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Thursday, 23rd November, 2017 9:13am

One of my favourite parts of getting ready or relaxing at home involves a scent.
So many beauty brands are embracing the idea of crossing over into scents. Candles are a massive part of that, as are home diffusers, they make such an amazing gift for both men and women.
When it comes to burning candles, make sure the first time you burn it that you burn the full surface area. This will ensure that the candle burns evenly and doesn’t tunnel.

One brand that does both home and personal scents, and is Irish, is Brooke and Shoals. One of my favourite products from the company is a diffuser called lemon verbena and bergamot. Suitable for living spaces and offices, it draws together a wonderful symphony of zesty citrus fruits and lemon scented herbs to create a fragrance blend that will energise you. It's €29 and the scent stays for eight weeks plus.

If I were to choose a candle from the range, I would choose sandalwood vanilla and salted caramel which is perfectly decadent for this time of year.

Jo Malone London has the most Christmassy smelling scent ever in pine and eucalyptus. Every year it is a sellout and prices start at €52.

Sass and Boho has just launched its limited-edition Christmas scent, 'Incense - Citrus Intense'. Top notes of citrus are followed by middle notes of rose, jasmine and cinnamon - the ultimate natural scent. The candle’s signature scent comes together with base notes of ancient Egyptian incense, with frankincense, oud, cedarwood, amber, musk and vanilla. The ultimate gift, this two-wick candle promises 60 hours burning time, all for €33.

Field Day Ireland has just launched a limited edition candle (€17.95) which epitomises Christmas for me. A classic warm and comforting blend of cinnamon, clove, spicy orange and soft vanilla, the winter candle makes for a gorgeous gift and is the perfect home fragrance for the season ahead.

This Works is best known for its relaxing sleep spray for adults and babies. However I recently was fortunate enough to try a candle. Simply packaged yet opulent, the petitgrain and jasmine candle is both soothing and slightly floral which adds a lovely ambience and scent to your chosen relaxation spot.

Waxperts, known for their professional wax, recently launched a lavender candle made with essential oils. Calming and soothing, this is the perfect one for your bedroom to help you relax and unwind.

If you are on a budget, the blogging world has been going wild for the Aldi candles priced at €4.99. These double wick candles are available in a variety of scents. My personal favourite is the blackberry and bay which offers a nice fruity scent that is universally pleasing and not overpowering.

Lastly, Esters Aromas is a Cork-based aromatherapy company that specialise in natural candles. My most purchased one is lime and mango.

However, if you have a dog, she has a special one to help eliminate the smell of dogs. Her candles start at €8 and are hand poured and made here in Cork.

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