With their warm glow, sweet scent and pretty colours, candles turn a house into a home.
Their soft light creates a cosy feeling of relaxation and warmth and having one burning at home seems to have the magical effect of slowing down time.
Candles have the power to create a 'cocoon', a safe place away from it all to melt away the stresses of the day.
There are so many vegan candles on the market these days, you can choose whatever shape, scent or colour you like. Spring and summer are great for fresh, grassy or floral scents, whilst autumn and winter are all about spiced fragrances, orange, ginger, fir or, one of my ultimate favourites, log fire.
Christmas really is when candles come alive. Dotted around a room, decorating the dinner table, or carefully arranged on the staircase (if you don't have any pets or children of course!), candles come to signify togetherness and love.
Beefayre candles are inspired by bees but use 100% natural plant wax. You can choose between votive, tea lights, kitchen candles in a jar or large ones. They come in prettily decorated glasses with a bee or botanical motif and there are plenty of scents to choose from. Their Winter Garden collection is perfect for the colder months and you can choose from winter berries, wild fig, and spiced orange, which is particularly christmassy and warming. They also have a good selection of room diffusers. The company donates a percentage of their profits to saving the honey bees, so you'll be doing good as you're relaxing by your candle's warm glow.
Based in Southbourne-on-Sea, Nellie Mimosa makes organic plant wax candles inspired by the British seaside. The Essence of Bournemouth is delicately scented with seagrass; lime leaf and ginger and jasmine and orange are deliciously autumnal and pomegranate and mint has a luxurious sweet aroma perfect all year round. If you like your scents to be a little bit more experimental, tomato and blackcurrant may just be the one for you.
If you are looking for something cool and minimalistic Brooklyn brand Apotheke have a beautiful selection of vegan candles and diffusers that come in chic, modern black and white packaging and unfussy glass holders. Choose between French Lavender, Ginger and Lemon Tea, Bamboo or Rosebud Oud.
Made in Scotland, Organdle's gorgeously packaged vegan candles are perfect to be shown off. The Three Kings is scented with 10 organic essential oils, including frankincense, and myrrh, has three wicks and is decorated with pretty specks of gold - you can't get more christmassy than that - whilst Saint is packed with autumnal botanics: cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, lemon and rosemary. These candles make a perfect gift and come with a choice of bow colours: red, gold or black.