The Top Five: Candles

I’ve decided to start a “Top Five” series on the blog – featuring my five must-haves from each beauty category, kicking it all off today with my top five must have Candles. I love scented candles, from fresh and floral to the sweetest vanilla, there are very few I don’t love. I thought i’d show you a few that I have on the go at the moment for different occasions…

You may have already seen my newest little addition to the family – floral gardenia – on the far right in my more recent posts. This is a very lightly scented candle that I was given for Christmas. Although it lacks slightly in scent, it makes up for by being aesthetically pleasing. The jar creates a pinky golden glow in the surrounding area, and makes for a nice constant burner when you don’t want to feel overwhelmed.

My two Diptique candles, Baies and Mimosa are saved for moments when I’m tapping out a blog post or filming. They’re beautifully fresh and saving them for filming actually helps to keep me motivated!

Another new edition which has been burnt  a lot around bed time, especially over the Christmas period is Yankees Red Velvet Cupcake. A sickly sweet cake scent that fills my room, and I go to bed dreaming of gum drop buttons… not really, I actually have nightmares about breaking my new lighting set up and/or zombies, but to tell you gum drop buttons seems a lot nicer…

Finally we have my vanilla cupcake tea-light candles by Yankee, they smell just as amazing as red velvet cupcake and look adorable in my little golden candle glass (pictured at the far back).

So there you have it, let me know if there are any you think I need to get a whiff of when I’m out and about next! And if there’s a specific top five category you’d like to see then definitely let me know! Next up – lipsticks!


  1. Leanne Marie
    02 Jan 2013 / 8:39 pm

    Im a big fan of yankee candles. One of my favourite scents is Clean Cotton. When I went to Dubai last year I picked up some of the bath and body works candles. THEY ARE AMAZING. My favourite is 'Warm vanilla sugar' Such a yummy scent. Its so annoying the only way I will get hold of them is by spending an obscene amount on ebay for them! 🙁

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

    • HelloOctober
      02 Jan 2013 / 9:53 pm

      Mmmm bath and body works – need to get ma hands on some o' those! x

  2. Brittney (Precious Polish)
    02 Jan 2013 / 8:42 pm

    I'm not too knowledgeable about candles but I sure am warming up to them! Currently I'm using a Slatkin & Co candle in mint chocolate and it is divine <3 I want to try out the Yankee candles now though 🙂 Looking forward to your top 5 lipsticks!

    • HelloOctober
      02 Jan 2013 / 9:52 pm

      That sounds gorgeous! xx

  3. Lipmunn Tang
    02 Jan 2013 / 8:49 pm

    i look forward to these posts – such a good idea. Can tell i'm going to have a cheeky splurge on a candle. any idea for slightly cheaper one as im a student!

    • HelloOctober
      02 Jan 2013 / 9:55 pm

      Sainsburys do a lovely vanilla one, and Glade have been doing a lovely chocolate orange one over the festive period 🙂 x

  4. Tabitha
    02 Jan 2013 / 9:08 pm

    I've really got into Yankee Candles since Christmas. Although I don't really want to shell out for a big jar, I've been buying lots of the wax tarts. It's a much cheaper way to mix and match scents! x

    • HelloOctober
      02 Jan 2013 / 9:55 pm

      Such a good way of getting the lovely smells for slightly less money! xx

  5. Melanie
    02 Jan 2013 / 9:30 pm

    I LOVE candles. Up to now I've only really tried Yankee Candles (warm blanket is my favourite) but I''ve also heard good things about Busy Bee candles 🙂 x

    • HelloOctober
      02 Jan 2013 / 9:56 pm

      I've never heard of them! Will have to have a look around…

  6. Stephy Penny
    02 Jan 2013 / 9:43 pm

    Great post! I just subscribed!! I love candles and will now be buying the Diptigue candles!! super excited and thanks for the knowledge! <3 if you love beauty blogs you'll love mine! ox

    • HelloOctober
      02 Jan 2013 / 9:56 pm

      Thank you hun! 🙂 x

  7. Sophie
    02 Jan 2013 / 9:45 pm

    I got quite a few candles for Christmas and can't wait to have my room smelling all nice! I wouldn't buy them myself but they're lovely gifts!

    • HelloOctober
      02 Jan 2013 / 9:57 pm

      They are the best gifts! xx

  8. Frances
    02 Jan 2013 / 9:58 pm

    I used to work at a department store and my favourite part of the day was when I had to go to the special Yankee candle cupboard to stock up the display… I'd just stand in there smelling all the different scents. It was heaven. Looking forward to the day I can allow myself to spend the money on one of the big huge jar ones rather than the little 'testers' that I usually have to content myself with.
    Love the idea of a 'top 5' post, can't wait for more!

    Frances XX

  9. Katherine xo
    02 Jan 2013 / 11:28 pm

    loveeeee yankee candles, really wanna try diptyque! x

  10. C
    03 Jan 2013 / 2:47 am

    Adore the idea of a top 5 series. I'm not one of those people who generally enjoy candles but I honestly want to give Diptyque a go!


  11. Gem
    03 Jan 2013 / 12:26 pm

    Okkkk you have encouraged me to get off the sofa and go candle shopping, as well as pick up a few items from the post office. I need Red Velvet Cupcake in my life! I've had Vanilla Cupcake before and it's so beautiful! I literally have about 20 yankee candles in my apartment, I'm obsessed with them. I think I need to branch out and try more candle brands though.

    Gem x

  12. @distract_me
    05 Jan 2013 / 11:31 am

    Great list, I love scented candles but I never really buy any decent ones… I need to! xx

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