Each time I drivel on about candles I realise two things. One, I own way too many of them – they now club together on every shelf, sill and surface in my flat and two, you’re either a candle person or you’re not. They’re a bit of a marmite product mainly down to their quite literal burning away the bank balance nature and high maintenance upkeep for a somewhat small scent throw. I have my favourites, you know: Laura Mercier, Diptyque, NEOM are often filling my rooms with their fragrance, but with spring so close I can almost smell it (insert thigh slap to accompany the awful pun), I though that this weekend marks the time to dust off my lighter, fresher offerings. Yes I’m Anna, a candle addict who’s forever burning candles and here ‘s my spring selection…
The White Company Wild Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint & White Tea 3-Wick Candle*: I’m not sure you can get a more refreshing clout in a candle. Mint may seem like an odd addition to a scent, but it gives a clean twist to an otherwise greeny blend. The absence of any floral notes make this a nice unisex choice – so it’s one I tend to burn exclusively in front room for fear of girly-fying our whole home. Let’s just ignore the Cath Kidston kitchen accessories and seeping of my makeup into every room, yeah?Â
Bella Freud Snow Lily Candle*: Lilies are bit of family favourite – they’re my Dads, Mums and my favourite flower, so we were already onto a winner with the scent. But when I saw ‘Je t’aime Jane‘ – my Mum’s name – scribed on the side, it jumped up a few rankings in the candle favourites leader board. A fresh blend of Tiger Lily and green leaves that’s not too floral nor wishy washy; it’s one I light up on dingy days to bring a crisp outdoorsy waft into the flat.
Diptyque Figuier: My. Favourite. Candle. Ever. ‘Nuff said. And I can’t quite but my finger on why. It’s warm, but not sweet. Figgy, but not overpowering. I burn this baby all year round and can currently count a collection of four in my stores for future burning, as I have a brooding fear of ever being without my Figuier fix. Heads up though, it’s subtle, one of those ‘leave the room then walk back in and it hits you‘ scents, but it’s the perfect companion to Diptyque Philosykos days. Matching your home fragrance with your personal one? A whole new level of chic.
I know we have to wait until Wednesday to officially step into spring, but it’s well and truly sprung already in the VDM household and I’m welcoming it with open arms and an urge to retire my winter coat collection to their under-bed home. Warmer weather, I’m ready for ya.