Scents to suit your interiors style
Call us boring, but we can’t get enough of a good candle. Wonderful gifted, even better bought for yourself, the scents you love are seriously personal - just like the way you style your space, in fact. So why choose blindly when you can go one better and match your scent to your home’s mood? Consider this your no-nonsense masterclass in hitting the right notes.Shop Candles
If your space is all about visual calm, then we’d bet a sweet, heady scent probably isn’t your thing. Look to the heart notes - these are full-bodied, longer-lasting scents that linger beyond the crisp top notes, but don’t have the depth or longevity of the base - forgoing the floral for wonderfully fresh, herby ingredients. Thyme, basil, bay (and anything you’d stick in a window box) are a great place to start, with a base of moss, leather or spa favourite clary sage to round out a restful scent. And stick to three or so notes – the beauty of these botanical scents can be subtle.Fragrance notes
Sea salt, sweet mint, sea grass, aloe, tomato leaf, thyme, bergamot, eucalyptus, spearmint, basil
Green tea, bay leaf, chamomile, rosemary, artemesia, galbanum, cardamom, juniper, geranium
Wood sage, leather, clary sage, moss, guaiac wood, white musk, oak moss, valerian, resin, ho wood
If you love moody blooms, jewel tones and seriously statement accessories (is that a chandelier we spy?) then turn to one of fragrance’s most timeless formulas. These floral fusions tend to pair crisp top notes and fruity hearts with a rich, woody base - we love white flowers like jasmine and lily of the valley anchored by sweet autumnal fruits like damson, blackberry and grape. Not all earthy bases are born equal - think sweet, warming vanilla versus heady patchouli - but classic oud or sandalwood are safe bets to start with.Fragrance notes
White jasmine, rhubarb, damson, blackberry, champagne, raspberry, lime leaf, pomegranate, white grape
Cassis, rose, ginger, fig, ylang ylang, peony, orange blossom, pine, vetiver, lily of the valley, orchid, cherry
Frankincense, myrrh, patchouli, vanilla, sandalwood, cedarwood, oud, vanilla, amber, incense, musk
If you’re all about artisanal detail, quirky prints and searching out design with a difference, don’t settle for simple in the scent department. Orange blossom, peony and tuberose might be staples, but what about orange bitters, pepper and tobacco? Cue the artisanal candle. These are fragrances with a bit of bite - the result of global travel, endless experimentation and a heavy dose of good old imagination. Candles based on creative concoctions make great gifts, too (if you can bear to give them away, that is).Fragrance notes
Redcurrant, neroli, bitter orange, coriander, black tea, elemi, peppermint, green mandarin, apple
Black pepper, fennel, violet, milk, chestnut, cashmere, pink pepper, pine, iris, tea tree, liquorice, honey
Rosewood, caramel, tobacco, praline, nutmeg, labdanum, ambergris, clove, bamboo, tonka bean
CANDLE CLUB 101
Hit the right note
Whilst the top, heart and base notes in perfume (and in that order) relate to the length each note lasts on the skin, burning a candle is a more ‘linear’ experience, with all scents largely detectible at the same time. Top and heart notes will be more easy to detect during the candle’s ‘cold throw’, however – that’s before it’s been lit – which is worth thinking about when shopping via the sniff test.
Burn baby burn
The biggest thing to bear in mind is that the first time it’s lit, you’ll need to wait until your candle has burned evenly across the surface before blowing out – so make sure you can put a couple of hours aside to avoid the dreaded ‘memory ring’. Serious scent lovers swear by trimming the wick to under a quarter of an inch, which helps to even out the burn rate and avoid those smoky stains on the glass.
Fantastic scents and where to find them
Whilst we’d have a lit candle in every room if we could, consider a few factors. Fresh, citrusy scents might suit a kitchen, but any scented candle over dinner will interfere with food’s aromas. Watch out for flickering flames, which indicate a draft – these cause dripping and smoking (and might snuff it out altogether). And don’t forget diffusers and room sprays, too – both work well in spaces where you can’t keep an eye on a candle, like a bathroom.