Bella Freud candles

We love Bella Freud's quirky British aesthetic - and we love, love, love these signature candles she's launched. The fragrances were created by a Brit, too:  gifted perfumer, Azzi Glasser.  (We predict you'll be hearing a lot more about Azzi, whose star is definitely in the ascendant with forthcoming fragrances for Reiss, to add to creations for Jean Patou, Space NK, Illamasqua's fab Freak, and many more.

For now, though, we think you can't hold a candle to these, in their seriously chic Bella-ish black jars.  They burn for hours and hours, with three scents to choose from - but our favourite is definitely Snow Lily (a.k.a. Je t'aime Jane).  It is literally the scent of a room where the door's been closed and a huge bunch of lilies has burst into bloom in the afternoon warmth.  (And the name?  For Jane Birkin:  Bella has featured the waif-like chanteuse, as well as her lover Serge Gainsbourg, in her designs.)

There are, so we're told, notes of green leaves with 'a hint of cold snow' - but we think it's just perfect for sultry summer nights, ourselves.

UK readers find Bella Freud Candles at£38 - buy here