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Editors’ Picks: The Most Romantic Candles

Whether by the aesthetic or the scent they emit, candles are hands down romance with a wick.
Roxanne Robinson Sep 04, 2020
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Explicitly, the best romantic candles can inspire one of our most arousing senses, the sense of smell.

When Marcel Proust wrote in his 1913 novel, À la recherche du temps perdu or ‘In Search of Time Lost,” that the taste of tea and madeleines transported him back in time, it was his nose that traveled there. For example, so significant was this reaction; it coined the term “A Proustian moment,” according to an article in The Harvard Gazette in February 2020. Therefore, this sensory experience phenomenon phenomenon triggering a memory, forgotten or otherwise, may certainly be why scents are so comforting to us.

But even more than comfort, some scents elicit emotions such as romance and desire.

Who hasn’t been reminded of amorous encounters when the scent associated with it wafts past our nose? Certainly, this experience isn't unique to Proust?

Likewise, candles always add a romantic mood to any set-up with their soft flickering glow, whether a paramour is involved or not. (Definitely a cliché, candles really do set a mood.)

Subsequently, lighting a candle can make any place feel unique with or without someone else present. As an illustration, picture arriving at night at a charming cabin nestled in the woods, completely illuminated by candles. Certainly, cozy defined.

Moreover, combining their allure with an alluring scent delivers in the sensory department. Undoubtedly, an enticing scent wafting in your space is intoxicating. These candles -whether they possess a spicy, floral, fruity or earthy aroma; or give a room a moody aura –  alone may become the object of your affections likewise.

Spice Notes

1. Fornasetti Don Giovanni Scented Candle

Fornasetti

Don Giovanni Scented Candle
$215.00 BUY NOW

Clearly, one leader in class when it comes to seduction by a romantic candle is the Giovanni scented candle from Fornasetti, named for the opera based on Don Juan's legend – the ultimate libertine and seducer. First, the setting of the opera, Seville, Spain, informs the intoxicating scent of musk, dry amber, cedarwood, and patchouli topped off with fruit and floral notes of peach, rose, and lily of the valley. Secondly, the china jar shows portraits of brand icons, beautiful opera singer Lina Cavalieri and Furio Maschera, the unknown man who appears in Fornasetti’s works, both wearing domino masks in homage to the famous story of Don Juan.

To point out an interesting tidbit. Cavalieri was a much older muse to the young Fornasetti. Her interesting life ended in a tragic scenario, consequently, as the singer and her husband were killed in a WWII air raid while trying to fetch her jewelry.


2. Baobab Collection Feathers Masaai Candle

Baobab Collection

Feathers Masaai Candle
$115.00 - $630.00 Buy Now

Evidently, the mighty warriors of the Massai tribe use feather headdresses resembling a lion’s mane to intimidate their prey. The Feathers Masaai Candle by Baobab, available at NestCasa.com, however, has the opposite effect. Conjuring up the hot desert sun and the ceremonial practices of the Massai, this spicy aroma combines patchouli, rum extract, and amber, making it one of Nest Casa's best romantic candles. Obviously, dessert tribal scenes makes for a sultry scent.


3. Cire Trudon Ourika Candle

Cire Trudon

Ourika Candle
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The Ourika candle comes from the famous storied French candlemaker Cire Trudon founded in 1643, not to mention also known for having some of the best romantic candles. Most importantly, the Left Bank pedigree candlemaker boasts having a royal warrant for wax making who supplied the candles at Napoleon the First’s coronation. For starters, its spicy aura culled from the iris has a sensual side in contrast that recalls Egyptian mythology. The flower also connects to Horus, the falcon God that brings the sky and the earth together.


4. L'Officine Universelle Buly 1803 Conversation in a Park Scented Candle

L'Officine Universelle Buly 1803

Conversation in a Park Scented Candle
$185.00 BUY NOW

With a name like Conversation in a Park, it’s no wonder this spicy candle has such a titillating odor. One of our favorites, this romantic candle is curated by perfumer Dorothée Piot for L’Officine Universelle Buly 1803.

