My three favorite Scented Holiday Candles

In my world, candles fall into the same obsessive category as beauty products. Maybe it’s because I want my house to smell like Anthropologie or maybe it’s because a great holiday candle makes it truly seem like Christmas. Either way, I love me a great smelling candle.

I have a few favorite candles but since Thanksgiving is only 8 days away, I thought it would be timely to share my three favorite holiday candles! Here they are, in no particular order. 🙂

Yankee Candle in Mistletoe

This candle smells exactly like Christmas when we start to unpack the decorations and put up the tree. You detect hints of ornaments right out of the box, freshly cut Christmas trees, cider, dust and even snowy air. All of it. It’s wonderful. Definitely not a candle I start burning before Thanksgiving though.

Bath and Body Works 3-wick candle in Winter

This candle is fresh, sweet, pine-scented and snowy. It’s a great one to have burning on cold days and doesn’t scream of Christmas nearly as much as Mistletoe (above).

Anthropologie Hobnail candle in Frosted Pine 

The priciest of my three picks but the prettiest, this is a great splurge candle. I usually buy one or two each year as “gifts” then just give them to myself. The jar is beautiful and the scent is divine. Even though the Frosted Pine is my favorite, the Hobnail candle also comes in a Pomegranate and Applespice that are very good, but a little sweet for me.

What are your go-to scented candles? What is burning at your house right now? Leave it in the comments, I’d love to know!

Some seriously strong self tanner

I actually received LORAC Tantalizer in a set of samples from Sephora. I’ve tried many self tanners and bronzers over the years but never found the perfect one that you can easily slather on the day of a special occasion and have a nice glow

without the streaks OR the icky self tanner smell. My go-to in the past had been Philosophy’s The Big Skinny (right), which is skin firming and gives you a very subtle tan but in my opinion smells like tanning lotion and if not applied super carefully, can create streaks.

Tantalizer was different! I used it a few times before my October 20 wedding and each time it gave me an ever-so-slightly shimmery bronze. Warning: it is not for the fair of skin. It is a really dark self tanner.

Before the wedding I used it across my shoulders and collar-bone and it was the perfect sun-kissed glow. I even got compliments on how perfectly tan I looked! Tantalizer is NOT your everyday tanning lotion but for a last-minute glow on a night out, it’s perfect. Plus, it smells really nice. Note: they do have a lighter version! Click here for their Luminizer, which is not as dark as Tantalizer.