It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas....

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

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Firstly, I need to apologise for my prolonged absence from my blog. It's my first winter blogging, and I've found it really hard, from lack of sleep, work going completely crazy, losing my weekends constantly to helping my parents out at their business, as well as just going into winter hibernation mode. I know, terrible excuses, but there you have it. I've also had a bit of an off-moment with beauty, where I was feeling a bit rubbish about my skin being dry and blotchy, and then having the most godawful experience with some new products I used to try rectify it. Nightmare! I'm pretty sure this is also why I've not been as interested in the all the Christmas beauty specials out at the moment. Maybe it's just because I've not been feeling all that Christmassy lately, all the festivities have me feeling a bit 'meh' at the moment. Not that I don't enjoy Christmas, far from it, it's just that this year, the excitement seems to have missed me.

However, one thing I always indulge in at this time of year without fail, is candles. The dark nights just call out to have a candle burning away in the background, and there are two that I picked up which have been putting some festive cheer in me.

The first is Mrs Todd's Citrus and Cinnamon which I first read about on Ruth's blog here. It's a fairly traditional smelling candle to my nose, with citrus and spice notes through the main body of it, but with a little added depth from the musk note, and jasmine mixes it up a little by giving it a tiny bit of freshness. I think the jasmine note is a great idea because 1) jasmine is one of my favourite flowers and smells and 2) sometimes the whole citrus and spice scent is so common, it's nice to give it a little more edge. For £28, I think this is a lovely candle that still looks and smells luxurious, but without breaking the bank.

The next one is probably the best candle I've bought in a long time. Feuilles de Tabac by Miller Harris is a wonderful mix of smoky, woody and green scents bundled together, with a slight church-y incense feel to it. I've never bought anything from Miller Harris before, but this definitely has me wanting to buy more. I much prefer this to the Diptyque Feu de Bois, because the fresh pine scent gives it a little more dimension, and stops it from being an overwhelmingly smoky scent. If you are happy to spend £40 and find yourself slightly put off by the Diptyque version, or are looking for something which smells slightly more sophisticated and layered, I really recommend this one.

Are there any seasonal candles that you would recommend to get me out of my winter blues? Let me know in the comments!

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