Show up to dinner with a luxe scented candle to guarantee a future invite, says aislinn coffey
Searching for a hostess gift for that barbeque you’re invited to this weekend? Whether it ends up in the living room, hallway or even the guest bathroom, a handsome luxe candle will do the job perfectly. But, which ones pass the scent test (floral, fruity or spicy), the burntime test (how long does the flame hold?) and the wax quality evaluation (paraben and paraffin-free)? It’s worth finding out, if you really want to impress. From Cloon Keen to Loewe, Rathbornes and candles from other Irish businesses, here is our edit of the very best you can buy online …
Cuirín Dubh candle (sun-ripened blackcurrants, laced with the freshness of mint, blend seamlessly with rose petals and a subtle hint of forest moss. Burn time 55-60 hours), €40 for 285g, at Cloon Keen.
White pomegranate(fresh pomegranate infused with rosebuds, lily and gardenia. Cassis and vanilla add warmth. Burn time 40 hours) natural wax and wick candle, €40 for 190g, at Max Benjamin.
Honey suckle (olfactory creation that highlights nature’s most natural and pure scents. 100% vegetable wax with two cotton wicks. Burn time 30 hours) candle, Loewe, from €75 for 170g, at Brown Thomas.
Rest three-wick (aromatherapeutic camomile, lavender and sweet orange) candle, Eym, €69 for 440g, at Seagreen.
Rose Prick (Inspired by Tom Ford’s private rose garden, Rose Prick is a wild bouquet of beautiful breeds of rose: Rose de Mai, Turkish and Bulgarian. Burn time 40 hours) candle, Tom Ford, €114 for 200g, at Arnotts.
Herbal Woods (inspired by pollen-rich plants and flowers which attract bees. Palm free, non-GMO natural wax. Burn time 45 hours) candle, Rathbornes, €40 for 210g, at Irish Design Shop.
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