The Glass Christmas Gift Guide – our favourite candles

ALAÏA PARIS - Scented Candle with Laser Cut Holder 2017Alaïa Paris, Scented Candle with Laser-Cut Holder

Alaïa scented candle
A limited edition fragranced candle by the late Tunisian couturier designer, Azzedine Alaïa, is surely a top choice for any designer-loving connoisseur this Christmas. Presented inside a shiny black metal laser-cut holder complete with a protective base, it exudes a glowing laser-cut design, synonymous with the much-loved and iconic Alaïa brand.

by Amanda Bernstein
Priced at £104 and available from

Azzi Glasser Black MossBlack Moss candle by The Perfumer’s Story by Azzi

Black Moss candle by The Perfumer’s Story by Azzi
Five scented candles now sit alongside award-winning perfume designer Azzi Glasser’s fragrance collection. Our favourite is Black Moss, based on an accord of musk and patchouli accord with earthy, warm and sensual notes of oak moss with oudh. Just right for fragrancing your home.

by Caroline Simpson

Black Moss candle by The Perfumer’s Story by Azzi retails at £49 for 180g. Available from here

cire trudon christmas

Lumière natural wax candle by Cire Trudon

The Lumière candle from Cire Trudon
From Cire Trudon, the Parisian candle company, founded in 1643,  their Christmas collection of three exquisite candles for is inspired by the scents of Japan, this year. Glass’s favourite of the collection is Luminous made, as ever, with the highest quality wax, presented in a beautiful seasonally red glass  and case and infused with Japanese amber, a leathery notes, cashmere wood, cedar, iris, patchouli and Tonka bean.

by Caroline Simpson

Lumière is available here retails at £78

Fornasetti Profumi candle

Fornasetti Profumi Golden Burlesque Large Scented Candle

Fornasetti Profumi Golden Burlesque Large Scented Candle
Lighten up the darkness with this stylish scented wonder – the Profumi Golden Burlesque, a three-wick candle by Italian artist Fornasetti – which is encased in a beautifully designed ceramic container. This high quality candle is perfumed with Otto (Fornasetti’s trademark fragrance) which contains seasonal oriental, leathery and woody notes, including thyme, lavender, cedarwood and incense. A perfect marriage of design and fragrance. A keeper.

by Caroline Simpson

Fornasetti Profumi Golden Burlesque Scented Candle from £150 fro 300grams

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Maison Francis Kurkdjian Bougie Mon beau Sapin

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Bougie Mon beau Sapin
Evoking fresh pine trees and the freshness of a snowy mountain tops, the Christmas candle from Maison Francis Kurkdjian, Mon beau Sapin, scented with balsam fir,  has been a Yuletide staple for a few years. This Christmas it is available in two sizes as well, small and large. If you are not able to have a real tree at home, this really is the next best thing.

by Caroline Simpson

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Bougie Mon beau Sapin retails at £55 (6.7 .oz) and £255 (56.43 .oz.)

Ormonde Jayne candles christmasOrmonde Jayne Christmas Baubles

Ormonde Jayne Christmas Baubles
The inspired British perfume house Ormonde Jayne has created three very special scented candles, called the Bauble collection, especially for Christmas and comprising of Etoile, Nocturne and Mystere. Our favourite is Etoile, fragranced with spicy festive notes of mandarin, cardamom, cinnamon, bay and amber.

 by Caroline Simpson

Ormonde Jayne Christmas Baubles candles retail at £78 for 290 grams and are available exclusively at Harrods

Sóley Organics candles

Sóley Organics

Sóley Organics tvær stjörnur and bústaður
Iceland’s Sóley Organics are best known for skincare, but their handmade scented candles are superb. Choose tvær stjörnur for a soft and subtle fragrance that marries the warmth of cinnamon, apple, cardamom, and ginger with the delicate freshness of mandarin to evoke warmth and memories.  bústaður is a clever fusion of fruit notes and patchouli: a fresh and vibrant fragrance that Soley Organics descibe as “scented with rhubarb and longing”. Sóley Organics candles are designed in Iceland and manufactured in France, and have a burning time of approximately 60 hours.

by Rachel McCormack

Priced at £32 for 450 grams and available instore and online at John Bell & Croyden


Prismologie Massage Candle with Oud



Prismologie Oud Massage Candle

Prismologie Oud Massage Candle
Designed for the dressing table, not the dining table, Prismologie deliver their vibrant crystal therapy skincare in an innovative format with  this dramatic pouring candle. Scented with oud to calm the mind, the candle is burnt until a pool of wax forms, at which point, it should be extinguished. After a few moments, the warm liquid can be poured into the palm and massaged into the skin using circular motions. Wild mango, coconut oil, and soybean oil soften the skin whilst the delicious aroma of oud lingers in the air and on the skin to restore one’s sense of well-being. A deeply relaxing experience, the Prismologie Oud Massage Candle creates a luxurious bedtime beauty ritual.

by Rachel McCormack

Priced at £60 for 200g and available from John Bell & Croyden

anya smells candleAnya Smells candle in coffee

Anya Smells candle in coffee
It is wonderful when talented people work together to make something lovely. And this is just what accessories designer Anya Hindmarch and perfumer Lynn Harris have done with Anya Smells, a collection of three candles made, in her fun witty style, to conjure up happy memories, and Hindmarch’s first foray into fragrances. Being complete coffee hounds, Glass’s favourite is Coffee with delicious accents of café abs, galbanum, cardamom, vetiver, patchouli, Virginia cedar wood, tonka bean, frankincense and amber. For more unusual cosy Christmas feels.

by Caroline Simpson

Anya Smells candles retail at £50 and £150