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Christmas: Scented candles to make you feel cosy




Pick the right scent and a candle can make a room feel instantly cosy. Velvet picks six of the best for the festive season

Christmas Day, Ivy Joan (53247250)
Christmas Day, Ivy Joan (53247250)

Hand-poured in soy wax at the brand’s Suffolk farmhouse HQ, Ivy Joan’s Christmas Day candle is deliciously festive: all berries and mixed spices, it gives us mulled wine vibes. A wee jar candle, it comes in a gift set of three with sister scents Christmas Eve and Boxing Day - cute. £24, ivyjoan.co.uk

Figue, Miller Harris (53247253)
Figue, Miller Harris (53247253)

Part of the brand’s new vegan, phthalate-free, natural soy and rapeseed wax candle range, each of which showcases a best-loved archive scent, this Miller & Harris Figue jar (220g, 50 hours burn time) layers sweet fig over green galbanum and sensual cedarwood. It’s luscious. £50, millerharris.com

Black Amber, Port Hill (53247340)
Black Amber, Port Hill (53247340)

Billed as ‘ideal for an evening in with a good book’, Port Hill’s Black Amber candle combines tonka bean, amber and lavender to comforting, calming effect. Hand-poured in small batches at the brand’s Cambridgeshire studio, it’s made from soy wax and comes in an up-cyclable matt black glass (170g). £21.95, porthill.co

Subluceo Juniper, Fir & Spruce Wood-wick Soy and Coconut Wax Candle (53798759)
Subluceo Juniper, Fir & Spruce Wood-wick Soy and Coconut Wax Candle (53798759)

With top notes of lemon peel and eucalyptus, a heart of juniper and fir, and a base of cinnamon, pine and oakmoss, this candle is green and fresh yet singularly festive; it evokes a forest just dusted with snow. Launched by London emergency services worker Sophie Skilton as a side-hustle in 2019, Subluceo wood-wick soy and coconut wax candles are vegan and cruelty, paraffin, plastic and phthalates-free. From £14, subluceo.com

Femme de Force, Crabtree & Evelyn (53247256)
Femme de Force, Crabtree & Evelyn (53247256)

The core floral in Femme de Force - velvety rose petals - is warmed by frankincense, nutmeg, musk and soft and smoky woods, making it the perfect balance of clean and cosy. Made from soy wax, it’s also housed in a sideboard-worthy illustrated jar (250g). £25, crabtree-evelyn.co.uk

NEST New York Moroccan Amber at Cult Beauty (53247245)
NEST New York Moroccan Amber at Cult Beauty (53247245)

NEST New York, just arrived at Cult Beauty in the UK, is founded on the principle that scent can change both a space and your mood. An enveloping blend of warm amber, sweet patchouli and citrus bergamot, Moroccan Amber is a case in point: it’s a hug in jar (230g). £40, cultbeauty.co.uk


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