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Let there be light: top candles to help you enjoy me time

Whether you’re curling up with a good book or enjoying a soak in the tub, lighting a candle will aid relaxation and set the mood, while you enjoy some well-deserved me time, writes Catriona Doherty

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A scented candle will give you that spa feeling and help relaxation. Credit: Getty Images/Tetra images RF

A scented candle will give you that spa feeling and help relaxation. Credit: Getty Images/Tetra images RF

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Primark Amberwood and Mandarin Scented Candle, £2

Primark Amberwood and Mandarin Scented Candle, £2

Jo Malone, Peony and Blush Suede Travel Candle, £25

Jo Malone, Peony and Blush Suede Travel Candle, £25

Aromatherapy Associates Forest Therapy Candle, £48

Aromatherapy Associates Forest Therapy Candle, £48

NEOM, Feel Good Vibes, 3 wick candle, £48

NEOM, Feel Good Vibes, 3 wick candle, £48

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A scented candle will give you that spa feeling and help relaxation. Credit: Getty Images/Tetra images RF

Aromatherapy Associates Forest Therapy Candle, £48

We hear a lot about the benefits of forest bathing for the mind and soul, and with that in mind Aromatherapy Associates have brought the scents of nature indoors with their evergreen Forest Therapy Candle. Its infused with essential oils pink pepper, ho wood, juniper berry and cypress, to help you feel grounded and rejuvenated. Although the candle is expensive, it has a 40-hour burn time and comes with a free miniature Forest Therapy Bath and Shower Oil.

AromaWorks London Soulful Candle, £15

AromaWorks specialise in 100% natural beauty and fragrance products with therapeutic benefits. The Soulful candle is blended with essential oils to uplift and invigorate. The exotic, woody scent is a combination of Frankincense, juniper berry and patchouli, that create a calm ambiance and restore mental clarity. The formula is cruelty-free, vegan, with no synthetic fragrances, parabens, sulphates, petrochemicals, mineral oils or pesticides.

Primark Amberwood and Mandarin Scented Candle, £2

Of course, you don’t have to splash out on a luxury brand candle, and Primark’s new collection features an array of options, including an art deco inspired oval ceramic pot (£6), ylang ylang and mint bell jar (£6), and a bright orange parrot-shaped design (£3.50). The amberwood and mandarin candle’s scents combine to soften feeling of anxiety and nervousness.

NEOM Feel Good Vibes (3 wick), £48

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Light, fruit and floral, the mood-boosting newcomer from NEOM will fill your home with positive energy. Feel Good Vibes, from the Scent to Make You Happy range, is formulated with uplifting essential oils ylang ylang, jasmine and mandarin, to balance the emotions. For best results practise mindful breathing techniques as you inhale the fragrance; breath in through your nose for seven seconds, and out through your mouth for 11 seconds.

Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede Travel Candle, £25

Perfectly sized for popping in your bag for a romantic break or girly getaway, the Peony and Blush Suede Travel Candle will add a little touch of luxury to your accommodation of choice. Peony is known for its therapeutic effects, and it can act as a sedative to calm the mind and improve overall mood.

M&S Grapefruit, Ginger and Pomelo Boxed Candle, £7.50

We adore the scent of ginger and associate it with being pampered in a spa, which is why the M&S candle caught our eye. The Grapefruit, Ginger and Pomelo blend belongs to the citrus range of fragrances, aromas that are known to put a pep in your step, reduce blood pressure and combat feelings of nausea.

The Calm Society Sleep Candle, £19.99

Designed with a combination of sleep-inducing essential oils, The Calm Society’s candle is infused with lavender, orange, eucalyptus and cedarwood, smells that will send you off to the land of nod in no time. The company specialises in handmade, 100% natural, vegan products, designed to ‘elevate your mind, body and soul’. Other candles in the range include Happiness, Balance, De-Stress and Focus.


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