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Holiday fragrances

What’s the holidays without a little home baking, festive decor and scent to add some merry to the season? We did a little digging here at Vancouverscape to find a range of scented products that should help tick a few gifts off your shopping list.

Jo Malone London Lime Basil & Mandarin Scent Surround Diffuser

Jo Malone London Lime Basil & Mandarin Scent Surround Diffuser

If your dream scent includes basil, mandarin and thyme, this is your diffuser. Lime Basil and Mandarin is one of Jo Malone London’s signature scents and this beautifully-packed diffuser comes with a set of black reeds that last for five to six months. The more reeds placed into the essential oil, the stronger the fragrance.

We used four of the 10 included reeds to start (it takes about 24 to 36 hours for them to completely soak in the oil and emit the fragrance). I own a bottle of Lime Basil & Mandarin eau de toilette and have grown fond of its light, citrusy scent that’s balanced with a slightly earthy/sweet aroma of basil.

Jo Malone London products can be ordered online and found at Nordstrom’s and Holt Renfrew shops across Canada. CAD $95
NEST Fragrances Birchwood Pine 3-Wick Candle

NEST Fragrances Birchwood Pine 3-Wick Candle

This gorgeous candle comes in a festive, reusable gold-patterned glass container, boxed in a beautiful red, white and gold textured package ready for gifting.

NEST Birchwood Pine 3-Wick Candle

The scent is a wintery combination of birchwood, white pine and fir balsam with notes of musk and amber, perfect for lighting over the holidays and throughout winter. This 645-gram (22.7 oz.) candle will burn for between 100 and 120 hours and is available online at NEST and at Sephora.ca. CAD $90

New Mac Candle - Twelve South

Twelve South New Mac Candle

Whether or not you’re planning on buying the new MacBook Pro or gifting an i-something to your loved one, Twelve South has added a cheeky Mac-lover’s essential to their collection of well-designed, aesthetically-pleasing Apple accessory lineup: the New Mac Candle!

The bottom of the candle container reads “Enjoy our interpretation of the first aroma you smell when opening your new MacBook, iPhone or iMac.”

New Mac Candle - Twelve South

This 100% soy wax candle is hand-poured in Charleston, South Carolina and has notes of mint, peach, basil, lavender, mandarin and sage. With a burn time of between 45 and 55 hours, you can set it up right next to your workstation and swear that you’re smelling newly-unboxed Apple products during the holidays. We just love the orangey-mint freshness of this one. 255 grams (9 oz.), US $24

Winter Forest Scented Candle

L’Occitane Winter Forest Scented Candle

I’m cross-posting this one since L’Occitane’s Winter Forest candle has such a classic pine scent combined with woodsy notes, perfect for bringing the outdoors into a room. L’Occitane avoids the use of alcohol, BHA, BHT, EDTA, formol, formaldehyde, synthetic colorants and triclosan in their candles, so you can feel good about gifting them. This 100-gram (3.52 oz.) candle is packed in a little tin container and will burn for about 18 to 20 hours. CAD $22

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