SCENTS OF THE SEASON : SPRING CANDLES
Because nothing quite beats the transcendental power of scent, here are six luxe candles guaranteed to bring spring freshness to your home. Winter doldrums, begone.
The White Company are renowned for their affordable [but luxe] contributions to the world of home fragrance. This particular collection [new for 2016] is vibrant and uplifting - the kind of scent that hints at the promise of warmer weather to come. Although citrus is typically summery, this one is less obvious - the fresh, zesty lime is given a softness and complexity that is deepened by the slightly spicy, herbal bay. Sharp, earthy, and clean, all you need is a long evening and a sun soaked terrace...
Upon first sniff it's easy to see why the inspiration for Mimosa lies in the scenic landscapes of the French Riviera - it's floral without being too perfumed, and as fresh as a bouquet of just-picked blooms - calling to mind the tranquility of a spring morning in the garden. Despite its size and initial subtlety, this classic soon fills the room with its soft and elegant aroma - the next best thing to a spring clean.
Nothing freshens up the home quite like this aromatic blend of fennel, bergamot, rosemary, and pepper, which combine to a heady result that is a far cry from your typical spring floral. It may sound like an odd combination but the scents work surprisingly harmoniously together; crisp and slightly sweet, with an air of luxury and a warmth that makes this the perfect home fragrance with which to transition from spring to summer.
AVEDA Light The Way*
Warm, spicy, and vibrant, this is a ray of sunshine in candle form that really lifts the spirits. The ginger and lily are calming, therapeutic, and surprisingly luxurious - scenting the room like a spa even while unlit. What's more, all proceeds from sales of Light The Way go to Aveda's Global Greengrants Fund, which supports water-related projects in third world countries. Do good, smell good - winning combo.
& OTHER STORIES Bouquet de Saison*
& Other Stories candles are a year-round staple in my home - they're affordable but every bit as luxe as their high-end counterparts. When spring is dragging its feet and the sun has yet to make an appearance, this one provides a welcome distraction from Manchester's rainy reality. A heady floral modernised with an edge of spicy pink pepper, warm mahogany, and a hint of fruitiness ensconced in a hand-dipped votive, it's quite simply lovely.
The extravagant, eye-catching votive is certainly the first thing you'll notice about this candle [the thought of repurposing it will make you feel a little less guilty about burning], but once lit you're guaranteed to be get lost in the rich infusion of cyprus, bergamot, thyme, and vetiver. Gorgeously soft, green, and warm, this scent will automatically transport you to a sun soaked Italian courtyard with its sharp, earthy notes. In fact, city dwellers can expect to turn their flat into a garden with the strike of a match.
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