A trio of luxury designer candles sold at Harrods

7 Inspiration-Sparking Designer Candles in the UK

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Candlepreneurs who are dreaming big, this one's for you. 

We've handpicked the UK's most iconic designer candles and backstories, not just for their luxe appeal but for the masterclass they offer in branding, scent creation, and market captivation. From Diptyque's Parisian chic to Tom Ford's bold statements, each one holds lessons in trends, innovation, and staying power. 

Whether you're just starting out or looking to level up, consider these insights fuel for your creative fire. Ready to ignite some inspiration and maybe, just maybe, see your creations join the ranks of these esteemed names someday? Read on to discover the magic behind their glow.

Top designer candles to inspire your creations


A product image of one of Diptyque’s popular candles, sold at <span data-mce-fragment="1"><a href="https://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/cat/diptyque-gardenia-scented-candle_342-2000170-SCENTEDCANDLEGARDENIA/?utm_source=partnerize&amp;utm_medium=affil&amp;utm_campaign=na_na_na_na_na_na&amp;utm_term=1100lyhZ22J4&amp;utm_content=skimlinks_phg&amp;clickref=1100lyhZ22J4" data-mce-fragment="1" data-mce-href="https://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/cat/diptyque-gardenia-scented-candle_342-2000170-SCENTEDCANDLEGARDENIA/?utm_source=partnerize&amp;utm_medium=affil&amp;utm_campaign=na_na_na_na_na_na&amp;utm_term=1100lyhZ22J4&amp;utm_content=skimlinks_phg&amp;clickref=1100lyhZ22J4">Selfridges</a></span>.

Let’s talk Diptyque, the brand that turned candle-making into an art form. What started as a small project by three Parisian pals in the sixties has exploded into a must-have for every tastefully neutral room you scroll past on Instagram, instantly recognizable by the oval-shaped black-and-white label. 

Their secret? It's all in the scent. Diptyque's candles aren't your basic one-note wonders; they're full-on fragrant experiences, complex as your favourite perfume. With a lineup that's grown to 49 head-turning candles, they've set the bar for what it means to truly indulge your senses. 

And who's lighting up these chic candles? Everyone from Kim K to royalty like Meghan Markle has been spotted basking in Diptyque's glow. But here's the thing—it's not just for the A-listers. Diptyque has turned into that little piece of luxe we all reach for when we want to spruce up our spaces. Plus, it goes beyond just candles with their bougie range of matching accessories, like wick trimmers and candle snuffers

But wait, there's more: these candles have a second act. After the final flicker, your Diptyque jar transforms into a stylish succulent holder or an elegant whiskey glass, appealing to the eco-conscious consumer.

Key takeaways for candlepreneurs:

✓ Get creative with those scents; complexity is where it's at.

✓ Think beyond the burn; a beautiful (reusable) vessel adds value.

✓ Diversify your product line with luxe matching accessories.

Jo Malone

The popular Lime Basil &amp; Mandarin designer candle from <span data-mce-fragment="1"><a href="https://www.jomalone.co.uk/product/25969/9953/home-collection/lime-basil-mandarin-home-candle?size=200g" data-mce-fragment="1" data-mce-href="https://www.jomalone.co.uk/product/25969/9953/home-collection/lime-basil-mandarin-home-candle?size=200g">Jo Malone</a></span>.

Jo Malone's story is a masterclass in transforming trials into triumphs. Raised in a council house and leaving school without any formal qualifications, she built a fragrance empire that's become a staple in the chicest of homes, as detailed by Forbes. The brand's bestsellers, like the zesty Lime Basil & Mandarin and the delicate English Pear & Freesia, have become ICONIC in the candle world. 

But life wasn't always fragrant bouquets for Jo. After selling her eponymous brand to Estée Lauder, she faced a daunting battle with breast cancer. Yet, in true Jo Malone fashion, she emerged victorious, channelling her resilience into her next venture, Jo Loves, redefining what it means to start over with grace.

Key takeaways for candlepreneurs:

✓ Proof that you don't need a silver spoon to stir up success.

