Scented candles with Parisian attitude
When it comes to simple everyday luxuries, scented candles are one of the easiest ways to add a subtle ambience to any room. It's not always easy to navigate your way through the huge array of different scents on offer though. My advice is to go with your first impressions, and with scented candles for me these are likely to be formed based on a combination of the memories and associations a particular scent holds, the quality of the product and perhaps also an element of surprise derived from an unexpected or unfamiliar top note, all of which should have the effect of both stimulating the senses and making you feel instantly at ease.
The collection that I recently received from Germauld Paris 1947, certainly fits all of the above criteria. Each candle is made from a carefully selected blend of ingredients mixed with high quality vegetable wax, to give a slow clean burn that maximises their fragrant effects.
Inspired by a romantic promenade through the Parisian streets around the Seine, the 6 fragrances in the collection take their names from key points en route: Place de la Madeleine; Quai des Tuileries; Avenue de L'Opéra; Boulevard Haussman; Rue du Cloître Notre-Dame and Pont des Arts.
Like a classic French situationist meander, each candle connects with a cherished memory, narrative or key moment in the life of Mademoiselle Simone, the founder of Germauld, and her love of her home city.
I've tried out many different luxury scented candles and these really are some of the best I've come across. The scent is strong but not overpowering, and they fill my living room with a blissfully subtle hint fragrance even when unlit.
My favourite is Boulevard Haussman, with top notes of petitgrain, lemon and bergamot, middle notes of iris, tuberose, ylang ylang, leather and opoponax and heady base notes of vanilla, patchouli, amber and tuberose.
Just reading the ingredients alone is enough to put me in a relaxed state of mind.
Photography & styling by Design Hunter.