The post-Covid hedonism wave we were promised doesn’t seem to have quite materialised. There are glimpses of it – a whiff of a smoking revival, the return of the indie sleaze aesthetic – but mostly it’s a lingering backward glance to wilder times.
Discothèque candles got the memo and ran with it. Founded by L.A ladies Jessie Willner and Hanover Booth, the intoxicatingly-scented and gorgeously packaged candles are named after storied clubbing landmarks of their time – think Hacienda, Crisco Disco, Paradise Garage and the Mudd Club. (more…)
Last Wednesday, in the first properly spring-like week of the year, I got a fabulous whiff of the new Cire Trudon candles. There are three in the Les Belles Matieres range – a fruit, a wood and a floral.
Jasmine seems to be everywhere at the moment, so if you like this sweet, full-bodied floral, you’ll love the India-inspired ‘Madurai’ candle (buy it here). (more…)
Fornasetti klaxon! Exciting news from the Fornasetti Profumi camp, there’s a brand new scent incoming for autumn. If you like warm, spicy, peppery scents then you’ll love Mistero, which has woody notes of sandalwood, cedarwood and musk as its base, with Incense and pink pepper on top. This isn’t as heady as Otto (the most famous Fornasetti fragrance, created by Olivier Polge), but it still has a ‘Fornasetti’ warmth to it. (more…)
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. (more…)