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It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas with Beefayre Candles

As well as decorating the house for Christmas, I’ve been burning some amazing scented candles recently so, as well as looking festive, it’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas too.

Orange, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove — these are the kind of aromas I associate with this time of year. The sweet fragrance of mulled wine, gingerbread and zesty clementines are a dead giveaway that Christmas is just around the corner.

The candles I’m burning at the moment are by a company called Beefayre; I came across them in the summer and they have some really lovely things.

As their name suggests, they produce products for the home and body inspired by bees and nature.

Their candles are made with natural plant wax — rather than petroleum based — and blended with pure essential oils. They’re all sold in little glass votives too — everything from tiny tea-light sized ones to  a chunky 3 wick version.

It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas with Beefayre Candles

It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas with Beefayre Candles

It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas with Beefayre Candles

It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas

I can’t quite put into words just how amazing they smell!! They give off such a pure, fresh scent, that quite literally fills the house. It’s not cloying either, like some scented candles I’ve had before.

The ones I had in the summer were infused with Rosemary and Neroli — they were absolutely lovely — but these ones I’ve been burning over the last couple of weeks are from their ‘Winter Garden’ range.

Gorgeous aromas of Spiced Orange, Winter Berries and Wild Fig have been perfuming our home since the start of advent.

The glass votives are printed with beautiful illustrations too, so when the candles are gone — and that make take some time as the standard 200g candle has a burning time of 50 hours — you’re left with some sweet little holders for tealights, flowers or you could even use them as water tumblers.

It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas with Beefayre Candles

It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas with Beefayre Candles

It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas with Beefayre Candles

Smell is such a powerful sense isn’t it?

And smells are so evocative of places we’ve been and also certain times in our lives.

The smell of tarmac transports me back to being a child, one hot summer, when they were redoing the road past our house. Coconut reminds me of holidays and — in this case — these candles are the scent of Christmas.

Plus candlelight is so magical isn’t it?

I always think that people always look more beautiful in candlelight — as it’s so forgiving on the old wrinkles — plus twinkling lights and a warm glow are perfect for this time of year.

The tree is up, the presents are bought (nearly!) and the scent of Christmas is filling our little cottage.

It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas with Beefayre Candles


This post was written in collaboration with Beefayre but all thoughts, words and images are my own.

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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  1. 15th December 2015 / 6:31 pm

    Oh these look gorgeous. I love the beautiful illustrations on the votive glasses. They are stunning. And as you say, it means that you can use them for so many things after the candles have gone. I love scented candles but really struggle to find good ones that don’t cost the earth. These look absolutely perfect and an essential to add Christmas scents to your house. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    • 15th December 2015 / 6:48 pm

      They’re really fabulous — the lovely illustrations on the votives have been designed by a local artist. I love the whole ethos behind the Beefayre brand too. Really ethical, which is lovely. Nice to think that these candles literally are’t costing the earth — both financially and ecologically.

  2. 15th December 2015 / 7:49 pm

    Oh I love candles Caro, and my favourite kind are festive candles, I love the votives too they are so so pretty x

    • 15th December 2015 / 7:51 pm

      They’re so lovely aren’t they? I wish you could smell them!!! The summer one I had was really gorgeous but these are spectacular — really, really festive!!! Christmas in a candle!! :)

  3. 15th December 2015 / 9:58 pm

    These are gorgeous – I love scented candles and even have one on the go now! These look so good, especially like the patterned glass, and the cute bee! x

    • 16th December 2015 / 6:24 pm

      They’re so lovely looking aren’t they? But they smell amazing!!!!! Totally the scent of Christmas encapsulated in wax!!

  4. Kim (sisterkin)
    16th December 2015 / 6:46 am

    Oh I could almost smell the candles as I scrolled through your post. Love Christmas scents and with a fake tree this year (no pine smell), I think I should invest in a few of these candles. #HomeEtc

    • 16th December 2015 / 6:27 pm

      Aah Kim — I can’t recommend them enough! They look so lovely — with their gorgeous patterned glass holders — but they SMELL amazing!!

  5. 16th December 2015 / 6:48 am

    Mmm… I can almost smell those lovely candles from here! This looks like a lovely brand, I’m a big fan of using natural products and the illustrations are a super touch. Here’s the thing though…. how do you get the candle wax off the votives if you want to use them for something else afterwards? I always struggle with that! Any tips? #HomeEtc

    • 16th December 2015 / 6:46 pm

      They are SO lovely Michelle! Because they’re vegetable wax — rather than petroleum based — you can literally wash them with hot soapy water and the wax comes straight off!! You can’t put them in the dishwasher, as the pattern comes off the glass, but if you wash them by hand they come up a treat!! Have already got one from the summer that I’ve been using as a bud vase — thinking of an idea for these ones now ;)

  6. 16th December 2015 / 8:27 am

    I imagine these candles must smell divine Caro. Aren’t the drawings on the glasses beautiful? So intricate and delicate.

