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Friday 26 November 2021

Christmas Gift Guide 2021: Fragrance and candles


Christmas Gift Guide 2021: Fragrance and candles

Welcome to Day Five of my festive Gift Guides, and this is probably my favourite category, as I absolutely adore fragrances - both personal and home! If you know someone with similar taste, then keep reading!


Byredo: If you're looking for something special and unique, fragrance-wise, this is the brand for you. It's an unusual one, in that the names of the fragrances don't always tell you what they might smell like. I have three and although I am a fragrance addict, I have nothing anywhere near similar to them in my collection. If you are buying for a fragrance lover, you cannot go wrong with one of these. If you are buying online, read the notes and some reviews and you should get an idea of which one to choose. There are also body washes, body lotions and candles available. But be warned - these fragrances are not cheap! 

Jo Loves: If you don't know the back story, (in brief) this brand is created by Jo Malone, who originally set up the brand in her own name, and then sold it when she lost her sense of smell during treatment for cancer. When she recovered, she waited a few years before launching her first fragrance under her new brand name. There is absolutely no doubting that Jo knows how to blend notes to create beautiful scents - I have yet to try one that I don't love! Again, there are body washes, body lotions, body creams and candles to match the scents. They also have some fabulous Christmas gift sets available for a range of budgets.

Atelier Cologne*: The first word that comes to mind when I think of this brand is sophisticated - from the fragrances, to the bottles, to the intricately designed pouches that they are housed in. There are so many fragrances available, that you are sure to find the perfect one for your loved one (or yourself). The wear time is a good 7/8 hours, longer if you layer with the accompanying body lotion. There are also reed diffusers and candles available from the brand too.

Jo Malone Orange Bitters: Every Christmas, the brand releases limited edition fragrances, and for the past 3/4 years, this has been one of them (it also comes in candle form). I can't resist buying it. It's no ordinary citrus fragrance, because it includes notes of sandalwood and musk, blended with mandarin and sweet orange. It's a festive fragrance for those who don't like anything too spicy. Available in 30ml and 100ml bottles.

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb: This is a classic, which I can't resist! It's sweet and floral, so not for everyone, but it's so easily recognisable, and one that always receives compliments when I wear it. The bottle itself is so pretty and feminine, which I personally love. The notes include centifolia rose, cattleya orchid, sambac jasmine and freesia. I personally don't find it overpowering, but maybe those new to it would. It would make a gorgeous gift for anyone who loves sweet, feminine scents, that aren't too young, as this is a more sophisticated scent.

Christmas Gift Guide 2021: Fragrance and candles


Overose: These are not seasonal scents, but that doesn't mean that they wouldn't make fab Christmas gifts! Not everyone likes cinnamon and clove scents, that we associate with Christmas. All of these candles (in the pink jars), are based around roses, but they don't smell at all artificial. The blends are beautiful - some with peaches, some with coconut - they may sound odd, but they work! The scent. payoff is spot on - they fill the room, without overpowering it. Also, they are very aesthetically pleasing (if you like pink!).

Diptyque: I love that they have switched it up this year - yes, we have Sapin, which has the traditional pine and woody notes, but the other two festive candles are different from the norm! Flocon contains a blend of white musk and mimosa, which is another beautiful scent. The one which I didn't buy is Biscuit, which contains a blend of spices and patchouli - I didn't smell it, but if the spices are based around cinnamon/cloves/nutmeg, then it wouldn't be my cup of tea, but it will certainly please those that like spiced scents. The jars are absolutely stunning - I will definitely be re-using them!

Jo Malone: A classic! I haven't bought either of the festive scents this year......yet! But any candle from this brand is a real treat, and would make a gorgeous gift. They have ones to match their fragrances, but also some that are just for the home. I think most people would be happy to find one of their specially wrapped boxes under the tree at Christmas!

Nest: This brand is new to me, but I had to include it, as I recently bought one and the scent pay off, even before being lit is beautiful. The Christmas collection hasn't arrived on this side of the Atlantic yet, but there are a number of beautiful scents to choose from, and diffusers too!

Jo Loves: I absolutely adore this brand, both in terms of perfume, and home fragrance. They have a number of festive fragrances available (I have a mini of Christmas Trees), also sets of miniature candles. I have a full sized one of my favourite fragrance from them, which I will light in Spring, but any fragrance lover would be thrilled to find one of these under the tree!

L'Occitane Relaxing Home Duo* (£26): This set is brilliant value, because you get both a relaxing candle, but also a pillow spray, both beautifully packaged, so you don't need to wrap further yourself (and the packaging is fully recyclable).

Will you be buying any fragrances for gifts (or yourself) this Christmas? I'd love to hear! 

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