ANNA’S WINTER CANDLE FAVOURITES

If this polar vortex has taught me anything, it’s that the best place to hide is wrapped up in bed with my laptop– candles included, obviously. Much to my cautious mother’s displeasure, I practically light them as I move from room to room. They add the perfect fake warmth to a space and these two favourites make locking myself up away from the cold not so bad.

Amanda’s always got a candle (or five) burning whenever I visit her place, and I was inspired to do the same in my own space. I actually fell in love with Feu de Bois when I had my first whiff at her apartment. It smells exactly like a campfire, to put it simply (blend of rare woods to be exact). If you’ve never owned a Dyptique, let me tell you; these candles burn so beautifully–big flame, sophisticated fragrances and chic packaging. Feu de Bois is a very wintery-scent in my opinion–kind of the smell I’d imagine you’d experience at your overpriced cottage in Muskoka on a chilly Sunday night. It’s just about the only perk that comes along with this season–not to mention that used Dyptique candle glasses make perfect makeup brush holders.

For the more frugal crowd, Bath and Body Works’ Bellini Cafe is also a lovely scent– sugared berries, apples and grapes, but not overly sweet, surprisingly. The 3-wick design is stunning and seems to make the fragrance really fill the space. This scent is really fresh–I love to light it in the bathroom while I shower. I cannot stand shopping at Bath and Body Works typically–99% of their scents are like sweet enough to give you diabetes and reek of vanilla. However, I was actually in there helping my sister buy a present, and I (the the great shopping companion I am) ventured off to just try a few of the candles–and I did so very apprehensively, trust me. Yes, many were just as I feared, almost giving me a headache, however, I was so impressed by Bellini Cafe–the scent is so subtle and mature, I was honestly shocked. It’s worth the frightening trip through the valley of 12 year old white girls and “marshmallow dream” lotion, hand sanitizer, body mousse, mini candle, hand soap, yada, yada, yada….

–Anna Raponi

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