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Candles And Diffusers | The Complete Buyers Guide

Our smell is one of our most important senses, it can boost attraction, help anxiety, soothe you to sleep, and even alert us to danger. We all appreciate nice smelling things which is why we use scents to make a house a home. 

Who would think something so small can make such a difference but a luxury candle or reed diffuser can completely set the mood for the room! That said it can be difficult to try something new when buying luxury candles or reed diffusers online, so here’s our extensive guide covering our best brand, scents, and stories and some top tips to get the best from your candles. 

  • Tom Dixon
  • Urban Apothecary
  • Locherber
  • Fornasetti
  • Culti
  • Demi Candles

#1 Tom Dixon 

A Tom Dixon lit candle and diffuser

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Originally working in the music industry and clubs Tom Dixon fell into design after learning to weld. The British designer specializes in lighting, furniture, and accessories with an industrial, modern, simplistic style. The Tom Dixon collection includes four scents in two sizes of luxury candles and a reed diffuser. Each candle comes with a stone coaster for when the candle is burning and when it is not it is used as a lid to keep the candle clean. All of this collection is 100% natural. 

Royalty

Royalty is a reminiscence of tea time with a pot of Earl Grey, scones, strawberry jam, and the drive home in a ’52 Bentley with tatty leather seats. Encased in a silver hand-spun vessel. This is a fresh scent perfect for bathrooms and kitchen; places where you want them to feel clean. 

Orientalist

Orientalist captures the faint memory of an Indian wedding with rose petal garlands, giant cinnamon sticks on beach stalls and the musky smells of the Chinese herbal market. Encased in a hand-spun brass vessel, this scent is more floral and would work perfectly in your bedroom to help you sleep.

Alchemy

Influenced by the endless search to transform basic materials into a valuable substance, sharp black pepper, woody cypress, eucalyptus, exotic patchouli and smoky guaiac wood combine to create the precious perfume of Alchemy. Encased in a Matte Black hand-spun vessel, this is a stronger smell that would work nicely in your hallway or entrance.

London

This fragrance captures the smell of red brick and London parks with crocuses and nettles, and the salty smell of Thames at Dagenham. The royalty collection is encased in a copper hand-spun vessel and is a muskier smell that would set the mood; it would make the perfect scent for a dining room for when you host. 

A tip for cleaning candles – Use hand sanitiser on a cotton bud; using any sort of wipes damage the scent of the candle.

#2 Urban Apothecary 

Urban Apothecary is a London-based brand that specifically specialises in candles and diffusers. Handmade by artisans their style is minimalist and timeless in monochrome colour schemes which make them perfect for gifting. 

Two Black Reed Diffusers

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The collection includes reed diffusers, luxury candles, soaps, Kilner jar candles, bath and body, gift sets, and a wick trimmer and snuffer set. 

You should always use a snuffer to put out your candle. Blowing out your candle damages the scent. Always burn your candle for 2 hours at a time so that it burns an even layer and you don’t have wax build up the sides. Use your wick trimmer to keep the wick from being too long and swaying when it is lit.

#3 Locherber

A Locherber Diffuser next to a vase

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Locherber is a luxury lifestyle brand born in Milan new at Coggles. They are vintage and mature in style combining Italian artisanal talent and craftsmanship. Specializing in scented candles and reed diffusers this collection includes eight scents and is one of the strongest ranges that we offer. The strongest scent in the collection would be the Malabar Pepper if that is your style. 

Their products are all made from raw materials, with wooden tops made from recycled wood from the ship docks in Venice and natural ingredients. The brand prides itself on Italian passion and Swiss precision. 

#4 Fornasetti 

Two fornasetti candles on a a wooden dresser

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Fornasetti is the perfect candle for someone with an artistic, quirky style who wants more than just a scent. Renowned for its Italian vibrant designs they have become a beloved luxury candle brand. 

Founded by designer, painter and sculptor Piero Fornasetti in the 1900’s his designs were based on an obsession with soprano singer Lina Cavalieri. He drew over 500 paintings of her in different roles from a bank robber to a princess. The collection includes three different scents but they come in a variety of different designs. 

Otto

This scent comes in the red box. This smell was iconically created by Olivier Polge who was a perfume master at fashion house, Chanel, it features the brand’s signature ‘Otto’ fragrance that combines top notes of thyme and lavender, heart notes of cedarwood and orris on a base of tolu balsam, incense and birch. 

Flora 

Inspired by the lush garden flora which surrounds the Fornasetti house in Milan, and the floral imagery created by Piero Fornasetti, Flora is a fresh, elegant blend bursting with the familiar scent of Iris, Jasmine and Tuberose weaved effortlessly together with Lily of the Valley and trailing green Ivy. This unmistakable combination of flowers and foliage floats through the air like a beautiful spring bouquet. This is the collection in the pink box. 

Mysterio 

A union of warm wood and spicy aromatic notes create an elegant addition to the Fornasetti fragrance range. This unique perfume was developed by the famous fragrance house, Robertet, in Grasse. It exhales subtle scents of pepper and cypress combined with notes of incense, laurel and geranium, on a base of musk, cedar and sandalwood. An enchanting fragrance with deep accents, this is the collection in the grey box. 

These candle scents will fade with time, so make sure you check the best before date. 

#5 Culti 

Founded by Alessandro Agrati, Culti has developed a unique and elegant lifestyle brand known for the best room diffusers with an appreciation for an excellent yet simple aesthetic. Today the Culti brand evokes a world of exquisite luxury, offering a multisensory experience through fine fragrances

A Culti Diffuser

@culti_milano

Made with exceptional Italian craftsmanship each reed diffuser is made with natural materials and ingredients. The brand has two styles of scents, fresher floral tones and then rich, muskier tones. The Stile diffusers which are clear in colour are the fresher tones and Tessuto the blue style includes the richer interior category. There are three sizes and they are refillable. 

#6 Demi Candles 

Two Demi Candles

@demicandle

Demi candles are the unique collection of feminine, sculpted candles that make perfect accessories for your home. Made from natural soy wax the signature cocoa oud fragrance is a super fresh home scent. The hand-poured collection is completely vegan and cruelty-free and is the first of its kind at Coggles. 

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2021-06-18 14:42:51By Emma Bowkett

Written by Holly Thompson

Featured Image Credit – @fornasetti



Holly Thompson

Holly Thompson

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