Make a little magic this Christmas with a festive backdrop of delicately scented, flickering Christmas candles in gorgeous, decorative vessels.
Creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere creates a tapestry of memorable moments and lighting candles adds to the intimacy and elegance of celebrations.
Like any special time of year, fragrance plays an integral part to stimulate the senses. Gingerbread, roast pork or turkey pulled straight from the oven, the fresh tang of sliced mangos or passionfruit atop a celebration dessert and the distinctive aroma of new pine needles from a beautifully decorated tree all send the olfactories humming.
Whether or not you’re able to get your hands on a fresh Christmas tree this year, placing seasonal scented candles around your home is a wonderful way to layer fragrance and create a setting that is quintessentially Christmas.
Many candle houses create limited-edition Christmas candles each year to celebrate the season, often in stunning vessels that you can collect and reuse. We’ve done the research for you:
The best Christmas candles to shop
Carriere Freres Siberian Fir and Smoked Wood candle, Adore Beauty
Each candle by Carriere Freres is handcrafted in Normany using 100% vegetable wax sourced from European organic rapeseed. In this Christmas candle, the scent of Siberian pine, smoked wood and delicate amber notes create a warm and fuzzy scent – exactly the vibe you want at Christmas time.
Silent Night Milk and Cookies candle, Myer
The Aromatherapy Company have turned the ritual of putting out a plate of milk and cookies for Santa into a comforting fragrance that envelops you with warmth. Notes of vanilla meld into the creamy depths of a creamy hot chocolate.
Sunset Bellini candle, Freedom
Now for a festive candle you can enjoy all summer long. Exuding the warmth of sunny skies through a mixture of lime, pineapple, grapefruit. Vanilla and coconuet, this candle sets the mood for catch ups with family and friends and long days spent at the beach. Soak it up.
Peppermint candy cane soy candle, Peppermint Grove
One thing nobody talks about when they talk about scented Christmas candles: how uplifting the scent of peppermint is. Sure it’s the main flavour used in candy canes which is nostalgic and all, but the smell of peppermint has been associated with decreased feellings of anxiety and fatigue. That’s the kind of energy we need going into Christmas and Peppermint Grove’s limited edition online exclusive candle delivers it in spades.
Gingerbread cookies candle, Circa
All the ingredients of heart-warming gingerbread cookies are here in this limited edition Christmas candle by Circa: cinnamon, ginger, baked apple, sugar and a dash of vanilla. All housed in an elegantly ribbed glass vessel which will blend into your existing Christmas decor.
Best Glasshouse Christmas candles
Glasshouse Fragrances are known for their triple-scented soy candles, and the Christmas range including scents like ‘Night Before Christmas’ ans ‘Christmas Morning’ is especially magical. For their 2023 Christmas collection, Glasshouse paired up with illustrator Michelle Pereira to create joyous vessels you can collect to create an entire ‘village’ of festive fragrances. Glasshouse Fragrances also make a killer Advent Calendar.
Night Before Christmas, Glasshouse Fragrances
It’s the night before Christmas and there’s a sense of anticipation in the air. Relive the magic all over again by lighting this chic candle with top notes of blackcurrant, redcurrant and middle notes of plum, lavender and rose. Just be sure to go to bed on time, or you could miss Santa!
White Christmas, Glasshouse Fragrances
It may not snow here at Christmastime, but lighting this candle and putting on ‘Home Alone’ is kind of the same, right? With top notes of fresh aldehydes and orange, and middle notes of fir balsam, eucalyptus and plum, it smells just like a white Christmas – even if you do end up spending December 25th by the pool, soaking up the sun.
Christmas Morning, Glasshouse Fragrances
Remember the absolute joy of getting up at the crack of dawn to peek under the Christmas tree for all the goodies Santa had magically delivered in the dead of night? These days you might look forward to a cheeky Christmas Day sleep in, but if kids are involved you may need a zesty pick-me-up to get you into the spirit. This candle, scented with blood orange, begamont and cypress will do the trick.
Best Ecoya Christmas candles
Ecoya’s Holiday candle range comes in an understated, brushed gold jar – the perfect addition to any chic, minimal Christmas decor scheme. Each candle has a burn time of up to 90 hours and there are so many incredible limited edition scents to pick from including the absolute classic ‘Fresh Pine’ to fun, summery scents like ‘Raspberry and Hibiscus’.
Fresh Pine Goldie Candle, Ecoya
Nothing heralds the arrival of Christmas quite like putting up a real Christmas tree. The scent of pine has a way of making the whole house smell incredible. But if you’d like to create the same effect without pine needles dropping here, there and everywhere, try Ecoya’s classic cult-favourite candle, Fresh Pine. It’s fragranced with the essence of distilled pine needles, rosewood and citrus. One reviewer writes “Best smelling Christmas tree scent ever. Just like a real tree.” Get it.