In particular, this candle emits notes of citrus bergamot, floral Ottoman roses, and fresh peppermint. Furthermore, this all-natural wax candle is encased in a heavy stone vase with a terrazzo finish making its appearance likewise as attractive as its scent. Finally, it's vintage French language lable in effect, transports the bearer to one of Paris' most alluring and romantic parks, the Luxembourg Gardens. 


5. Diptyque Paris Le Redouté Pillar Candle

Diptyque Paris

Le Redouté Pillar Candle
$75.00 BUY NOW

On the otherhand, a bare candle is equally romantic. At an ample 450-gram size, the robust La Redouté pillar candle from Diptyque culls its spicy scent from a potpourri recipe that dates back to Elizabethan times. Furthermore, in lieu of a jar, this pillar candle bares a crest and exudes a ‘sauvage’ mood. 

Floral Notes

1. Baobab Collection Women Mangolia-Rose-Musk Scented Candle

Baobab Collection

Women Mangolia-Rose-Musk Scented Candle
$760.00 BUY NOW

Undoubtedly, the scent of a woman is truly remarkable; just ask Al Pacino’s blind character in the 1990s film of the same name. Therefore it's no wonder this Baobab candle with its notes of magnolia and rose, tempered by musk, is called The Women. Refined 9-karat yellow gold decorative trim encases the graphic female form that expresses femininity and on the other hand strength.In short these attributes make it the truly best romantic candle.


2. Cire Trudon + Giambattista Valli Positano Scented Candle

Cire Trudon

+ Giambattista Valli Positano Scented Candle
$105.00 BUY NOW

When it comes to fashion, the ultimate ladies' man is certainly designer Giambattista Valli who teamed up with Cire Trudon on a luxuriously scented candle. Aptly named the ‘Positano,’ this best romantic candle naturally evokes the picture-perfect town on the Amalfi coast. Its flower-powered fragrance contrasts heady top notes of jasmine, orange blossom, and gardenia mixed with subtle touches of magnolia, tuberose, and lily. As a result, the floral combination gives your space the feeling of summer on the romantic Italian riviera.


3. Diptyque Paris Roses Candle

Diptyque Paris

Roses Candle
$68.00 BUY NOW

Founded by three friends at 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain in 1961, Diptyque Paris practically invented scented romantic candles' transformative powers. Of course, their ‘roses’ candle is no exception, possessing a scent reminiscent of the romantic flower blooming in a rose garden.


4. Diptyque Paris Eau Rose Perfumed Soap

Diptyque Paris

Eau Rose Perfumed Soap
$32.00 BUY NOW

However, this scent doesn’t stop at a lone candle. A full spectrum olfactory experience is possible using their complimentary scent. Eau Rose perfumed soap uses the most prized roses in the same vein, the damascene and the centifolia, paired with a silk caressing body and bath oil made from argan, almond, and macadamia nut. In short, it's rose bath.


5. Fornasetti Flora Coromandel Candle

Fornasetti

Flora Coromandel Candle
$230
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Surely inspired by an Oriental screen, this Fornasetti Flora Coromandel candle takes its cues from the lush garden flora in the garden of the grounds of the Fornasetti house in Milan.

Fruit Notes

1. Baobab Collection Platinum Candle

Baobab Collection

Platinum Candle
$115.00 - $630.00 Buy Now

You can certainly feel the electricity in this platinum collection romantic candle from the Baobab Collection. It’s fresh grapefruit scent blended with the amber combine in one intoxicating scent from this beautifully encased wax candle.


2. Cire Trudon Carmelite Candle

Cire Trudon

Carmelite Candle
$105 Buy Now

The Cire Trudon Carmelite candle features notes of orange and armoise, the ancient medicinal plant known for relaxation and reducing anxiety. In other words, just the combo of a rush of sunshine paired with inhibition-releasing oil helps set a romantic stage, 


3. Diptyque Paris Figuier / Fig Tree Candle

Diptyque Paris

Figuier / Fig Tree Candle
$68.00 BUY NOW

Technically fruity, the Figuier candle from Diptyque also bears a woodsy scent on account of  the fruit-bearing tree that stretches across Mediterranean landscapes, for instance. It captures the aura of the sun, releasing its natural fragrance of bark, leaves, and figs as they ripen across the region. Most importantly, as a sensual fruit, the smell of this romantic candle awakens many of the senses.

