Friday Favorites: Candles

July 07, 2017

I absolutely love candles. I have a signature scent for our home each season, and I'm always burning a candle when I'm home. And though some people advise against giving anything with fragrance as gifts, I do take exception for candles. I love incorporating a beautiful candle into a gift box, or giving a single, luxurious candle as a stand-alone gift (hint, hint...coming soon!). Particularly suited for housewarmings, host/hostesses, and holidays - candles make a warm, personal gift. 

Our upcoming collection (available in mid-July!) includes many of these candles, and we will soon be offering individual, beautifully-wrapped candles in the shop. So now seemed like the perfect time to feature candles in Friday favorites. 

There are three things I really value in a candle: strength and purity of scent, burn time, and of course, aesthetic/design. These candlemakers have mastered all three.

favorite candles 

left to right by row: Maison Louis Marie L'Etang Noir; Skeem Sweet Balsam; Diptyque Roses; Coqui Coqui Coco Coco; L'Objet 75; Byredo Bibliotheque; Skeem Lemon & Oak; Diptyque Baies; Cire Trudon Positano 

Maison Louis Marie: In 1792, Louis Marie Aubert du Petit Thouars was a pioneer in French botanical history, discovering a vast array of plant specimens. 200 years later, a young Marie du Petit Thouars created Maison Louis Marie, building upon the rich botanical history of her family with luxury candles and perfumes. In addition to having the most pure scents I've ever experienced, their simple design is flawless. Currently burning: L’Etang Noir.

Skeem: Created by husband-and-wife team Geoff and Suji, Skeem offers sophisticated products inspired by their travels and their collection of old books and ephemera. Their beautiful cut glass candles are repurposed into rocks glasses when the candle is finished. I love these for the holidays! Currently burning: Lemon & Oak.

Diptyque: I have never met a Diptyque scent I don't love. In fact, I wear Oyedo perfume daily! Perhaps Diptyque’s most popular scent, Baies (or berries), has an irresistible freshness of a bouquet of roses, sweetened with blackcurrant leaves. My rotation includes Baies, Roses, Oyedo, Pomander. Currently burning: Roses.

Coqui Coqui: The rich tropical aromas of the Yucatan Peninsula inspired Nicolas Malleville to create Coqui Coqui, which is Spanish slang for “coconuts.” Coqui Coqui draws upon the traditions and storied history of the region—from Mayan natives to Franciscan monks to modern white-sand beaches. And their black wax makes them irresistible. Favorite scent: Coco-Coco.

L’Objet: Known primarily for its innovative approach to porcelain and fine objects, L’objet pours candles into beautiful porcelain vessels topped with a brass lid. Their four scents transport you immediately to a place in time meant to recapture a mood. And let’s not even get started on their gorgeous packaging. Favorite scent: 28.

BYREDO: Intrigued by scent and memory after travelling to his mother’s hometown in India, BYREDO's founder created scented candles that reflect his exotic travels. Favorite scent: Cotton Poplin.

Cire Trudon: Still some of the most beautiful candles in the world, Claude Trudon began making candles in his Saint-Honore grocery in 1643. He quickly became a favorite of Louis 15th because of the candles' long burn times and pure white color. Cire Trudon's first store is still in the Saint-Germain-des-Pres neighborhood in Paris, and it is beyond words. And, as someone who truly values packaging, I can say they have the most beautiful gift wrapping I've ever seen (the picture above is from Cire Trudon!). Currently burning: Positano.

a few words of wisdom:

1. Choosing a scent for someone you don't know well can feel tricky. I suggest picking something fresh and bright, steering clear of floral, musky, spicy, or overall perfum-y scents. My favorites for this occasion: Skeem Lemon & Oak and Diptyque Oyedo.

2. When choosing a scent, be mindful of the season. My favorite for the upcoming fall season is Maison Louis Marie's L'Etang Noir, with a rich spice blend of vanilla, anise, nutmeg, ginger & clove. 

3. If you want a slightly more substantial gift than a single candle, hop over to our online shop to see our curated gifts. I'd also suggest pairing a candle with a jar of matches or a wick trimmer.

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