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No home is fully complete without candles, especially during Christmas. We’ve rounded up our favourites, tried and tested them and only the ones that we really love have made the cut.

Brooke & Shoals

Multi award-winning Irish brand Brooke & Shoals is synonymous with the gold standard of luxury gifting.  Based in Greystones, Co Wicklow, they tick all the boxes when it comes to luxury gifts that smell amazing, create Irish jobs and have a lower carbon footprint than many other brands in their sector.  Their range comes in candles made using only natural wax, diffusers, hand wash and hand lotion in scent favourites such as White Lily Ylang Ylang, Elderflower, Rhubarb & Rose, Sweet Pea & Tea Rose, Grapefruit & Lemongrass, Lemon Verbena & Bergamont, Saffron Patchouli & Oud, Sandalwood, Vanilla & Salted Caramel.  But it’s this year’s festive range that has captured our hearts.

The Frosted Ginger & Winter Berry candle is divine and come in ready to gift packaging to make life as easy as possible. 

The Cinnamon & Cedar candle evokes memories of Christmas with a scent so familiar that it’s like a Christmas hug in the home.

Both are available in a reed diffuser to fill your home with festive spirit.

Scented candles RRP €20 and diffusers RRP €29

Available from over 300 stockists nationwide including Meadows & Byrne, Carraig Donn, House of Fraser. Buy on-line at Brook & Shoals or pop into the shop in Greystones where they have the most divine gift-wrapping service.

Jane Darcy

Created by young Irish mum Gillian Halpin, ‘Jane Darcy’ is a range of scented candles and room diffusers available in a selection of fragrances including French Lavender & Lovage, Kaffir Lime Basil & Blood Orange, Zesty Lemongrass & Bergamot. These luxury scented candles are made from 100% natural soy wax and boasts a 10% parfum concentration which is notably higher than most luxury candles on the market.   Each candle and diffuser is packaged in a luxurious gift box and finished with a hand tied gift bag accompanied by a complimentary box of matches and a personalizable gift card, making it an ideal gift for someone special.

RRP €30 for candles

RRP €35 for diffusers

Available from Jane Darcy and in selected retailers nationwide.

L'Occitane

L'Occitane is a familiar brand for their well-known natural beauty scented hand creams and body lotions but their candles are not always top of mind.  This year, they have four candles in their gifting range – choose from:

  • Relaxing Candle – Relax with the long-lasting scent of lavender from Provence combined with sweet orange, bergamot, mandarin and geranium.
  • Harmony Candle – a candle with the scent of Provençal woods with a blend of cypress, thyme, eucalyptus, juniper and ylang-ylang essential oils, to bring a feeling of harmony.
  • Uplifting Candle – a candle with a delicious scent that leaves you smiling and feeling good inside. Made with the essential oils’ immortelle, basil, cypress, eucalyptus and litsea cubeba, they come together in a fragrance that’s deliciously aromatic.
  • Revitalising Candle – a fresh and invigorating candle blending scent of mint, pine, rosemary, sweet orange and litsea cubeba.

RRP €22

Available in-store or online at L’occitane

Aroma Works

Aroma Works source natures finest soy wax to make their candles, while the aroma delivered by our 100% pure essential oils envelops in the scents of purity. There are four fragrances in the Aroma Works range:

  • Nurture Candle is a rich and fruity, luxurious blend of 5 essential oils.  It has a fresh top note of may chang with the sweet, fresh scent of roman chamomile and the soothing aromatic base of Sandalwood.
  • Serenity Candle has a citrus, yet warm fragrance of lemongrass that will energise your mind and body whilst at the heart of this blend, the exotic floral beauty that is neroli, will serve to restore your emotions and soothe away stress.
  • Soulful Candle is complex and exotic.  It is a soulful blend that brings together 7 essential oils. Top notes of spicy frankincense and fruity juniper berry provide a deeply calming sensation to soothe jangled nerves, whilst the fragrant base notes of patchouli help to ease away fatigue, providing a truly warming and relaxing experience.
  • Inspire Candle has a warming fragrance which combines top notes of spicy black pepper and fruity, sweet juniper berry with the freshness of uplifting lime. At the heart of this delicious blend, geranium adds a soft calming element.