✓ Giving customers control over their fragrance narrative is a wise choice.

✓ Facing life's challenges can be the catalyst for your next big breakthrough.

The White Company

A lifestyle product image of the Seychelles candle from <span data-mce-fragment="1"><a href="https://www.thewhitecompany.com/row/Seychelles-Votive-Candle/p/A00863?swatch=No%20Colour" data-mce-fragment="1" data-mce-href="https://www.thewhitecompany.com/row/Seychelles-Votive-Candle/p/A00863?swatch=No%20Colour">The White Company</a></span>.

The White Company is all about those clean lines and serene vibes, making every space feel a little more like a sanctuary. Their secret weapon? Candles. And not just any candles—think Seychelles and Pomegranate, scents that practically demand you unwind. 

Now, here's a twist: when the world went full WFH mode, The White Company's candles became the unsung heroes of home offices everywhere. Despite a shaky start to the pandemic, they turned things around, raking in a cool £31 million by July 2021. Turns out, we were all craving a bit of that calm, elegant touch in our makeshift workspaces. 

So, even though their US debut didn't quite take off, back home in the UK, they're the go-to for adding a dash of luxe to loungewear days and Zoom-filled schedules.

Key takeaways for candlepreneurs:

✓ Simplicity in design can be profoundly impactful.

✓ Catering to the work-from-home market can unlock new opportunities.

✓ Setbacks are not endpoints; they're chances to refocus and thrive.


The viral tomato-scented candle in a bright red vessel from <span data-mce-fragment="1"><a href="https://www.loewe.com/eur/en/women/home/scented-candles/tomato-leaves-candle/P000250X19-7100.html?ranEAID=TnL5HPStwNw&amp;ranMID=47194&amp;ranSiteID=TnL5HPStwNw-3Bd4atkHLq9btxMlr8FIyg&amp;utm_campaign=LOEWE_Paulas_Ibiza_22&amp;utm_medium=Affiliates&amp;utm_source=Skimlinks.com" data-mce-fragment="1" data-mce-href="https://www.loewe.com/eur/en/women/home/scented-candles/tomato-leaves-candle/P000250X19-7100.html?ranEAID=TnL5HPStwNw&amp;ranMID=47194&amp;ranSiteID=TnL5HPStwNw-3Bd4atkHLq9btxMlr8FIyg&amp;utm_campaign=LOEWE_Paulas_Ibiza_22&amp;utm_medium=Affiliates&amp;utm_source=Skimlinks.com">LOEWE</a></span>.

LOEWE’s got the game figured out: mix high fashion with home fragrance and voilà—you've got yourself an Insta-worthy candle everyone's chatting about. 

Jonathan Anderson, the creative genius steering LOEWE’s scent ship, spilled the tea on the inspiration behind the concept of their vessels: “Everything has been crafted in some way. The ceramic pots are based on a Greek mug that I bought several years ago in an auction. Although it's incredibly old, there's modernity in it.”

This blend of the ancient with the contemporary sets the stage for LOEWE's next triumph: unexpected scents. Take their Tomato leaves candle—a scent so distinct and vivid (and let’s be honest, bizarre), it's like plucking a tomato straight off the vine, a surprising choice that caught fire on social media, cleverly tapping into the 6.1 million trending #tomatogirl hashtag to become a sensation. 

The takeaway? LOEWE proves that with the right mix of heritage design and modern fragrance, even the most unexpected scents can become iconic.

Key takeaways for candlepreneurs:

✓ Invest in standout vessel designs that beg to be repurposed.

✓ Be bold with unexpected scents; they're conversation starters.

✓ Keep an eye on social media trends and cleverly link your products to what's hot.


pearly white designer candle from <span data-mce-fragment="1"><a href="https://www.espaskincare.com/alabastros-bergamot-and-jasmine-candle/13884857.html" data-mce-fragment="1" data-mce-href="https://www.espaskincare.com/alabastros-bergamot-and-jasmine-candle/13884857.html">Espa</a></span>.

