A favourite brand of ours for both eco-friendly candles and matching reed diffusers, Carroll&Chan is stocked at The Candle Company in Lyndhurst Terrace. 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, the packaging is plastic-free and features original artwork created by local designers! What’s more, Carroll&Chan now also offers beeswax-based organic skincare products made from all natural ingredients. Also now available at The Candle Company, you can find the likes of Rosehip & Honey Face Balm, Beeswax Body Balm and Beeswax Body Oil.
Sassy perk: Buy any Carroll&Chan 100% Beeswax Christmas jar candle in December and get a 10ml sample of the new Rosehip & Honey Face Balm or Beeswax Body Balm for just $10 (usual price $40). Valid in store only while stocks last.
Available instore from The Candle Company, 11 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong and online
Paddywax Apothecary is a favourite brand of ours which has recently been added to the gorgeous array of homewares at Sai Ying Pun’s Thorn & Burrow. Both candles and diffusers are available in a range of sizes and scents, with prices starting as low as $60. While the small candles are great for inexpensive gifting, we think that the large candles and diffusers offer the most bang for your buck. The 32-ounce candle will last you months, while the apothecary diffuser comes complete with three refills, to leave your rooms smelling fresh for the long run. Our pick of the scents is Amber And Smoke, but the Tobacco and Patchouli is also a winner.
Diffuser and candles available online and in store at Thorn & Burrow
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. An easy way to freshen up musty spaces, the long-lasting room sprays linger for hours. Three fragrances are on offer: the floral and tobacco scented Istros Aromatique Room Spray, the citrussy Olous Aromatique Room Spray and the woody Cythera Aromatique Room Spray. 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 from Aesop and at Aesop stores across Hong Kong
Jo Malone needs no introduction. This range of lust-worthy candles, body lotion, rooms sprays, diffusers and more is always top of our wish list. 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 subtle, fresh scent we love the Wood Sage and Sea Salt candle, but be sure to look out for the brand’s annual winter collections for the ultimate cosy scents. For a real treat, splash out on one of the luxury 2.1kg candles, with a burn time of a whopping 220 hours.
Available from Jo Malone stores and concessions across Hong Kong
Another classic fragrance house with a reputation that precedes it is Diptyque…and for good reason. Founded in 1961, the luxury French brand has stood the test of time with its range of fragrances, candles, home scents and body care. The best-selling Fig Tree Candle is popular for a reason with its fruity and woody tones, but the large Wood Fire Candle is guaranteed to make your home feel cosy with its crackling fire-inspired scent. Whichever Diptyque scent is for you, the iconic packaging is sure to up your shelfie game.
Available from Diptyque boutiques across Hong Kong and at Lane Crawford
Inspired by wild, natural flowers and foliage, Floristry at M&L 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. Floristry at M&L also stocks its own range of hand-poured soy wax candles which are worth checking out.
Available from Floristry at M&L
Cheap, cheerful and on trend, we love not only H&M’s clothing and accessories, but its homeware range too! Perfect for everyday use, H&M Home has a huge range of scented candles to choose from. And 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 from H&M, 20 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Though we’ve been fans of Rituals Cosmetics for a long time, the brand has only just landed in 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. Its new ifc boutique stocks all of the brand’s most popular products, along with our favourite, The Ritual of Dao scented candle.
Available from Rituals boutique in ifc and online
For a gram-friendly candle that not only looks great, but smells great too, look no further than Overose’s Nudese Candle. We love its matte peach hues, along with the decadent and rosy scent, which is perfect for turning an ordinary day into something a little more special. 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 from Lane Crawford
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 from Le Labo and in store at Le Labo boutiques 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 brands such as the bold Nomad Noe (we recommend the dreamer in london-cedarwood & vanilla candle), along with the delicate collection of scented candles from Alix D. Reynis. You can shop online, but in store tends to have a bigger variety of brands – especially at the large Sun Street store and new location in K11 Musea. Although not available online, make sure to look out in store for the candle version of one of our favourite perfumes, Chinese Tobacco by Nineteen Sixty Nine.
Available online from Kapok and at Kapok stores across Hong Kong
Featured image courtesy of Arnold Leung via Unsplash, image 1 courtesy of The Candle Co, image 2 courtesy of Thorn & Burrow via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of Aesop, image 4 courtesy of Jo Malone via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of Diptyque via Instagram, image 6 courtesy of Floristry at M&L via Instagram, image 7 courtesy of H&M Home via Instagram, image 8 courtesy of Rituals Cosmetics via Instagram, image 9 courtesy of Overose via Instagram, image 10 courtesy of Le Labo via Instagram, image 11 courtesy of Kapok via Instagram.