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13.2.17

Love is in the air


Love is in the air right now so with that in mind, I've put together an edit of some of the most romantic and sensuous candles and fragrances to try or buy for a gift this Valentine's.


'A true love story' by Sass and Boho -  a relatively new Irish brand of luxury candles - is a prettily packaged candle with a beautiful evocative name - a lovely way to mark your own budding or fully bloomed love story this Valentines. It's a delicate blend of pink Bulgarian Rose and Rose Otto with base notes of musky white amber. Perfect for someone who prefers a lighter scent as it is quite delicate and subtle. For the perfect match team it with this cute apothecary style bottle of matches from Article in Dublin.

Diptyque have re-released their limited edition candle Rosa Mundi for this Valentine's Day. This time they've partnered with Antoinette Poisson, a creator and restorer of domino paper to create an exclusive floral design to decorate the collectionRosa Mundi is a perfect blend of two of the most exquisite roses used in perfumery: Damascena, the Damask rose, and Centifolia, the May rose. It is a divine scent with fresh top notes. Available from Space NK and Brown Thomas.


If you want to create a more sensuous ambiance of l'amour, then I suggest burning Diptyque's Tubereuse' candle with its utterly captivating tuberose scent. Tuberose is a flower whose seductive scent is known to captivate the senses and is the basis for many of the most seductive fragrances ever created like Robert Piguet's legendary fragrance 'Fracas' and my all-time favourite perfume 'Carnal Flower' by Dominique Ropion for Frederic Malle from the exquisite perfume atelier Parfumarija. So intoxicatingly provocative is its scent, that in times gone by, virgins were forbidden to walk through fields of tuberose for fear their innocence would be compromised such was the belief in its power to awaken their sexuality.


Another alluring aromatic is Escentric's Molecule 01. When I worked at Harvey Nichols in Edinburgh this was one of the most popular scents amongst everyone who worked in the beauty hall. Trust me, there is no better group of people to rate a product than those who work with them everyday and it was no surprise to see it voted as the best cult fragrance at last year's InStyle Best Beauty Awards. In complete contrast to traditional perfumes that fall into fragrance families of fresh or floral, woody or oriental etc Molecule 01 is only comprised of the aroma-chemical Iso E Super, which does have a kind of velvety, woody vibe. It smells uniquely provocative on everyone as it positively reacts with the natural pheromones in your skin. It is so alluring that whenever you wear it you can be sure someone will ask you what fragrance you are wearing. Available from Parfumarija and Harvey Nichols.


So whether you wish to envelope your surroundings in an ambiance of love, or want to wear a sensuous scent to waft around your personal aura, there's definitely a sublime scent out there that is a perfect match for you. 





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