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 advise you to get clicking – below are the best festive and fragrant candles for 2021.

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.

Jo Malone Frosted Cherry & Clove and Orange Bitters

Luxury fragrance brand Jo Malone has long delighted in a holiday-related home scent or two… or three. This year the delightful Frosted Cherry & Clove scent option joins candles including the much-loved, annual-release of Orange Bitters cologne and candle, White Moss & Snowdrop cologne and candle and the Pine & Eucalyptus candle, room spray and diffuser. 

Diptyque Pomander candle

Renown for their festive options, Diptyque’s holiday candles are guaranteed sellouts each year and this year is sadly no different. Though its spicy Biscuit and pine Sapin candles have already been already snapped from shelves (you have to be seriously quick!), this option is equally as festive, particulalrly if you’re missing a northern-winter Christmas. Notes include spiced citrus, cinnamon, hot mulled cider and the warmth of an open fireplace. 

Ecoya Fresh Pine At Dawn and Red Berries & Peony at Dusk


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 gentle and pretty Ped Berries & Peony, it blends pear nectar and red berries with notes of waterlily, freesia and peony, trailed by elements of creamy vanilla and sandalwood. 

Glasshouse Fragrances Handful of Candy Canes and Gingerbread House candles

Edible treats are a big part of the enjoyment of Christmas, but so are the associated aromas. That’s why Glasshouse has obliged with two scented candles playing on our favourite sweet treats amongst its extensive Christmas collection that contains a number of festive-inspired scents. Handful of Candy Canes smells of zingy peppermint with a touch of vanilla while Gingerbread House wafts a buttery, bourbon-spiked sweet ‘n’ spicy mix that warms and delights.

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 Gingerbread Cookies candle

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 2021 offering.

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. The box also features the artwork of Rei Hamon, CBE.

Six of the best new high-protection face SPFs

We’re sure you know by now it’s advisable to wear SPF year-round to ensure the health and appearance of your skin. However at this time of year if you’ve been a little bit relaxed about it, getting back into the routine can swiftly be prompted by the arrival of those long-awaited hot, sunny days. (Aren’t’ they glorious?!)

Another thing that helps with motivation? New SPF sun protection arrivals with improved texture or application approaches that makes it easier to apply and top up.

Here’s our line-up of worthy new arrivals:

Avène Sunscreen Aqua Fluid SPF50+ $27.99

Tiny but mighty, this pocket-sized ultra-liquid sunscreen is easy to blend over the face and while it goes on with a tiny bit of a white cast it quickly smooths away to a sheer finish leaving just beautifully hydrated, protected skin. It’s been created with a minimum number of chemical filters and with zero fragrance to benefit those with reactive skin and also contains antioxidants and Avene’s famous soothing spring water to leave skin in great shape. Don’t forget to apply 20 minutes before sun exposure, as with any non-mineral SPF. 

Naked Sundays Collagen Glow 100% Mineral SPF50+ Perfecting Priming Lotion, $42.50

Each of the products from this new SPF sunscreen brand from Australia are worth checking out but it’s this mineral option that inspires the most raves. That’s because it’s a zinc SPF that blends well without leaving a heavy white layer and its texture leaves skin looking healthy and even a little bit glowy, a rare feat for a zinc-based option. It’s great for skin and eyes that are sensitive to traditional chemical sunscreen filters. It also has skincare benefits from vegan collagen and antioxidants from watermelon extract. Though the initial sell-out at Mecca only proves its popularity we highly suggest you sign up to be notified of its return to shelves. 

YSL Pure Shots Airthin UV Defender, $99

Looking for a beneath-makeup SPF hero? Almost akin to skincare this divine, though pricey, number is well worth considering. The claim is that it feels 8x thinner than a classic UVB base which is a big call that is tricky to prove but just goes to demonstrate the textural prowess of this non-greasy option that also defends skin against pollution. It also contains niacinamide to help with maintaining smooth, even and clear skin. 

Bondi Sands SPF50+ Fragrance Free Face Mist, $20.99

Makeup already applied but forgotten the most important step? Or simply looking to re-apply your SPF after 4 hours? Suncare and tanning stars Bondi Sands have just released this handy fragrance-free face mist can be spritzed over foundation for transparent, quick-drying protection or to help you top-up an adequate layer of sun protection throughout the day. The brand claims this also delivers 72 hours of hydration while doing the hard yards of protecting your skin from UVA and UVB damage. 

Dermalogica Powerbright Moisturiser SPF50, $124

Labeled as a moisturiser, this nonetheless contains a high protection SPF to help protect your skin and it’s great on casual days when you might be out and about or coming and going from work or the like.. What’s more, it’s loaded with beneficial ingredients to prevent and minimise pigmentation including Brown Algae to help combat oxidative stress caused by air pollution. It also contains the likes of safflower oil and hyaluronic acid. 

Bondi Sands Sunny Daze Hydrating SPF 50 Moisturiser, $22.95

Proving that their hard work is never done, Bondi Sands has also just launched a skincare line called Bondi Sands Everyday Skincare, with a number of useful, affordable products including an SPF moisturiser, the brand’s only physical, mineral SPF for the face, made with zinc oxide. As with most other Zinc-based SP’s it’s formulated with what the brand calls a ‘universal tint’ to counteract any white cast on skin.