Combining the memories of cosy Christmas nights at home with the rich, fragrant spice markets of Saigon, Cochine’s Orange Amère and Star Anise candle is an opulent holiday scent for winter festivities. Top notes of bitter orange and star anise dance with hints of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, while a toasty base of vanilla and Guaiacwood round out the sumptuous medley. This festive Christmas candle arrives in a dark orange glass embossed with designs by British fashion illustrator Susannah Garrod.
Cochine Orange Amère & Star Anise candle; HK$465 at cochine.com
Moonlit Fir is one of three limited-edition candles launched by Diptyque this holiday season, encased in an opulent green jar designed by artist Ugo Gattoni. The fragrance is fresh, clean and bright, capturing the invigorating beauty of an aromatic forest with notes of eucalyptus, rosemary and peppermint. The woody and comforting scent is reminiscent of Siberian and Canadian fir, adding an air of nostalgia and familiarity during the holiday season.
Diptyque Moonlit Fir Candle; HK$630 at Diptyque Hong Kong boutiques
The oldest wax-manufacturer in the world, Cire Trudon has travelled to the enchanting alleyways of a Moroccan souk for an updated Christmas scent for 2020. The Gourmand Chimney Fire candle has notes of leather, cashmere, wood and candied chestnuts, creating a warming, festive scent that perfectly encapsulates the holiday spirit.
Cire Trudon Gourmand Chimney Fire scented candle; HK$980 at lanecrawford.com
Light up a joyous mood with Fornasetti’s playfully decorated “Scimmie” (or “Drunken Moneys”) ceramic jar candle. The label’s famous “Otto” scent is a warm and spicy aroma of thyme, incense, cedar wood and lavender created by Olivier Polgem, Chanel’s master perfumer.
Fornasetti Scimmie Thyme, Lavender and Cedarwood scented candle 300g; HK$746 at net-a-porter.com
Maison Francis Kurkdjian
Luxury French perfumery Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s famous holiday candle, Mon Beau Sapin, returns this year with an updated green and gold fir-adorned, snow-white packaging. The warm aroma encapsulates the traditional Christmas balsam tree, with fresh, woody notes and soft spices.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Mon Beau Sapin 2020 Edition scented candle; HK$570 at lanecrawford.com
Jo Malone London
Exactly as the name implies, Jo Malone London’s Pine & Eucalyptus candle is the quintessential Christmas candle, filling the home with a warm scent this festive season. The elegant gold branding makes for a timeless home decoration.
Jo Malone London Pine & Eucalyptus home candle 200g; HK$570 at Jo Malone Hong Kong Boutiques
Goutal’s Ambre et Volupté candle creates an intimate ambiance of calm, with its rich, woody, resinous aroma inspired by nightfall in the desert. The soft glow from the red votive pairs well with the olfactory notes of resin, cedar, patchouli and sandalwood.
Goutal Paris Ambre et Volupté scented candle; HK$610 at hk.goutalparis.com
With top notes of bergamot and spice and base notes of vanilla and tobacco, L’Objet’s Bois Sauvage candle has an enveloping and welcoming fragrance that is at once sweet and spiced without being overwhelming. The candle is housed in embossed porcelain, making for a refined piece that can be reused long after the 50-hour burn time of the candle.
L’Objet Bois sauvage candle; HK$1100 at lanecrawford.com
(Malin+Goetz)’s best-selling dark rum candle is a sleek, modern interpretation of traditional bay rum, perfect for the indulgent holiday season. Top notes of bergamot and plum softens a rich heart of rum and leather, while sweet, musky base notes of amber-patchouli and vanilla balance out the cocktail.
(Malin+Goetz) dark rum candle; HK$480 at (Malin+Goetz) Hong Kong boutiques