We all love a scented candle. I'm biggest sucker for a nice Diptyque or Jo Malone scent, but from time to time (particularly during the summer months, actually), I crave something simple and non-scented in my space. Especially when hayfever season arrives, a big fragrant candle can be a little much. Luckily, this year, it's all about simple taper candles, and there are a whole host of new brands and old favourites doing them right. From brightly coloured options to those with little paintings on them, here are some of the very best.
"Tapered candles are really popular right now because everyone is into hosting beautiful dinner parties and they create a beautiful atmosphere," says Bianca White, founder of Bable, a new candle brand. "The whole tablescaping thing is really kicking off and I love that," she adds. Many, like White, started their brand during lockdown after seeing loved ones begin to really enjoy their homes more and take pride in decor and dinner tables.
Whether you buy from a small, newly-opened independent business or one that's more established, tapered candles look lovely in any space, and the holder options are quite literally endless. Whether you want something simple or elaborate, most interiors website offer some great choices.
White recommends sticking to "a simple glass holder, to let the candle do the talking," which creates a "classy and chic" aesthetic. But really, the choice is yours.
Here are the five brands I'm looking to for my tapered candles this summer: