Combining the memories of cosy Christmas nights at home with the rich, fragrant spice markets of Saigon, Cochine’s new 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 limited edition Christmas candle arrives in a dark orange glass embossed with designs by British fashion illustrator Susannah Garrod.
Cochine Orange Amère & Star Anise candle; HK$490 at cochine.com
Diptyque’s new limited-edition 2019 holiday candle, Protective Pine, arrives in an opulent green jar decorated with lucky symbols referencing ancient spiritual beliefs — tiger, beetle, shooting star, and dreamcatcher — to bring protection and hope for the new year. Fresh, clean and bright, the herbaceous fragrance features notes of Siberian and Balsam pine, cedar, and aromatic notes of basil and sage.
Diptyque Protective Pine Candle; HK$600 at Diptyque Hong Kong boutiques
A classic holiday scent from the oldest wax-manufacturer in the world, Cire Trudon’s Nazareth candle fills your home with the warming fragrance of cloves, oranges and traces of cinnamon from Israeli souks, while the lavish red and gold vessel makes for festive lighting.
Cire Trudon Nazareth 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 master perfumer Olivier Polge.
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 in a festive white and gold fir-adorned green votive. The warm aroma encapsulates the most emblematic Christmas tree, the traditional balsam tree, with fresh, woody notes and soft spices.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Mon Beau Sapin 2019 Edition scented candle; HK$570 at lanecrawford.com
Jo Malone London
Exactly what the name implies, Jo Malone London’s Pine & Eucalyptus candle is the quintessential Christmas candle with a crisp, breezy green scent to fill your home for the festive season. The elegant gold branding makes for an elegant home decoration.
Jo Malone London Pine & Eucalyptus home candle 200g; HK$570 at lanecrawford.com
Inspired by Van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night’ impressionist painting, Bella Freud’s Starry Starry Nights scented candle draws upon the dark richness of Frankincense, Agarwood, Cedarwood and Tobacco Flower while base notes of nutmeg and ginger musk envelope you in warmth.
Bella Freud Starry Starry Nights scented candle; HK$420 at matchesfashion.com
Goutal’s Ambre et Volupté candle creates an intimate ambiance of calm with a 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
Cosy up with No.22’s fireplace-inspired scent, which evokes soft, smoky wood traced with a powdery after-thought. The Woodstove candle is infused with oil from Palo Santo trees and has a heart of cedar, birch tar and moss, layered with the comforting notes of vanilla and musk. The label’s signature cable-knit detailing on the ceramic jar makes for perfect sweater-weather decor.
No.22 Woodstove scented candle; HK$460 at net-a-porter.com
Recreate memories of sipping tea in front of a roaring log fire. The Jo Loves Log Fires candle is a comforting blend of smooth, smoky woods and Lapsang Souchong tea that brings a sophisticated yet snuggly warmth to any room.
Jo Loves Log Fires scented candle; HK$520 at net-a-porter.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