Victoria Cator Candles


There are scented candles – and there are Victoria Cator scented candles. Literally, we’ve never smelled anything like them, or found a candle that burns so evenly and diffuses so well. Jo spotted them on a Trinny Woodall Instagram post, ordered one – and everyone who walks into her office nowadays simply swoons, ‘Gosh, it smells A-M-A-Z-I-N-G in here…’

The secret weapon, we’re pretty sure, is the two-wick format in the smaller candles. (Haven’t tried the big ones yet. Building up to those.) Having two wicks means that the candle melts all the way across, every single time – and we are SO fed up with candles which ‘tunnel’, leaving expensive wax all around the edges.

Jo initially bought Cuir de Sacre – sort of leathery, velvety flowers, and very, very naughty. We’ve since also discovered Rouge Ancienne – which is wonderfully aromatic with thyme, juniper, spices, lemon and lashings of rose – and Madame Julia, a racy number laced with crushed blackcurrant leaves, tobacco and lipstick-y notes. (It’s impossible not to be bewitched by the descriptions on her website, here.)

An interior designer, obsessed with scent since she was a child, Victoria knows her stuff. Certainly these aren’t the cheapest candles we’ve ever found – but the smaller candles have 55-60 hours of burning time, and we think the cost-per-burn is actually quite low, because all you need to do is melt the wax across (takes about 20 minutes), blow it out – and the scent lingers and lingers.

Quite simply sublime.

£50 – buy here