A fetish for scented candles - with dupes of Jo MaloneTuesday, 25 September 2012
Over the last few years, I've developed a real obsession with scented candles. Not the rank Yankee Candles that you get as wedding favours or granny presents, but beautiful handmade ones with essential oils and a subtle scent that fills the room.
When you see a fancy lady giving tips about travel, they often say that they fly with their favourite scented candle to hand, to light as they arrive in a hotel to remind them of home. Psh to that, I say. The unfamiliar smell in a hotel room is part of the fun! So long as it's not the smell of mice, or a blocked toilet, of course.
Through trial and error, I've found a reliable few candles that I'll love forever, and thought I'd share them with you.
Inishowen Candles - Lime, Basil & Mandarin (€6)
I was upstairs in the craft shop of Collooney for the first time today, and spotted a range from a brand I hadn't seen before, Inishowen Candles. Made in Malin Head, the most northerly point in Ireland, I thought I'd pick one up and give it a bash. I've had it burning for a few hours now, and the scent is heavenly. Not too overpowering, it's a great warming scent with no floral undertones at all. I think calling it a dupe of Jo Malone is a bit too much, as it is exactly the same combination of oils, but there's no denying it's a good bit cheaper at just €6.
Lily Flame - Citrus Crush €9
I wasn't too sure about these at first. The other fragrances in the range include the kind of gacky scents you see in a Yankee Candle, including Chocolate truffle and Christmas pudding, which were rather off putting to me. But I love a citrus based scent, so I picked this one up to try. And it quickly became a favourite. It's a little more potent than the other two, so I don't burn it for as long, but it really lifts a room. There are great seasonal scents in the range, and a few more I might try next time.
Surprisingly, the little one I picked up in Dunnes was a great candle (Sandalwood, I think). And I've been dreaming of the Voya candle for years... I adore that smell, but can't quite bring myself to splash out €44 on it. One day...
Do you have any favourites? Share them in the comments!