I love candles.
It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, you can’t beat the fragrance and atmosphere of scented candles. Nothing else has quite the same effect as candlelight. The warm light and alluring aromas adds ambiance, soothes nerves, and inspires romance.
But at this time of year, they come into their own. Flickering flames are an essential part of Christmas. The fire is roaring and the lights on the tree are twinkling. Add the gorgeous glow of candlelight and spicy scents infusing a room and you’ve got yourself a fairytale Christmas.
The variety of choice of candles available is nothing short of astounding. Votive, tea lights, tapers and pillars of every size, colour and scent can be used in all sorts of ornamental candle holders. There are some fantastic fragrances out this year so here are just a few.
Yankee Candle Housewarmer jars are great for adding scent to your home. They have 11 new scents this year including Winter Wonderland, Mulled Wine and Mistletoe and Fig; a gorgeous fragrance of figs and vanilla.
Home Store and More have a great 1/2 price sale on Yankee candles at the moment so get yourself down there because……
When they’re gone, they’re gone!
The epitome of luxury scented candles must be the Kenneth Turner range. Irish ornamental horticulturist Turner whose earliest inspiration was his grandfather’s garden, opened his first florist’s in London in 1970, but it wasn’t until the production of his classic room scent ‘Original’ in1986 that he attempted to capture the inspirational fragrances from nature in candle and room scents. They have three fragrances out this Christmas, White Forest, (I think we’ve had enough of that thank you very much), Winter Berries, a beautiful fruity scent of berries, cinnamon, satsuma, oranges and lime; and my personal favourite, Woodknot, a fantastic woody fragrance reminiscent of a lovely cosy log fire. Perfect on these cold nights.
Meadows and Byrne spice jar is excellent value at €7.95
Now I know I don’t need to tell you to take care and never leave burning candles unattended. And to always (always people) use a heat-resistant candle holder, place on a dry surface, away from anything that can catch fire, and out of reach of children and pets.
You have been warned.