One of the many joys of gardening is the scent that comes off the flowers – a wonderful, comforting reward after all your hard work over the seasons. During winter, with more time spent indoors, we need other ways of getting that reassuring scent of nature. The best scented candles are, we think, those with a botanical twist, as they are the perfect way of reminding ourselves of the brighter seasons to come. Christmas candles can also bring an instant burst of festivity into our homes.

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Here we have combined the two and compiled a list of 14 botanical Christmas candles to get you into a cosy wintry mood, while also feeling optimistic for the gardening year to come.

These candles would make a wonderful gardening gift for that special gardener in your life. And love all things botanical? Check out our tried and tested botanical gins for Christmas here.

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The best botanical candles

Aery Botanical Collection candles

Aery Botanical scented candles

Liven up your senses with this set of three candles from the vegan candle and diffuser brand Aery Living.

This is one of their botanical collections (they have two) and it reminds us of winter evenings by the fire and crisp, cold days out at a National Trust garden. The set includes a Herbal Tea candle with essential oils chamomile, lavender, eucalyptus, lemongrass, coriander & thyme; a Green Bamboo candle with essential oils cypress, patchouli, orange, sandalwood, pink pepper and herbs; and a Black Oak candle with essential oils cedarwood, cardamom, nutmeg, oakwood, oakmoss and spices.

The green brand uses 100 per cent soy candle wax from sustainable European-grown soy for an eco-friendly, clean burn with lead-free cotton wicks. With its eco-friendly ingredients and gorgeous scents this is a wonderful gift for eco-conscious gardeners.

Burn time: 15 hours

Collingwood Cedar, Birch and Vetiver botanical candle

Collingwood botanical candle

Transport yourself deep into the heart of a forest with this botanical candle rich with smoky cedar and birch that unfurls to reveal bergamot, vetiver and warm amber.

The candle wax is made from an eco-friendly mix of mineral and coconut wax and the scents are made from pure essential oil. This is a scented candle we'll be burning all winter long.

190g

Burn time: 40 hours

Cockles and Heart vintage botanical candles

Botanical candles from Cockles and Heart

Brand new eco-focused, herb-obsessed candle company Cockles and Heart offers quirky homemade candles using all natural materials, with scents grown on a smallholding in Devon. The candles are made using coconut and rapeseed wax (the candles have no nasties) and they have organic cotton wicks. What's more, they all come in beautiful porcelain cups, sugar bowls, milk jugs and more.

The herbs used are grown organically and the candles are also scented using essential oils. We particularly love the bergamot and lime offering, but there's thyme, lavender and plenty of other scents to choose from.

Burn time: Between 15 and 35 + hours

The Botanist scented candle

Chase & Wonder 'The Botanist' scented candle

This eye-catching scented candle from lifestyle brand Chase And Wonder evokes smells of freshly cut lawns and a greenhouse full of ripe produce. Once lit, you'll notice aromas of herbs, cut grass, mint, iris and pine. This would make the perfect gardening gift, or keep it for yourself and burn when you need a dose of heavenly garden scents.

It comes in a beautiful ceramic jar, hand decorated with 22-carat gold and the wax is made from vegan-friendly soy. Once you've reached the end of the scented candle (sob) the ceramic jar would make a lovely pot for pens, pencils or even for for seed storage. And lucky for us garden lovers, the botanical scent also comes in the form of a diffuser and a three-wick candle.

300g

Burn time: 90 hours

Earl of East Greenhouse botanical candle

Earl of East botanical candle

Known for their intense scented candles, Earl of East has somewhat of a cult following. We love their whole range of hand-poured candles but Greenhouse is the scent we'd recommend. Thanks to the blend of vine tomato, parsley seed and basil, it has a fresh fragrance, reminiscent of summer days in the garden.

Poured into an amber apothecary glass, these eco-soy candles have a minimalist vibe. They can sit fairly subtly on the shelf, but when lit, the scent gently transports you into relaxation mode.

170ml

Burn time: 35-40 hours

Polkra English Garden botanical candle

Polkra botanical candle

Creator Katie Scott took inspiration from her favourite gardens, Great Dixter and Sissinghurst, to create this botanical candle that conjures up scents of a traditional English garden. Scents of basil, black pepper and cedar wood work together to evoke memories of garden parties on freshly cut lawns, still damp from a typically-English rain shower.

Made from 100 percent natural coconut and beeswax, the candle comes beautifully wrapped and burns in an eye-catching ceramic jar, which can be used for all sorts of trinkets after the candle has burnt out.

300g

Burn time: 45 hours

Octō Italian Garden botanical candle

Octo botanical candle

With its blend of therapeutic-grade rosemary, sweet orange and sage essential oils, this candle's scent is reminiscent of long walks through an Italian garden. The scent is also great for a natural lift and memory boost, as the antidepressant properties of rosemary oil are ideal for focus and overall brain performance.

These candles are made from soy wax and are hand poured in small batches in London.