    • 16th December 2015 / 3:10 pm

      The are gorgeous — so beautifully scented — and yes! The drawings are lovely aren’t they? So intricate! :)

  7. 16th December 2015 / 1:57 pm

    Oh these look gorgeous and even from your photos it looks like they burn so cleanly. A friend bought me a big (well known brand) candle which did smell lovely but as it burnt down left horrible dirty marks on the holder, not good! I’m much rather spend money on something that I knew was natural and oh so pretty! xx

    • 16th December 2015 / 6:51 pm

      I had the same with a Diptique one my sister bought me!! The holder looks horrible — all charred and blackened!! These Beefayre one burn so beautifully. Would highly recommend them!! :)

  8. Kerrygardiner@live.co.uk
    16th December 2015 / 3:41 pm

    These are so pretty! I love scented candles and always have Christmassy ones at this time of year xxx

    • 16th December 2015 / 6:59 pm

      Aah they’re SO Christmassy Kerry! They smell absolutely gorgeous!! Light one and after a few minutes, the whole house smells like Christmas! :)

    • 16th December 2015 / 7:00 pm

      Aaah Megs — they are SO gorgeous!! They really smell absolutely lovely! xx

  9. 16th December 2015 / 9:13 pm

    Oh it’s all about candlelight for me at this time of year, it is about the only thing that makes the dark, damp gloomy days bareable. I have different scents for different times of the year too, they are so evocative. The glass holders on yours are so pretty, you could plan a whole room make over around the designs and colours, they are just lovely xx

    • 19th December 2015 / 8:06 pm

      I totally, totally agree!! It’s been so dark and dismal recently — having the candles lit makes the dark days seem not quite so bad!! :)

  10. 16th December 2015 / 9:49 pm

    These look absolutely divine! I totally agree that there is so much magical about candles and candle light and there’s nothing quite like the beautiful festive scents from wintry candles. Off to pay them a visit! X

    • 19th December 2015 / 8:04 pm

      They have SUCH lovely things Lins — but the candles are definitely my fave. They smell absolutely AMAZING!! Christmas preserved in wax!! ;)

  11. 17th December 2015 / 3:03 pm

    You have literally made me go and get my candles out!!

    • 17th December 2015 / 3:09 pm

      Hahahahaha!!! I’ve got mine burning as we speak!! So lovely — especially when the light’s starting to fade as it is at the moment.

  12. 17th December 2015 / 10:05 pm

    I love candles, especially at this time of year, these sound lovely. x

    • 19th December 2015 / 6:53 am

      Aah me too – I’m a sucker for candles all year round but these are so fab for this time of year! :)

  13. 18th December 2015 / 2:24 pm

    These candles are lovely – I spend ages sniffing them all in a shop the other day! x #HomeEtc

    • 19th December 2015 / 6:52 am

      They’re GORGEOUS aren’t they?! The whole house smells like Christmas now – it’s wonderful :) xx

  14. 18th December 2015 / 9:21 pm

    Candlelight is so magical – but this post needs smell-o-vision :) Thanks for hosting #homeetc, have a fab weekend x

    • 19th December 2015 / 6:51 am

      Aah Steph – I totally agree!! They smell absolutely wonderful- no words would ever quite do it justice!! Thanks for linking up pet – you too! X

  15. 19th December 2015 / 7:12 am

    I’ve got such a thing for candles. They create a lovely feeling in a room and make it smell lovely too, it’s a win win! These are so pretty. I’ll definitely be checking them out! Jemma x

    • 19th December 2015 / 7:55 pm

      They’re lovely aren’t they? And have a fab ‘green’ ethos behind them too :)

  16. 19th December 2015 / 9:47 am

    Oh they look lovely! Candles really do bring that Christmassy and cosy feeling into the room doesn’t it. x

    • 21st December 2015 / 4:49 pm

      Totally! I love candles all year round but they really do suit this time of year! Especially when they smell as good as these! :)

  17. 20th December 2015 / 12:13 am

    Love the decorative glasses, they are beautiful. I love candles and these look so lovely I may just have to treat myself to some.

    • 21st December 2015 / 4:22 pm

      Pop them on your Christmas list Elizabeth — they’d make a lovely stocking filler :)

  18. 20th December 2015 / 9:46 am

    These candles sound amazing and the glass they come in is absolutely beautiful

    • 21st December 2015 / 4:22 pm

      They’re so pretty aren’t they? Love the illustrations on the glass :)

  19. 20th December 2015 / 1:58 pm

    Yesterday we baked a gingerbread house and a Christmas cake and our house smelt wonderful! Need some candles to replicate it. x

    • 21st December 2015 / 4:48 pm

      I bet these would be a fantastic substitute! I’m making gingerbread tomorrow so I’ll be able to let you know ;) xx

  20. 20th December 2015 / 2:24 pm

    They look lovely and I’m sure they smell amazing too. I usually don’t light a candle that much because of the kids. But we do have scented Christmas candles.

    • 21st December 2015 / 4:21 pm

      The twins are two and our candles are always burning out of harm’s way :) The kitten is the biggest worry — she’s burnt her whiskers a couple of times!! ;)

  21. 20th December 2015 / 8:26 pm

    I love candles and these look absolutely gorgeous! I will have to check them out x

  22. 20th December 2015 / 9:07 pm

    Ooo Christmassy smells are one if my favourite things about Christmas. These look so cute too – I might have to head over and have a peek at some things for next year! Xx

    • 21st December 2015 / 4:19 pm

      Me too!! I’m OBSESSED with the smell of cinnamon so this is the perfect time of year for me!! Love the smell of gingerbread and mulled wine :)

  23. 21st December 2015 / 1:11 am

    Ah I bet these smell lovely :) They look really beautiful too, I love those line drawings in them, quite dainty. Thanks for hosting #homeetc :)

    • 21st December 2015 / 4:44 pm

      They’re absolutely gorgeous!! Honestly — they smell fantastic! Would highly recommend :) xx

  24. 21st December 2015 / 10:52 am

    Aah me too!! I burn candles all year round but they’re especially lovely at this time of year :)

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