Scent is a powerful way to welcome beautiful memories of our travels, special moments and unique scents into our homes, and thus into our everyday lives.
For the past four years I have been welcoming different French candles into my own home, and each time it has felt like a special, pampering moment.
While I have purchased other candles, I gravitate toward French candles, admittedly with an obvious bias. But I have yet to purchase a candle outside of France that surpasses my favorites listed below.
seven nine of my favorite French candles are listed below in the order I most enjoy. There are many more French candles to explore (and I do look forward to partaking in trying them out ;)). And I am quick to share that one candle I have not had the opportunity to welcome into my home, but look forward to is Trudon. While it tends to be the most pricey candle on my list, it also comes as one of the most highly recommended from many different people. With all of that said, the candles below are in the mid to mid-high price range, but their quality is superb, as they not only burn for a lengthy period of time, but offer luxurious scents, many being environmentally friendly as well.
But before we get to the list – what is the giveaway, you may be wondering?
~UPDATE 8/17/2019, noon: The giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who stopped by and entered. Be sure to visit tomorrow (Sunday August 18th) for the final post of TSLL’s French Week which will share a round-up and the list of winners.
What and How to Enter the First of TSLL’s French Week 2019’s Giveaways
Two lucky winners will receive a candle of their choice from one of the brands shared below. Either in your comment to enter the giveaway or when you are announced as the winner, share the French candle company and the scent you would prefer (with a second choice just in case your scent is out of stock) and that candle will be your very own simple luxury to enjoy in your sanctuary.
Enter by Saturday August 17th, noon Pacific time, by leaving a comment below. Bonne chance and now to my favorite French candles!
UPDATE: This post has been updated to include more candles as I have experienced using them and enjoying them in my home.
I was first introduced to a few of the candles included in this list by receiving them in Sharon Santoni’s My Stylish French Box which regularly includes one French candle. Once introduced, I continued to return to the companies to purchase my own candles as their scents were a pleasure to have fill the room it was placed. Hypsoe sells candles that offer beautiful scents as well as exquisitely unique candle cases such as the copper one seen below. Yes, solid, seamless copper. While most of their candles are contained in metal tins, they also sell a few scents in wooden bases.
~How/where to order: I order directly from the brand’s website (link shared above). You can also buy online from other shops such as FarFetch.
I was first introduced to this candle maker based in Aix en Provence with the arrival of one of Sharon Santoni’s My Stylish French Boxes, and I have fallen in love. The candle is poured into porcelain holders, many different styles are available, and you can choose from a long list of scents you prefer.
Generously luxurious scents contained in striking black holders, and their Nutcracker scent is a treat for the holidays. Inspired by beloved operas, each candle features artwork that alludes to the production. I have enjoyed La Bayadére and Don Giovani.
When I think of Provence I think of lavender, so having a lavender scented candle that actually smells like lavender is a special treat. Bastide makes their Miel de Lavende in Provence and pours the paraffin/vegetable oil wax into a hand-blown amber bubble glass. This scent is magnificent, each candle burns for 45-50 hours and is sure to be perfect for welcoming summer in France into your home.
I must give a tremendous thank you to my good friend Veronique Waldron, the interior designer and owner of the decor boutique Studio Vero here in Bend. Having introduced me to two of the candles on my list, Maison Balzac is a new Parisian candle company (2012), and I would not have known about them had it not been for her knowledge of the decor world in Paris.
The founder, Elise Pioch, spent her childhood in the south of France, and while the candles are made in Sydney, Australia, and one of the two head office is located in Sydney as well (the second is in Paris), Pioch draws her inspiration from working in fashion in both Paris and Sydney and works with perfumers from Australia, France and Mongolia to create a wide variety of scents.
I love them.
Bonne Nuit, shown below, is infused solely with lavender essential oil, and is lovely to have beside the bed in the evening. There are many more scents to peruse, and mini candle option sizes as well.
From cedar, to cotton flower, to fig tree and mirabelle, the scents of mother nature abound at Carrière Frères. The brothers Carrière founded their candle company in 1889 and choose to work with sustainable and ethically sourced products. Producing only “singlular scents inspired by exotic or indigenous oils that fascinated the botanists and explorers of the 18th century. When melted, the wax releases the poetic “language of flowers and nature” thanks to finest quality ingredients”.
The green candle holder is quickly becoming recognizable with the Kerzon candle brand. Does that shade of green look familiar to you? Perhaps reflecting on a walk through one of the many Parisian parks may ring a bell? Yep, Kerzon candle holders have a very similar green hue as the lounge chairs in the Luxembourg Jardins and the Tuilieries, as well as other lesser known, but still must-visit jardins in the city such as Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. (Shop Fermob chairs here and similar designs and colors here)
Using all-natural wax and made in the south of France, their scent offerings are vast, and some, as seen below, are designed to bring back memories of particular special places in the City of Light.
Quickly becoming my favorite French candle company, Secret d’Apothecarie has a similar look to Trudon candle with the crest or family label of the company in this case placed on the front of each candle. Their naturally scented candles made in France are truly luxurious, and as a family own company located in Normandy, the shipping is worth the scent you will experience in your home. View all of the different scents here, and enjoy each candle for 40 hours.
~The scent I continue to welcome into my home is Soirée au Château (patchouli et ambre).
~How/where to order: I order directly from the brand’s website (link shared above).
Last, and my favorite still, Astier de Villatte. Creating large candles that evoke the scent of many different places around the globe, their simple aesthetic and beautiful scents reflects the quality of their design. While the website that shares all of their scents is not what it could be. Rest assured, when you decide on the scent you want (my list of favorites is long, but the Opéra, Marseilles, Jerusalem and Honolulu have been enjoyed in my home), you will not be disappointed. Studio Vero again introduced me to this brand created by John Derian who is know for his unique home decor accessories.
While hard to find, search the scent you want, and a long list of shops online that sell the brand will hopefully sell what you are looking for. (If you are in Bend, Studio Vero, sells these candles regularly, as we as Maison Balzac).
~How/where to order: I purchase mine at Studio Vero in Bend. Their flagship store is located in the 1st arrondissement un Paris. You can also find them at ABC Carpet & Home (online), Lucky Scent (online), Sue Fisher King (online), and many other candle shops online by simply searching for the scent you would like.
Having a special scent that you know will fill the rooms you enjoy spending time in with exactly what makes you feel welcome is a simple luxury, and not an extravagance. While candles are wonderful gifts to give, don’t forget to gift one to yourself. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway to yourself a chance to be one of two lucky winners to win a candle of your choice. All winners will be announced in the final post of TSLL’s French Week on Sunday August 18th.
~TSLL’s 4th Annual French Week posts
SUNDAY August 11th
- Welcome to TSLL’s 4th Annual French Week!
- 7 French Candles I Love & A Giveaway! – giveaway
- Visiting Musée d’Orsay and Impressionist Berthe Morisot’s Exhibit
MONDAY August 12th
- NEW podcast episode – #257: An American Being Everyday French – My Interview with author & writer John von Sothen
- The World, Large & Small, Illustrated for Your Home, Kitchen and Life: A Modvin Paris Illustrated Giveaway – giveaway
- 5 New-in-2019 French Lifestyle Books I Have Enjoyed
TUESDAY August 13th
- Q & A with Heidi Wynne on Scarves, Effortless Style and Classic Films
- 11 Helpful Tips for Visiting and Shopping at Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen in Paris
- A Simple Everyday Luxury: A Gien Mug, giveaway, — giveaway
WEDNESDAY August 14th
- Attending Susan Hermann Loomis’ Cooking Class in Louviers, Normandy
- 9 Places in Paris I Recommend for Dining, Sleeping, Exploring and Finding the Perfect Croissant
THURSDAY August 15th
- 22 French Beauty Secrets Worth the Investment in either Time or Money, episode #258
- Outfit of the Week: Walking into Fall
- An Olive & Branch French Market Tote Exclusive Giveaway for TSLL Ad-Free Subscribers — giveaway
FRIDAY August 16th
- This & That: August 16, 2019 – a French-Themed edition
- A Year’s Subscription to My French Country Home magazine — giveaway
SATURDAY August 17th
- The Grand Finale Giveaway: A Linen Sheet Set from Parachute
- A Butter Tasting and My Favorite Butter (there may be more than one ;))