My Jolie Candle

Win a My Jolie Candle | H is for Home

A few weeks ago, we received a lovely parcel from My Jolie Candle. It was beautifully packaged and on opening the box, the aroma hit straight away – magical! The waft of caramel macaron made it almost good enough to eat.

Package received from My Jolie Candle | H is for Home

All the My Jolie candles are made from a mixture of natural vegetable and soy oils and waxes – no smoky, smelly paraffin here! The nine different scents are developed in Grasse, France; considered to be the perfume capital of the world. Here’s a 1-minute clip of the My Jolie candle story.

We’ve lit the candle a fair few times already and after more than 5 hours, the scent is still as strong as ever…

My Jolie Candle lit on a stool next to a leather armchair | H is for Home

I’ve chosen a ring candle but there are still a fair few hours burning time left before I find out what it is or how much it’s worth.

Lit My Jolie Candle with vintage industrial letters | H is for Home

To enter, simply tell us which one of the 9 scents available is your favourite. It’s that easy!

My Jolie candle

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Watts & Co church candles

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Watts & Co church candles in front of a wood-burning stove

Autumn has most definitely arrived – crisp, misty mornings; the red, russet & golden trees; long shadows and chilly nights. It’s a time for being outdoors, collecting acorns and conkers, kicking fallen leaves, watching migrating birds overhead – in fact, not much beats a long autumn dog walk, then returning home to a hot cuppa.

Vintage pottery candle holder on the arm of a leather club chair in front of a wood-burning stove

But perhaps what we love the most about autumn evenings is being indoors with fires crackling and candles glowing. We think of it as an opportunity to indulge rather than lamenting the end of summer. It’s a time to make the house warm & welcoming, to eat comforting food and revel in the magical nature of the season – making the ordinary & everyday a bit more extraordinary.

Lit Watts & Co church candle in a floor-standing cast iron candle holder

The Danish, who experience a long period of darkness and cold temperatures, have a special word for it – ‘Hygge‘ – pronounced hoo-gah – a difficult word to translate directly – we’ve read a few versions. Words like cosiness, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, fellowship, simpleness and living well are often used to describe the idea of hygge. It’s all about celebrating the small pleasures in life of which the home is an integral part – especially at this time of year. We’ll be spending much more time indoors in the coming months – and the shortening days means stocking up on the coal, logs and candles to facilitate our Hygge!

Watts & Co church candles and packaging

Watts & Co offered us some of their church candles to try, so of course we were very appreciative. A lovely selection arrived this week, beautifully wrapped in string & brown paper with elegant, lavender-coloured labels.

Watts & Co church candles packaging and label

Tradition and quality are the corner stones of this family-run company. Based in Westminster, they’ve been supplying ecclesiastical accessories since 1874.

Collection of Watts & Co church candles

Their candles are hand made in England using natural beeswax, which burns for almost twice as long as paraffin wax – and they’re a lovely cream colour rather than the stark white of cheaper candles. Beeswax also tends to burn more cleanly, without dripping or giving off smoke or soot – imparting a rich, warm glow to a room.

Lit Watts & Co church candles in an antique mirrored candle sconce

There’s something enchanting about fairy lights, the flames of real fires and flickering candles – they add such a magical atmosphere to the house. They soften hard surfaces such as stone with their glow – and nothing brings out the patina in wood like candlelight.

Lit Watts & Co church candle giving a warm glow to a stone wall

You just want to snuggle in, read a book, watch a film, eat nice food, drink a glass of wine… and generally slow down a bit.

Antique spiral candle holder with antique puzzle jug

We’ve got antique candle holders & sconces dotted all over the house. In fact, we never let a nice ones escape if we come across them at auction or markets these days. We’ve even started acquiring other candle related items such as storage boxes, match holders, snuffers and dowsers – so every room has items easy to hand.

Lit Watts & Co pillar candle with church candles with antique candle dowsers

The holders all take different-sized candles; luckily, all can be found on the attractive Watts & Co website. Amongst the church supplies, you’ll also find other products that will suit domestic interiors – we’ll be trying some of their gorgeous incense for sure.

Lit Watts & Co pillar candle with church candles in an antique mahogany apothecary drawer

We’re prepared, stocked up and looking forward to autumn. It’s a glorious season and we love it!

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A candle with a difference

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Imperial Candles 100% natural soy wax candle in Calm Lavender

Have you noticed a change in me? Have you seen how calm & serene I’ve become recently? No? Well, just take my word for it. It’s all down to my new night-time regime.

