When was the last time you smelled a holiday candle and thought to yourself—I really love this! Like Christmas carols, most winter candles have a pretty classic and familiar quality to them—repeating the same notes over and over: pine, fir, cedar, spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Nice, but not exciting.
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Annick Goutal’s limited-edition Noel candle ($90), however, is different. There’s some pine yes (the Siberian variation, to be precise) and resin, but the fragrance is counterbalanced with the unexpected sparkling notes of Brazilian orange and mandarin. Think cozy winter cabin meets a little bit of Copacabana wrapped up into a scent that is equal parts cool and calming and warm and inviting. This year, the wax is poured into a gorgeous red glass etched with a wintery motif. Together with the addicting scent of a citrus forest, it’s the perfect candle to transform a space and burn on winter evenings.
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