Nine beautiful candles to light up the long autumn nights

It’s time to chill, says Hetty Lintell, whose candle addiction is more than merely aesthetic.

If you struggle with a restless mind and sitting down to meditate with your thoughts rattling around makes the anxiety worse — try candle meditation. Light any candle, turn the lights down and focus your attention on the flame as it flickers and changes shape and colour.

Hold your sight solely on the flame, immersing your complete attention. The flame’s movement helps keep the mind focused and even a few minutes a day (it gets easier) can lead to a lovely peaceful feeling and, sometimes, even a sort of altered consciousness.

Folium scented candle
£120 And Objects — 020–7427 6059;

Fireside scented candle
£29, Plum & Ashby — 01329 235615;

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Darling candle
£64, August & Piers,

Humid wood hand-blown candle
£155, Perfumer H — 020–7258 7859;

Libertine candle
£285 (1.5kg), August & Piers — 020–7730 1234;

Plumwood violet ceramic candle
£42, Matilda Goad & Co x Anthropologie — 0808 196 8599;

Festivum scented candle
£60, Verden —

Magia Del Camino candle
£72, Acqua di Parma exclusive to John Lewis — 03456 100 336;

Cucumber candle
£78, Loewe —