A Guide To My Candle Obsession


Within the past two years I’d say that my candle collection is starting to border on obsessive and with such a large collection I keep saying to myself I won’t buy any more until I’ve used up some of what I have, but this rarely happens. I tend to get quite a few candles at Christmas – a running theme tends to be gingerbread scents which is one of my favourites. After looking in my cupboard and realizing quite how extensive my collection is I thought I’d do a rundown to showcase some of my scents (apologises about how long this is!) I am only including my main candles and not votives/ tealights/ melts which are predominantly Yankee, Village or Flamingo in the case of the melts. 

Candles High End

High end candles

In all honesty, I don’t own a lot of high-end candles, not because I don’t like them but because I have so many I can rarely justify the expense. Once I have made a good dent on my collection I plan on treating myself to a Jo Malone candle which is an incentive to stop buying. I currently own one small Diptyque Candle in scent Noisetier which I am going to be honest, I have not started burning yet, but it currently sits in my bathroom and will be my relaxing bathtime candle. It smells quite different to anything I have and has quite a woody, earthy smell so I can’t wait to try it out. Although they’re not high-end as such I am going to include my two Anthropologie candles as they’re the other more expensive ones in my collection. My parents bought me the Vanilla Cinnamon one for Christmas which smells amazing, it’s very much like the scent you get from iced cakes which is totally my kind of candle. The other one I have I can’t find a name for but I bought as much because of how beautiful the jar is as the scent. It’s really light and has a strong citrus scent running through it so definitely more of a Spring/ Summer candle.

Candles Bath and Bodyworks

Bath & Bodyworks candles

Now if I had my way I’d have a lot more of these than I do but whenever I make an order I am conscious about how weighty the candles are making it more expensive to ship. I generally opt for the small ones where I currently own Peppermint Marshmellow and Cinnamon Caramel Swirl, but I also have the medium sized Twisted Peppermint candle which smells just like candy canes and I absolutely love as it’s fresh and light! The final one in my B&B collection is this large Champagne Toast candle which I got in a bundle on Black Friday. This is an alternative to other festive candles and is both bubbly and fruity with nectarine, peach and blackcurrant scents.

Candle Gingerbread

Gingerbread Candles

As you can see by the fact that this has a whole section to itself, gingerbread is my absolute favourite and something I love burning all year round. While gingerbread is a bit more of a Christmassy/ winter scent I burn them all year round because why not?! The ones I have in my collection includes; A Marks and Spencer own brand candle which is probably one of the strongest smelling of the bunch, The Beekwick Candle which was a gift from my brother and his girlfriend and has a ring buried inside which could be worth up to £1,000 – exciting, then two from Cornucopia in Gingerbread and Gingerbread House, the gingerbread one has a slightly heavier scent but they’re both very similar. Next up I have a Langley Home large gingerbread candle which is a much lighter scent, a Sebnini of England Ginger candle which has an earthier scent and then finally the Zoella Gingerbread Village candle from this Christmas’ range.

Candles Branded

Other Branded Candles

At Christmas, my boyfriend bought me a large Yankee Candle in scent Christmas Eve and it was pretty much exclusively burnt from Christmas until about a week into January when it was put into hibernation ready for next December. It’s a very Christmassy feeling candy and smells of candied fruits and sugared plums. I have two Kiss Air Candles in scents Mint Chocolate Chip which literally smells of ice-cream and is so sweet, and Lemon Drizzle which is a strong citrus undertone but isn’t too sweet. The final one I own is again quite different from me and come’s from Wax Lyrical in scent Mediterranean Orange. The scent isn’t that strong unlit but when it’s lit it just makes me feel like I am on holiday.

Candles Non Branded

Non-Branded candles

The final four candles which I had didn’t really fit anywhere else so I thought I’d slot them together. There’s a Pumpkin Rum candle which I bought from Home Sense during Halloween which is quite a strong pumpkin scent, a Festive Cookies mini candle from Heart and Home which smells just like freshly baked cookies, a Madagascan Vanilla candle from Primark and a Gin and Tonic candle which I picked up from the Edinburgh Gin Distillery last year and yes it smells just like a G&T.

What are your favourite candles?

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A Guide To My Candle Obsession

January 26, 2017
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  • Reply Stephanie Merry

    I have a huge candle obsession as well – love your collection! x

    January 27, 2017 at 10:00 am
  • Reply Hannah Latoya Bond

    I love candles, your collection looks great. I love Yankee ones, but last year I tried Village Candle and think they are better x

    January 27, 2017 at 11:10 am
  • Reply Gareth Torrance

    My wife and I are obsessed with candles as well. My wife even tried making her own for a while!

    January 27, 2017 at 11:25 am
  • Reply Laura

    I absolutely adore candles, the warmth and flicker of the light makes me feel so warm and cosy! xxx

    January 27, 2017 at 11:46 am
  • Reply StressedMum

    I have a huge obsession with candles, I drive everyone mad with them and always look for new ones whenever I am out.

