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On the second day of Christmas… set the scene with candles

One of the quickest and easiest ways to feel all Christmassy is by lighting a beautifully scented candle. Not only does the scent have a therapeutic effect helping you to feel calmer and happier, but if you choose the right one your whole home will be bursting with holiday cheer. These are some of our Hip and Healthy favourites:

Neom’s Christmas Wish Home Candle £42 (http://www.neomorganics.com)
This really is a total fave. The lighting of it signifies that the holiday season has truly started in our home. Made only using vegetable wax and essential oils, Neom candles don’t release any toxic chemicals into the atmostphere. And the scent is divine; mandarin, cinnamon, and tonka bean all combine to fill your home with an unrivaled scent of Christmas. Plus For each candle sold they donate £1 to Make-A-Wish Foundation, granting magical wishes to children & young people fighting life-threatening illnesses.

Diptyque’s Oranger Candle £38 (www.diptyqueparis.co.uk)
Not one from their Christmas collection but none-the-less this has the most seasonal scent to it which is why we love it so much. I have been known to burn this candle at other times of the year as well but it still always reminds me of Christmas. If however you want one that looks just as pretty as it smells then do venture into their limited edition seasonal range as the candles come in beautiful and rich colours from purple to red.

Jo Malone’s Pine and Eucalyptus Candle £260 for 2.5Kg (www.jomalone.co.uk)
If you love the smell of Christmas tress than this is the one for you. Fresh yet evocative this candle from Jo Malone will fill your home with the heady aromas of pine trees. The eucalyptus also works well to keep unwanted seasonal colds at bay! It is expensive but worth every penny.