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Christmas candles can add some seasonal scents to your home

Mulled Wine & Sloe Gin collection Candle £34, mini diffuser £16, votive £12, all available from The White Company

:: The White Company's appropriately-named Winter collection is described as "fruity meets spicy, as notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and star anise blend harmoniously with sweet vanilla and sumptuous red-wine accord."

Winter Indulgence Candle (four wick), £130; Botanical Pillar Candle, £26, Home Scenting Set (with diffuser, spray, signature candle), £55; Winter Tealights (set of 12), £15; Diffuser, £27 (020 3758 9222/thewhitecompany.co.uk).

:: The scent of spruce trees is synonymous with the season and oh-so comforting, and Voluspa's Classic Maison Luxury Candle – Spruce Cuttings, has sourced its goodness from Royal Colorado blue spruce cuttings, £45 (020 3735 9500/voluspa.co.uk).

:: Winter berries, especially bright red holly berries, add a welcome splash of colour to a winter landscape. Rich, velvety wild berries and grapefruit are ingredients in a Winter Berry Lidded Filled Candle, £12, presented in a glamorous gold container, Marks & Spencer (0333 014 8000/marksandspencer.com).

:: It's hard to beat snuggling in front of an open fire but if you don't have one, Jo Malone has come to the rescue with an Incense & Embers Home Candle, £42 full of wood-smoke-style aromas (0800 054 2939/jomalone.co.uk).

:: If you're writing those essential notes for Santa or compiling a present list, Marks & Spencer's well-named Wish Diffuser, £8, with refreshing hints of grapefruit and ginger, could help the process (0333 014 8000/marksandspencer.com).

:: The Danish concept for creating a cosy atmosphere is one of the biggest trend's of the season. Printer + Taylor's Hygge Scent Diffuser, £35, features a fragrance made from super-comforting aromas; a blend of brewed tea, baked strawberry cake, rose petals and wild mint (01432 265 094/printerandtailor.com).

:: Add to a party atmosphere by scenting the air with the spicy aroma of mulled wine, or a more heady liqueur, sloe gin, a drink traditionally made from sloes picked after the first frost of winter. The White Company's Mulled Wine and Sloe Gin home fragrance collections are ideal: Candles, £34 each; Mini Diffuser, £16; Votive Candle, £12 (020 3758 9222/thewhitecompany.co.uk).

:: Yankee Candle's mix of fragrances for its Holiday Party collection could suit every occasion during the countdown and on the day itself: Star Anise & Orange; Macaron Treats; All Is Bright and Festive Cocktail, large jar candles all £21.99 each (0117 316 1260/yankeecandle.co.uk).

:: Marks & Spencer's candles spelling out 'Noel' are decorative as well as sweet-smelling, with an uplifting blend of grapefruit and ginger. Noel Mini Letter Scented Candle Set, £12 (0333 014 8000/marksandspencer.com).

:: A glass of fizz is a traditional celebratory drink, and 'uncorking' The Oak Room's Merry Prosecco & A Champagne New Year Scented Candle, £19.99, whose scent mimics a blackberry bellini, could also raise the spirits – no hangover guaranteed (01992 501 040/oakroomshop.co.uk).

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