Looking for the best luxury scented candle to gift in spring summer 2021? Whether you’re looking for a house-warming gift or a congratulations gift, these are the best scented candles you can’t go wrong with. From Jo Malone to Diptyque, Neom, Jo Loves, and the new Boy Smells.
We all have that one friend who’s obsessed with candles, and if you don’t – and you’re reading this – it’s probably you. As we all spend more and more time in our homes amid the pandemic, the luxury of burning a gorgeous candle is a weekly highlight. Whether you’re on this page looking for candle inspiration for yourself, or shopping for a thoughtful gift for a loved one, we promise you can’t go wrong with any of these suggestions.
Jo Malone London scented candles
You can’t have a candle roundup and not include Jo Malone London, can you? It’s synonymous with thoughtful gifting. This year’s summer gift offering is a special one as well. Introducing the Townhouse Collection which includes six ceramic candles that capture the curious characters and unique moments within a London townhouse.
Pastel Macaroons Townhouse Home Candle, £90, Jo Malone London
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Diptyque scented candles
Diptyque and summer go together like vanilla ice-cream and a flake – it’s a match made in heaven. This delightful new collection is adorned in an interplay of black lines set against a white background, each candle of the Graphic Collection is characterised by the nature and intensity of the line stroke: fine, overlapping curves for Baies, overlaid concentric shapes for Figuier, alternating, contrasting vertical lines for Roses.
Diptyque Limited Edition Roses. scented candle, £32, Selfridges
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Boy Smells scented candles
Boy Smells is a cult LA brand that arrived here in the UK last year, and it’s super chic. The cool, genderless candles started as an experiment in candle-making from the Los Angeles kitchen of co-founders, and real-life partners, Matthew Herman and David Kien in 2016. Fleurshadow features sultry floral notes and housed in a reflective rosé glass tumbler – a combination that any friend of yours would love.
Boy Smells Fleurshadow scented candle, £45, Space NK
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Neom scented candles
Neom’s new candles for Christmas have such positive vibes and we’re loving it. This one is a limited edition candle blended with pine, myrrh and fresh lime peel, plus 22 other essential oils.
Neom Real Luxury Intensive Skin Treatment Candle, £40, Selfridges
Overose scented candles
The Overose croissant scented candle sold out in minutes, and it’s fast-becoming the IT candle brand to know about. Founded in 2016, Overose is now a cult favourite, and this scen is presented in a holograph-effect glass holder, and the mesmerising anthurium-scented candle is defined by strong Caribbean floral notes with a wild rose and berry backbone.
Overose Anthurium scented candle, £52, Cult Beauty
Jo Loves scented candles
Personalised by the Jo Loves team and carefully labelled by hand, it’s a gift they’re sure to love and treasure. An artisan scented candle, hand-poured in England and beautifully presented in a luxurious gift box. The glass that holds the candle is hand-blown and is accompanied by a silver and glass lid to keep the wax dust-free. Each Home Candle burns for approximately 37.5 hours.
Jo Loves White Rose and Lemon Leaves scented candle, £55, Cult Beauty
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Frédéric Malle scented candles
If you’re looking for the ultimate chic candle that’s a little off the beaten track, look to Frédéric Malle who describes the scent of ‘Cafe Society’ as the “ephemeral odour of the living room a few minutes after the end of a Parisian dinner when the guests have just left.” Is that not fabulous? Developed by perfumer Carlos Benaïm, it features Wood, Citrus and soft floral accords. The pretty red vessel perfectly accents kitchen or dining room tables.
Frédéric Malle Cafe Society scented candle, £65, Cult Beauty
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Penhaligon’s scented candles
The Penhaligon’s Quercus candle is just the thing. With its fresh, earthy fragrance you’ll feel like you’re in a beautiful forest in the summertime.
Quercus Candle, £36, Penhaligon’s
Floral Street scented candles
Rose is the perfect scent for a gift – who doesn’t love the smell of fresh roses? This one from Floral Street has a soft rose core, latticed with raspberry, violet and patchouli. It’s both powerful and energetic.
Floral Street Rose Provence scented candle, £28, Selfridges
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Le Labo scented candles
This is a cult scent for a reason! Le Labo’s Santal 26 is smoky and leathery, but still gentle enough not to overpower. The style mavens of Instagram love this brand and it’s on every fashionista’s wish list.
Le Labo Santal 26 scented candle, £52, Cult Beauty
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Tom Daxon scented candles
This is described as a winter’s bouquet of crisp narcissus set amongst smoky woods – sounds irresistible, does it not?
Tom Daxon White Narcissus scented candle, £25, Tom Daxon
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Sisley scented candles
If you’re looking for the ultimate luxe candle for a gift – how about Sisley? Inspired by Isabelle d’Ornano’s rose garden, which also served as inspiration for the Izia fragrance, the Rose candle reveals the botanical freshness and elegance of this unique flower.
Sisley Rose scented candle, £54.50, Selfridges
Maison Francis Kurkdjian scented candles
This warming candle captures the unforgettable memory of rose petal jam, one of Francis’ grandmother’s secret recipes – a smooth and flowery sweetness, lightly honeyed and spicy, sustained by a burst of quince.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Anouche scented Candle, £80, Selfridges
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Skandinavisk scented candle
Let us introduce you to a very chic Scandi candle brand called Skandinavisk. Ro is Scandinavian for ‘tranquillity’. So you can rest assured that this candle will give you a little peace, calm and tranquillity. The candle features an engraved beechwood lid.
Skandinavisk RO Tranquility scented candle, £35, Selfridges
Charlotte Rhys scented candles
Charlotte Rhys is one of South Africa’s leading luxurious bath, body and lifestyle brands, and the candles are best-selling. With prices starting from £12 for a mini, to £50 for a large, there are an array of delicious flavours to try. You bet the ‘gingerbread’ scented candle will be on our Autumn wish-list.
Charlotte Rhys scented candle, prices starting at £12, Charlotte Rhys
Acqua di Parma scented candles
A sparkling tribute to one of the most engaging rituals in Italy: the aperitivo. Illuminate your home with sunny Italian elegance, captured in a fragrance made of sparkling citruses.
Acqua di Parma Aperitivo in Terrazza scented candle, £55, John Lewis
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Ormonde Jayne scented candles
All Ormonde Jayne candles are developed over several months, tested until perfect. For summer, it’s all about the Casablanca Lily scented candle which is the perfect fragrance for those warm nights. Presented in a gilded tin, this candle will lend hours of fragrant citrus bergamot to your home.
Ormonde Jayne Casablanca Lily scented candle, £70, Harrods
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Katie Loxton scented candles
Packed full of essential oils, Katie Loxton’s candles are the perfect companion for those summer nights! With its sumptuous summer scent of Pomelo and Lychee Flower, this blissful candle features the golden sentiment ‘Dreaming of Sunshine’ to the front and is presented in a perfect little box for the ultimate gifting moment.
Katie Loxton Sunshine scented candle, £16.99, Katie Loxton
Keys Soulcare scented candle
This candle is constantly selling out – and if you know someone who needs to hit the ‘reset’ button, the Sage + Oat Milk Candle will work to perfection. Revered as sacred by the Egyptians and other ancient civilisations, sage fills the room with its mystical perfume and cleanses the air as it works to eliminate negative vibes. Oat milk then helps to encourage a feeling of peace as it quietens overwrought minds with its subtly sweet and seductive allure – lulling you into a scent of security (aaaaand, breathe).
Keys Soulcare Sage + Oat Milk scented candle, £35, Cult Beauty
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