Mr BMB is always adamant that I can't start decorating the house and getting generally over excited about Christmas until 1st December - although this year he has relented and said we can get the tree up the weekend just before the 1st, hurrah!
Before this magical day, I do start sneaking in a few Christmas bits around the house, hoping he won't notice, or be fussed enough to take them down again. A few crackers are on a shelf and I've got my new garland from Waitrose (which was only £15 and is really nice - I have snuck 2 into my shopping basket so far...!) on the mantle place. The latter has been commented upon, but one Christmas vibe I can totally get away with is introducing Christmas fragrance into the house, which totally gets me in the festive mood.
Here is my pick of some of the best candles to start burning in the run up to the party season.
I've started off tame, with more of a winter fragrance, than full on Christmas with Neroli & Sweet Orange from This Works (£25 Feel Unique 220g). The orange reminds me of Christingle and the neroli helps to de-stress. The white ceramic case is simple and elegant, with the This Works lettering showing through when lit. When I first inhaled the aroma I adored it, so was a little disappointed that the fragrance is quite subtle when burnt.
The Enlighten Candle from ESPA (£28 Harvey Nichols 200g) also uses Sweet Orange as a main fragrance which it combines with Bergamot and Jasmine giving a spicy aroma. Again, this is a wintery, rather than overlay Christmassy candle, good for late November! The rich purple glass and matching presentation box also make it a beautiful gift.
I LOVE the smell of christmas trees - and this is totally capitulated with the Windsor Forest candle by Crabtree & Evelyn (£29 Crabtree & Evelyn 290g). This magical fragrance is created by a combination of Fir Needle, Spruce and Pine blended with Holly and Juniper berries. If you don't have a real tree, everyone will think you do burning this beauty. I'm hoping for a real tree again this year, but our under floor heating wasn't kind to last years, so if not I will be having to sniff this candle to kid myself that we do!
Jo Malone has a range of Christmassy fragrances, Roasted Chestnut, Pine & Eucalyptus and Incense & Embers (£42 John Lewis 200g) being some good options so go in store and sniff. Incense & Embers is an smoky and luxurious scent, a contrast to some of the sickly sweet christmas fragrances. This is a perfect fragrance to burn whilst snuggled up on the sofa, imagining an open fire roaring in forth of you whilst you write your christmas lists!
Getting totally festive, Neom Organics Christmas Wish (£34.95 Selfridges 150g) candle is brimming full of festive cheer. Combining Mandarin and Cinnamon you won't question which month you are in! The beautiful glass is sprinkled with 18t gold and a donation is made to the Make-a-Wish Foundation too, to give that extra feel-good-factor.
Space NK have brought back their Shimmering Spice Candle (£25 SpaceNK 175g) for Christmas and it doesn't disappoint. Less sweet than Neom's offering, it still uses similar ingredients of Cinnamon and orange, but combines them with a woody cedar base which gives a warmer finish. The candle glass is decorated with the shimmering square design which is also on the presentation box. I think this will be my Christmas week build up fragrance!
If you read my blog regularly, you'll know I love a White Company candle. I think they are really good value for a high quality candle. Their Winter fragrance (£20 The White Company 140g) is very festive, with cinnamon, clove and fresh orange. More intense and hearty than than Space NK's Shimmering Spice - this fragrance will truly get you in the mood for the big day. It is the fragrance of coming home from a day of Christmas Shopping and getting all cozy and warm at home doing your wrapping up and hanging your Christmas decorations.
So I hope I've helped you choose a fragrance to get you ready for the Christmas season... Which do you think you could be tempted into choosing?