10 of the best candles to treat yourself to this January

Maisie Bovingdon
·Shopping writer
·5-min read
Candles are not only a decoration but help to boost our mood too.  (Getty Images)
Candles are not only a decoration but can help to boost your mood too. (Getty Images)

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It’s January, we’re in lockdown and the winter weather is in full force - which means, we could all do with a bit of TLC right now.

While some of us may turn to a morning yoga class or long evening bubble bath, there are other simpler ways to help you relax at home, such as lighting a candle.

During lockdown sales for candles have soared. John Lewis recently revealed that candles sales have been up 104%, not to mention, candle making became a trend in lockdown one, back in March.

So, if you want to treat yourself to a new candle this dreary January, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favourites, from brands such as Jo Malone, Neom, Rituals and more affordable options like Marks and Spencer.

Whether you are looking to update or expand your candle collection or treat someone else, there is a wide selection to choose from to lift your spirits and make a cosy night in all the more enjoyable.

Shop our top 10 candles

Pomelo A Scented Candle by Jo Loves | £55 from Space NK

Pomelo A Scented Candle by Jo Loves
Pomelo A Scented Candle by Jo Loves

Pomelo is Jo Loves signature scent. It has a light yet refreshing, citrus scent, due to the main notes of the pomelo grapefruit. What we love about this fragrance is that it is long lasting and you get wafts of the scent throughout the home for hours after burning. For those who want to get a little creative, Jo Loves offers shoppers the opportunity to personalise their candle, or attend a Candle Shot Studio session to experiment with fragrances for a bespoke scent.

Jo Malone London Lime Basil & Mandarin Home Scented Candle | £49 from John Lewis & Partners

Jo Malone London Lime Basil & Mandarin Home Scented Candle
Jo Malone London Lime Basil & Mandarin Home Scented Candle

Jo Malone is a popular buy with the Lime, Basil and Mandarin fragrance being one of the brand’s most popular scents. For those looking for a light, but earthy and fresh scent, this is the one and it will score you high interior goals among guests.

Neom Organics London Tranquility Standard Scented Candle | £32 from John Lewis & Partners

Neom Organics London Tranquility Standard Scented Candle
Neom Organics London Tranquility Standard Scented Candle

Neom prides itself on producing high quality products that target specific needs. For those struggling to relax at night, this is for you. The Tranquility Standard Scented Candle is made from a blend of 19 essential oils, including lavender, basil and jasmine, and is designed to help you unwind. Neom advises shoppers to light the candle 20 minutes before bed, before putting out, to let the aromas fill the room.

Wild Mint Candle | £24 from The White Company

Wild Mint Candle (The White Company)
Wild Mint Candle (The White Company)

The White Company is another brand famed for their unforgettable home fragrances, and though there are a lot to choose from, the Wild Mint, Peppermint and White Tea candle is a fan favourite. The candle is made from leaves of crushed herbs, and it is kept in a sleek porcelain pot, so it is no wonder shoppers come back to this time and time again. One shopper shared: “I've bought this candle many times, for myself and my daughter - we love it”.

This Works Deep Sleep Heavenly Candle | £26 from Holland & Barrett

This Works Deep Sleep Heavenly Candle
This Works Deep Sleep Heavenly Candle

ThisWorks has had huge success with its bestselling Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, which is why we are on board the Deep Sleep Heavenly Candle. This item is made from a blend of lavender and camomile scents, which will relax the mind and body to help achieve a deep sleep.

Calm Scented Candle | £7.50 from Marks and Spencer

Calm Scented Candle
Calm Scented Candle

M&S’ Calm Scented Candle from the Apothecary range is a top-rated item and one of the brand’s bestsellers, which has garnered glowing reviews. One customer wrote: “I love this range of candles especially Calm. Burns well and the scent just makes me feel good”. This candle’s aroma is a mix of orange and lavender essential oils, as well as earthy cedar wood and sage, for a soothing aroma. It earns more bonus points as it has not been tested on animals.

Aery Happy Space Scented Candle | £24.95 from Osmology

Aery Happy Space Scented Candle
Aery Happy Space Scented Candle

Aery’s Happy Space candle aims to boost your mood, calm your mind and evoke peace, so is ideal to light after a stressful working week. The website describes this creation as a “fragrance that feels like a perfect hug for the soul”, which is exactly what we need right now. It is made from soy wax, has a cotton wick and smells of soft florals, rose, amber, geranium, jasmine, as well as cedar and sandalwood.

ESPA Positivity Candle | £35 from lookfantastic

ESPA Positivity Candle
ESPA Positivity Candle

ESPA products simply remind us of calming spas, which is an ambience you can recreate in your home with this candle. For those who are looking for an energy boost, and something to lift their spirits, this candle claims to do just that. It is made from a combination of botanical essential oils, which are blended into the natural soy wax.

THE RITUAL OF JING Scented Candle | £19.90 from Rituals

THE RITUAL OF JING Scented Candle
THE RITUAL OF JING Scented Candle

For those looking for a calm, soothing, yet warming scent, Rituals has created just the thing. This candle is made from Lotus and Jujube, and will burn for up to 50 hours.

Green Lavendar Candle | £35.00 from Urban Apothecary

Green Lavendar Candle
Green Lavendar Candle

Lavender is one of the most common scents used in aromatherapy for relaxation. Urban Apothercary’s Green Lavender candle is said to evoke summer nostalgia with its notes of lavender, lemon balm, spearmint and clary sage.

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