Timeless, luxurious and oh-so-French, Diptyque was one of the first brands to achieve cult status because of the influencers of the time – bloggers. Known for their use of all natural ingredients with no synthetic fragrances used in their production, Diptyque candles will burn for 50 to 60 hours and will remain fragrant to the very end. My personal favourite is the Baies candle, a sophisticated balance and blend of Bulgarian rose and freshness of blackcurrant leaves.
Inspired by places, Australian fragrance brand LUMIRA was founded in 2013 with a vision – to evoke a feeling whether it is to soothe, to uplift or even to reflect. If you are a seasoned traveller, every scent will take you on a trip down memory lane. Over the summer months, we have been thinking of the Mediterranean while burning the Sicilian Citrus candle, with notes of zesty tangerine, sweet orange blossom, paired with the florals of tuberose and jasmine. Burning for approximately 80 hours, this candle took us through summer and beyond.
When cult beauty brand Aesop ventured into fragrance, there was a collective jump for joy across the globe. Housed in an Aesop-esque minimalistic vessel with profound quotes subtlety printed on the inside, our candle of the moment is their Ptolemy scented candle with notes of Cypress and Vetiver, resulting in a woody, earthy, and resinous burn.
There’s a reason why everyone is talking about fragrance brand Le Labo. The uber-cool brand from New York has a slew of celebrity devotees, but for good reason. Their consciously crafted ranges are all vegan, and cruelty free and contain dozens of raw ingredients to create the ultimate olfactive experience. Using natural fragrance oils, Santal 26 is on our winter scent list, as it envelopes your space with a leathery, warm and smoky fragrance.
Earl of East
Starting off with a range of just three fragranced candles handmade in their London studio, Earl of East has quickly grown to encompass a multitude of home fragrance products including candles, incense, room mists, personal fragrances, as well as bath and body products. One of our favourites is the Japanese-inspired forest scent, Shinrin-Yoku, blending cedar wood, oakmoss and black pepper and helping with overall well-being by reducing stress, lowering your heart rate and reducing stress.
Earl of East Shinrin-yoku scented candle 260g, $76 – Selfridges
One of the oldest candle makers in the world having launched in 1643, French brand Cire Trudon knows a thing or two about candles and fragrance. Cire Trudon candles are manufactured at the Trudon workshop in Normandy using techniques passed down from one generation to the next, covereing every olfactory family. The most iconic and one of our favourites is Joséphine, a floral scented candle with top notes of Bergamot, Kaffir Lime and Spices, middle notes of Chinese Camellia, Egyptian Jasmine and Turkish Rose and bottom notes of Iris, White Musks, and Santal d’Indonésie.
In 1735, Marquis Carlo Andrea Ginori started a porcelain factory in Doccia, Italy, a short distance from Florence. Over the centuries, Ginori made it’s mark in the world of porcelain and homewares and has been found in luxury homes across the globe. In 2021, almost 300 years after its inception, Ginori 1735 ventured into candle making, housing impeccably scented waxes in collectible and refillable porcelain votives, making their pieces a marriage of art and fragrance.
Ginori 1735 Luke Edward Hall Scented Candle 320g Marrakech, $268, Amara
What started off as an experiment in candle making, Boy Smells officially launched in 2015 with a small but amazing range of candles. Developed and designed in Los Angeles using an all-natural blend of coconut wax and beeswax, Boy Smells marries scents in a non-traditional way, blending the masculine with feminine, the bold with the subtle and intense layering within a fragrance family. We are currently loving Petal, an intoxicating layered hyper-floral fragrance, bringing together the old and the new in an exciting and refreshing way.
Swedish artist and product developer Johan Bergelin created the luxury fragrance brand 19-69 after a twenty-four months long collaborative creative process, Bergelin launched in 2017 at Colette in Paris with 5 incredible fragrances. 19-69 has since grown to include 13 perfumes and 9 candles in it’s fragrance range. 19-69 fragrances are perfectly genderless and will take you on an olfactory journey, no matter your identity. Using iconic events of counterculture throughout history, the year 19-69 the year that represented freedom and tolerance and was the ideal backdrop for a brand with a message.
Multi-disciplinary Danish brand FRAMA uses a combination of experiences and places such as travel, nature, spaces, and stories to inform their product design, including unique home fragrances, all designed to enhance your space. The Japanese-inspried Komorebi candle, which is on high rotation in our home, emits a delicate scent blended with a mix of yuzu, osmanthus, jasmine, and cypress, and is perfect when you’re wanting subtelty over a power-packed fragrance.