by corinne iaia

December 12, 2016

My Favorite Candles To Give As Gifts

In the wise words of Oprah, when it comes to holiday gift-giving I'm all for the "You get a candle! You get a candle!! Everybody gets a candle!" mentality. The only question is, how do you choose a candle that portrays a bit more effort than a quick stop at one of those mass-producing candle stores? You know who you are! While there is nothing at all wrong with those, when it comes to gift-giving I like things to look a bit more "special." These are my most recommended candles for gifting, to ensure everyone gets a beautiful, bespoke scent.

Maison Marie Louise Le Long Fond - Not only is the inspiration for this candle beautiful - the company owner's grandfather's garden in Belgium - but so is the scent. Notes include hinoki wood, cedarwood, patchouli and white musk and the combination is savory, yet green and musky at the same time. I absolutely adore the way these notes mingle in this candle, it's reminiscent of amber and thus the perfect cozy winter candle.

Boy Smells Cedar Stack - This up-and-coming coconut-oil based candle brand is the cool girl (boy? not sure) of the bunch. It's reasonably priced so that you can give one and keep one, and the scent variety is also incredible. My personal favorite is Cedar Stack, which smells just like drinking a gin and tonic next to a fire in a log cabin. Tell me you're not intrigued now...

Diptyque Benjoin - I will you save you the Diptyque rant here; we all love them. But, if you do go with Diptyque I suggest trying a scent that is different than the always-seen Baies and Figuier (which are lovely, don't get me wrong). I just love how warm this caramel and vanilla inspired scent is, yet how it's not overtly sweet like most. Think of it more as woodsy meets confectioner...it's heaven!

Krigler Pleasure Gardenia - This small, couture parfumerie has been around for over 100 years. It's a true candle indulgence, but it's so worth it in the same sense that a beautiful personal fragrance is. It was inspired by a garden in Kyoto and, of course, gardenia is the star of the show here. But, what makes it so unique is the vanilla, mimosa, and jasmine that give it a sweeter, softer floral edge. I also think the jar and label are beautiful, and perfect for keeping after the candle has burned.

Cire Trudon Balmoral - Cire Trudon is known as the actual king of all candles (it was the official wax brand to the King of France), but this scent in particular is so unique and wonderful for this time of year. It features the smell of dew-covered herbs in a foggy field somewhere in lush green Scotland, and has an almost minty edge. It's soothing and green but so addictive that I must warn you prior to purchase - you may feel the urge to keep this!

I've also linked some other favorites down below, so there's no excuse to not have a gift for someone this Christmas!

*pr samples included.

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