Earthy Notes

1. Diptyque Paris Feu De Bois / Wood Fire Candle

Diptyque Paris

Feu De Bois / Wood Fire Candle
$98.00 BUY NOW

Likewise, a fireplace sets a romantic mood on any occasion. The Feu de Bois candle from Diptyque features a scent from the Parisian candlemaker that transports you to the famous Bois surrounding Paris, such as the Boulogne and Vincennes woods. Set in a green hand-blown glass jar, this candle recalls an inviting open fire on a winter day.


2. L'Officine Universelle Buly Saint Joseph the Carpenter Scented Candle

L'Officine Universelle Buly 1803

Saint Joseph the Carpenter Scented Candle
$185.00 BUY NOW

Natrually named for carpentry’s patron saint, Joseph, L’Officine Universelle Buly 1803’s scented candle smells of cedarwood and pink berries and is composed by perfumer Sidonie Lancesseur. On the other hand, the massive stone vase made from glass paste, enamel, and fine minerals with a terrazzo finish takes its cues from the mosaics found in Venetian palaces, the ultimate locale for romance.


3. Fornasetti Comme Des Forna Candle

Fornasetti

Comme des Fornà Candle
$215
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Using Comme des Garcons signature polka dots, bedecked with a pair of romantic red lips, undoubtedly this a sexy candle. The Comme des Fornà candle by Fornasetti smells of simple Provencal ingredients thyme and lavender with a distinct earthiness.

Taper candles / Candle Holders

1. Cire Trudon Set of Six Madeleine Tapered Candles

Cire Trudon

Set of Six Madeleine Tapered Candles
$24.00 BUY NOW

Even without a scent, placing candles at a meal signals the mood for romance and relaxation. Consequently, Cire Trudon’s Madeleine tapered candles, named for the historic Roman Catholic church in Paris, fit the bill.


2. Cire Trudon Set of Six Madeleine Tapered Candles

Cire Trudon

Set of Six Madeleine Tapered Candles
$24.00 BUY NOW

In fact, this same style has been lighting the church since the 17th century. For a touch of elegance added to your romance, why not make them the table centerpiece by encasing them in a chic candleholder, for example?


3. Baccarat Mille Nuits Candle Holders

Baccarat, the French crystal house founded in 1764 under Louis XV's permission, offers faceted crystal candlestick holders. And yet these elegant tabletop decors shine even without a lit candle. Part of the Mille Nuit collection, a reference to 1001 Tales of the Arabian Nights, sets the scene for an exotic and romantic candle-lit evening.


4. St Louis Candlesticks Oxymore – Adiante

St Louis

Candlesticks Oxymore – Adiante
$172.86 BUY NOW

In the same vein, Saint Louis crystal, another one of France’s most storied crystal makers, offers two styles: the Oxymore Adiante, a graphic stacked cubed pillar. Perfect to place the best romantic candles.


5. St Louis Les Endiablés small clear & flannel-grey candlestick

St Louis

Les Endiablés small clear & flannel-grey candlestick
$574.22 BUY NOW

Lastly, Les Endiables by St. Louis, two opposing semi-circles, give your mood lighting an apropos alter on which to rest a romantic candle.

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Roxanne Robinson
Roxanne Robinson is an award-winning Paris-based American journalist covering luxury and fashion industries with over 25 years of experience. I spent over 18 years at WWD, covering sportswear, accessories and fine jewelry. My career witnessed the shift from print media to the digital age. I gained expert knowledge of the design world, wholesale and retail markets as well as the marketing that supports them. I met endless creatives and business people who create luxury from inception to POS with the consumer. My work has appeared in Forbes.com, BoF, The Hollywood Reporter, CRFashionbook.com, The Jewelry Journal as well in-house publications and websites at Bally, Pomellato, Au Depart and Editorialist.com among others.
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