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6 of the best… candle subscriptions

Ooooh, something smells lovely! These clever candle subscriptions make a thoughtful winter gift (even if it's for yourself - shhhhh, we won't tell).

Did you know that Tan France of Queer Eye fame has a candle closet? Literally, a cupboard just filled to the brim with beautiful candles for him to sniff when he’s stressed. Ever since we spotted it on Architectural Digest, we’ve coveted a closet of our own – which is where these fabulous candle subscriptions come in. Instead of schlepping round the shops for your latest candle score, simply have a new one sent through once a month! Genius.
Of course, you don’t have to keep all the goodness to yourself – a candle subscription also makes a great present if you’re feeling generous, and you won’t even have to wrap it. (Lazy, us? Er, well yes actually).
Expand your candle horizons with Iggy Box, the first multi-brand candle subscription in the UK. Iggy Box works with a mix of local artisan candlemakers, so it’s a great way to discover some of the slightly more niche UK brands and avoid the ubiquitous Insta names (looking at you, Diptyque). They have a real focus on eco-friendly and natural ingredients, and for those of us without a candle closet, you can pick between two different sizes if you’re worried about not getting through the larger jars. Prices start at £12.95 a month with free P&P.
The eagle-eyed among you may have spotted Brighton-based SevenSeventeenkicking around Muddy before, but did you know that they do candle subscriptions too? You can pick from 3 or 6-month subscriptions in a variety of candle sizes, and depending on which one you pick, you also get a lovely smelly sachet of lavender bath salts or a set of steel wick trimmers (which are v. useful, but also make perfect Instagram props if that’s your bag). Prices start at £48 for 3 months.
There’s nothing worse than a scented candle that doesn’t actually, you know, smell of anything. You know the feeling – you’ve sniffed it in the shop, hurried it home, lit it immediately and… nada. No such worries with Warwickshire-based perfume queen Rebecca Traceywhose gorgeous scents include Lemon, Patchouli & Lemongrass and Black Pepper, Lemon & Geranium. Her candle subscriptions run for 3,6 or 12 months and see a full-sized 300g botanical candle popped through your postbox every month. Prices start at £95 for 3 months.
If reading a good book by the light of a gorgeous candle sounds like your perfect night in, then Berkshire beauty Literati & Light should be right up your street. Its candles are inspired by the great works of fiction – so, Wuthering Heights smells of heather and rain, and its Narnia-inspired number is scented with Turkish delight, pine and snow. The brand’s Book Club candle subscriptions come in Classic and Modernist versions (above), or you can even choose a Book and Candle subscription, which includes a beautifully-designed Penguin classic with your candle for £70 for three months. Prices for the Classic Book Club start at £50 for 3 months.
Fancy mixing it up a little? Enter The Botanical Candle Co, a Dorset-based company with so many subscriptions we can hardly choose. You can take your pick between full-size candles, wax melts and tea lights in a variety of sizes, with prices starting at a penny-pinching £8 a month. We particularly love the Collaboration Subscription, which includes various goodies such as plants, soaps and stationery as well as their beautiful handmade candles for £34 a month.
If a monthly candle subscription sounds a bit much (what will you do with all the empty jars?!), then why not plump for candles every season instead? Hazel & Blue in Wiltshire offers a quarterly candle subscription that costs £94 + P&P for 4 boxes, which means as the changing seasons roll around you’ll receive a large scented soy candle, a medium candle, and a chic accessory to pair with them. With scents like Raspberry and Peppercorn, Rhubarb and Plum, and Sea Salt and Wood, we’ll have one for every room, please.

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