Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Home Proud: Cosy scents

There is nothing I love more than the beach...but when the cold strikes in London town I try to make my home as cosy as possible, so I can wrap up warm and make it a little sanctuary for hibernation and chill time while I wait for the summer!

The perfect items for this are candles. You can virtually pick what sort of 'feeling' or mood you want to get into, scatter some of your related scents around the room and feel like you are drifting away wherever you want to be. It's funny how a little flame in a pit can transform your mood so quickly.

I've tried lots of candles including IKEA and Tesco brands which are a lot cheaper than most, and I hate to say it but you really do get what you pay for with your candle selection. The cheap candles burn out vert quickly, they only melt in the middle, and the scent is not as strong or natural...they just don't cut it.

I've never been one to want to spend a lot of money on a candle, until I tested some of the wonderful Boujies ones and was completely converted! This candle lasted for weeks, burnt all around the edges and had a very good quality strength of scent. I was really impressed and started a newfound candle appreciation and so wanted to recommend a few more lovely candles to help you relax after a hard day's work...

Are there any lovely candles you have also tried?

Jo Malone's most popular scent in a candle is like heaven...fresh sea salt tones and mineral scents of rugged cliffs unite in this woody earthiness that adds luxury to your home. The lid can also be engraved and personalised, beautiful!

Another great scent from one of my favourite brands. Their classic fragrance is hand-blended with natural waxes to create this luxurious scented candle.

I love this set of calm chamomile and sandalwood travel candles perfect to light in a hotel room to make it more homely. Cowshed candles are made from 100% natural soy wax which is a completely renewable environmentally friendly source.

Luxury Neom fragrances are made with organic ingredients and pure essential oils, working with your senses to make you feel more relaxed and energised.

A gorgeous snuffer perfect for extinguishing the flame on your new candles!

Don't forget to get a GOOD candle lighter, too! I recently bought some on eBay which were really cheap but broke after three uses which was rubbish! Pay a little more and invest in a classic, good quality candle lighter like this Zippo one which looks stylish too (bonus!). They are great for when the candles have burnt quite deep and you are unable to reach into the pot without burning your fingers.

Available in three shades. £13.75


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