If you have been reading French Essence since the beginning you will know that candles are one of my great loves… if you have only been reading a short time you will have probably figured that out too… It is no secret…scented candles are my weakness… They are one of those luxuries that I would not want to live without and for me, they make home feel like home… I often travel with a scented candle… silly I suppose… but being a home body means I like the comfort of the familiar.
After my last note about candles… the gorgeous colourful ones I showed you here… I had many messages from readers asking for my favourite brands and scents… I have tried more scented candles than I can name but I always come back to the same place… for fragrance, for value and for burning quality… My best are Diptyque and Cire Trudon… I know there are an endless supply of scented candles on the market…. some cheaper, some more expensive… but these never disappoint… They are consistent in quality and burning time… Their fragrances are superb… true to nature and most importantly… they are not cloying… A scented candle should contribute to the ambience of a room, be subtle and be part of the background… overwhelming fragrances can do the opposite.
I change scents for the season… Autumn and winter are the months that I want to be reminded of the outdoors… home fragrances can be less sweet and more earthy… These are my choices and what I am burning this month.
Baies… a heady mix of black current leaves with a subtle touch of rose
Black Wax Edition… it burns so much longer… here
Feu du Bois… a gentle reminder of wood smoke and wood burning but with just a touch of sweetness… a step back in time and a reminder of childhood days..
(i bought the large ceramic vase edition last christmas… the vase is stunning, the perfect shape and colour… the candle will last me for this holiday season as well)
FROM CIRE TRUDON
Odalisque… inspired by 19th century impressions of the Orient… fresh notes of lemon, orange blossom and grounded with a touch of vanilla…
Limited Edition … here…
Spiritis Sancti… an aromatic incense… lily of the valley and labdanum fused together to create a soft, evocative fragrance…
(sometimes i will burn spiritus sancti and feu du bois together… a wonderful winter combination)
European readers can find Diptyque… here
I am sure if you enjoy candles like I do… these won’t disappoint… Do you change home fragrance for the season? Everybody has a favourite… Tell me… What candles are you burning right now? xv