Scented candles are a nice touch to any home. Whether you want to create a romantic mood, calm yourself down after a stressful day at work, or simply want to enjoy a scent that you can’t get enough of, there’s a candle for almost any mood or occasion. Unfortunately, not all candles are created equal, as some have scents that don’t last long while others burn too quickly. We’ve picked 10 brands that make quality creations, and five of them are local brands we’re proud of. Whether you’re looking for candles for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, here’s where you should go.
1. Jo Malone London
This British brand is one of the most popular names among fragrance lovers, be it in the form of colognes or candles. The range of candles are elegantly simple but create a lasting impression once you light them and inhale the scent. Pick something from their Home Collection and go for their signature fragrance, Lime Basil & Mandarin, if you’re unsure of what to choose.
Other options include the delicious-sounding Sweet Almond & Macaroon, the berry good Blackberry & Bay, or the oh-so-sensual Pomegranate Noir. For a more plush feel, pick a scent from the Luxury Candles selection, such as Wild Fig & Cassis or Peony & Blush Suede, which will give you up to 220 hours of burn time. And if you can’t live without your calming candles, take them wherever you go, with something from the Travel Candles selection, featuring smaller candles with an 18-hour burn time.
Available at various locations such as Tangs Orchard and Raffles City, check website for details. Visit www.jomalone.com.sg
This French brand is one of the most established names in the market, boasting some of the most gorgeous scented candles you can find. The range is massive, with Classic Scented Candles, Small Scented Candles, Coloured Scented Candles, and Indoor-Outdoor Scented Candles. There are also some scented pillar candles, and you can build your own candle set too.
Gift sets are available too, with such pretty packaging that’ll impress anyone. Bestselling scents include Baies (Berries), Feu De Bois (Wood Fire), and Figuier (Fig Tree). If you love their scents, there are diffusers and room sprays to try as well.
At Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 391 Orchard Road, #B1-33a Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872, tel: 6732 0538. Visit www.diptyqueparis.com/en_us/
3. Ashley & Co
Don’t judge these candles by their simple hand-blown jars, as the scents are something special. Ashley & Co is a brand from New Zealand that calls its candles ‘waxed perfume’ and we admit we love this moniker. All candles are individually hand-poured using 100 per cent natural biodegradable wax and an unbleached cotton wick.
There are only six scents to choose from at the moment but each of them has a name influenced by a story from each unique scent. For example, Parakeets & Pearls is an old-world scent that brings back the glamour of handwritten love letters and dressing for dinner, while Bubbles & Polkadots is a scent that resembles a baby out of a bath. The candles have a burn time of up to 50 hours and the same scents are available as diffusers too.
Available at various locations such as Gallery & Co, Kapok Flagship Store and Red Dot Museum, check website for details. Visit https://ashleyandco.co/
William Penhaligon launched this brand in London in 1870 and his work was so iconic that his recipe books are still consulted by the staff today. Both the packaging and the scents are elegant and all candles are hand-blended from naturally derived soy wax, and packed with essential oils.
With names such as Linen Cupboard and The Powder Room (from the Portraits collection) and Lily of the Valley and Samarkand (Classic collection), your room will be filled with some sublime aromas indeed. Being an English brand, the scent of tea plays a big part too, with a tea collection featuring luxury candles in three scents – Earl Grey, Assam and Neroli (Lady Grey). You could also get a Tea Collection Candle Box, with miniature candles of the three scents.
At #03-16 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801, tel: 6634 1040 & 01-33/34, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956, tel: 6688 7520. Visit www.penhaligons.com
5. Lola’s Apothecary
Every product is handmade on a farm in the English countryside of Devon and this British brand strives to support local and ethical suppliers. The 100 per cent natural candles are made with an innovative blend of plant waxes and the glass candle jars are gorgeous so remember to recycle them.
There are not many to choose from but this small outfit certainly knows how to let its goods do the talking. Delicate Romance is the brand’s signature fragrance and is a feminine scent that’s a symphony of roses laced with warm spices and citrus, while Sweet Lullaby feels like a ‘hug in a bottle’, a comforting scent with a blend of lavender and ylang ylang at its heart. They ship internationally so get on their website and place your order now.