RRP €38

Available in good pharmacies or online at Cosmetics Online

Jo Browne

Jo Browne is a qualified reflexologist and holistic therapist with a passion for essential oils and their natural healing and revitalising benefits. Founded in 2016, the brand’s original foray into natural beauty products saw the launch of Jo Browne natural solid perfumes for men and women.

The brand has added a new Bamboo Aroma Diffuser to its range of all-natural skincare and perfumes, handmade in Ireland. With light therapy that can be fixed to one colour or turned off, Jo Browne Aroma diffuser uses cool mist so never gets hot and is so easy to use, simply plug it in, lift up the cap, add water to the max line and 3 drops of your favourite Jo Browne Blends of which there are 6 available: Fresh Blend; Calm Blend, Breathe, Sleep, Signature and Christmas.

RRP €75.00 for the diffuser and €20 for each of six blends

Available from Meadows and Byrne, Kilkenny Shop, McElhinney’s, House of Ireland and independent gift shops and online at https://jobrowne.com

The Conscious Store – Irish Forest Candle

The Conscious Stores candles are hand-poured in small batches and made with love in Tipperary.  The range includes Lavender Field, Plum & Rhubarb, Fig & Cassis, Rose Garden and Bluebell Woods.  But it’s the Irish Forest that we fell in love with – it’s a deep fresh scent of fresh fir needles, cedar and musk and a hint of wildflowers.   These beautiful candles are made with natural, renewable soy wax, a touch of coconut oil, cotton wicks and a mix of high-quality fragrance and essential oils. The packaging and labels are made from recycled paper and the glass jars are recyclable.

RRP €25

Available in The Conscious Christmas Store on 13 Fade St, Dublin 2 or online from TheKind.co

Green Angel Pure & Organic

Green Angel have taken their many years’ experience of candle making blending premium oils and fragrances to create a distinctive, luxurious and relaxing range of reed diffusers to fragrance your home in a safe and natural way.   Their candles are as natural and organic as possible with no harsh chemicals, no artificial colours, no paraffin, no mineral wax and are ethically sourced too.  

Both of Green Angel’s candles & diffusers are available in two different scents. The White Linen fragrance has a fresh, powdery linen top notes, floral heart of rose and muguet accords over a woody, musky base. The Lime & Lemongrass fragrance has a fresh vibrant juicy fragrance with cool West Indian lime heated by hints of Jamaican ginger and aromatic lemongrass.

RRP Candle €19.95 and Diffuser €29.95

Available from the Kilkenny Shop, Avoca, Shaws, Meadows & Byrne and leading pharmacies and lifestyle shops nationwide. Alternatively buy online at www.greenangel.com

Emma’s So Naturals

For winter wellness, Emma’s candle range wraps you in an invisible blanket of sensory spiced comfort.  Working from the countryside in Louth, it’s possible with handmade candles to put a lot of love into the process. Not only this, Emma Fallon infuses each candle with an original blend of pure essential oils in a base of soya wax (palm-oil free). Her creations are clean burning for hours on end creating a beautiful atmosphere in your home.  

Her core range includes fragranced candles including scents such Basil, Lime & Mandarin, Lemongrass, Lavender, Harmony, Masala Chai and Pacific Ylang-Ylang but none are so strong that they will overpower the room. However, it’s her Spiced Orange Candle that we fell in love with.  It evokes the warmth of the Irish home in winter with its uplifting blend of orange, warming benzoin, spicy ginger and festive frankincense.

RRP The Emma’s So Naturals’ Glass Tumbler Candle comes in an Irish designed uniquely floral box, priced at €19.50, Travel Candle Tins retail at €10.50, Wax Tart Melts at €4.95

Full list of stockists or available from www.emmas.ie

Voya

The Voya Ginger Chai & Mandarin natural scented candle releases the evocative warmth and awakening of spring. Containing top notes of ginger chai and spicy cinnamon that disperse from its fresh Brazilian mandarin heart and smoothed over with buttery Madagascar clove oil, the warm rich under tones of spice soften an abundance of fresh citrus scents to ensure you enjoy a positive pick me up and a real sense of emotional wellbeing.

