Following a warm and rather glorious autumn in Sydney, winter has finally arrived. Chilly mornings and evenings are here. It’s that time of year to keep warm by rugging-up, staying indoors and lighting some beautiful scented candles. It is also time to prepare for a bit of a tradition on this side of the world – to celebrate Christmas in July.
According to rumour it may have all originated with a small group of people in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, who wanted a northern hemisphere style Christmas celebration during the coldest month of the year in Australia. It might not be the whole whizz-bang affair of Christmas in December, but it’s our time to roast chestnuts on an open fire and enjoy a slow cooked roast with a large glass of red. For that extra festive feel it’s lovely to burn candles with warm and wintery scents, such as cinnamon, clove, orange and spices.
Here are our favourite finds of scented candles for ‘Christmas in July’ made by independent designers in Australia. For further information, burn times, pricing, shipping etc please go directly to the website links below;
Sohum candles are beautifully packaged and made in Australia. Their wood wick candles are an alternative to their cotton wicked style. The organic cedar wick makes a soothing crackling sound reminiscent of an open fire, so if that doesn’t make a chilly day in July feel like Christmas, I don’t know what will!
Gingersnap; Lemon Water, Spanish Orange, Yuzu, White Ginger, Neroli, Ginger flowers, Brown Sugar Cookies.
Handcrafted in Australia Wildfolk use 100% soy wax, free from pesticides or herbicides, paraffin, parabens and palm oil. They are hand poured into recycled apothecary inspired jars with solid wooden lids. They’re always a favourite of ours, and truly delightful.
Spice Blend; Orange, tangerine, clove, cinnamon, patchouli.
Alchemy Produx candles are individually hand poured into chemistry glassware such as beakers and conical flasks and made to order in their Melbourne studio. But their limited edition art series go a step further with beautiful packing you’ll want to keep. This 210gram beaker candle is a limited edition, designed by Laura Blythman and titled ‘Sugar Mountain’.
Candied orange peel; Exclusive limited edition Laura Blythman artwork.
The Little Flame Co
Run by a husband and wife team in Goulburn, NSW, The Little Flame Co has a range of beautiful ‘winter’ scented candles. Hand poured into amber glass jars, the light and scents create moods of warmth and comfort. Although it doesn’t have such a Christmassy name, we have included Autumn Harvest as the scent is similar to Christmas Pudding, but just not as sweet.
Christmas Pudding; Orange, almond, cinnamon, spicy clove and honey, vanilla, malt and coconut.
Christmas Bush; Clove leaf, fir needles, leafy green notes, woody musk and sweet jasmine.
Autumn Harvest; Creamy vanilla and spicy notes of clove, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon finished with notes of citrus – mandarin and lemon.
Sniff Soy Candles
These beautiful scented candles are made in Sydney and created with a unique blend of pure essential oils and allergen-free fragrances, using pure soy with all cotton wicks. They also make lovely gifts as they are packaged in a styled takeout paper pail (noodle box). They smell divine.
A partridge in a pear tree; Spice, vanilla and pear.
The night before Christmas; Scents of cranberry, orange, clove and fireplace embers.
Guest Blog; Sue Pollard, Polly finds beautiful things
Polly finds beautiful things is a Sydney based blog about talented creatives and the things they make or do to make the world a more exciting place to live in. With a history in newspapers and magazines its editor, Sue Pollard, took the plunge to enter the world of blogging and hasn’t looked back. She travels often between Australia, the USA and the UK, bringing the best of independent designers and shopkeepers to the pages of her blog. It’s a dream job – and one she loves sharing with her readers.