250ml

Burn time: 40-50 hours

Jo Loves Christmas Trees botanical candle

Jo Loves botanical candle

What could be more festive than the scent of a freshly-potted Christmas tree? As wonderful-smelling as the iconic Jo Malone candles, this botanical candle from sister-brand Jo Loves perfectly captures the warm, familiar, crisp scent of a Christmas tree. The pine notes accompany aromatic lavender, incense and amber to create an altogether festive and comforting scent.

The Christmas candle comes in a classic, silver glass candle holder with a lid to keep dust off the wax. The candle wax itself is hand-poured and cruelty-free and all comes in sustainable packaging. Jo Loves also offers personalisation, so you can leave your own message on the candle as an extra-special touch to your gift.

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186g

Burn time: 37.5 hours

Haeckels Botany Bay candle

Botany Bay candle, Haeckels

Inspired by Botany Bay in Kent, this candle, from Margate-based natural product company, Haeckels, encapsulates the natural wonder of the British coastline. The scent is a light elegant citrus with a 'fresh ozone' heart and base notes of green florals.

This unique and innovative botanical candle comes encased in a mycelium (fungi) container that is lightweight and fire and impact resistant. After being used for its intended purpose, the natural packaging can be reused, composted or even planted in your garden to improve soil quality. If you're looking for a gift for a gardener who has everything, this might be the candle for you.

270g

Burn time: 40 hours

Holistic London Moroccan Orange and Mimosa botanical candle

Holistic London botanical candle

According to scented candle brand Holistic London, this handcrafted candle will fill your home with a scent so comforting and inviting, no one will ever want to leave. The orange essential oil has a relaxing and calming effect, while instilling positivity, combined with the warm and comforting scent of mimosa.

The orange blossom used for the candle is responsibly sourced and hand picked in Morocco.

120ml, 180ml or 500ml

Burn time: 40 hours

Agua de Jardin botanical candle

Boy Smells botanical candle

This is a deliciously scented candle from cult candle brand Boy Smells. It's inspired by 'lost civilisations' and evokes scents of tropical gardens.

The botanical candle includes notes of pimento berry, coconut water, jasmine, fig leaves, macadamia nut, ambrox and salted musks. The palette is velvety and nutty, with rich, exotic notes - perfect for a dark, winter evening. The candle wax is hand-poured and made from coconut and beeswax, all encased in a striking, moss-green tumbler.

Be sure to check out Boy Smells's Gardener candle too, which has notes of tomato vines and honeysuckle.

240g

Burn time: 55 hours

Ptolemy Aromatique candle

Ptolemy Aromatique candle, Aesop

If you really fancy treating yourself or a loved one this Christmas, the Ptolemy Aromatique scented candle from luxury skincare brand Aēsop would make an unforgettable gift, and a long-lasting one too! This botanical candle evokes scents of an ancient Japanese forest. The cedar, cyprus and vetiver conjure up earthy, woody notes, perfect for a winter's day tucked up indoors.

The botanical candle is made with vegan-friendly ingredients and comes in a stylish, minimal jar – a perfect gift for a style-savvy gardener.

300g

Burn time: 65 hours

First Light scented soy candle

First Light scented candles, The Botanical Candle Co

This botanical candle is made by The Botanical Candle Co., professionals in naturally-derived candles and is made with vegan-friendly soy wax and essential oils. With a clean and peppery scent, this botanical candle is designed to be lit first thing in the morning, to give you that fresh-air feeling that you get after an invigorating winter walk.

Notes include menthol, tea tree, camphor, kino (eucalyptus resin) and pepper – all zingy ingredients to help wake you up! It's also a great candle to burn when you're feeling stressed and need to unwind or shake off the day.

500g

Burn time: 80 hours

Our Lovely Goods Winter Spice scented candle

Our Lovely Goods botanical candle

Make your home smell like Christmas with this uplifting Winter Spice botanical candle. Made in small batches, Our Lovely Goods use 100% natural soy wax and a cotton wick to make their candles. This one smells spicy, sweet and warm with notes of cinnamon, orange zest and cardamom. An easy way to envelop your home with cosy vibes.

We'd also suggest checking out Into the Woods, another botanical candle for those who want a fresh, natural woodland smell to drift through the house. It's made with pine, clove and bergamot.

Burn time: 40 hours

What is the correct way of burning a candle?

It may seem like a silly question, but burning a candle in a way that doesn't create that annoying 'tunneling' effect is all down to the way you first burn it. Tunneling is when only a small amount of wax is melted, leaving the rest to annoyingly gather around the edges. To avoid this, you should burn your new candle for one hour for every inch in diameter on its first burn until the whole top layer of wax is burning. So, for example, if your candle is two inches in diameter, you should let it burn for two hours to melt the top layer evenly. Lastly, always remember to keep your candle wick trimmed to around 3mm to avoid soot building up around your candle jar.

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Daniel GriffithsDigital Editor

Daniel Griffiths is a veteran journalist who has worked on some of the biggest home and entertainment brands in the world. He is a serial house-renovator and home improvement expert, taking on everything from interior design and DIY to landscape gardening and garden design.

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