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No longer cloyingly sweet, home fragrances are now as subtle and nuanced as our personal fragrances...
Best for city lovers
The canny folk at Roam have created candles that capture the scent of cities. Carefully pulled notes of jasmine, magnolia, tea olive and sea salt have been blended to resemble the charming city of Charleston, South Carolina. Made with natural soy
wax, the candles have 45 hours burn time and other city fragrances are available from New York to London and Paris. £20 from Roam.
Best for modern ambiance
Malin + Goetz dark rum candle features an earth-friendly blend of beeswax,
vegetable and soy waxes which offers a cleaner and better burn. It has top notes of bergamot and plum, middle notes of rum and leather and base notes of amber-patchouli and vanilla. £14 at Liberty.
Best for decorative purposes
This Deco scented heart pomander is a silver metal pomander containing four hearts of solid perfume to hang in a room, bathroom or wardrobe with a decorative velvet ribbon. The piece has been created and designed by Elin Pajot in France and made from ancient recipies with essential oils and natural products. The scent is tuberose mysore and heart refills are available. £34 from Natalia Willmott.
Best for sophistication
Jo Malone’s English Pear & Freesia candle will bring a touch of
sophistication to any home. The fragrance has been created to evoke the
sensuous freshness of just-ripe pears and is wrapped in a bouquet of white freesias, and mellowed by amber, patchouli and woods.
It’s described as luscious and golden. £42 at Jo Malone.
Best for girls’ night in
We love these cocktail themed candles which are perfect for summer parties. Presented in a tall glass jar with a tropical design, the candles are
suitable for use both indoors and out. Available in six delicious
flavours from Martini to Mojito, each scented candle also comes with a
cocktail recipe printed on the back of the glass jar. £5.99 each from The Oak Room.
Best natural candle
The Bee Mine scented candle is scented with Moroccan Rose and made with pure essential oils. The hand poured 100% natural plant wax candle has a burn time of 25 hours and can even be used for massage: simply dip your fingers in the warm wax and rub into your skin. The
natural wax acts as a moisturiser that can be left on, or washed off. £8.95 at Annabel James.
Best sensual candle
This True Grace candle will fill your home with exotic black lily base notes blended with the scents of violet and jasmine to vanilla, ylang, bergamot and patchouli. Designed for relaxation and romance, the fragrance will emulate an exotic garden at night. £28 from Sweetpea & Willow.