Imperial Candles package arrived

Six weeks ago, a package arrived from Imperial Candles containing one of their 100% soy wax candles in Calm Lavender.

Imperial Candles 100% natural soy wax candle in Calm Lavender

That evening, my bath-time routine took a turn for the better. Bath run, bubble bath poured, lights off, radio on, candle lit and (the occasional) glass of red wine.

Imperial Candles 100% natural soy wax candle in Calm Lavender with a bubble bath

I haven’t looked back, this has my daily wind-down routine ever since! The fragrance is amazing, I close my eyes and breathe deeply, the day’s stresses melting away. But wait, there’s more, the candle contains a little extra. Each candle is made with a beautiful ring (or earrings or necklace) wrapped up in foil and suspended within it.

Ring suspended within my Imperial Candles Calm Lavender candle

It may be worth £10, it may be worth £2,000 – you won’t know until you’ve burned your candle to about a third of the way down and extracted the little package with tweezers. It took me 6 weeks of baths to get to this stage! As the saying goes, ‘good things come to those who wait’. Isn’t it beautiful?

Wearing the ring from my Imperial Candles Calm Lavender candle

Imperial Candles have very kindly agreed to offer two items from their range to H is for Home readers. A melon cucumber ring candle and a piña colada bath bomb.

Imperial Candles Melon Cucumber ring candle and Piña Colada bath bomb offered as prizes in our giveaway

For your chance to win one of these goodies, tell us what fragrance ring candle you would invent. Best of luck!

Imperial Candles giveaway

Love is in the air!

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Kelly Hoppen's room fragrance range

We’re teaming up with Kelly Hoppen this month to offer our readers the chance to win some of her beautiful scented room candles candles.

I’ve said in the past that come Valentine’s Day, I don’t go in for dozens of tables of two crowded into restaurants knocking elbows with the couples either side.

Give me a home-cooked meal, a glass of wine, some of our favourite music on the stereo and one of these lovely scented candles. Who’s with me?

The candles are in lovely muted tones and are available in four evocative fragrances:

Kelly Hoppen's fragranced candle range

Scent One: Woody & Spicy
Scent One, Kelly’s signature fragrance, features a patchouli and violet base that weaves in harmony
with the aromatic notes of clove and myrrh.

Scent Two: Warm & Fruity
Top notes of pomegranate and grapefruit meet with elegant undertones of vanilla and cashmere to
make Scent Two a wonderfully warm and inviting fragrance perfect for the home.

Scent Three: Sweet & Floral
Heart notes of rose, grapefruit, cinnamon and lavender blend with base notes of sandalwood, vanilla
and cumin to create a beautifully delicate and uplifting fragrance.

Scent Four: Fresh & Clean
Scent Four features top notes of fresh mint leaves that combine with a heart of ginger, cassis and
sage to create a delightfully fresh and energizing scent for your home.

Kelly Hoppen fragranced room candle

We’re giving away one of each fragrance – to be in with a chance of winning one of them, comment below telling us what your ideal Valentine’s evening would be like { keeping it clean please! 🙂 }

We’ll choose 4 winners at random on 12 February.

Kelly Hoppen scented room candle giveaway

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Gimme Five: Room candles

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Selection of five different room candles | H is for Home

We had a great summer in these parts, but the season is definitely changing now. The next few months have their own special appeal though – cosy nights in being one of them. A crackling fire and a few room candles flickering away are real treats when autumn sets in.

Here are five attractive, scented examples we’ve found…

  1. Penhaligon’s neroli gift box – Brummells, £42
  2. Tom Dixon scented candle – Heal’s, £55
  3. Caya candle tin – Anthropologie, $18
  4. “Fart Away” pet candle – Sniff Pet Products, $23
  5. Ortigia Ambra Nera square candle – Brummells, £23

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Christmas Countdown: Conran Shop

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selection of festive Christmas items for sale at the Conran Shop

1. Sirch sledge | 2. Biscuiteers Christmas toys tin

3. gingerman USB stick | 4. decorative tin carousel

5. True Grace fig candle | 6. Forges de Laguiole ham knife & leather roll

This is the first of a new, month-long series of posts featuring a hand-picked assortment of Christmas goodies – for the home, for friends & family… and yourself!

We’re kicking off with the Conran Shop – one of our “must visit” shops on our all too infrequent trips down to London.