8 Scented Holiday Candles to Make Your Home Cosy this Christmas

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Add some festive sparkle to your home with these comforting scents of Christmas.

Cochine: Orange Amère and Star Anise

Launched in a balmy garden in Saigon 10 years ago by former London beauty industry magnate Kate Crofton-Atkins, French-Asian candle house Cochine focuses on native Vietnamese scents in its modern approach to fine home fragrances. It’s freshly released a Southeast Asian interpretation of a seasonal candle, featuring orange amère, a bitter citrus native to Vietnam, the warming spice of star anise, with a melange of holiday usual suspects such as clove, nutmeg, cinnamon leaf, on a vanilla and guaiac wood base. The glass features a limited edition design by British fashion illustrator Susannah Garrod. 

HK$490/230g from Cochine

Goutal: Une Forêt d’Or

Translating to ‘a forest of gold’, this scented candle is inspired by the morning of decorating the house for Christmas after a leisurely stroll through snow capped pines, where the freshness of winter is topped off with the zest of fresh orange and mandarin peels. This festive candle by Parisian fragrance house Goutal is dressed in a Nutcracker motif for the season, and in the spirit of sustainability, all of Annick Goutal’s candle holders can be refilled with any other candle in the collection, making this a limited edition collectible for years to come.

HK$900/300g from Goutal, Shop 20, G/F, Fashion Walk, Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2613 1303

Tom Dixon: Underground and Alchemy

Following a spate of new collections released in celebration of London Design Festival — just off the heels of the Salone del Mobile earlier in the year — Tom Dixon’s latest addition to its Eclectic scents family are Underground and Alchemy. Underground features a gingery scent common of rhizomes, or subterranean-grown root plants, combined with sweetly spicy Haitian cardamom that’s perfect for the winter season. Alchemy, inspired by the age-old notion of crafting valuable substances from basic materials, is an enigmatic scent with black pepper, woody cypress, eucalyptus, patchouli and smoky guaiac wood. The two candles are encased in a chic new waisted metal vessel design, available in three sizes.

HK$330/60g from Tom Dixon, 52 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2882 2068

Diptyque: Lucky Flowers

Shopping for candles isn’t complete unless you take a gander through Diptyque’s seasonal must-haves. This year’s holiday collection is inspired by end-of-the-year festivals, with limited edition designs by artist Olaf Hajek. The Lucky Flowers candle is particularly apt for the tag-team of important holidays we have just around the corner in Hong Kong of Christmas and Chinese New Year. With notes of rose, clove and aniseed, this candle carries a positive message of good luck and auspiciousness, with a design featuring lucky charms such as a four-leaf-clover and the Japanese maneki-neko, a bearer of good fortune.

£44.17 (HK$454.31)/190g from Mr. Porter

Buly 1803: Sumi Hinoki

This well-loved scent by the artisans at L’Officine Universelle Buly captures the fresh scent of walking through an ancient winter forest, with notes of cypress, juniper berry, charred hinoki and cedar. Carved in marble with an elegant and luxurious Buly stamp, this is the perfect candle to own or gift for any woody scent lovers — doubling as an elegant decorative item long after it’s burned down. But even that would take a while — this durable candle boasts a burning time of 80 to 100 hours.

HK$1,350/300g from L’Officine Universelle Buly, G/F, 20 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2191 9005

Byredo: Chai

The soothing spices of Indian chai is just the thing to warm up a frigid room in the dead of winter — and in Hong Kong’s chilly non-insulated homes, no less. This homage to masala chai was conjured from Byredo founder Ben Gorham’s memories of his grandmother’s home in mind, with the scent of spices and black tea leaves swirling and infusing in boiling milk. A familial and cosy scent apt for a holiday spent with all your loved ones.

HK$600/240g from Lane Crawford

Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle: Joyeux Noel

Crafted by master perfumer Dominique Ropion, this seasonal candle captures the traditional essence of winter with warm spices meshed with the bracing freshness of winter pine. With pine, amber, cinnamon and an unexpected addition of cotton candy, the image this scent conjures is a candlelit living room on Christmas morning as children play and spice cake is served with tea, as a fire crackles softly nearby. You can’t get more festive than that.

HK$650/220g from Lane Crawford

Jo Malone: Myrrh and Tonka

The iconic seasonal scent of myrrh is paired with sweet vanilla and tonka bean in this luxurious scent by Jo Malone, also available as a popular cologne. Perfect to wind down a chilly winter evening, the rich scent of the hand-harvested sap of the Namibian myrrh tree is blended with the lovely layers of vanilla and almond from the tonka bean. A top note of lavender adds an herbaceous brightness to the mix so it’s not too heady, while also softening the atmosphere and helping you relax before bed.

HK$680/200g from Lane Crawford

Evelyn Lok
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6 Festive Décor Ideas to Spruce Up Your Home Over the Holidays

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With Christmas fast approaching, it’s time to fill your home with all things merry. Whether you’re an advocate of the warm and rustic, sophisticated and elegant or the ritzy-glitzy aesthetic, your holiday decorations can always benefit from a little refresh. 
Embrace the spirit of the season and transform your home with our top 6 festive décor ideas below.

A Modern Fireplace

While a roaring fireplace isn’t a commonality on this side of the world, the warm fiery hues and crackling logs are a much-coveted component to winter holiday homes. While a traditional fireplace is not appropriate for skyscraper condominiums nor practical year-round, a (smoke-free, chimney-free) electric alternative may be the solution. Whether traditional and realistic or sleek and contemporary, the addition not only increases the value of a home, but it also acts as a deck for Christmas decorating.

Fruit-filled Garlands

Classically draped garlands above the mantle are like a page straight out of a Christmas storybook. Trade in the old traditions for a refresh with fresh cut pine and balsam. Personalise it to coordinate with the rest of your space with minimalistic natural accents like pinecones, fruit or holly accents, or weave in baubles, ribbon and fairy lights for a grand over-the-top feel. Placement at the entrance of rooms will create a more inviting atmosphere while along the headboard in the bedroom will bring some festive cheer to an often overlooked room.  

Delicious Scents

Winter spices, fresh pine, gingerbread, roasting chestnuts… regardless of the fragrance you associate Christmas with, you can instantly give your home a festive flair with luscious home scents. Doubling as stylish decorative pieces, holiday candles will get you in the festive mood by adding a little warmth and magical ambiance to any room. 

Decorative Dining

Festive feasting is the best way to bring people together. Give your dining table a Christmassy makeover with tabletop décor – from crystal glassware to ornamental napkin holders – with gold accents and season-specific adornments or even Christmas crackers to get the party started. Layering items at different heights is a clever trick to add depth and extravagance to the table setting. 

Festive Florals

Say it with flowers this holiday. Lighten up your living space with beautiful decorative blooms. Trade in the usual poinsettia for oxblood dahlias, safari sunset leucadendrons and sage which lends itself to rustic and boho feels, or turn to neutral tones of lush greens for a fresher and lighter approach to Christmas this year. 

Whimsical Ornaments

Whether hanging on a tree or sitting on the steps of your staircase, small curios are simple to integrate into the home. Nutcracker soldiers or shimmering baubles, decorative bowls and playful trinkets add an embellishment to otherwise open spaces. Before deciding on items, first determine an aesthetic with the help of a mood board so regardless the placement, a holistic ambiance can be achieved. 

Staff Writer