Set the mood… with our top 3 candle picks

If there’s one thing we’re certain of, it’s that we are big fans of candles. An instant mood booster, mood setter… just, good moods all round. You get the idea. We’ve searched long and hard to find our favourite wee candles that are the best of the best, so, you don’t have to!

Candles are perfect as gifts (to yourself or to someone else), no one ever doesn’t want a candle, and that’s just facts. So, sit back and relax and be ready to be immersed in these gorgeous scents.


GEORGE & EDI’s Bogart candle is a gorgeous woody oriental fragrance and one we think should make your top 3 ‘go-to candles’.  Named after Humphry Bogart, this fragrance is intense and passionate with hints of spice, musk, and wafts of smoky incense.  A most perfect fragrance for seduction and impromptu parties – but equally beautiful for a quiet night in by the fire with a glass of red and a good book.  

GEORGE & EDI’s candles are made with natural soy wax, cotton wicks, signature fragrances (all phthalate-free) and are hand-poured by their Chandler, Sarah, in small batches, at their Wanaka Atelier.  Valuing slow, mindful production, George & Edi honour the age-old craftsmanship involved in candle manufacturing, believing the meticulous hand-poured process helps them achieve a quality product and eliminate wastage.  

Their standard size candle has a burn time of approximately 50 hours. The Bogart candle is also available in their large and grande candle sizes and tea lights.  

If you’re looking to layer fragrance within your home, you can do so by using the Bogart Room Spray and Reed Diffusers which are also available in their home fragrance range.  

Available at stockists throughout New Zealand and through GEORGE & EDI’s online store.

Order yours now at

Living Light Candles

Tucked away at the top of the South Island in between the Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks, you’ll find the Living Light Candles factory. Since 1998 Living Light have been handcrafting beautiful candles and home fragrances, with nature as their muse.

Their Icicle Candle has had a cult following for over 20 years, originally offered to summer holidaymakers from a humble little gallery on the founder’s property. Now you can find this candle in an assortment of colours and fragrances at stockists nationwide. It’s easy to see why this candle is so popular!

The Icicle Candle is hand-poured using natural plant wax, New Zealand beeswax and parfum. Each one has a cotton wick to ensure a clean and efficient burn, free of lead or toxins. But the magic of this extraordinary candle is only discovered when burning. As the melted wax drips down the sides of the candle, it gradually develops a lace-like pattern and in the process, changes
form as it burns. The result is a stunningly beautiful and unique icicle effect each and every time it is lit.

The Pinot Noir fragrance is our favourite, and it happens to be their best-seller too! Its unique scent offers sweet accords of berry and grape, entwined with cassis, apple blossom and cedar.

A true one of a kind beauty, made with love at its heart in Golden Bay, New Zealand.

A delicious scent coupled with a striking visual, order yours now, here.

Bentley & Hart

Bentley & Hart’s one by one collection of candles encompasses the meticulous, step by step process behind their opulent scents, handcrafted in New Zealand and lovingly made with exquisite fragrances to soothe or revive the soul.

The brand was founded on the premise of creating a safe, positive and creative working environment for people with disabilities, helping to enrich the lives of others.

This month they have launched a collection of customised wedding candles perfect for couples to gift to their guests or wedding party as a memento of their celebration.  Choose from their range of fragrances, and with a minimum order of 10 candles, Bentley & Hart can provide the finishing touch for your wedding table or corporate goodie bag.

So, how does this all work?

Step1: Head on over to their online shop to view their selection of fragrances.
Step 2: Select your label (available in three options); black foil text, gold foil text or silver foil text.

And that’s it!

If you have a special design in mind for your special day, Bentley & Hart are more than happy to have the opportunity to help bring your design to life.

Order your personalised candles, here.