Lately I have had a slowly unfurling obsession with…candles. Yes, anti-climatic –but candles. So plain and wholesome. Though to be specific, exquisitely scented soy-candles.

I never knew how much they contributed to one’s well-being (aesthetic pleasure aside, the decorative properties of curated glassware an extra). I have now realised –seen the light so to speak –of something that I have usually overlooked and judged as a superfluous ‘luxury’.

Candles are now  indispensable for personal comfort, in manifesting that thing intangible, delicate and rare: ambience.

An ether in which my soul can nestle.

What I am after in a scent is feeling of:

  • Being settled on a couch by the fireplace, with mulled wine, a book in hand and a furry monster on my lap.
  • A smokey jazz club at 2am.
  • Browsing a hidden bookstore named after a Russian poet.
  • Sleeping in a patch of sun streaming down on one’s bed.
  • Autumn.
  • Honey in my tea.
  • The warmth in being held.

Therefore, I love warm, spicy and sensual scents. Things that are comforting and embracing.

My recommendations… Voluspa Baltic Amber Candle, Mark Antonia Autumn Candle, Diptyque Baies Noire Candle, Bastide Ambre Soir Candle, PF Candle Co Amber & Moss and Orange & Cardamon.

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