11 October 2013

Six Favourite Candles, From Kenneth Turner, Lucy Annabella, La Bougie, Max Benjamin and MRL

L-R Brooke & Shoals, MRL, Diptyque
I'm picky about my candles. The wrong ones give me a headache - the ones with synthetic fragrances, or poor quality paraffin wax (which can release nasty chemicals).

But the rights ones, oh! The right ones are blissful, turning an ordinary room into a warm and welcoming cocoon of peace and calm. The flickering flames, the gently released fragrance, the soft and flattering light...could anything be more romantic or delightful? 

Scented candles from La Bougie, Lucy Annabella, Max Benjamin
L-R La Bougie, Lucy Annabella, Max Benjamin
Fortunately for my bank balance, the price of a really good scented candle has been coming down in recent years. While Diptyque have been a favourite since forever, their prices are scandalous so I'm happy to share some more reasonably priced alternatives.

ONE: Brooke & Shoals, a new Irish brand, uses soy wax and a mix of fragrance and essential oils to create the most lovely and uplifting scents, like Grapefruit & Geranium, Neroli & Lavender and the one I'm burning here, Grapefruit & Lemongrass. They're €18.95 for 40 hours burn time (the one I have is a travel candle, €19.95 for two - I love bringing a candle on trips away).

TWO: La Bougie is pretty special - each fragrance is created from scratch at the West Cork chandlery, where the candles are hand poured into stylish glass jars that are crafted on site. The latest fragrance, Sage & Bitter Orange, is inspired by classic colognes and designed for a unisex appeal. Prices are from €19.95 for 40 hours burn time.

Globe candlesticks from Out There Interiors

THREE: Kenneth Turner is a Northern Irish brand that I stock up on at Kildare Village. Right now I'm burning his Blue Tangerine tealights in these beautiful glass and brass candlesticks, that were sent to me by Out There Interiors. Aren't they something? They are surprisingly lightweight, and I love how they look on my shelves.

FOUR: I favour fresh, citrussy or spicy blends so I have a lot of time for Max Benjamin's Grapefruit & Pomelo and Lemongrass & Ginger. These are around the €20 mark for a natural wax, paraffin free candle that should give you 40 hours burn time. 

I also love this little guy as a candle holder; right now he's just holding a citronella candle for the balcony

FIVE: Lucy Annabella Organics  (as it happens, another Irish brand!) have a lovely range of paraffin free candles, made with soya wax and 100% organic essential oils. Their Spearmint and Lemongrass candle is a unique and uplifting blend that scents my entire apartment. Prices range from €36-€42. 

SIX: MRL Candles are interesting: with base ingredients including cocoa and shea butter and cosmetic grade soy wax, these are designed for use as body treatments, too. Use them pre-burn as a lip or body balm, burn as a candle and use  post-burn, as a body/massage oil. This one, Faith, has been released in aid of the Pink Ribbon Foundation, with £1/€1 of every sale going straight to the charity.  With grapefruit, bergamot, neroli and orange blosson, the scent is totally divine. Find it on beautyemporium.ie for €36.95 (135g / 25 hours burn time).

Do you have any suggestions for my list?


The Dainty Dolls House said...

I love candles! I'm the same, if it's got a weird synthetic smell, I get really bad headaches, it has to be a certain smell and it takes me ages to find one that suits. These sound wonderful :) I'm needing some new candles as well. Happy Friday doll, I hope it's a lovely day for you xx

Adele said...

I'm like you, very fussy when it comes to candles & their scent. Huge fan of Diptyque & Jo Malone.
Have a fab weekend Emma xoxo

Anna K. said...

I'm a fan of Max Benjamin's and when candles are too pricey, I go for incenses ;)

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Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt said...

Oh I love candles, can't get enough of them. I just placed a huge order with Lily Flame for seasonal candles and am so excited to get them :o). Xx


Lilli said...

Hi Emma! Love candles but as you Im picky cause the wrong make me feel sick! Thanks for the list, sure will take a look at these ones since they inspire me. Kisses and happy Friday dear! xo

Katherine Unique said...

You are a master at creating memorable posts!
I love to come here and enjoy! Excellent!

Katherine Unique

Stephanie said...

I love candles but they nearly always give me a headache. Might give some of these brands a go and see how I get on! They sound lovely :)


Nurse Fancy Pants said...

I love a good quality candle too and I like that you've featured so many Irish ones. Great book selection also! x

Roxy said...

Gorgeous candlesticks and a lovely selection of candles here, I feel a La Bougie order coming on...

birdie to be said...

Loving those candle picks!

ivette said...

the right candles are blissful in deed..I like Diptyque ones as well.. I always light them up when I'm teaching a yoga class and for my own personal practices... I'm quite obsessed now.. almost refuse to do yoga without a candle or inciense lit on.. anyway.. thanks for your comment on my blog, that banner illustration is one of my own.. I'll keep in touch!

Kim Alston said...

you've introduced me to some cool new brands Emma! you are a candle connoisseur. these look lovely.

Anonymous said...

Thank u for this very informative review on the candles! Esp now that it's the fall, I seek more for candles for my house. I've always wanted a Diptyque candle so need to get that soon :)

LoveT. said...

Happy Weekend ,kisses <3 :)

Emma said...

This post is perfect timing Emma! I'm looking for a new candle as i burn them non stop during Autumn and Winter time. I'm mainly a Yankee girl, but my mam loves Max Benjamin so might get one of those!

Love the wooden elephant!
Have a great weekend:)

Emma x

Jules Keeley said...

Great post - I'm always on the lookout for new candles.
Might I suggest you try one of the Rituals candles - stocked in Arnotts only. The Lavender & Eucalyptus is incredible. Excellent price point too at about €18.

Leslie said...

Hi Emma! It was so nice to see your little comment on my blog this morning:) I too am fond of candles and like you, I am very sensitive to the stronger ones. Sometimes I miss just a simple vanilla scent. I have a Diptique in Gardenia that's nice and I have also enjoyed the rose. I agree though.. the prices are crazy. I'm not sure I can get any of these in the U.S. but I'll check out the links.


Fashion-isha said...

Yum, candles make a home so cozy..especially this time of year. Thanks for the great ideas!

Laura said...

Ooh I love candles! Currently burning a Max Benjamin & waiting patiently to break out my Ralph Lauren 'Holiday' one that I've been saving since last year :)

Pink Elephant Blog said...

I'm also really picky, don't like the ones that have too strong a scent and smell like air freshener :/ sometimes even smelling them in a shop gives me a headache.. But as you said when they're good... they're really good!! I really love Dyptique & Elemis candles! :)


Danielle said...

I have to be honest, when i first came across this post I was like o oh- scented candles full of chemicals! BUT I was pleasantly surprised that you actually mildly address this concern in your post! Horray!

I bring up the chemicals, because everyone should read this blog post about toxins in candles: http://www.candlesrecharge.com.au/are-you-aware-there-may-be-toxins-in-your-candles/

It is a serious issue. Once again, great article!