So it seems the world is divided into those who love fancy scented candles and those who don’t get the fascination. If you do, they can become something of an addiction (ahem). If you don’t, well, you may as well stop reading now. But not all posh candles are created equal. Some (many) are just an easy add-on to a brand’s beauty output; others are so powerful, that they become cult objects in themselves. Yes I’m thinking of the Pinterest cliche of everyone’s favourite Diptyque Figuier arranged on a silver vanity tray alongside a posy of roses for optimum effect. My absolute favourite are the Fornasetti Profumos in their collectable ceramic holders. What’s yours?
FESTIVE: MILLER HARRIS BOIS NOISETTE
I like mulled wine-scented candles just as much as the next person but sometimes, something less obvious is called for. I recommend Miller Harris’s Bois Noisette candle for its comforting, gentlemanly qualities. It’s a cheery blend of fruity berry (pimento berry to be precise) meets dark chocolate, underscored by ginger absolute which gives it a hit of sharpness. At £70 it’s a luxury candle but the scent is intense enough that you don’t need to burn it for long to get the full effect.
FESTIVE: FORNASETTI MALACHITE
This is the opposite of rich and warming, it’s a different kind of scent than you’d expect from Fornasetti. From the green and gold malachite-effect holder to the sharp pine-y notes, Fornasetti’s Malachite candle is wintry and fresh smelling. The green notes hit you first, then you get the cedar wood and patchouli heart, followed by the sandalwood and amber base. The holder itself is a thing of beauty and this is my number one choice for luxury-lovers.
UNISEX: BELLA FREUD GINSBERG IS GOD
An oldie but goodie, I love this herby fig leaf and tomato candle in its cult black pot. It’s definitely a cool candle and a great one for gifting to couples.
UNISEX: JO MALONE LONDON OUD & BERGAMOT
I’m not a traditional oud fan but in this candle it’s combined with bergamot and orange granite so you get the lovely mysterious warmth of oud cut with a twist of citrus. The dark packaging of Jo Malone’s Cologne Intense line is also a little more blokey than the classic cream and black.
UNISEX: MALIN & GOETZ VOTIVE SET
This trio of teeny votives by Malin & Goetz is another good unisex choice with its masculine notes of dark rum, tobacco and vetiver. It’s also fairly affordable at £34 for three. (Currently unavailable in the UK online, but I’ve seen it in SpaceNK stores.)
CALMING: AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES NIGHT TIME RITUAL SET
This is a candle with a rather nice bath oil attached. I think we can all agree that Aromatherapy Associates makes quite the best relaxing bath oils. The candle is an added bonus that will make bath time the most blissful pampering treat ever. (And I noticed it’s in the sale if you buy from Birchbox #winning)
CALMING: A.P.C ORANGE BLOSSOM
Not sure if it’s just because it reminds me of my happy place but I find this sweet orange blossom candle so relaxing. It’s definitely eau de A.P.C, I spend enough time in their stores that I’d recognise it anywhere and I always fine the stores themselves quite Zen-like. One for the wannabe Parisian minimalist.
EVOCATIVE: ASTIER DE VILLATTE
Astier De Villatte candles are all named after places and very evocative, so a lovely choice if you want to be reminded of somewhere special. They’re expensive but the handmade ceramic holders are a big part of the appeal so one for artisan-appreciators. For the best experience, go to Liberty and browse all their other ceramics as well.
EVOCATIVE: DIPTYQUE FIGUIER MINI CANDLE
The Diptyque Figuier candle is the one that started it all off and its green, fruity smell still has the power to perk up a blah mood. The £20 mini candle is a good one for travelling or as an affordable gift option.
EVOCATIVE: CIRE TRUDON
These power-packed churchy candles are not for the faint hearted. They’re proper scented candles for those who want fragrance wafting through every nook of the house. I love the reverent woody-meets-citrus notes of Odalisque, deliciously blended with hints of vanilla and orange blossom.
UPLIFTING: ACQUA DI PARMA
The traditional citrussy smell of Acqua Di Parma’s signature cologne is so unique and sophisticated, it never gets old. The accompanying candle in its understated frosted holder is equally timeless and reassuring.
UPLIFTING: TORY BURCH
If you buy into the Tory Burch lifestyle you’ll love the classic orange design of this cult candle. Its notes of citrus, sandalwood and jasmine sum up the Tory Burch brand of uptown tomboy elegance. One to place next to the stack of rare photography books and vintage Hermes ashtray.
