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Seasonal scenting: The best scented candles for autumn

05 Sep 2023 | |By Zoe Gunn

Get cosy with these fabulously fragranced luxury candles

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Nothing says winter quite like a gloriously fragrant scented candle. Sure summer may be full of rosé on rooftops, long languid lunches and sun-drenched trips to the seaside but, as far as I’m concerned, any end-of-season sadness can be easily put to bed with the help of a cosy knit, a great boxset and good scented candle. Just as daffodils delight at the start of spring so something warming and woody can lift the spirits when the nights draw in.

Of course, with Christmas just around the corner (yes, really), you’ll also thank yourself for having a stock of chic scent candles on hand for gift-giving emergencies. And, should you be so organised as to actually remember everyone on your list this year? Well, all the more for you then.

Here’s our pick of the newest, prettiest and most luxurious scented candles to display proudly on your coffee table this season.

Tom Ford Bitter Peach candle

House in a votive packed with enough sunshine hues to brighten up even the darkest autumn day, Tom Ford’s Bitter Peach candle offers an intoxicating home fragrance version of one of the brand’s best-selling scents. Blending sweet Pêche de Vigne and Sicilian blood orange with spicy cardamom and a deep base of sandalwood, vanilla and patchouli, it’s elegant, warm and welcoming.

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Trudon x Maître Tseng Terre à Terre scented candle

A collaboration between French perfume house Trudon and Chinese master tea blender Yu Hui Tseng, Terre à Terre comes from a limited edition range of three candles celebrating the journey of water around the earth. An olfactory expression of the water found beneath the ground, Terre à Terre offers up notes of moss, vetiver, ambergris, grapefruit and violet leaf.

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Black Blaze Vetiver & Fig candle

Hand-poured in Australia and packaged in mouth-blown glass vessels that look as good as they smell, Black Blaze’s home fragrances celebrate the diversity and vibrancy of Australia’s flora and natural landscape. Blending fruity and earthy scents of vetiver, cedarwood, moss and fig, this rich, powerful fragrace easily fills any room.

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L’Objet Coral scented candle

L’Objet’s show-stopping candles are as much decorative works of art as they are home fragrances. Coral, one of the brand’s bestsellers, comes in a chic Limoges porcelain vase finished with a coral sculpture and gilt edging. And as for the scent itself? Well, is there anything more festive than filling your home with the smell of Pink Champagne?

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August & Piers Mystical candle

Available exclusively at Harvey Nichols, August & Piers Mystic candle is a heady blend of nectarine, plum, sandalwood and vanilla that’s perfect for warming homes as the weather cools. Poured into an elegantly minimalist votive, it’s the last word in understated style.

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Etro Zefrio Candle

If the winter gloom has you in need of a little escapism, Etro’s new Zefrio candle takes its cues from the scents of the Mediterranean countryside. Chief among its layered notes is fine Pays lavender, grown as part of a Provencale sustainable agriculture programme, blended with rosemary, eucalyptus, red thyme and maritime pine.

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Shaku Queen of the Night candle

Founded by a mother-and-daughter team and inspired by the culture, sights and smells of their time spent in India, fine home accessories brand Shaku creates gorgeous pieces guaranteed to elicit cries of ‘where did you get that?’ Its floral candles are blended in Scotland and hand-poured into unique ceramic pots made in Staffordshire, each of which features an illustration by founder Shakera Tayub.

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Wings of Wisdom perfumed candles

Presented in fine bone china votives made in Stoke-on-Trent, each of Wings of Wisdom’s gorgeous candles is finished with mystical symbols picked out in 22-carat yellow gold. Each is scented to evoke certain memories and encourage a different healing energy, whether you’re in need of a rejuvenating pick-me-up or soothing relaxation. My favourites are the sweetly nostalgic A Watchful Eye and the light, refreshing Memories of Summer.

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Eym + Laguna B refillable candle

What’s better than gifting a gorgeous scented candle? Gifting one they can keep using time and time again. This invigorating fragranced candle by Eym features notes of bergamot, black pepper and orange and comes in a hand-blown Murano glass bowl designed by Venetian glass specialist Laguna B. Once the original candle has burned down the bowl can be cleaned and either refilled with another Eym fragrance or used as a stunning home accessory.

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