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Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Luxury Candles For the Home

December 1, 2016

Luxury Candles for Holiday

I have a gift guide roundup including some of my favorite candles for the home this holiday. I love those warm and cozy feel good scents this time of year. Pine and spice scents are always fun to give the ultimate Christmas kind of vibe, but if you’re not into those kinds of scents there are still lots of other options that are great for holiday. If  you don’t want your house to smell like a pine tree or pumpkin, but still want something for your home or for a gift, I’ve rounded up alternatives for you.

The cutest luxury set this year is the Jo Malone Christmas Miniature Candle Collection ($110 for 5 candles, 1.2 oz each). This is definitely quite the splurge but comes packaged in a beautiful box that looks like a small tent box. The throw on these is phenomenal even though they are small. It contains Sweet Almond and Macaroon, Green Tomato Leaf, Frosted Cherry and Clove, Pomegranate Noir, Peony and Blush Suede.

Jo Malone Christmas Miniature Candle Collection

Byredo carries some of the most expensive candles on the luxury beauty market. I’ve splurged on a few here and there and love them, but the price is something that holds me back from trying them all (otherwise I would). If you’re shopping for someone who already has almost everything Byredo have some unique options that I think are great.

This year they’ve introduced three candles in a gorgeous color glass version at $85 each. Fleur Fantôme and Cotton Poplin are my favorites for their soft relaxing feel and I ordered those immediately to add some color and life to our home. Bibliothèque is also available in a green tinted version (this one smells like a sweeter version of Bal D’Afrique perfume). Another thing they’ve brought back this year are minis! (I reviewed three a year ago here.) The minis run at $35 each and right now they have them in Fleur Fantôme, Bohemia, Cotton Poplin, Tree House and Bibliothèque. For those new to the brand, you can find Byredo at Neiman Marcus, Barneys’s New York and Net-A-Porter.

The white frosted ones from last year are also still available, Figue Glacée ($95) is my favorite as I love fig scents and this one has red currant, whipped vanilla cream, violet, bamboo and sandalwood mixed in. The other two Prune Glacée and Cassis Glacée are both very sweet.

Byredo Candles Holiday 2016 and Minis

The most elegant holiday scent is Antica Farmacista Black Label Champagne Collection. I love this line so much I’ll have a dedicated post on my picks. I ordered the Full Size Candle and it’s such a beautiful sparkling sweet citrus. It has Satsuma citrus, floral notes of muguet to soften the citrus, passionfruit, sugared blackcurrant and apricot. The candle comes with a box of matches in the lid. Below is also shown the Travel Candle, Room Spray and one of the minis in the Diffuser Trio.

Antica Farmacista Champagne Black Label

Lumira continues to be a favorite candle line. I’m beyond obsessed with their Tahitian Coconut candle. For holiday they still have the Holiday Trio Set which has their best sellers:

  • Tuscan Fig has notes of fig leaves, fig tree, blackcurrant, cedarwood, iris and musk
  • Cuban Tobacco is one my husband loves and has in his office, it has tangerine, cardamom, clove bud, mahogany, patchouli, musk, vanilla, tobacco and floral notes
  • Persian Rose is the best rose candle I’ve burned because it’s not powdery or dated, it has Top notes of sparkling mandarin, bergamot zest, sweet orange, Middle notes of budding Persian rose, geranium essence, Base notes of soft musk, patchouli, dark amber

Lumira Holiday Trio Minis

Le Labo x Violet Grey have done a collaboration to launch a special exclusive of the Santal 26 Candle which comes in a beautiful black glass jar instead of the clear ones. The scent is still the same as the clear one, both are named Santal which has notes including amber, vanilla, cedar, musk and sandalwood. It has an earthy almost raw feel. Another great sandalwood home scent is the Molton Brown Coco and Sandalwood line. I own this scent in every option including the hand cream, shower gel, room spray and body lotion. The candle gives all kinds of cozy warm vibes. You can find the candle in a Single Wick ($49) version or Three Wick ($74) version.

Le Labo Violet Grey Santal and Molton Brown Coco Sandalwood Candles

Diptyque is always fun during the holiday. I think their pine scent is the best one that comes out each year. This year’s special edition candles come in a Holiday Candle Trio ($100) with minis that has Sparkling Incense, Delicious Spices and Festive Fir Tree. My favorite is the blue one Sparking Incense which has cloves, vanilla and incense. Quite a few of you asked for other recommendations as some mentioned you were disappointed in this year’s holiday options. Noisetier ($32 to $62) is hazelnut which is a warm and sweet scent but it’s not overly sweet. It has a mix of fruity and woody in it as well making it a delicious option. Vanille ($32 to $62) is another option, it’s a different kind of smoky vanilla. I didn’t really love it at first, it’s one that took me a while to get used to, but it’s a cozy option. To date the best vanilla scent is Henri Bendel’s Vanilla Bean – it’s not too sweet which is my biggest issue with most vanilla based candles.

