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Soilse Candles’ Strand, €18.50, is reminiscent of days spent at the beach

1. Beach smells

Karen Lavelle of Soilse Candles has a real knack — and a divine nose — for creating extraordinary scents that can completely transport you. Inspired by coastal walks along the Irish shoreline and bursting with a fresh marine fragrance, her apothecary amber jar candle in Strand, €18.50, is reminiscent of days spent at the beach, water lapping at your feet, combing for treasures in ragged rock pools and foraging for wildflowers in the sand dunes. Handpoured, the high-quality soy wax provides an impressive scent throw that will last long after the sun has set.