4 candles worth investing in this winter

As we all elect hibernation over socialising post-Christmastime, there is one product guaranteed to be your friend, lover and companion in these times of solitude: the humble candle. Whether you’re in the bath, in bed, or in another generic household spot, a candle is a wholly necessary addition. Here are a few that have recently made their way into my home, and consequently heart.

Jo Malone Lime, Basil & Mandarin Scented Candle, £45

It goes without saying, this is the crème de la crème of candles. It’s a long-term investment piece, like a pair of Gucci loafers or a vintage Porsche. But boy, is it worth it. For the big initial spend, you get big results. It is one of the most pungent candles I have ever used – it fills a room in seconds and is one of the best aromas out there. It is incredibly long-lasting and will just keep on goin’. One to whip out for special occasions.


Oliver Bonas Gin & Tonic Travel Candle, £12

This was given to me as a gift, and I initially thought it would be a really naff scent. Fortunately, praise be, I was wrong. It isn’t too sweet and genuinely smells like gin and tonic, but manages to do so in a non-offensive, noninvasive way. Surprisingly, despite being a small pot, it burns really slowly so you get a good amount of burn for your buck. I’m actually finding the travel size rather advantageous because you’d be amazed how often the desire hits you to transport a scent like this. Top tip: in the Oliver Bonas sale at the moment, you can pick up this bad boy for a fiver. Thank god for capitalism, eh.


Aldi Lime, Basil & Mandarin Luxury Fragranced Candle, £3.99

This candle is like gold dust. You’d genuinely be lucky to track one down in any Aldi across the UK. They’re doing a roaring illegal trade on eBay if you’re desperate. So, what’s so good about it? Mainly the price if we’re honest. Aldi have been real sneaky and have created identical scents to Jo Malone, and are laughing in the face of their 45-quid candle. Granted, this one is not nearly as penetrating an aroma as Jo Malone’s equivalent, but there’s something really pleasant about its subtlety, and the fact you can pick up about 11 of the little buggers for the price of one of Jo’s, it’s a no-brainer.

It’s a substantial candle, and despite having two wicks, so far it’s lasting really well for me and I often have it on for hours at a time. If Jo Malone’s is one for special occasions, this is one to be popped on for a couple of hours while you have a bubble bath or have a long read in the evening.


Hobo Citrus & Basil Scented Soy Candle, £16

I came across this delectable little candle in my new favourite shop in Bristol – Osmology. Located on the beautiful Christmas Steps, it is a haven of all things candle, and definitely somewhere worth popping into if you’re passing. Head’s up though, you’ll be unable to leave without at least two candles weighing down your backpack.

The citrus and basil scent is really lovely, it manages to achieve the perfect balance of citrus without being too toilet detergent-chic. Unfortunately though, despite its divine scent, it’s probably the least economical candle of them all – it disappears much noticeably quicker than the others, so you have to be much more stingy with your usage.



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