Attempting Dry January but already missing the wine? Light one of these wine-inspired candles instead.
That’s right, forget flowers—the new trend in home fragrance is a surprising one: Candles scented with your favorite drinks, from cider and whiskey to mojitos and espresso martinis.
But will our drinks expert wax lyrical about them? Or do they smell just a little bit of rum?
Here, Helen McGinn selects to test…
Long Lasting Cider and Cinnamon
Yankee Candle Home Inspiration Cider Tasting 538g, £14.99, ryman.co.uk
Yankee Candle Home Inspiration Cider Tasting 538g, £14.99, ryman.co.uk. good value but not too boozy
As is the case with most Yankee Candles, the scent isn’t exactly subtle. In fact, it’s not even really a cidery; More baked apple and cinnamon spice with a subtle woody note that, the makers say, is a nod to the whiskey barrels.
Made from premium-grade paraffin wax, it definitely smells more natural than the eye-watering Yankee Candles I’ve tried over the years. And with up to 125 hours of burn time, it’ll see you through many long winter nights. Good value but not too boozy. 6/10
Try an Upcycled Espresso Martini
Upcircle Espresso Martini Soy Candle 180ml, £21.99, upcirclebeauty.com
Upcircle Espresso Martini Soy Candle 180ml, £21.99, upcirclebeauty.com. It is durable and has a burn time of 35 hours. seriously impressive
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Made using leftover Arabica coffee grounds from artisanal coffee shops, then doused in soy wax, these candles have a smell that’s more cappuccino than espresso martini — but hate on the company for making something so good out of the ingredients. which would otherwise go to waste. It is durable and has a burn time of 35 hours. seriously impressive. 8/10
strong aroma of dark rum
Malin + Goetz Dark Rum Candle 225g, £46, malinandgoetz.co.uk
Malin + Goetz Dark Rum Candle 225g, £46, malinandgoetz.co.uk. This may put off those who prefer something light and floral, but rum fans will be hooked.
If you like dark and stormy highball cocktails, you’re going to love this candle from the hip American apothecary brand founded in 2004 by friends Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz. Inspired by the color and scent of dark Caribbean rum, this natural beeswax candle contains 16 percent perfume oil. At first, the smell is almost sweet but then the spice kicks in and the result is surprisingly warm and heady.
This may put off those who prefer something light and floral, but rum fans will be hooked. Pricey – But with 60 hours of burn time, it’s great value. 10/10
Warming notes for whiskey fans
Arran Hot Toddy Candle 30cl, £25, arran.com
Arran Hot Toddy Candle 30cl, £25, arran.com. Not really that boring but beautifully done, with a long, lingering scent
Made on the Scottish Isle of Arran, this limited-edition festive scented candle pays homage to the Hot Toddy. Contrary to popular belief, the drink was not invented in Scotland but in India in the 17th century, and was originally based on fermented palm sap. However, the Scots made it their own by heating it up and adding whiskey to the mix.
This particular one definitely heats up, with a mix of spicy nutmeg and patchouli—and the woody notes are a nice nod to the whiskey. Not really that boring but beautifully done, with a long, lingering scent. 7/10
make me a summer mojito
Malin + Goetz Mojito 225g, £46, malinandgoetz.co.uk
Malin + Goetz Mojito 225g, £46, malinandgoetz.co.uk. If heavy scents aren’t your thing, this lighter has the potential to take on the boozy candle trend
Another from the US-based skincare and fragrance brand, this one contains a generous shot of Mojito perfume oil. The overall effect is positively spirit-lifting, with lots of fresh lime and mint scent just like its namesake.
With notes of lavender and musk, it evokes English summer rather than a cold, cozy January. But if heavy scents aren’t your thing, this lighter has the potential to be your take on the boozy candle trend. 8/10
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