RRP €27

Available in Kilkenny Stores or online at Kilkenny Shop

Jo Malone

If budget isn’t an option, then Jo Malone has a new fragrance for Christmas 2019.  It’s the Orange Bitters candle.  Take a dash of sweet orange and a burst of ripe mandarin. Finish with a splash of bitter orange to reveal rich prune and a base of sensual sandalwood and amber.

RRP Deluxe Candle €150 or Home Candle €52

Available from Brown Thomas

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It's been a long week, and it's only Tuesday.

The need for good quality content in our lives is at an all time high if we want to make it to Christmas in one piece.

There's still six days away, and only some seriously gas online material will help us to survive, and some serious self-care.

noah centineo bath GIF by AM to DM

Luckily for the entire internet, Noah Centineo has delivered once again.

Otherwise known as the boyfriend of the online community, when Noah was a mere sixteen-years-old, we appeared to be already rehearsing for his role as public heart-throb.

Fans have stealthily dug up footage of himself belting out Boyfriend by our old pal Justin Bieber, while dressed as Batman…in a candlelit room…

Yes, we can confirm it's as hilarious as it sounds. Take a look;

We're still laughing that the title of the video is literally 'Boyfriend by Justin Bieber Super Hero Swag', uploaded by Centineo's pal Jack Griffo.

God bless you, Jack Griffo, for gifting us with this glorious content.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight.

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If you are looking for a beautiful gift for a loved one, or a sure-fire way to treat yourself, look no further. We’ve found the perfect Irish-owned company who carefully create hand-made products to soothe the soul and melt your heart.

Candles have different meanings for every occasion; be it a special moment of celebration, a birthday festivity or just a calming night-in for the ultimate relaxation experience, a scented candle is the ideal reminder of healing and peace.

The talented founder of Lovato Candles created the luxury brand when he was just 20-years-old in his home county, Cork.

Jason Hamilton-Foott began the company from his home in the autumn of 2016, and the collection of gentle wax products has gone from strength to strength ever since.

The handmade candles are curated using only 100 percent natural wax and the finest blend of fragrance oils, ensuring that the end products are unique to each buyer.

Jason’s candles are an outlier in the market. Immediately a standout favourite, the high quality ingredients, contemporary design and careful crafting from beginning to end have attracted attention of consumers worldwide.

The founder’s love of travelling is a major influence on his brand and combined with his appreciation of Irish life, has resulted in a huge variety of scents and diffusers resembling the fragrance of our natural lands blended with those of further afield.

Lovato Candles have received a mountain of praise for their fragrance products which never fail to soothe, satisfy and exceed customer expectations.

Jason’s collection is comprised of a range of ten fragrances of scented candles and diffusers, each Lovato candle is instantly beloved both at home and abroad.

The choice within the Lovato Candle range is extensive; you can choose between votive candles, candles with a luxury box, clear candles, luxury candles with a silver lid and three-wick candles, as well as diffusers and wax melts.

Some of the beautiful aromatic fragrances include; Black Plum & Rhubarb, Seaweed and Juniper, Lemongrass and Ginger, Rock Salt and Driftwood, Thai Lime and Mango, Mandarin and Sandalwood, and Night Blooming Jasmine. Each one is truly a gift for the senses.

Lovato Candles are stocked in some of Ireland's most celebrated retailers. Jason and his company now have their own Bandon studio where their decadent collection is carefully crafted.

Why not try give your perfect match the tranquil candle they deserve? We want the full range for maximum comfort within our home, these crafted candles are the image of self-care.

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Okay – Okay, we know that it's September and talking about Christmas is forbidden.

BUT – we have stumbled upon the perfect Christmas aroma and we couldn't help but share the magic.

Stick on some Wham! and a Santa hat because as soon as you smell Jo Malone's 2018 festive fragrance, the Christmas craic will be brought back.

Photo credit: Jo Malone

This season you'll need the divine White Moss & Snowdrop Cologne.

As soon as you spray it, you'll be reminiscing of open fires, Christmas dinner and the glamorous parties.

If it was socially acceptable to bath in it – we would. However, a candle version is also available, so we'll probably treat ourselves and our Christmas guests to the gorgeous scent.

Photo credit: Jo Malone

Jo Malone has even gone one step further to create the most decadent wrapping – so pretty that you can even hang it on the tree.

