Whether you’re having a romantic soirée, a quiet night in or just relaxing after a long day at work, nothing creates an ambiance quite like a scented candle does it? But with many candles now costing north of the £50 mark (we won’t name any names…), setting the ambiance has suddenly got a little bit spendy. Price per evening? Let’s not go there. So we think you’ll be rather pleased to meet Twig + Dot: a British brand offering beautifully-scented candles, none of which will set you back more than £16.
The online-only brand’s hand-poured candles are made with natural soy and mineral wax, and presented in simple, elegant packaging, which looks a lot, lot more luxurious than its very modest price tag. Twig + Dot’s collection of 12 fragrances includes something to please all tastes – from outdoorsy scents and florals to sensual aromas and uplifting blends. Not sure what you’ll like? Try a tester pack featuring four scents of your choice for £1. But with miniature candles costing just £3, we think you might as well take the plunge!
Our favourites? The brand’s best-selling Absinthe is an absolutely irresistible blend of star anise, fennel and green herb that’s just oh-sooooo-sexy. If you love a spicy, sensual scent, you’ll fall head over heels for this one – it’s perfect for cosy evenings in. Almost as intoxicating is Cinder + Smoke: rose and violet underscored with tobacco leaf, oak and vanilla toffee. Yes, it’s every bit as seductive and unusual as it sounds. In a similar sweet-spicy vein, we love musky Bohemian beauty Gypsy Royale and good-enough-to-eat Pumpkin Pie.
Capturing the essence of crisp autumnal days, Woodland Walk fuses fresh juniper with woody hints of birch and cedarwood – it’s like a stroll on a sunny November afternoon. Lovers of the great outdoors should try Uplifting Therapy: an instantly-energising blend of lemon, bergamot and ylang ylang. And for the ultimate in relaxation – Deep Calm is a mix of soothing chamomile, offset with bright, pretty notes of neroli and orange blossom. Beautiful, long-burning candles, expertly blended – Twig + Dot’s one of those secrets you’re not too sure you should share.