    January 27, 2017 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Jade Bremner

    We have a few outlet stores which sells yankee candles really cheap so I’m always grabbing one. We also have a candle shop which sells woodwick and yankee and they are so cheap. I think you can never have enough candles x

    January 27, 2017 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Kira L Curtis

    I don’t get to use candles very often so usually I’m just happy to use whatever! Sometimes you can find some brilliant ones at cheap shops 😀

    January 27, 2017 at 2:44 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    You have such a great collection of candles. Of course I love Beyond candles and I like Yankee and a few others as well. I love having a wonderful smelling candle burning at all times x

    January 27, 2017 at 4:45 pm
  • Reply Jo Wiggins

    Ah, I’m another who is candle obsessed! I normally go for a Yankee Candle but just splashed out on a rather expensive Jo Malone one – it’s gorgeous but a bit pricey to buy too often x

    January 27, 2017 at 7:02 pm
  • Reply Joanna

    I love candles my favorite brand at the moment is the white company. I have a few Yankee candles and some other brands too. I probably should stop buying them for awhile.

    January 27, 2017 at 9:29 pm
  • Reply Emma White

    You are a girl after my own heart as I have a huge collection too and just cant stop myself buying new ones my house always smells amazing

    January 28, 2017 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply Melissa Zia

    oh wow you have so many amazing candles! I thought I had lots ( 12 candles so far)
    I really want to try the bath and bodyworks candles

    January 28, 2017 at 8:01 pm
  • Reply Ana De Jesus

    Holy cow its like you have built a shrine to candles haha! Love the sound of the twisted perppermint x

    January 29, 2017 at 10:31 am
  • Reply Lisa Lambert (mumdadplus4)

    My Oh is candle mad we have all sorts and there is always one burning he can’t resist buying them when we are out

    January 29, 2017 at 11:14 am
  • Reply Jenni Grainger

    Oh I love love candles, I really like flo candles at the moment, they are handmade locally to me but sell online x

    January 29, 2017 at 4:07 pm
  • Reply francesca

    I love this guide!!!! I’m such a candle lover! If you haven’t yet tried the morris and co candles you need to they are just divine!!

    January 29, 2017 at 6:07 pm
  • Reply Agata @BarkTime

    So many candels! How wonderful!!! I like fresh scents, ocean breeze is one of my fave.

    January 29, 2017 at 6:22 pm
  • Reply Steph

    Wow what a collection, I do love candles but I often forget to light them. I always go for the outdoorsy type scents if i do buy them x

    January 29, 2017 at 8:46 pm
  • Reply Anosa

    I put a stop to buying candles over a few months back as I took got over the obsession boat. Now I am almost done with only one Barlis & Harding candle I bought over Christmas remaining

    January 29, 2017 at 10:20 pm
  • Reply fashion-mommy

    Your collection is huge! I love High End candles Diptyque Mimosa the best.

    January 30, 2017 at 5:24 pm
  • Reply Rachel Nicole

    Wow. You’ve got quite the collection! I only have a couple and i don’t tend to light them often as it gives me a headache which is so annoying as they smell so lovely! xo

    January 31, 2017 at 1:26 am
  • Reply Julie S Kalungi

    OMG we so have a similar obsession. I literally collect the things. SO late;ly I started to make my own too…Yup love candles 🙂

    January 31, 2017 at 10:40 am
  • Reply danasia

    I’m in love with candles too! Surprisingly, I find the best ones at Target.

    January 31, 2017 at 10:59 am
  • Reply Donna

    I love candles!!! This is heaven to me!

    January 31, 2017 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply FussFreeJen

    There are some wonderful candles available, and I’m quite prone to buying them. Although I do burn them, and then feel sad that it’s gone.

    January 31, 2017 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Nikki Hamilton

    That is an impressive collection! I love candles and always have at least one buring when Im at home.

    January 31, 2017 at 2:47 pm
  • Reply Kacie

    Wow, and I thought I was bad for candles. I bet your house smells amazing!

    January 31, 2017 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply Beautyqueenuk

    I am also candle obsessed though am quite picky about what I will and wont have x

    January 31, 2017 at 4:21 pm
  • Reply Healthy & Psyched

    Ooooooh I love gingerbread candles!
    Where do you find the space to store them all?
    Also- what do you think is a good brand in terms of quality of the product/fumes? We bought a candle the other day and my boyfriend swears it made him sick!

    February 1, 2017 at 10:20 am
  • Reply Jess | The Indigo Hours

    The Anthropologie Vanilla Cinnamon one sounds gorgeous! I think we must have similar candle tastes, I love anything that smells like cake haha <3

    February 1, 2017 at 9:21 pm
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