My name is Eleanor, and I have a candle obsession. From Diptyque to Byredo and Jo Malone London to Cire Trudon, you could say that I’ve tried a lot of luxury candles. As a beauty editor, I’m lucky enough to be sent some of the most expensive candles out there to try. However, if it were not for my job, there is no way I’d be able to regularly afford these designer candles. As wonderful as they are, I can’t I wince at lighting an luxury £60 candle—you’re quite literally burning money, after all.
However, I love the ritual of lighting a fresh candle, whether it be create a cosy atmosphere or to fill my home with a scent I love. For me, its my favourite way to wind down in the evening, it’s like a ritual. But at the rate I burn my candles, I like to swap in some affordable candles that I don’t feel guilty about lighting. Which is why I often turn to the high street. In recent years, high street retailers like & Other Stories, and Marks & Spencer have debuted their own affordable candle collections—and are all amongst my go-tos for luxury smelling candles that don’t break the bank. But my favourite affordable candles have to be from Zara. Just like Zara’s perfume dupes, the brand’s candles smell just as good as its luxury counterparts.