This year, those characteristic-of-the-season scents – the pungent aroma of pine, cinnamon and mulled wine – have been joined by some new fragrances on the block, including celebratory tipples, sloe gin and champagne bellinis, and there’s plenty... Winter warmers. Our scent should change with the season, in the same way we alter our wardrobe to adapt to changing temperatures. The White Company’s appropriately-named Winter collection is described as “fruity meets spicy, as notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and star anise blend harmoniously with sweet vanilla and sumptuous red-wine accord. Winter Indulgence Candle (four wick), £130. Botanical Pillar Candle, £26, Home Scenting Set (with diffuser, spray, signature candle), £55. Winter Tealights (set of 12), £15. Diffuser, £27 (020 3758 9222/thewhitecompany. curling up in front of a central heating radiator doesn’t really cut it. Jo Malone has come to the rescue of those without chimneys, with an Incense & Embers Home Candle, £42 full of wood-smoke-style aromas - curls of smoky incense,.
Be it for a secret Santa draw, the difficult mother-in-law or an awkward friend who has everything, I don’t know of many women who wouldn’t be delighted to unwrap a luxury candle on Christmas Day. Indulgent and frivolous, this is the gift you would never dream of buying for yourself and surely what giving at Christmas is all about. While buying perfume for another person can be a hit and miss affair, most people are less particular about their room fragrances. And these warm, spicy festive scents will bring a sense of cosiness and occasion to any room, while the flicker of candles will always be dramatic, romantic and mood enhancing. Fragrance entrepreneur Jo Malone says, “I love the magic of candlelight. As any of these little flames is guaranteed to impress, this is the easiest Christmas list you will ever have. Admittedly, Clarins Tonic scented candle (£55. 0800 036 3558, clarins. com ) looks more Christmassy than it smells, but it is pretty big so it will last once the festivities have finished. With spearmint, rosemary and geranium, it emulates that uplifting fragrance often found wafting around the corridors of posh spas, and the gold jar won’t fail to impress.