The new Acqua Di Parma Murano Candle is here!

New Acqua di Parma Murano Candle Benzoino (1)The unveiling of a new Acqua di Parma candle is always a bit of an event. This year, their Murano Collection expands with the addition of a Benzoin candle housed in a green handmade glass made in  – the clue is in the name –  Murano. Warm and comforting (just what you want in winter) the candle features a blend of vetiver, patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla and benzoin – an ingredient used in incense making and one which gives the candle a delicious resinous warmth that enhances the vanilla. Perfect for lighting up those long winter nights.

Available from Harrods from October, priced £95.

Festive Favourites No1: Diptyque’s Epinette candle

With Christmas fast approaching I thought I’d mention a few of my favourite festive goodies –  products with a Christmassy twist and a festive feel – and kicking off my selection this year is Diptyque’s Epinette scented candle, part of the company’s Winter 2011 Collection.

Taking its inspiration from fresh pine needles and fragrant fir tree resin this candle could easily have ended up smelling like toilet cleaner. Luckily, it doesn’t, thanks in part to the addition of cedar and patchouli (the latter being my all-time favourite smell as keen observers of my posts might have noticed).

Surprisingly, it has a fairly intense, sweet aroma rather than a fresh pine one and a thirty minute burn is all that’s needed to fill your house with the evocative smell of festive firs. Grab one while you can though – it’s a limited edition.

The 190g version of Epinette is available from John Lewis, Space NK and Diptyque boutiques priced £45.