I'm Seriously Fussy, But These Are the 18 Best Festive Candles This Year

I'm putting it out there: I'm a candle hoarder. I have drawers full of them. From fresh, airy scents to woody, spicy aromas, I've got a plethora of options in my collection—one for every mood. And as a candle obsessive, I'm finally entering my favourite time of the year. With Christmas approaching, I'm gearing up to unwrap all of the most festive scents in my collection and turn my home into a Christmassy grotto.

The only problem is that when it comes to Christmas scents, I'm seriously fussy. The idea of filling my room with the sorts of traditional heady, sickly scents associated with Christmas makes me want to run for the hills. I like my festive candles to smell fresh and crisp and have a warming (but not headache-inducing) base that makes me want to snuggle up under a blanket. And after testing and trialling virtually every Christmas candle out there, I can safely say that I've found the best ones.


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So if, like me, a sweet, heady Christmas candle isn't usually your vibe, keeping scrolling for the most deliciously elegant and festive candles around.

The Best Christmas Candles 2023

1. Jo Loves Christmas Trees

2. Diptyque Feu De Bois

3. Space NK Shimmering Spice Candle

4. Maison Francis Kurkdijan Limited Edition Trio of Candles 3,2,1 Noël!

5. Neom Perfect Peace Scented Candle

6. Diptyque Sapin Scented Candle

7. Beauty Pie Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Candle

8. Jo Malone London Ginger Biscuit Candle

9. Jo Loves Log Fires Scented Candle 

10. The White Company Fir Tree Large Candle

11. Jo Malone London Pine & Eucalyptus Luxury Candle

12. The White Company Winter Candle

13. Neom Christmas Wish Scented Candle

14. Byredo Choco Mascarpone

15. Cowshed Winter Candle 

16. Diptyque Coton Scented Candle 

17. Marks & Spencer Frankincense & Myrrh Scented Candle

18. John Lewis Winter Spice

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Shannon Lawlor is a renowned beauty journalist and has contributed to Who What Wear’s beauty content since 2020. As a leading beauty editor, expert and brand consultant, she has over eight years of experience working for some of the industry’s most esteemed titles, including Who What Wear (of course), Glamour UK, Stylist, Refinery29 and Fabulous.

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