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Choose a scented candle to transport you back to your summer holiday

Lasting Summer Scents For Your Home

Summer may be on its way out, but that doesn’t mean we’re ready for log fires and gingerbread lattes just yet. Smell is one of the most powerful senses and, due to the olfactory bulb’s proximity to the part of the brain that processes memories, the two can’t help but be intertwined.

Use nature’s partnership to your advantage and prolong the memory of summer with a hand-picked candle, whose scent will whisk you back to your holiday destination in no time; whether you spent your summer break by the beach or in the fresh, green countryside, there’s a scent for every occasion.

Seaside Scents
Relive days at the beach and balmy summer evenings with a delicate floral dash of mimosa and jasmine, a hint of intoxicating neroli or a juicy hit of citrus. Also try creamy coconut scents, which will instantly recall the scent of sun cream and tropical, umbrella-topped drinks. We love: Miller Harris' Citron Citron candle

Country Living
Transport yourself back to your country retreat with fresh hints of grass, lavender and sweet honey. Look out for hedgerow blooms that emerge every spring and summer, like bluebells, honeysuckle and juicy blackberry. We love: Cire Trudon's Balmoral candle

Hotel Chic
If it’s the tranquillity of your sleek, modern hotel room after a bustling day of sightseeing that you’re after, try clean woody scents like sandalwood and cedar. Miller Harris and Diptyque candles are burnt in some of the most exclusive hotels in the world; lovers of luxury, take note. We love: Diptyque's Baies candle

For an uninhibited scent, trim the wick of your candle before lighting – this will help the candle to burn more slowly and reduce any black smoke.

Once your candle has burnt out, don’t discard it. Most wax can be gently removed by filling the empty jar with warm water – old flacons make pretty dressing table storage for make-up brushes or cotton pads.

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