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1. JIGSAW PROFITS END THE YEAR ON A HIGH
Nice news to end the year on for Jigsaw. The FT reports that sales and profits are up at both Jigsaw and DRG fave The Shop At Bluebird (where sales up up 39% this season –wowza). According to the FT, the uptick is thanks to better product, quality and customer service. I haven’t paid much interest to Jigsaw in recent years but there’s been lots to love in their winter coats and cashmere knits this season. And The Shop At Bluebird continues to delight in its offer of, well everything to be honest, that store bricks-and-mortar heaven for me!
2. LOUIS VUITTON EMBRACES AIRPORT FASHION
In time for the mass exodus of the 1% to warmer climes, Louis Vuitton has opened its latest store – at Heathrow Airport terminal 5. Crucially, this store isn’t just aiming to push the usual fare of small leather goods, watches and sunglasses. It’s a serious store selling ready to wear in recognition of the fact that the airport has become as much a shopping mall as any high street. (In Korea, ‘airport fashion’ is a major thing where people dress up to stalk celebs in the departure halls.) Cue the Cruise collection of Ghesquiere’s porthole sweaters and maritime flares, in addition to all the travel goods you could wish for.
3. INTO THE GLOSS 2.0
This has been quite the year of Into The Gloss, Emily Weiss’s blog-turned-site-turned-beauty-brand. In a recent interview with WWD, she talked about the success of her product line, Glossier, promising us colour cosmetics soon (and hopefully some European distribution)…
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Oh yikes, Christmas is only four days away and the cut-off for most online deliveries has pretty much passed. This article in the Evening Standard made me chuckle as I’m such a grumbler about the inconvenience of online shopping, it just isn’t quite there for me yet. So if you still have shopping to do, there’s no option than to hit the stores. And this is where Chanel Burlington Arcade comes in.
Burlington Arcade is quite the prettiest shopping arcade in London. There’s been a bit of a rebranding of it lately, it’s become more of a mini Bond Street, with luxury newcomers such as Barrie knitwear and Maison Michel (both owned by Chanel) moving in, and last Friday’s opening of the latest Chanel beauty boutique.
I think if you’re going to buy Chanel beauty, why not buy it from a Chanel store to get the full luxury experience? And this one is so nicely done with its witty wall reliefs and double-C window display (the Cs are made up of actual Chanel perfume bottles – well of course they are!). You can buy make-up, perfume and skincare here and there are two floors above which I imagine will be for private consultations etc once it’s fully opened…
Chanel, 54-55 Burlington Arcade, London, W1J 0LB
Last week, I donned my beauty editor hat to try out the new Google Glass makeup lesson service at YSL Beauté in Selfridges. The service launched earlier this year in the US and has worked its way to London, exclusively at Selfridges.
HOW IT WORKS
You book an appointment which costs £30 (redeemable against purchase). I had my appointment with the charming Fred Letailleur, YSL’s head of make up for northern Europe, who is not only an expert make-up artist, but is now a master Google Glass user. Which is a considerable combination that needs extreme focus. Not only does the make-up artist have to concentrate on what they’re doing to your face, but they’re also operating a tiny camera (embedded inside the ‘glasses’) with discreet movements, and engaging with the customer – answering questions, making you feel at ease etc. Continue reading
The coats! The coats! The Dior pre-fall 2015 pics are in and it’s all about the coats. And they’re not prissy couture coats either but outdoor-friendly(ish), utility-luxe offerings for rainy walks on the Welsh hills or motorbike rides around Tokyo. Or so we’re led to believe.
I love the storm coats in shiny Stone Island-esque materials for chucking on and off, and especially the wet-look A-line zippy affair juxtaposed with snazzy sequins (sorry, pailettes). And when the familiar Dior structured cuts come into play, they’re reimagined in a younger, streetier finish than we’re used to. Continue reading
You’ve got to hand it to Yves Saint Laurent Beauté, it has come up with a really smart way of using Google Glass. Back in September it introduced its hi-tech take-home tutorials to Bloomingdales (below), in which its make-up artist wielded his magic paints and brushes on customers, while simultaneously filming the one-to-one consultation using Google Glass. Continue reading
Dear Santa, please can I have my entire tree decked in these sumptuous gold Burberry Beauty packages?
Burberry is banking on beauty, there’s really no doubt about it. And the product is good from what I’ve tried, I’m using the Burberry foundation as my everyday base, after eking out the last blob of Myface MyMix.
So for Christmas, Burberry is gifting us this limited edition array of goodies, in special gold packaging that’s very different from Burberry’s usual neutral colour palette. The boxes alone are beautifully presented – a warm gold, minimal typography, and extremely sophisticated. Continue reading
As if Covent Garden (and this blog) couldn’t get any more beauty-fied, this happens…. From Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th December, get ready for Covent Garden Beauty Live, a celebration of all things beauty taking place in what the industry has dubbed the ‘Beauty Quarter‘ of London. Continue reading