I'm a Candle Snob, But I'm Obsessed With These Marks and Spencer Candles

My name is Eleanor, and I'm an accidental candle snob. If you could take a peek into my home, you'd find Jo Malone candles mingling with Diptyque atop my fireplace, and Bella Freud and Boy Smells dotted around my flat. I'm lucky in my job as a beauty editor that I'll often receive new candles to test. However, I'm aware I have developed very expensive taste. While I might occasionally buy an expensive candle every now and then (I'll forever buy Diptyque's Noisetier candle, and I practically ration my Byredo Bibliotheque one), if I weren't in my line of work as a beauty journalist, I wouldn't have the money to burn on the really expensive candles. So I decided to find the best high-street candles that won't break the bank or compromise on filling a room with fragrance.


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The thing I've found with the really cheap candles is that they just don't manage to do this.They might smell enticing in-store, but once lighted, they often fall flat and fail to deliver that "throw" that fills a room with its scent. Or I've been drawn in by a pretty candle vessel, but the contents just don't deliver. If you're looking for a good yet affordable candle, I recommend avoiding the cheapest candles out there and instead spending a little more to get something that fits the brief. I've recently discovered M&S's range of candles after popping into my local store for some Percy Pigs, and I have to say I think they meet this ideal middle ground—without breaking the bank.


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Marks and Spencer has a whole range of candles now that balance quality and affordability so well. In fact, some of the candles look way more expensive than their price tags might suggest. The vessels have that minimalist aesthetic that so many designer candles tap into, so you know they'll look amazing in your home too. Whether you're looking for an aromatherapy candle to soothe the senses or an affordable dupe of your favourite expensive candle, you won't be disappointed by these. Ahead, I've rounded up the best sellers and highest-rated candles from M&S—there's one for every room and mood.

The 11 Best Marks and Spencer Candles

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Eleanor Vousden
Beauty Editor, Who What Wear UK

Eleanor Vousden is the beauty editor for Who What Wear UK. She was previously deputy editor at Hairdressers Journal, health writer at Woman & Home and junior beauty editor at beauty website Powder. She has also contributed to Wallpaper and Elle Collections with written and styling work.Working as a beauty journalist since 2015 after graduating in fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion, she has been highly commended at the BSME Talent Awards for her work on Powder and also contributed to the title winning Website of the Year at the PPA Awards.Eleanor’s journalistic focus is to provide readers with honest and helpful beauty content. Through words, video and live broadcast, she has interviewed several celebrity makeup artists, hairstylists and top dermatologists throughout her career, as well as celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Scarlett Johansson. She has a particular interest in finding solutions for acne and eczema, which she has experienced firsthand. She has also amassed a large collection of fragrances and can never say no to a new candle.When she’s not writing or testing the latest beauty product or treatments, she’s on the seafront in her hometown of Brighton and Hove, where she lives with her partner and her miniature dachshund.