Forget £2000 handbags, candles are proving to be the new ‘It’ purchase of the season….
When designer Jonathan W. Anderson landed his job at Loewe in 2013, he wanted to add an olfactory dimension to the brand. Seven years later, the first collection of home scents is finally out. The design is based on an ancient Greek mug Anderson bought in an auction. The collection features 11 natural plant scents such as honeysuckle, beetroot, juniper berry, tomato leaves, coriander, liquorice, luscious pea, oregano, cypress balls, ivy and marihuana - all of them developed in collaboration with Loewe's in-house perfumer Nuria Cruelle. BUY HERE.
Olivier Rousteing, the creative director at Balmain, has long been a fan of French Trudon candles (Ernesto, is always lit up in his studio). Joining forces with the iconic Parisian manufacturer, he has created a one of a kind “couture candle,” featuring a gold and black design, inspired by Balmain’s signature mariniere sweaters and styled with gold leaves. How does it smell? Like Olivier’s favourite Ernesto, the candle features leathery and woody notes, gunpowder and cigar notes, offset with a distinctly feminine black rose top note. BUY HERE.
Creative director of Gucci, Alessandro Michele, launched a range of candles three years ago. The baroque-printed porcelain cups are hand-made and arrive directly from Richard Ginori’s atelier - one of the oldest porcelain manufacturers in Italy. There are six scents to choose from: Mehen, Freesia, Inventum, Fumus, Herbosum and Esotericum); and designs ever-evolve (the most recent is called “Souvenir from Rome,” inspired by the romantic symbols of the Eternal City, where Alessandro is based). BUY HERE.
Dolce & Gabbana’s new candle line is inspired by the Italian designer duo’s Sicialian heritage. Each of the six candles - all with classic Italian names such as Il Nostro Giardino, Pino Mediterraneo, Neroli, Gentiluimo, Incenso and Alloro - come in XL ceramic vases, shaped like the famous Sicilian heads and are hand-painted, by Italian artisans from the Caltagirone region in Southern Italy. BUY HERE.
Ex-Calvin Klein Collections design director Francisco Costa launched his natural beauty brand, Costa Brazil, as a way to reconnect with his Brazilian roots. His bestseller is a Vela candle, that smells like the Amazonian forest. Notes of sacred white and black Breu Resin are blended with the essences of wild jungle flora, crushed cypress root and Brazilian vetiver. Sustainability is at the heart of the brand, so when the wax is finished you can use the chic metallic box to keep your most precious objects. BUY HERE.