Espa brings that spa-like tranquillity right to your home, all thanks to Sue Harmsworth, who kick-started the brand from her kitchen back in '92. Fast forward to today, Espa is celebrated as a pioneer in the luxury spa, making waves in upscale venues up and down the UK and major retailers (Next, LOOK FANTASTIC and John Lewis, to name a few). Why? Their minimalist, relaxing-to-look-at designs and essential oil magic.

Key takeaways for candlepreneurs:

✓ Your kitchen table could be the launchpad for the next big thing.

✓ Tapping into the spa vibe with serene scents? Always a win. People love a slice of luxury.

✓ Consistency and innovation in product quality can elevate a brand to iconic status.


A designer candle in a black vessel with a white label that reads ‘Loveless’, from <span data-mce-fragment="1"><a href="https://www.byredo.com/us_en/loveless-candle-240g" data-mce-fragment="1" data-mce-href="https://www.byredo.com/us_en/loveless-candle-240g">Byredo</a></span>.

Byredo, hailing from Stockholm, is the brainchild of Ben Gorham, revolutionising the candle scene by infusing scents with deep emotions and memories. Its approach? Think less about the fragrance alone and more about the vibe it sets. These candle crafters are big believers in creativity being the key to making products that aren't just timeless but also pack a meaningful punch in people's lives. 

Take a whiff of their eclectic candle lineup—like "Bibliothèque", which gives you those cosy, lost-in-a-novel vibes, or "Loveless", which, despite its quirky name, offers a complex bouquet of tuberose tempered with dark cedarwood, proving that even the most unexpected scents can captivate and intrigue. 

It's this blend of artistry and the element of surprise in their scent stories that make Byredo candles not just a treat for the nose but a full-on conversation starter.

Key takeaways for candlepreneurs:

✓ Being artsy and quirky is a vibe (that sells!)

✓ Emotions and scents have a powerful connection—tap into it.

✓ Don't be afraid to go off the beaten path with your scents.

Tom Ford

A product image of the daring F*cking Fabulous candle from <span data-mce-fragment="1"><a href="https://www.tomford.com/private-blend-fucking-fabulous-candle/8806608511.html" data-mce-fragment="1" data-mce-href="https://www.tomford.com/private-blend-fucking-fabulous-candle/8806608511.html">Tom Ford</a></span>.

Tom Ford takes luxury to the next level with their candle collection, embodying the essence of modern glamour. Each candle, especially the provocatively named "F*cking Fabulous", isn't just about the scent—it's a statement, a conversation starter (but in a completely different way to Byredo). 

The brand's ability to blend the unexpected with the elegant is evident in their sell-out Private Blend Tobacco Vanille, rumoured to be favoured by none other than Harry Styles. This particular scent has become a phenomenon, with fans eagerly seeking out dupes, showcasing Tom Ford's knack for creating a media buzz and solidifying their status in the luxury market. 

Their bold approach to fragrance, combined with the allure of celebrity association, has made Tom Ford candles a coveted item for those looking to infuse their spaces with a touch of sophistication and intrigue.

Key takeaways for candlepreneurs:

✓ Dare to be bold with your candle vessel designs.

✓ Consider the power of a good dupe.

✓ Leverage celebrity connections and media buzz.

Will your brand feature in a future lineup of designer candles?

Dreaming of seeing your brand among the ranks of these designer candle giants? It's a lofty goal, for sure, but remember, every big name started somewhere small. From kitchen experiments to boutique beginnings, the journey to becoming a recognised candle brand is full of surprises. And who's to say your creations won't spark the next big trend in the designer candle market? 

NI Candle Supplies is all in on supporting your candle-making ventures. Whether you're aiming to captivate a local market or set your sights on broader horizons, success comes in many scents and sizes. 

Influenced by any of the trailblazers we've mentioned, or do you have another muse in mind? We’d love to hear about who inspires your craft. Feel free to drop us a DM on Instagram or Facebook.

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NI Candle Supplies LTD

Your blogs are so informative and inspirational..thank you! X

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