How to hygge your home in time for Autumn
With the days getting shorter and the long nights drawing in, it’s time to embrace the Danish concept of hygge – aka the cosiest feeling ever. But what exactly *is* hygge? And more importantly: how do you say it?!
Looking for home fragrance gifts this year? From candles to room mists, there’s a gift for everyone. We pick our favourites at allbeauty.
Home fragrance gifts are always welcome, and a great option for those who don’t wear scent. Did you know? There are a whopping 80 candles on-site right now, from brands including Molton Brown, Penhaligon’s, thisworks, NEOM Organics, Orla Kiely and Cowshed (phew!).
For a Christmas-themed scent, the Arran Sense of Christmas range is ideal, with fragrances including cinnamon and mandarin (available as candles or diffusers). Also, don’t miss the new Elemis candles, which come beautifully boxed in a mirrored holder – these are great for teachers, secret santa and older teens. And if the budget can stretch, Molton Brown’s orange and bergamot 3 wick candle is a luxurious festive scent with heart notes of ginger and base notes of musk. What a great way to set the scene on Christmas Day as your guests arrive.
For the at-home spa sensation, NEOM Organics is our go-to range. For something a little different, try one of their treatment candles – light the wick and burn for 30 minutes, then once a pool of oil has formed blow out the candle and allow to cool slightly, before you pour over any area of the body in need of nourishing treatment. A lovely treat for those with stiff or aching joints. If tradtional de-stressing isn’t on your radar, then try thisworks black spice and cedar candle with essential oils. This is relaxation but without a hint of lavender or chamomile. But candles don’t just have to relax, Cowshed Uplifting Travel Candles are a fab way to wake up in the morning – they’re also 100% natural soy wax and suitable for vegetarians.
If you’re looking for a single, large, statement gift, then go for a luxury 3 wick candle. Our Penhaligon’s range are packed with essential oils and burn for up to 110 hours! Yes they’re heavy on the budget but they pack a serious wow. Staying with luxury but lighter on the budget are our Molton Brown 3 wick candles and 100% guaranteed to impress. As a general guide when buying larger candles, look for 1) burn time 2) ingredients (preferably essential oils) and 3) the number of wicks. These are all indicators of size and quality.
If a candle doesn’t appeal then choose a diffuser. These clever jars of scented oil can be placed around the house to slowly give off scent over a number of weeks. And unlike pot pourri they really work! Plus the recipient can usually buy a replacement bottle of oil to refill once empty. For a gentle, fresh, citrus scent try Arran home fragrance. Otherwise an Orla Kiely diffuser is guaranteed to be popular and again makes a great gift by itself. For a friend who finds it hard to sleep, a NEOM Organics Tranquility diffuser will be very welcome.