The 10 Best scented candles

Fresh and floral or sultry and spicy, these slow-burning fragrances will give your rooms a touch of the exotic

1. Miller Harris Le Petit Grain

The sweet orange sets the tone of this new offering from Lyn Harris, but you’ll also pick up aromas of rosemary, red thyme, French tarragon and lavender, among other goodies. The result is earthy, yet sensual, and utterly fabulous.

£40, (available from 2 September)

2. The White Company Wild Mint

Scented-candle cynics often assume they’ll smell sweet and sickly and most definitely floral, but this one is bright, cool and refreshing with notes of peppermint and spearmint and a touch of white tea.


3. Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet

Taking its name from Blenheim Palace, this bouquet was created back in 1902. Yet it’s far from being old-fashioned, offering a bracing mix of citrus oils, spices and wood that is discreet, sensual and timeless.


4. Jo Malone Peony and  Blush Suede

Keep an eye out for Jo Malone’s latest scent, Peony and Blush Suede, which will be launched next month. A feminine and floral scent that has notes of red apple, peony and suede, it’s arguably her most luxurious yet.

£39, (available from  2 September)

5. Roja Dove Amber Aoud

Fortnum & Mason is going back to its roots, with the opening of a dedicated candle room in its Piccadilly store (William Fortnum started as a candle trader). To mark the opening, Roja Dove, known for its luxurious fragrances, has created this stunning candle, which blends roses, cedarwood and labdanum.

£125, (available from 2 September)

6. Molton Brown Firefly Embers

This contemporary three-wick candle has an aroma evoking campfires and aged leather. That might not sound the kind of thing you want to fill your house with, but it proves to be wonderfully dark, enigmatic and provocative.


7. Heyland & Whittle  Jasmine & Lilac

If the weather takes a turn for the worse, simply light this candle and imagine an English summer’s day. Sumptuous berries, oranges and lemons blend with a bouquet of jasmine, lilac and lavender, with a warm cedar base.


8. Hotel Chocolat Revive

Developed at the luxury Hotel Chocolat Boucan Spa in St Lucia as part of the Cocoa Juvinate beauty range, this is truly invigorating. An uplifting and enlivening fusion of bergamot, green tea and citrus notes is blended with the rich aromas of jasmine, neroli and rose.


9. Jonathan Ward Kartushya

This one is inspired by Russian soldiers’ love songs and has a spicy fragrance, with aromas of mixed birch leaf, elemi, cognac, rosemary and amber. It’s made by Jonathan Ward, a particularly expert craftsman in the world of scented candles, using premium, natural ingredients.


10. Carol Joy Sense of Joy

A mere whiff of this will send you on the road to relaxation. Infused with Carol Joy’s signature fragrance, it has notes of bergamot, apple and peach, florals including violet and lavender, and a sweet wood base.