I love perfume, so walking into a room with a scented candle burning is always a welcoming experience. OK, admittedly some aren’t as nice as others and often you need to spend quite a lot to get that gloriously overwhelming scent filling the room smell.
My sister-in-law has a very large living room and often has several candles on the go at any time and the mingling of various different scents throughout the room is glorious as you walk around.
When gift giving, it is difficult to get it wrong with a beautifully packaged candle. Who wouldn’t welcome one? Most of the high-end ones have carefully curated fragrances that appeal to most people, male and female, and make a great gift for those you don’t really know or are worried about getting the wrong thing.
I have been lucky enough to have been given a couple and I usually scour sales to get reduced ones. Diptique and True Grace are definitely up there in price but the cost reflects the quality. They are usually made of a mix of vegetable and high-quality paraffin wax to avoid black smoke and the fragrance is distributed throughout the candle. They also burn for about 50 – 60 hours, which is considerably longer than cheaper versions. So all in all worth the extra outlay in cost. Just remember to burn your candle for a couple of hours at least for the first time, so that the wax melts up to the edge of the jar, keep it out of draughts and trim the wick before each use. If you stick to those guidelines you will get the maximum enjoyment out of your candle.
The jars are so attractive that they are worth saving and using again. I keep my makeup brushes in my old black Diptique jar but the possibilities are endless.
You can browse the range at John Lewis HERE