The older you get, the more you begin to appreciate life's little luxuries of open fires, candles, a cosy blanky and a book. If you're me, this scene will also include a glass of slightly warmed full bodied red wine.
A lot of us live in apartments with no open fire place, or maybe you're still at home and your bedroom is your sanctuary. One of these candles will make your space pure bliss.
Or honestly - one of these candles would make for an amazing Christmas present. Candles are the type of thing that most people won't invest in for themselves.
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These candles are vegan, paraben free and made of 100% soy wax. The design is minimalism-chic, and the packaging peanuts that arrive with your package are biodegradable and simply melt under water - so clever. Gather is Clean Slate's Christmas scent, and I can personally vouch for Espresso + Coconut.
D8 Candle Company
Hand cast and hand poured in Dublin 8, these candles are something special. Be sure to re-use the pots for your makeup brushes. Rich Ladies (lime, basil & money!!) is my fave scent - it 100% smells like a rich lady! New stock drops every Thursday and it always sells out, so keep an eye on the site!
Tell your loved one how you feel, or if you can't say the words yourself - these candles will do the job for you. From the gal that brought us Grá Picnics this summer, this is an extension of that unique experience. Who is your grá?
The Irish Chandler
These guys helped to bring Grá's candles above to life, and they also have their own line too. The Irish Chandler is a well-known and well loved independent candle brand from county Clare. These guys are so popular they have stockists in the UK and in the US - bringing a little bit of home to those of you who are far away at the moment.
They're handmade and 10% of each purchase is donated to the MS Society of Ireland. With charged crystals, petals and a thick wooden wick - Lumous candles will make for a stunning and unique present. These candles exude a calming balance to the wild world we live in.
Celebrate the female form. Reyna Candles are handmade in Kildare and are made to order. These would make for the perfect Kris Kindle / Secret Santa present for the gals. These candles are so stunning - I'm not sure I could bring myself to light her up!
Sómas as Béarla means comfort, and these candles will envelope you in the most luxurious and comforting scents. These candles would be an amazing gift for Christmas or for anyone moving into a new house. Bring pure bliss to your mates and bag yourself a few of these for the gang.
Inspired by the familiar scents of the Irish countryside. With scents like Turf, Soft Day, Rain and Whiskey - these are bound to bring back memories of an Irish summer. These candles come in the most beautiful amber jars with twist on lids.
These candles are gorgeous and handmade in Tipperary. Tinnock farm sell a selection of candle 'types' - candle melts, classic candles in glass jars and even aromatherapy candles for grounding, awakening and clarity. Or get into the Christmas spirit and get yourself the Christmas Spice!
Do you have a favourite classic novel? Jane Eyre, The Great Gatsby or The Count of Monte Cristo? These candles are handmade in Cavan and aim to bring some of the greatest classic novels "...to life through the medium of scent". Match these candles with a copy of a classic and there you have it - the perfect gift for a book lover.
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