Indigo Living has long been a firm favourite of ours when it comes to decking out our home with beautiful furniture and stylish homeware, but did you know it also stocks a great range of candles and reed diffusers? Not only does it have offerings from luxury brands like Cochine, Maraca and Wax Lyrical, it’s also worked with a leading French perfumer to create its very own Indigo Living range. Its candles (which are priced at a very affordable $299) are crafted specially from a blend of mineral and botanical waxes to achieve a perfect burn. The unique fragrances (some of which are created in-house) include Patchouli & Mandarin and Freesia & White Musk, which are guaranteed to linger. Make sure you also check out Indigo’s collaboration with local artist, Sin Sin Man, who has helped develop a “Potpourri” candle and reed diffuser that captures her free, nomadic spirit. As an added bonus, if you buy any Indigo Living scented candle or diffuser before Thursday, 31 December 2020 you’ll receive a free coaster, perfect for housing your new purchase!
Indigo Living, Flagship store: 6/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong, 2555 0540, plus various other locations across Hong Kong, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.indigo-living.com
Aesop’s range of skin, hair and body care is known for not only being super luxurious, but for smelling great too! So it’s no surprise that we also love the brand’s range of room sprays and candles. An easy way to freshen up musty spaces, these long-lasting home fragrances linger for hours. Of the room sprays, our favourite remains the citrussy Olous Aromatique, with notes of grapefruit and jasmine. As for the newly-launched candles, you can’t go wrong with any of the three fragrances on offer, which all come housed in a minimalist ceramic pot. As with all Aesop products, not only is quality guaranteed, but the sleek packaging is designed to fit in seamlessly with your décor.
Available online and in-store at Aesop locations across Hong Kong
This artisan candle and fragrance brand is based right here in Hong Kong, with all of its products crafted in its Sai Kung atelier. We love that BeCandle’s product offering is made in small batches, often in collaboration with talented local craftsmen, designers and perfumers. Don’t miss the adorable dim sum-inspired candle crafts for a unique reminder of the 852 (they make a great leaving present!), alongside candles from the Regular Series, which are made from vegetable wax and come housed in minimalist glass mason jars.
Available online or in-store at BeCandle
A favourite of ours for both eco-friendly candles and matching reed diffusers, Carroll&Chan is a fantastic local brand to know for all things home fragrance. Popular for good reason, not only do the Asian-inspired scents smell heavenly, but all of the 100% beeswax candles are made by hand in Hong Kong. Plus, if that wasn’t enough, the packaging is plastic-free and features original artwork created by local designers!
Available online and in-store at The Candle Company
As far as home fragrance masters go, Diptyque needs no introduction. Founded in 1961, the luxury French brand has stood the test of time with its range of fragrances, candles, home scents and body care. If you’re not sure where to start with its extensive catalogue of products, we recommend the best-selling Fig Tree Candle, which boasts fruity and woody tones. The best part? Its iconic packaging is sure to up your shelfie game.
Available online and in-store at Diptyque locations across Hong Kong
Inspired by wild, natural flowers and foliage, The Floristry offers a fresh, modern approach to floral design. We love its contemporary edit of handcrafted bouquets and flower jars, but the florist offers more than just beautiful blooms. Its all-natural room sprays are blended in house at its Sheung Wan studio and are available in three unique blends. Gypsy Heart promises woody notes, while Aurora’s Call is full of refreshing citrus scents, and Witching Hour offers a relaxing mix of lavender, mandarin and rosemary. The Floristry also stocks its own range of hand-poured soy wax candles which are worth checking out.
Available online at The Floristry
Cheap, cheerful and on trend, we love H&M’s beautiful homeware range! Perfect for everyday use, H&M Home has a huge range of scented candles to choose from. While the Hong Kong website doesn’t feature the home range, you can head to its Causeway Bay flagship store to check out all its candles and home scents.
Available in-store at H&M (Causeway Bay)
Iconic British brand Jo Malone is a favourite for lust-worthy candles, body lotion, rooms sprays, diffusers and more. And though the colognes are among our favourite perfumes, it’s the signature candles that make our apartments feel like home. Simply and beautifully packaged, the classic range of 200g home candles promise a 45-hour burn time. For a real treat, splash out on one of the luxury 2.1kg candles, which lasts for a whopping 220 hours.
Available in-store at Jo Malone locations across Hong Kong
With stores across the city, kapok stocks a curated selection of fashion and lifestyle products. We love its selection of home fragrances, which includes independent brands such as Brooklyn Candle Studio, Astier De Villatte and BeCandle. You can shop online, but the stores tend to have a bigger variety of products – especially the large Sun Street and K11 Musea locations.
Available online and in-store at Kapok locations across Hong Kong
Luxury abounds at Lane Crawford, which offers a curated selection of candles, diffusers and room sprays from designer brands like Tom Dixon, Ligne Blanche and Loewe. For a gram-friendly candle that not only looks great, but smells great too, our pick is Overose, identifiable by its iconic matte peach packaging. Pro tip: the first time you light a candle, make sure it burns all the way to the edge to prevent it from tunnelling down in the future.
Available online or in-store at Lane Crawford locations across Hong Kong
New York label Le Labo is known for its personalised take on fragrances. Starting out in 2006, Le Labo is all about offering unconventional yet luxurious hand-blended offerings. A range of room sprays and candles are available in the brand’s signature scents, and once you select your favourite, the staff create a fresh hand-blended bottle for you to take home, complete with a personalised label just for you.
Available online and in-store at Le Labo locations across Hong Kong
RITUALS is all about creating luxurious, yet affordable, products that make us slow down and indulge in some self-care and mindfulness; so of course it offers a gorgeous range of heavenly-scented candles, room sprays and fragrance sticks. Head to the RITUALS flagship boutique in ifc, which stocks all of the brand’s most popular products, along with our new favourites, the Goji Berry Fragrance Sticks.
Available online and in-store at RITUALS locations across Hong Kong
Thorn & Burrow is a treasure trove of homeware delights, with everything from artsy planters, greeting cards, vintage rugs and, you guessed it, candles! Head here for an eclectic range of home fragrance options. Our favourites include this Wabi Sabi Candle (bonus points for the luxe ceramic packaging) and the Paddywax Apothecary Candles – for the latter, the larger 32-ounce versions will give you the most bang for your buck!
Available online and in-store at Thorn & Burrow
Yankee Candle is arguably one of the most widely-recognised brands in the world. Who hasn’t liked an aesthetic influencer flatlay on Instagram featuring the candle in all its glory? One of the big selling points of Yankee has to be its endless array of scents, ranging from “Luscious Pumpkin Trifle” to “Sun-Kissed Thistle” and “Pink Sands“. In addition to candles, there’s also a selection of room sprays, diffusers and car fresheners to get your hands on!
Available online at Purely and in-store at Yankee Candle locations across Hong Kong
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December, 2o19 by Annie Simpson, and most recently updated in December, 2020 by Jessica Ng.