Luxury candles worth forking out for

Being a complementary therapist with a love of interior design, it goes without saying really that scented candles are an important, exciting, indulgent part of my home and working life.  They make my rooms smell wonderful of course, but their proven well being benefits give an added, welcome dimension to my Reflexology or Natural Facelift treatments. 

Scented candles to de-stress, bring calmness, energise, aid sleep and more.  Whatever fragrance you desire, there's a scented candle out there to help achieve a better state of body and mind, go and experiment.

Having tried many brands on the market, from affordable to pure luxury, I've found that it does not pay to scrimp.  My advice?  Purchase the most expensive ones you can afford.  That way, you'll get a candle that's created from pure, natural ingredients and a fragrance that uses the best essential oils available. There's nothing worse than those cheap, chemical laden, fake smelling examples made with vivid coloured wax you often see in store.  Don't waste your money.

It's difficult to whittle them down but in no particular order, here's my top five brands of choice...

1/  The ultimate indulgent candle with simply stunning scents within a hand blown Italian glass container by French brand Astier de Villate.  Expensive and I wish it would last longer!

2/ Pretty containers, wonderful prominent scents and more affordable than its competitors.  A great, visually pleasing candle to display on a fireplace and use as an interesting vase when it's finished  - Voluspa.

3/ Pretty, elegant glass containers, packaging and variety of delicate fragrances from British brand, Jo Malone.  The attention to detail with this brand is first-rate.

4/ I really like Molton Brown, not just because of their fragrance combinations but because of their lovely coloured glass containers and seemingly longer burn time.

5/ Pure aromatherapy indulgence, quality and simplicity go into making Neom one of my top five candle brands.  They group their range so it makes it easier to combine candles with body lotions, oils and foams for a complete head to toe, inside out experience.

Do you have a favourite scented candle? Do tell.

sam