6. To Be Calm
Recognising the fact that we can’t always control the circumstances of our daily lives, To Be Calm wants to help to create an atmosphere that calms our minds and embrace happy thoughts. The local brand hopes its fragrances evoke happy memories in our homes and offices, as well as those of our friends and loved ones. Every pure soy candle is hand-poured, contains a cotton wick, and is created with products from Australia and France. Candles come in a variety of sizes – mini, medium, large, deluxe XXL, as well as bespoke ceramic Tea Caddies for Christmas and Chinese New Year. They do pretty gift sets and sell diffusers too.
One of their signature scents is Singapore Journey, a frangipani and ginger creation packaged in an exclusive signature box. And, if you’ve always wanted to find out how candles are made, To Be Calm hosts workshops where you make your own creation with a fragrance of your choice and also learn about the fragrance pyramid. Classes take place every first Saturday and every last Thursday of the month and cost $51.40 per participant. Private group workshops are available as well if you want to make it a fun outing with your pals.
Available at various locations such as 112 Katong, Tangs Orchard and Metro Orchard, check website for details. Visit https://tobecalm.com
Formerly known as Mount Sapola, the scents by this Singapore brand are created by the best of the East and the West, with handpicked ingredients from native sources. All products contain only natural botanical and bioactive ingredients so there’s no artificial colours, synthetic fragrances or animal testing.
There’s only a small collection of beeswax candles, offering four scents – Ginger Lemongrass, Lavender, Lemongrass, and Rose Geranium. But if you love all sorts of scents for your home or office, you’ll be spoilt for choice here, with a wide range of reef diffusers, room scents, scenting clay, solar diffusers and essential oils.
Available at various locations such as ION Orchard, NEX and VivoCity, check website for details. Visit https://sg.hysses.com
8. Candles of Light
The botanical scents offered by this brand are harnessed from sources such as spices, herbs, essential oils and natural aromatic materials from the tropics and beyond. And the pure soy and beeswax candles are handcrafted in small batches from the brand’s atelier in Singapore. They also do not contain any dyes, parabens, paraffin or phthalates. The scent range is inspired by the different times of day – daylight, dawn, dayspring, dusk, and midnight – with a fragrance to suit each part of the day, whether you’re looking for a morning boost or something to help you wind down.
The candles or tealights in the terrazzo jars are especially suitable for gifting as they come in such pretty holders. Room and linen sprays are available too. The brand also hosts natural perfumery workshops every quarter, where participants learn the basic principles of perfumery and have the opportunity to create their own room scent. Private workshops are also available, and you can contact them for details.
Available at various locations such as Gallery & Co, Plain Vanilla Tiong Bahru and Tangs, check website for details. Visit www.candlesoflight.com
9. Hush Candle
This brand started with just three scents – Lemongrass, Lavender and Rose – when it launched in 2015 and it now has nine fragrances to choose from in its candle range. All products are hand-poured and handcrafted in Singapore in small batches and only natural soy wax is used.
No synthetic compounds are added, as all products are scented only with therapeutic-grade essential oils, which are sourced from different parts of the world. Room sprays and roll-on essential oils are available too, as well as gift boxes. The brand also hosts workshops, where you can experiment with a range of scents, then take your creation home.
Available at various locations such as Naiise, The Bloom Room and Robinsons @ The Heeren, check website for details. Visit https://hushcandle.com
10. Sally’s Room
This is the place for anyone who can’t get enough of candles. Not only can you get lovely candles in a variety of scents here, you can also buy everything you need to make your own. Sally’s Room sells craft materials for candles, such as candle waxes, wicks, fragrances, containers, dyes and moulds. Pick up a DIY kit if you’re a beginner or get down to some serious candle-making with individual products such as beeswax sheets and candle dyes.
Or why not sign up for a workshop, which is run by the lady who makes the candles for the brand, and you’ll get to create a variety of candles such as container candles, pillar candles, and even dessert-table candles, where your handiwork will look like a cupcake, a macaron or a scoop of ice cream. What fun.
At 4 Everton Park, #01-44, Singapore 080004, tel: 6221 7883. Contact them before you go as opening hours may be irregular due to offsite workshops. Visit www.sallysroom-sg.com
Written by Balvinder Sandhu