Candles have been lighting the homes and hearths of civilisations for centuries and today, they are used in celebration, romance, self-care, ceremony, and home décor, casting a warm glow all the way from their humble beginnings in Ancient Egypt, Rome and China, to Dubai. 2020 has seen the candle take a leading role in guiding us through some gloomy days with innovative scents that transport us far from our lockdown to destinations we miss and places that linger in memory – you can even find candles scented like pencil shavings to bring us back to the classroom! Although it might have taken a bit more than that to have saved the parents of distant learners, at this time of the year candles become the hero of our table tops, fireplaces and doorways as part of our Christmas decorations in Dubai.
As massive fans of yuletide joy, Home Club ME has decided to round up some of our favourite candle making brands offering festive folly. From soy to scented, traditional to innovative, these beauties will spark a light in your homes, as gifts to yourselves or your loved ones.
Bath & Bodyworks
As one of the world’s leading retailers of fashion fragrances for your body and your home, Bath & Body Works’ Holiday 2020 Collection will turn your grotto into a fragrant wonderland with their festive scented candles; think sugar cookies, fresh pine, cranberries, cinnamon and bubbly drinks! They make fantastic gifts and once you find your signature scent, you can double-down and treat yourself to the full works – body lotion, sanitizer and even car freshener! Buy in store or online now, whilst stock lasts (Vanilla Bean Noel – 110 AED).
Oasis Candle Co
Keeping it local with this one, The Oasis Candle Co. is a small artisan candle maker, who has gathered somewhat of a cult following across the UAE community for their hand made, all-natural candles. Born from the struggles of finding well-scented clean burning candles to a luxury standard here in the UAE, Oasis Candle Co. finds its way onto our fireplaces and dining tables today. Their Christmas Collection prove that some traditions are worth keeping like their Advent Candle (110AED) which emanates the nostalgic fragrance combo of Orange, Cinnamon & Clove. Other festive candles include a limited edition trio pack (175AED) which comes in a festive gift box to make the perfect Christmas gift and safe for a child & pet filled home as it is 100% natural plant wax, Vegan friendly, paraben and phthalate free! Grab yours now via their Facebook page in time for Dec 1st!
In addition to their winter-warmer clothing, H&M home have released an eclectic array of Christmas & winter themed scented candles that would make great gifts for him or for her. We’re particularly loving their ‘Boxed 2-pack scented candles’ in Sweet & Spicy, that are cool enough to give your teenage nephew for sprucing up his halls-of-residence and taking a little holiday cheer home. If gifting is your love language but gift wrapping isn’t, then you might find some solace in the Boxed 4-pack scented candles of Winters Eve, Cinnamon, Peppermint & Christmas Tree fragrance, wrapped in brown paper packaging tied up in (fancy) string. Buy in store or online now, whilst stock lasts.
Fill your home with the scents of royalty and Arab aristocracy when you welcome a Lava candle through your doors. LAVA was established in 2016 by H.H. Sheikha Amna Abdulaziz Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi of the UAE, her designs are deeply entrenched with Emirati culture boasting complex fragrance combinations from Cedar Wood and geometric designs. For the festive period, Lava have combined their Verbier candles (Moment Doullet Candle & Les Attelas candle) of sugar and spice and all things nice, burning in the sweet smells of Ginger, Nutmeg, Caramel, Cinnamon that last for 35hrs (350 AED). You can purchase this collection direct from their Facebook page.
Bring the spa home this holiday period with Palm Lights Alabaster Candles. These candles are guaranteed to secure your spot on the ‘Nice List’ as eco-conscious and ethical products that use only sustainable, natural ingredients. They’re deeply steeped in wellness using Aromatherapy blends to assist in grounding and relaxation (perfect for the post Xmas shop wind-down) and are crafted in the most elegant genuine Alabaster, with a highly revered clear quartz crystal encased on the lid, known in Feng Shui for its ability to hold, transmute and purify light – total bliss! Their limited edition Palm Lights Festive Candles were only just launched this year at ARTE the Makers and can be purchased online for 165 AED on their website. Cherry on top – The jars are refillable and to encourage reuse, Palm Lights offer a 25% discount on all refilled candles!
I want them all! Think I may have to gather some stock and light the festive cheer when needed all year round. Is there a secret Santa candle we’ve not listed but should have made the list? Add them in the comments to share the self-care or or tag @homeclubme on your social.
Bonus: Back up your purchase with some DIY home fragrancing – Combine orange, cinnamon, cloves, and apple into a pot and boil up before reducing down (adding water when needed) to fill your home with a subtle warm and spicy scent.