Taking inspiration from those sparkling baubles, you'll be blown away with the glitter and glam of this year's Christmas Collection.

Indulge your loved ones this year, with some of our faves picks such as the Cologne Collection Pomegranate Noir and the Christmas Ornament.

Or if you have a healthy budget, you'll be the envy of pretty much everyone with their advent calendar or customised Christmas Cracker. 

Photo credit: Jo Malone

For those who fell in love with Jo Malone's Orange bitters – you're in luck.

The divine perfume is back and due to popular demand, they've also unleashed the winter fave in candle form.

If you're hosting Christmas drinks, the candle will be perfect festive mood setter and will hit all the right notes as your guests sip their Christmas cocktails. 

Photo credit: Jo Malone

All of these beautiful Christmas aromas will be available from Brown Thomas on October 23 and the advent calendar will launch on November 1.

So save the dates in your calendar as we suspect these will be a massive hit.

And, if anyone has me for Secret Santa – I'm not gonna bother hinting, I'm telling you now I want something from Jo Malone's Christmas range.

 

Feature image credit: Instagram/Jo Malone

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Recently, we discovered a company called Flick Candles, who specialise in creating interesting, and offensive scents. 

The company sell lovely large scented candles, that are named after super inappropriate things. 

Names like "crushing debt" and "recently deleted browser history" are just two examples of the kind of candles offered. 

While we admit that these candles are offensive, we absolutely love them. 

Imagine the look on your mums face if you gifted her a lovely pink candle named "freshly inked tramp stamp".

The candles cost $16.99 each, which is SO worth it! 

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When it comes to interiors, we'll admit that we haven't QUITE made it.

For every cute teacup, there's a fraying curtain hem and for every cosy throw, there's a skirting board gathering serious dust.

But if there's one thing we have nailed in the domestic goddess department, it's candles.

From long tapers to tea lights and everything in between, when it comes to candles we definitely thought we knew our stuff.

But it turns out, we don't… at all.

According to Marie Claire, the vast majority of us are doing ourselves a major disservice in the candle department by destroying our scented friends with the act of tunnelling.

Those in the know are eager to remind us that a candle's first burn is incredibly important, and if you don't allow it to burn long enough so that the puddle reaches the edge, you are essentially ruining your new purchase.

By extinguishing the flame before the puddle reaches the edge means your candle will always burn unevenly, and you'll never get full value for your money.

If you're as horrified as the rest of us right now, rest assured all you need do to get the most out of your candle is allow the wax puddle to reach the same size as the circumference of the candle before extinguishing it.

And now, you're a grown-up.

 

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If things had gone differently, we'd know Gigi Hadid by a very different name these day.

She may have one of the most perfect supermodel monikers now, but Gigi actually grew up as Jelena Noura Hadid. 

Yeah, it doesn't quite roll off the tongue does it? 

According to Gigi: "A teacher asked my mom, 'If I needed to call Jelena a nickname, what would it be?' And my mom was like, 'I call her Gigi sometimes,' and the name stuck."

Thank goodness for that! 

It turns out that the majority of our favourite celebrities were not actually born with their rock star names. Check out this list of some mundane, some surprising and some ridiculous celebrity name changes. 

1) Suki Waterhouse 

Suki is actually this British model's middle name. Her first name is actually Alice!

But apparently her ex beau Bradley Cooper used to use her real name and as you can imagine, people were a bit puzzled. 

"I told him that that was my name when we first met, and I called him something else, too. It was just something fun, but then I stopped and he didn't, so he introduced me to everyone as Alice. It confuses people sometimes… "

2) Blake Lively 

The lovely Blake's real name does not have quite the ring to it. Blake's real surname is Brown but her father opted to break the marital tradition and take the surname of Blake's Mum, Elaine instead. 

Blake Brown. Not so much. 

3) Jude Law 

Jude Law is actually not a Jude at all, but a David. He decided to use his middle name as his celebrity persona. 

It is quite amazing that the name Jude adds about ten times more sex appeal. 

4) Elizabeth Banks 

Elizabeth Irene Mitchell was the real name of this famous lady. As Elizabeth rose to fame, she was forced to change her name as there was another Elizabeth Mitchell working in the biz (you may recognise her from Lost). 