Diptyque Holiday 2016

One last roundup: Sheepskin Rug, Chenille Throw, Pillows found at Pottery Barn

Best Holiday Candles for Home

Hope you enjoyed this roundup of some of my favorites! If I had to pick just three to burn the rest of the month, my top picks would be Antica Farmacista Champagne Black Label, Molton Brown Coco and Sandalwood and Diptyque Noisetier.

Do you have any favorite holiday scents for the home? Let me know in the comments!

Press samples included from Lumira, Molton Brown and Antica Farmacista.



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  • MaquiLab December 1, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Such a cat feeling, thanks for sharing!

  • Rebecca December 1, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Jo Malone candles smell amazing. Last time I was in the shop I wanted to buy every single candle! haha x

  • Lottie December 1, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Can’t go wrong with Diptyque candles! Such a great luxury present x

  • Liz December 1, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    These all look amazing! I’ve wanted to try a Diptique candle for as long as I can remember.

    xo, Liz

  • Joanna December 1, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Where do you purchase your Lumira candles? I noticed that they’re an Australian company, but I didn’t see a stockists list on their website.


    • Almira December 1, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      Hi Joanna, We are in a few stores now in the US. Shoppe by AI, Babalu, Patrica, Vert & Vogue, Broome St General Store to name a few. You can email me for any further questions almira@atelierlumira.com Kindest Almira

  • Evelyn December 1, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    I have a huge weakness for candles, I want them all! lol Good think the little Diptyque boutique is near the Jo Malone one in Grand Central. 😉

  • Emily December 2, 2016 at 2:02 am

    In all honesty, I think Diptyque’s holiday packaging this year is beyond awful. I loved last year’s so much but I don’t even know what they were thinking with those jars. The red one with the gingerbread man is hideous and genuinely sort of creepy (of course it has to be the one with the most appealing scent, sigh). But they all just look very kitschy and cheap. I ended up buying the Christmas themed set of five minis in the normal jars and I am happy with that purchase – they’re very well chosen and I’m glad an alternative was offered!

    Just curious though…Am I the only one who isn’t a fan of this year’s Diptyque packaging or does anyone else find it off putting as well?

    On a more positive note, I love the Cire Trudon Gabriel candle – it’s absolutely heavenly and the green frosted jar is stunning. I like the coloured jars which Byredo has put out as well. Bibliothèque is one of my all time favourites!

  • Amanda Hollingsworth December 2, 2016 at 4:51 am

    The Jo Malone round is also exceptional value……bought individually those 5 mini candles would have cost £110 but in the round is £66 but good luck if you can find it because it told out in U.K. almost immediately. I literally scooped up a couple as they were put onto the display stand in Selfridges and I never saw them available again and they have been sold out on Jo Malone.

    Very traditionally I always buy the Pine & Eucalyptus Candle and Diffuser from Jo Malone. From Diptyque the Christmas Pine candle has the best throw so I always get that too despite this year’s horrible packaging but add Diptyque Eucalyptus to the mix and you get 380g of combined Diptyque power. The Jo Malone candle and diffuser I have in my dining room with the Christmas tree, the Diptyque candles I have in my hallway and so visitors to the house get a lovely welcome of traditional Christmas.

    I’m having a bit of a hate relationship with Cire Trudon at the moment. I’m not convinced the throw is as good as it used to be and I’m finding the scents too subtle. I don’t want to be over powered but I don’t want to have to stand in a room and sniff to find the scent.

    Byredo scent and perfumes is on my next year to do list.

  • Marie-Louise Høg December 2, 2016 at 4:58 am

    Great post!! 🙂


  • EverywhereSheGlows December 2, 2016 at 5:12 am

    This saves me researching for candles for my home! I have been wondering which are the best luxury candles – great post!

  • Maggie December 2, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Can never go wrong with some beautiful candles! Thanks for sharing!

    It’s Me, Maggie | https://itsme-maggie.blogspot.com/

  • SJ Sellers December 2, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    my absolute favorite winter candle is Cire Trudon’s Ernesto. it is perfection and the best smelling candle i have ever experienced. i wish i could find something as special as Ernesto for the warmer months. it is soooooooo good!

  • Kris December 3, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Can I just have all the Jo Malone candles? haha
    I am actually obsessed with them.


  • Lisa December 4, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Diptyque can do no wrong!

    Lisa | lisawoodbeauty.com