It’s usual for us to feel a little bit mopey during this time of year. The nights are getting colder and the chill of winter is setting in. It also seems far easier to become stressed, and why wouldn’t it? Christmas is fast approaching and nothing is prepared, car doors are frozen shut and the heating bills have started to creep up…

Well, winter doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom; the colder months are great for so many things! Wrapping up in soft jumpers, buying Christmas presents for friends and family and taking long, hot, relaxing baths are some of our favourite perks of winter. And just in time for all that loveliness, we bring you the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing and rejuvenating bath – scented candles.

The right scented candle isn’t only perfect for relaxation, it can make your entire home smell wonderful and provide you with the perfect finishing touch to your décor. What’s more, they make great presents! Obviously, we recommend buying them for yourself first so you can trial them and figure out which brands and scents you love (gift-giving is better the more relaxed you are).

We’ve put together a list of the best candles that will keep you relaxed and feeling good all winter:

WoodWick Exotic Spices Trilogy Large Candle
If you’re looking to evoke all the lovely feelings of winter – crackling fires, woody scents and hot mulled wine – this candle is perfect for you.

WoodWick candles are famous for the soothing sound of crackling log fire that they make when burning, so this spicy number is a great way to create a cosy, wintry mood in your home. With three exotic scents in the mix, Cinnamon Chai, Ground Cinnamon and Spiced Rum, this candle will transport you to exotic climates for as long as it burns – hopefully all winter.

Heart & Home Votive Candle Pink Blossom
Your favourite flowers may not be in bloom this season, but that doesn’t mean you should be without the smell of beautiful bouquets in your home. This pink blossom candle layers dahlia and cherry blossom with deep but subtle hints of molten amber, and burns for a full 15 hours. It also looks very pretty, which makes it a great addition to any room.

Shearer Candles Triple Wick Neroli Jar Candle
If minimalism is your style, the Shearer Neroli candle will make a great addition to your home. Not only does it emit a sweet, relaxing citrus scent, but it comes in a beautifully minimalistic Molton silver glass. It looks good, it smells good, and it will definitely help you to de-stress after a long day.

Village Candle Coffee Bean Jar
Is there any smell that’s quite so universally loved as freshly brewed coffee? Well, now you don’t have to walk to your local coffee-shop to get your morning hit. Light this Village Coffee Bean Jar, sit back and breathe in the empowering aromas from your own home.
With its mix of roasted espresso beans, nutty pecans and the vanilla undertone of rich Tonka beans, this sweet candle is sure to impress anyone who’s lucky enough to catch a whiff.

Llewelyn Bowen Dusk Candle
This candle is a fantastic room decoration – its gorgeous violet tones and elegant patterns come from top designer Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen, evoking luxury and glamour. With its captivating scent mix of light, subtle spices, underlaid with a deep base of Cedarwood, Amber and Musk, this scented sensation transforms any room into a relaxing and sensual haven.
What’s even better about this candle is that it’s the perfect gift for a loved one, even the box is decadently designed. If you’re all about the me-time, don’t worry! Nobody can blame you for wanting to spoil yourself with this luxurious treat after a hard day.

If you’re looking for more ways to relax, why not take a look at our guide on how to do a perfect DIY facial at home? For even more pampering tips, take a look at our Girl’s Night In Pampering Kit.