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
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