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How to pick a candle based on your fantasy winter destination

ARE YOU A WINTER WEATHER ADVOCATE OR ARE YOU DREAMING OF ESCAPING THE COLD? WHETHER YOU WANT TO COSY UP NEXT TO A WARM, CRACKLING FIRE OR LOUNGE SEASIDE IN THE EUROPEAN SUN, WE’VE GOT A CANDLE TO TRANSPORT YOU SOMEWHERE EXOTIC THIS WINTER.

Dreaming of: A day on the mountain

Have you ever roasted chestnuts over an open fire after a day skiing in the French Alps? I haven’t either, but this candle is the next best option. Replica’s By The Fireplace blends the sweet aroma of warm nuts, toasty vanilla and the smoky notes of exotic wood for a fragrance that really does transport you to the mountains for a cosy winter escape.

Dreaming of: A spice-filled retreat

A hot cup of chai on a cold, winter’s day is always inviting. For Byredo founder Ben Gorham, the blend of spices such as cardamom, clove and ginger with black tea leaves recalls the memories he has of his grandmother’s home in India. If making your own memories in India is not possible, bring the adventure to your dwelling with this Chai candle, because sometimes there really is no place like home.

Dreaming of: Sunny seasides

Maybe you're thinking about escaping the cold to a sun-dappled European location. Dotted with blue and white umbrellas and colourful boats, we all know the scene – you only have to scroll Instagram. But if you aren’t decamping to Capri this season, burning Ellis Brooklyn’s Pseudonym takes you there. The fragrance is a blend of fresh green notes like fig and jasmine with heartier sandalwood and pepper.

Dreaming of: Christmas in July

Everyone loves a little Christmas cheer. That’s why some us enjoy it twice a year. Unlike our summery Christmas, filled with fresh seafood and beach visits, the Northern-hemisphere version is associated with mulled wine and roast dinners. Complement the event with the Malin + Goetz Cannabis candle, which blends spicy pepper and patchouli with zesty orange and lemon, just like the distinctive aroma of a traditional European Christmas market.

Dreaming of: A sense of adventure

Do you love a good escape? Maybe trekking to a remote beach or discovering a secret garden? If excitement and high energy activities are your speed, try the hike to the Figure 8 pools, just south of Sydney, or through the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria. However, if you like the idea but aren’t really into actually doing it, try the Fornasetti Golden Burlesque candle. Inspired by the wildflowers and Mediterranean herbs that grew around painter Piero Fornasetti’s family home, the candle marries together invigorating notes of thyme, lavender, cedarwood and incense to bring your sense of adventure alive.

Dreaming of: A countryside getaway

In the heart of winter, lazing by a crackling fire sounds like a perfect afternoon. No fireplace in easy access? Let me introduce you to Feu de Bois from Diptyque. It’s a smoky blend of wood and amber that smells exactly like a burning log fire. Plus, with the lights dimmed, it casts light across the room just like flickering flames.

Dreaming of: A historical escape

Satisfy your inner history buff with the Officine Universelle Buly Sacre candle. Housed in a marble vessel with glass bell lid, it almost looks like an ancient relic in itself. Inspired by the winter sun peeking through the stained-glass windows of the Sacre-Coeur, it’s infused with juniper, pine, incense and honey, and will treat your home to a little opulence this winter.

Dreaming of: A cultural retreat

Seeking to unwind this winter? To a place with yoga on repeat, sushi restaurants and green smoothies? Try the Boy Smells Kush candle, which will transport you to LA's most famous beach getaway: Malibu. The candle marries cannabis accord, white musk and amber in a dreamy scent.

Words by Rhyanna Cardillo
June 2019

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