How did she choose her stage name? 

"I made a list and then alphabetised it, and Banks was the first one on the list. And I called [the Screen Actors Guild] and they said it was available, so I said, ‘I’ll take it!’ I just wanted it over with!”

5) Lily James 

Lily changed her surname from Thomson to James to honour her late father, James Thomson, who died in a car crash in 2008.

6) Calvin Harris

Calvin's real name is actually Adam Wiles. 

As for why he changed his perfectly normal name to another perfectly normal name, we have no idea. 

7) Katy Perry

Having a name that sounds too similar to another star sounds like a pretty common problem for celebrities.

Katy Perry changed her name from Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson because it was decided it sounded too similar to Kate Hudson. 

8) Olivia Wilde 

Olivia changed her surname from Cockburn in favour of adopting the surname of Oscar Wilde. 

Why you ask? To honour coming from a family full of writers (even though she has no relation to Oscar whatsoever). 

9) Joaquin Pheonix 

Joaquin's whole family changed their surname from Bottom to Pheonix after leaving a religious CULT. 

We can understand why they would have wanted to leave that past behind them, but we think changing the surname Bottom was a good idea in general. 

10) Helen Mirren

In perhaps the most shocking reason EVER for a name change, Helen Mirren was actually born Ilynea Lydia Mironoff.

The Oscar winning actress and her family were stranded in London during the Russian Revolution and her father decided to change her name to avoid being her being treated suspiciously during the Cold War! 

11) Nicolas Cage 

Did you know that Nicolas Cage was the nephew of legendary director Franics Ford Coppola?

Well as you can imagine that surname is pretty well know which is why he changed his surname to Cage so that people would not discover the link. We think it worked! 

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As our daily lives get more and more hectic, it can be hard to find time to completely shut off and chill out.  

Our phones don't stop buzzing, people don't stop ringing and it seems you just have one task after another to do. 

Obviously, this majorly stresses us out, which is why it's so important to take time to treat yourself. 

So stay in tonight, shut off your phone and sink into a tub of bubbles. Here are tips for drawing the most luxurious bath at home:

Test the waters

The ideal temperature for a warm bath is just above your body temp, which is 37 degrees. Be sure to use your wrist, not your hand, to test the water as your wrist is a better indicator for how the water will feel when your whole body is submerged. 

 

Set the scene

Bright bathroom lights tell your body it's go-time, not bath time. Light a few candles around the room and on the edge of your bath tub. Visualisation is also a great tool for relaxation so compliment your down time with some chilled music. It will transport you to your own private Nirvana. 

 

Add an oil

Floral scents like lavender, iris, rose and jasmine can help you ease into a relaxed state. Add your favourite oil to the tub when it's about half-full. This will help it even out through the water. 

 

Stay hydrated

Before getting into the bath, set out a bowl of cold water and a washcloth next to your tub. Use it as a cold compress on your forehead and the nape of your neck to help you keep refreshed throughout your bath time. Also bring in a bottle of water to stay hydrated. 

 

Buy a great robe

Nothing jolts you out of a zen state like going from a warm, luxe bath to a cold and threadbare robe. Buy a plush, warm robe or fluffy towels to stop the chill getting in. 

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A home that has a wonderful fragrance will instantly make people want to come back.

These are some simple tips on how to give your home a fresh and homely feel through the power of smell!

1. Flowers
Keeping some flowers around your home in a vase will allow a subtle but lovely scent to permeate your rooms.

2. Keep it clean
Open the windows, take the rubbish out often and wipe down surfaces, particularly in the kitchen and your home should smell nice and fresh.

3. Candles
Not only do candles emit a beautiful smell around your home they also give a romantic light, perfect for date night.

4. Lemon
The scent from a lemon has long been associated with cleanliness. Use lemon juice to clean your kitchen appliances or even cut some up and put it in your bin to keep it smelling a bit fresher.

5. Bake
Bake a cake or some scones and we guarantee your home will smell like heaven.

6. Essential oils
Mix some water with lavender oil and spritz your bedding and pillows with it for a comforting nights sleep. Experiment with different oils for your living room pillows and spritz them too!

7. Use this great tip
Simmering fruit, spices and herbs can make your home smell wonderful.

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