Candles are a necessity in my apartment pretty much any time of year, but especially around the holidays. With the early darkness and waning daylight, autumn and winter require an extra dose of illumination. Here are some of my faves for this time of year.
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Sparrow & Co. Campfire candle ($34): I sniffed this lovely candle at Terrain last weekend, and let me tell you, it smells heavenly. A lovely, not-t00-heavy blend of coconut, wood smoke, and vanilla hand-poured in Scotland. And the little illustration on the label is just darling.
Voluspa Frosted Pinecone candle ($18): Cypress, pine needles, balsam, and pinecone seeds are a holiday must-have. This is especially great if you have to have a faux tree in your place; it scents your home just like the real thing.
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Lafco Ski House Feu de Bois ($55): Ok, this is a ridiculous amount of money to spend on a candle. But, if you’ve got extra cash or want to give someone a really lavish housewarming gift, this is so special. This candle literally smells like a ski lodge nestled in the snowy mountains. It’s part of Lafco’s Dream Homes line, which features a candle for every type of home — so you’re covered for hostess gifts during the summer months, too (think Beach House, Towne House, and Greenhouse, to name just a few).
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Illume Good Nature Tin ($16): I love the adorable cream canister and vintage-inspired illustration of pine branches on this fragrant candle (which smells like a woodland wonderland).
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Linea’s Lights Fireside candle ($30): Don’t have a fireplace? Don’t worry. This candle, with notes of split wood, clove, pine, and tobacco, will make you feel like you’re cozied up in front of a crackling fire. Click the TV to that cheesy fireplace channel on Christmas morning for an even more realistic atmosphere.
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Williams-Sonoma Winter Forest Kitchen Candle ($19.95): Like an evergreen forest in your home. Bonus: after cooking a lavish holiday feast, place this candle in the kitchen to zap any lingering food aromas.
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Himalayan Trading Post Mistletoe Soy Jar ($34): Sweet berries, green apples, and Siberian pine needles make an intoxicating blend that screams “holiday.” Plus, the mercury glass jar that it’s tucked inside is a keeper, and will fit right in with glittery, festive decor.
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Slatkin & Co. Pumpkin Patch ($9.50-$19.50): The creamy scent of pumpkin is perfect for autumn, and right through December. If you’re not a fan of candles, they also have the scented oil wall plug-ins that really make an entire room smell nice without the flame.
What are your favorite holiday scents?