 1cm of wax left to prevent excessive heat collecting in the base and risking the integrity of the vessel, risking potential shattering.

Diptyque holiday candles

Renown for their festive options, Diptyque’s holiday candles are guaranteed sellouts at MECCA each year and this year is likely to be no different so you’ll need to be (very) quick! This year’s options come with coloured wax and white, gold and silver stars for a stunning twist and come in three different limited-edition scents. The warm woody pine of Sapin is annually popular, Neige, inspired by snow, smells of heliotrope and white musks while Etincelles blends the smell of a wood fire with delicious notes of coffee and chocolate. 

Nevé Passionfruit Pavlova and Summer Pōhutukawa candles

New Zealand candle company Nevé is bringing a uniquely Kiwi twist to this year’s festive candle line up. Passionfruit Pavlova recalls the delicious summer dessert of meringue, marshmallow, creamy vanilla and a vibrant pop of fresh passionfruit. Sunny Summer Pōhutukawa offers a blend of floral Pōhutukawa and subtle sandalwood notes, finished with a hint of lime and ginger.

Ecoya Fresh Pine and Strawberry Spritz candles


Ecoya too, releases its Fresh Pine candle around this time each year for those of us that can’t abide a just-cut Christmas tree in our home thanks to allergies but still want to indulge in the globally-recognised-as-peak-Christmas scent. Of course if you’re seeking something slightly less obvious, may we suggest the bright and sweet Strawberry Spritz, with pink grapefruit, pineapple, strawberry, passionfruit, guava and malt.

Glasshouse Fragrances holiday candle collection


Becoming known for its commitment to a stunning Christmas celebration, this year’s Glasshouse Fragrances holiday collection is better than ever. Edible treats are a big part of the enjoyment of Christmas, but so are the associated aromas. That’s why Glasshouse has obliged with a number of festive-inspired scents. Gingerbread House wafts a buttery, bourbon-spiked sweet ‘n’ spicy mix while Under the Mistletoe smells of spiced apple and red berries. Meanwhile, White Christmas delivers that classic cedar leaf, clove and pine combination. Don’t miss the special Christmas Morning candle, scented with blood orange and pine, too.

Loewe Juniper Berry Candle

Okay yes, there’s no specifically Christmas-themed scents in this range, but we’re sneaking this one in, as who can go past the chic terracotta earthenware vessels of these candles from Madrid-based luxury leather goods and ready-to-wear House Loewe. The juniper berry scent with delicate, spicy and citrus notes is just one of a range that aside from dressing your own house for the holidays, makes an ideal gift for just about anyone!

Circa holiday candle collection

If the thought of cinnamon swirled through ginger, the heart-warming blend of baked apple and sugar, heightened by a dash of vanilla makes your mouth water, you’re not alone. Circa’s Gingerbread candle brings all these elements together for it’s festive 2022 offering. The Pine & Snow Gum candle blends fir balsam, pine resin and tangy red fruits with a sprig of minty eucalyptus. Less traditional but equally uplifting is the Raspberry & Rhubarb candle. 

Ashley & Co Yulepine candle

Trust Ashley & Co to slightly elevate a pine candle with chic teal-tinted hand-blown glass and a considered blend of Siberian pine, sage, coriander, saffron and a touch of warming oud wood.

Jo Malone White Moss &  Snowdrop and Pine & Eucalyptus candles

Last but not least, luxury fragrance brand Jo Malone London has long delighted in a holiday-related home scent or two… or three. This year’s White Moss and Snowdrop scent release recalls a winter wonderland of “Snowdrop petals peeking through powdery snow, greeting forest-fresh moss, iridescent under winter sunlight”. The limited-edition option joins the much-loved, annual-release of Orange Bitters cologne and candle and Pine & Eucalyptus candle, room spray and diffuser. 



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