14 seasonal scented candles for autumn
It's the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness... and of scented candles! Check Muddy's pick of the best candles for autumn from our local indies and beyond.
HONEY AND SPICE
Muddy Winner for Best Florist in Essex 2021, the chaps at Leigh on Sea’s Scent have a nose for finding the perfect fragrance to see in each season. For autumn, one of their finds is this beautiful Amber & Honey candle from designer Gisela Graham London. An unusual but beautiful fragrance, not only does it smell divine, but the gold on black votive is pure understated style, while the pretty box is the cherry on the candle.
A FOREST WALK
This Smith and Co Forest scented vegan candle from Brentwood’s The Greenhouse is scented with sweet fir, evergreen, white cedar and wild flowers, creating a beautiful outdoors scent. It’s like going for a walk in the woods sans the mud-caked wellies. And, of course, we love the simple on-trend look of the amber glass jar with vintage label.
This ceramic scented candle collection from one of our lovely Little Black Books, Olivetreehome, only launched today. It has been created by marrying ethical stoneware and handmade olive wax candles, which come in single, three and even a huge 1.5kg five-wick candle. Available in a dozen beautiful scents, founder Helen suggests Honey & Tobacco or Black Rose & Oud to fill your home with a warming, autumnal fragrance. To protect your candle from dust, each candle comes with a cover infused with wild flower seeds, which can then be planted in your garden or your pot for wonderful wild flowers come spring time.
Seeing in the new season is Ingatestone’s Abigail Lifestyle’s adorable Winter Woodland Collection. Inspired by wildlife on the farm, each soft grey pot features a local creature, like this cute hare. Hand poured with a wax blend and rosemary and thyme with earthy winter wood notes, it’s beautifully fresh and uplifting.
There’s nothing like a bracing walk along the beach on a beautiful autumn day. Thing is, when it’s cold and wet, it’s way more tempting to stay in your toasty PJs. In which case, light up this High Tide candle from Thaxted’s Vintage Style Living and Muddy Award Winner 2021. The candle’s blend of mandarin and lemon verbena essential oils packs a citrus zest punch – like walking along the beach on a blustery day (just warmer and dryer).
That’s the mouth and nose of early 20th century Italian opera singer Lina Cavalieri on a Fornasetti candle — but you, of course, recognised that instantly. The scent is a heady blend of dried thyme and lavender with spicy incense and cedarwood. If only it came with her lipstick brand…
IN THE BRAMBLES
Bring the early autumn charm of a blackberry bush into your home with Jo Malone’s Wild Berry & Bramble Townhouse Candle, scented with dark red fruits (owl not included). Like all the Townhouse range, it comes in a gorgeous unglazed ceramic lidded container — dead chic to reuse.
Diptyque is taking us on a curated global tour with its latest candle range, and we love stop number one: Paris. The vision is antique booksellers on the banks of the Seine (you gotta love this stuff), so the scent is polished wood and the ‘spicy vanilla accents’ of old books. Ooh la la.
Award-winning Bucks-native Ruth Mastenbroek has launched the evocative Rebel County candle, inspired by tales of Cork from her Irish grandmother. It’s an effective mix of Irish oak, amber, and wild herbs: a ‘firesome scent’ that evokes burning peat and a chilled sunrise on the Irish coast.
Nothing says shorter days and colder weather like a steaming bowl of soup, right? Take that logic one step further: a jaunty Andy-Warhol-style tomato soup candle from Amara is just the thing for October. The fragrance is a cosy, kitchen-y one of tomato leaf, basil and mint, and the colours be poppin’.
BESIDE THE FIRE
Hand-made in Sussex, this Be Still candle from Seven Seventeen is all swirling smoke and crackling log fire, for those dark and snug nights. The wax is totally plant-based and the container is a recycled pharmacy jar, so you can tick that sustainable box, too.
A SIP OF SMOKY TEA
It’s all steaming, cosy comfort with this Infusion de Thé candle from Miller Harris. Clean bergamot mixed with the slight smoke of tea for a perfectly warming autumn scent.
MAKE CANDLES NOT WAR
Give peace a chance and fill your house with the aroma of Sixties liberation. Which in this case is of course the scent of fig leaves, cyclamen, and musky woods, courtesy of the Lauren Dickinson Clarke Yoko Ono candle.
Another one big on the eco-creds, Self Made candles have seeds hidden in the labels for use at the end of the candle’s life. For autumn, we love this Sage & Rosemary scent — a blend of woodsy herbs that’s perfect to hide cooking/pet/husband smells in a cosy kitchen.
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