June 3, 2023

My friends and family always tell me that I’m notoriously difficult to buy gifts for, which I adamantly refute. Sure, I’m quite particular about what I bring into my home, the items I add to my wardrobe and the products I allow into my beauty bag, but give me a pair of gold-toned, not-too-big, not-too-small hoop earrings; a nude eye shadow palette (matte pigments only, please); a puff-sleeve dress in off-white; or perhaps a scallop-edged plate, and I’m a happy, happy lady.

Okay, so after rattling off what turns out to be a very precise wish list, perhaps I am difficult to buy for. I always tell my nearest and dearest not to worry about presents—I’d much rather spend time with loved ones, anyway. Often this falls on deaf ears, but, as it turns out, having a reputation of being picky has had one positive side effect. Now, whenever an occasion that calls for a gift comes around, my nearest and dearest default to one foolproof purchase: a candle. 

It’s fair to say I’m borderline obsessed with candles. I have them on my dining table, in clusters on my coffee table, adorning the length of my living room mantle, on either side of my bed, and on any windowsill wide enough to house one. I love candles of all shapes and sizes with any scent or smell. As such, I get very excited when I happen upon a new candle brand, which is where my ramblings come to fruition. 

Below, you’ll find an edit of my favourite independent candle brands. From the brightly coloured tapers that are currently dominating Instagram to amber glass–housed soy formulas that never fail to make you feel cosy, these are the independent candle brands I’m currently burning in my home and that I know you’re going to love just as much as I do. 


Independent Candle Brands: @fairholme_studio

When it comes to Bella Freud, perhaps the first thing that comes to mind is the brand’s iconic and celebrity-loved 1970 jumper. But did you know Bella Freud has loaned her achingly cool touch to homeware, too? Chances are you’ll have seen her candles decorating the tables, mantels and sills in the homes of fashion girls via Instagram. With the brand’s trademark slogans and hand-drawn illustrations, it’s almost impossible to choose just one. I’ve treated myself to three Bella Freud candles in the past, and now use the gorgeous holders for makeup brushes and to store trinkets. 

Bella Freud 1970 Candle
Bella Freud
1970 Candle

Bella Freud Ciao Candle
Bella Freud
Ciao Candle

Bella Freud Loving Candle
Bella Freud
Loving Candle

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

Opening Image: Francesca Saffari

Next up, I love expensive candles, but these under-£20 ones are just as good.