Winter 2018 Candle Collection

Who doesn’t love lighting up candles during the cold months? Not only does it light up the home when it’s dreary outside, it smells amazing as well!

When December rolls around, our apartment almost feels incomplete without lighting up candles. It gives our place a sense of hygge. In addition, we have a fake tree. Now I’ve grown up with real Christmas trees: it was only since my dad passed away, we started getting the fake ones. Cecilio on the other hand, has had fake trees all his life. For me, the best part was the smell, and while our tree is easy to assemble, it’s just not the same without notes of pine.

Here, I will show you my little winter candle haul.

Village Candle – Gingerbread Cookie

This is no longer available except in the link above, and it’s actually listed as higher priced than average so I would discourage you from getting it. That said, I found this gem at TJMaxx for much cheaper (I would say around $12?) And it was love at first sniff. It really does smell like a fresh, soft gingerbread cookie straight out of the oven. I don’t like overly sweet scents, but the gingerbread and cinnamon cuts through and balances that with their spicy notes. All of Village Candle’s candles have two wicks, which gives them a cleaner burn and longer lasting scent.

Hearth & Hand with Magnolia — Sugared Birch

Hearth & Hand is Chip and Joanna Gaines’ home decor brand available at Target. They are known for their cozy, farmhouse aesthetic. I was drawn to the muted green color and the scent: it’s mild (but that’s because I have a weak sense of smell) but it’s there. It’s also a soy candle. It contains notes of sugar, wood, apple and eucalyptus. Because of the earthy smell, I place it on our coffee table right next to our tree to give the illusion of that lovely tree smell.

Signature Soy – Balsam Fir

Signature Soy is another Target brand with a variety of scents. The Balsam Fir candle actually really captures the essence of the tree. I actually place this right next to the Hearth & Hand candle for that reason. It smells much stronger and although it is marketed as a soy candle, on the Target page it says that the material is made of paraffin (which is quite disappointing). Still, it’s one of my favorites.

Zum Glow – Frankincense and Myrrh

Here’s a soy candle I purchased on Amazon and of course placed right next to our Nativity scene to represent the wise men giving Baby Jesus frankincense, myrrh and gold (obviously I don’t have a gold candle though). For a soy candle, it smells really strong! Burn time is about 30 hours. It is all natural too with soy-based vegetable wax, pure essential oils, fragrance oil and a lead-free wick!

DW Home – Peppermint Bark

Yum! This candle smells so delicious that you almost want to eat it! I purchased my little candle at TJMaxx for about $7 and the link of the candle listed above has different packaging than the one I have but it’s still the same exact product. It is milk chocolate and white chocolate layered together with crushed peppermint candy cane, which smells (and I assume taste) like my favorite Ghirardhelli peppermint bark squares.

What are your signature candles for the winter season?

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Hannah is a travel writer, graphic designer, and the founder/editor of Hannah on Horizon. She is based in Sacramento, California, living with her husband and two adorable dogs. She shares tips on how to experience luxury travel on any budget, and how to maximize time at each trip or destination, no matter what your budget or amount of vacation time at work. She enjoys making you feel like you have visited each destination with her through her storytelling and informative writing style.

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