Whimsical Whippet candles
Straight from the Lake District UK, Whimsical Whippet has brought luxurious scents to South Africa.

From gas lanterns and LED’s to solar power jars, nothing beats good ol’ fashioned candles to outshine our load shedding blues. Not content with the trusty tea light, DECO has picked out the best of the rest to brighten up the blackouts in style.

Lets start with the candle stick holder – the age-old necessity when it comes to lighting up a room. Just when you think you’ve seen all there is to offer, Douglas & Co does what they do best when it comes to tongue and groove design… presenting Die Blaker (Afrikaans for ‘The Candleholder’). With a single folded strip of mild steel, these stylish stands can be stacked together or used on their own.

Die Blaker by Douglas & Co.

The traditional tea light is still a mandatory feature on all dinner tables, so show them in their best light with these brass Skultuna Kin tea light holders, R299 each from Esque.co.za. From a muted golden shimmer to a gloriously bold brass, they make a statement as a décor piece by themselves and come to life when lit.

Skultuna Kin tea light holders from Esque.co.za.

From the ‘why-yes-there-are-cookies-in-the-oven’ aroma to the comforting scent of clean linen, the smell of your home can keep guests around for ages. Our latest find is fresh in from the Lake District in the UK and offers the most luxuries variety of fragranced candles – but fret not, you won’t need to trek to the British Isles for your candle, as they’re available from Whimsical Whippet from R195.

Whimsical Whippet scented candles.

For the higher bidder, these flawless Tom Dixon candles will light up a room without even lighting the wick. The large candles are priced from R933 and are available at Crema Design. The contemporary chrome casing adds a modern touch to three distinctive scents: Royalty, reminiscence of tea time, earl grey, scones and strawberry jam; Orientalist, captures rose petals, cinnamon and a Chinese herbal market; London, calls to the smell of red brick, green parks, crocuses and the salty smell of the Thames.

Eclectic Tom Dixon candles R933, Crema Design



But you don’t have to look far for other beautiful candles in store now. There are numerous designs and scents fit for a queen to work with any number of decor styles from the traditional to the minimalist. For winter, rich, fruity scents like Cassis and spicy smells like Ginger are sure to warm up your living space – look for charcoals and deep purples for a wintry hue.

From bottom left, DECO has our eyes on: Frankincense and Myrrh R380, Africology; Dark Amber and Ginger Lily R1 000, Jo Malone; Large Catrin R499, Country Road; Cassis Fruit R365, Yankee Candle; Cork Lid Jar R69.95, Woolworths

DECO’s top candle finds.

Tell DECO what’s lighting up your load shedding blues in the comments below and tweet us your tips to survive the blackouts at @Elle_Deco.