As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing quite as comforting as settling down on the sofa for the evening, the room lit only by the glow of a candle. And the best time of year to indulge in such an activity is autumn.
While we cling onto the last days of summer, autumn’s arrival is imminent. The nights are slowly darkening and there’s an unmistakable chill in the air, which make cosy nights in all the more appealing. Over the past few days, I’ve instinctively found myself perusing new candles to invest in for autumn, but with so many scent options out there, it’s overwhelming to know where to start. So I sought advice from someone in the know: Jo Malone CBE.
Having launched her first brand, Jo Malone London, back in the ’90s, Malone, who has been described as a British “scent maverick,” has since gone on to found another impressive fragrance-focused company, Jo Loves. This year, she’s also been the nose behind Zara’s perfume and candle collection. So who better to get the autumnal scent low-down from than the woman responsible for creating some of our favourite-ever candles?
“A candle can transport us to any time or place, giving a sensorial experience that allows us to remember things like a family holiday, celebration or a person we have met,” explains Malone. “Autumn is a nice time to rethink the scents we burn at home, especially with the change in weather.” But which scent will Malone be burning come autumn?
“Personally, I like to opt for something a little deeper in scent; much like the new Jo Loves Fig Trees candle,” Malone continues. “It reminds me of my early morning dog walks around the Serpentine in London. Blue skies, imagination, and a mezze of different tree colognes—total heaven. This autumn, I’ll be burning this candle and enjoying it with a warming mug of hot chocolate.”
It seems Jo Malone and I are kindred spirits. While we both tend to gravitate towards complex scents with fruity notes, such as fig, pomegranate, and berries, there countless other fragranced candle options to choose from for the season ahead.
From cedarwood and sage to orange and leather, keep scrolling to see the best candles for autumn.