We all love a great scent, but how do you pick the perfect candle online when you can’t smell it? To help, we speak to diptyque’s Global Communication Director, Olivia Grimaux, on her top tips on finding the right candle for your home when shopping online.
Whether you need to refresh or wind down, after a long day there's nothing quite like lighting a scented candle. Warm, inviting and instantly soothing, who doesn't love the cosy crackle of a wick and heavenly fragrance a candle emits?
Renowned as one of the world's leading fragrance brands, [diptyque](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/brands/diptyque) is known for a range of aromatic candles that pay homage to Paris. Here, we speak to diptyque’s Global Communication Director, Olivia Grimaux, about how to shop for a candle online and her top tips on finding the perfect scent.
With a wide array of scents and sizes, finding the perfect [candle](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/wellbeing/candles) for your home is about choosing what best fits your lifestyle. “There are no rules,” Olivia says. “Whatever your choice, it must enhance the space but not be too overwhelming.” It can be hard to shop online when you’re unable to smell the candle, so instead focus on complementing your environment and setting to help find the right fragrance.
##### **Step one: Define your favourite scents**
If you’re unsure of where to start when it comes to finding a candle, then first have a think about what kind of scents you like and tend to lean to. Most candles are single notes of fragrances so this will help guide you to choose a candle in the olfactory family you feel most comfortable with. “Follow your instinct,” says Olivia. Keep these questions in mind; do you prefer [fruity](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/fragrance/candles-and-diffusers?prefn1=beauty-fragrance-scenttype&prefv1=Fruity) or [floral](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/fragrance/candles-and-diffusers?prefn1=beauty-fragrance-scenttype&prefv1=Floral) scents? [Woody](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/fragrance/candles-and-diffusers?prefn1=beauty-fragrance-scenttype&prefv1=Woody) or [spicy](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/fragrance/candles-and-diffusers?prefn1=beauty-fragrance-scenttype&prefv1=Spicy) fragrances?
##### **Step two: Choose the room**
To help create your desired mood, think about the room that you want to place your candle in as this will have an affect on your chosen scent. Candles exude a strong smell and alter the lighting of a room, so choose a fragrance based on what you want to create. “For the kitchen, I recommend an energising scent like [Pomander](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/fragrance/candles-and-diffusers/candles/candle-pomander-190-g/2530000509930.html),” says Olivia. “Whereas for a more restful atmosphere like a lounge or bedroom, I would suggest [Geranium Rosa](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/fragrance/candles-and-diffusers/candles/geranium-rosa-candle/2530002592749.html) or [Baies](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/fragrance/candles-and-diffusers/candles/baies-candle-190-g/2530000510806.html) as they fill the air with a soothing aroma.”
##### **Step three: Think about the season**
Whether it’s winter or spring, think about choosing a scent to enhance the spirit of the season. "In winter, woody and spicy scents create an enveloping feel," says Olivia. "My pick would be [Feu de Bois](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/fragrance/candles-and-diffusers/candles/feu-de-bois-candle-190-g/2530000510592.html)." For spring, a lighter herbal scent such as [Roses](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/fragrance/candles-and-diffusers/candles/roses-candle-190-g/2530000510752.html) or [Figuier](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/beauty/fragrance/candles-and-diffusers/candles/figuier-candle/2530000509916.html) will help boost liveliness and energy. If you’d like to create something a bit more personal, Olivia recommends creating a bespoke scent by pairing candles together to blend different notes.
**Pro tip:** always remember to trim the wick every time you light a candle to prevent tunnelling and uneven wax.
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