Raspberry and hibiscus Goldie Candle, Ecoya
Not everyone is into a traditional Christmas heavy on the nostalgia – we hear you. If you love the silly season more for the road trips, summer getaways, camping trips and delicious desserts, try Ecoya’s ‘Raspberry and Hibiscus’ candle. It sparkles with the scent of seasonal berries accompanied by a bouquet of hibiscus and wild jasmine. Breathe in, breathe out.
Blossom and spiced vanilla Goldie Candle, Ecoya
If you’re ride-or-die for vanilla fragrances, this Christmas candle with vanilla at its heart is for you. Orange blossom’s honeyed undertones give the sweet spice a summertime lift, while ylang ylang brings the whole picture together.
Best Kmart Christmas candles
For Christmas candles that don’t cost the earth, Kmart is your go-to. The Christmas cookie scented candle range (with sprinkle base) flew off the shelves last year, and at $10 a pop, they’re sure to be a sell-out hit again. They come in the following scents: Christmas cookie, Gingerbread house, Candy Cane and Christmas Trifle. Then, once you’ve found the perfect candle, check out our pick of the best Kmart Christmas decorations.
Christmas Cookie fragrant candle, Kmart
Baking festive biscuits like gingerbread or shortbread is one way to make your entire house smell like Christmas. So whip out the Mixmaster and get baking … or take a shortcut and light this affordable and deliciously-scented candle from Kmart.
Sprinkles gingerbread house fragrant candle, Kmart
Evoke the nostalgia of making a gingerbread house without rolling out the dough, cutting out the biscuits, dealing with all the weird dough cut-offs, flour all over the bench and then the arrangement of a ‘house’ that almost requires an engineering degree to stay standing. Light this gorgeous candle instead!
Christmas foodie fragrant candle gift scent, Kmart
Can’t decide on a single Christmas scented candle? Try this totally delectable trio with scents inspired by whimsical Christmas treats including: Elf’s Christmas cookies, Santa’s gingerbread house and Mrs Claus’ candy cane.
Best Hunter Candles Christmas candles
From humble beginnings in a Newtown, NSW backyard, Hunter Candles has grown to become an Australian institution. Founder Vianney Hunter initially began developing scents inspired by the streets of Newtown before expanding the range to what it is today with collaborations with the likes of Chiswick, Pepe Saya and chef Josh Niland of Sydney restaurant, Saint Peter. The Christmas collection is made from pure soy wax and non-toxic fragrances.
DECEMBER Christmas candle by Hunter Candles, The Iconic
The smell of Christmas, but make it cool. Hunter Candles have captured the essence of a perfect Australian Christmas Day, with notes of burnished pine needle, balsamic fir and rosemary conjuring up a collage of good memories: backyard cricket with the family, Christmas roast on the barbecue and sitting on the deck with a bevvy in hand as the sun sets.
St Nick’s Chimney by Hunter Candles, Hardtofind
Celebrating Christmas in summer is pretty great, most of the time. But if you want to create a warm ‘White Christmas’ moment without having to light the fire, try Hunter Candles’ magical ‘St Nick’s Chimney’. It smells like a combination of smouldering wood and soot combined with the sweet scent of cinnamon. It’s so warming and comforting it could even make the grinch fall in love with Christmas.
Best Big W Christmas candles
Big W is also ‘sleighing’ this year in terms of their Christmas candle selection. They have a combination of tea light candles shaped like Christmas trees and scented candle jars in a traditional red and green colourway.
Christmas Tree candle, Big W
Create a warm and cosy ambience in your home this Christmas with this affordable pine-scented candle. The forest green glass jar will fit right into a traditional red and green colour scheme.
Christmas Tree candle, Big W
Sweet tooth? Then create a Christmas fragrance-scape that delights your tastebuds! This red berries candle is super sweet, so if you look forward to summer berry-topped pavlovas at Christmas time, this is the candle for you!
Best luxury Christmas candles over $100
Luxury candles over $100 are for true Christmas devotees. If you’re a stickler for tradition and making each Christmas just as magical as the last, then investing in a complex, interesting and good quality fragranced Christmas candle is well worth it.
Trudon ‘Gloria’ festive candle, Myer
French fragrance house Trudon is the oldest candlemaker in the world still active today. Dating back to 1643, the fragrance house was once responsible for lighting great cathedrals and palaces (including the Palace of Versailles) so they know how to create a traditional festive candle worthy of heirloom status. In this Christmas candle, warming notes of Indonesian patchouli and Haitian vetiverand cedarwood are carried by a base of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, which make it truly divine.
Pine and eucalyptus home candle, Jo Malone
Jo Malone’s limited edition Christmas candle is traditional (fresh pine fragrance) with an Australian spin (eucalyptus). The woody combination will make your home feel festive and uplifting.