|L-R Brooke & Shoals, MRL, Diptyque|
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?
|L-R La Bougie, Lucy Annabella, Max Benjamin|
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.
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?