Cire Trudon Christmas Candles : Bethléem, Gabriel or Gaspard, from £62.00
For exquisite over-the-top gorgeousness and indulgence, these are impossible to resist and we’ve gone for all three as we simply can’t choose. Gaspard smells of spicy mandarin, bitter orange and Mysore sandalwood and is named after the Magi king. Gabriel’s woody notes of moss, birch, leather, cashmere and candied chestnuts add fiery warmth to chilly winter afternoons. High50 loves Bethléem the most for its peppery, spicy scent of cardamom, saffron, musk and amber mixed with sandalwood and cedarwood, conjuring up the exotic gifts borne by the Three Wise Men. All candles come in solid glass jars lined with gold and in a range of opulent colours from pistachio green and chestnut brown to red and gold, to differentiate them from their usual green jars. They also do Odeurs d’Hiver gift boxes of three travel Christmas candles (around £115) if you’re desperate – as we were – to have the lot but can’t quite stretch to £62 each. The oldest candle maker in the world – founded in 1643 on Rue Saint-Honoré – High50 rates Cire Trudon is the King of candle makers. Nothing will add splendour and atmosphere to your house quicker than one of these luscious candles.
Available widely on-line or from Maison Trudon, 36 Chiltern Street, London W1U 7QJ as well as John Lewis, Liberty and other stores
Again, we’re torn because each one of their Christmas candles is so beautiful and smells so fabulous we can’t decide…Besides, they’re supposed to be burnt one after the other as three acts in a winter tale…
Diptyque Un Encens Étoile (Sparkling Incense) £48.00
Cloves, sweet vanilla and a swirl of mysterious incense mingle with a burst of elemi to give this cool blue candle its sparkle.
Diptyque Epices et Délices (Delicious Spices) £48.00
Then comes the warm gingerbread, richly spiced with star anise and honey in this lush scarlet and gold candle.
Diptyque Le Roi Sapin (Festive Fir Tree) £48.00
Finally, comes the scent of lush pine forest steeped in woody tones of resin, patchouli and cedar.
Again, if you can’t resist all three, they come in a Gift Box of three for £80.00
Diptyque has excelled itself this year with glorious packaging and jewel-bright colours that make these superb gifts as well as instant glowing decorations around your house. Plus they’re always guaranteed to smell fabulous.
Available widely and in Diptyque stores and on-line
For those in search of something a little less magnificent, here is a very pretty silvery festive candle that will grace any Christmas display. This delightfully sparkly candle conjures up a traditional village Christmas with its scent of pine with warm amber notes.
Available widely, at John Lewis and on-line
Sir Bruce’s wife, Lady Wilnelia Forsyth, has created this beautiful candle for Christmas. It’s scented with an uplifting vintage-inspired blend of delicate rose, bergamot and jasmine, earthed by rich patchouli, sandalwood and divine frankincense. The Celebration Candle is finished with gold sketches of the streets of Old San Juan, inspired by Lady Forsyth’s memories of her childhood in Puerto Rico and comes in a covetable orange box, ideal as a present.
Available at Fortnum and Mason or on-line
This may look plain and downright ordinary compared with the candles we’ve been raving about so far, but High50 loves the pure, fresh scent that smells exactly as if you’ve just jabbed a juicy zesty orange with a dozen cloves. It conjures up Christmas instantly and has no cloying sweetness. Besides, it’s an unbeatable price for such a great, natural fragrance.