Light Christmas

By Jo Phillips

The weather outside may well be frightful, but the logs on the fire add warmth and colour to the room. So what better then than a wafting scent with a small golden glow to finalise the atmosphere? It is the holiday season after all; a time for hopefully gathering with loved ones so the atmosphere is everything. Create joy, laughter, intimacy and every other emotion you wish via the simple lighting of a scented room aid to create a huge ambience. Fragrances always add bigger and better emotions into a room. Meet some of the nicest candles of the season here in Light Christmas. Creative Direction Jo Phillips Images Jeon Seung StudioJeon.com

Shot One. Le Labo candle discovery set which includes three scents. Calone 17 is the light, the sea, and its breeze brought to your living room, transforming your house into a sea cottage. Key Notes: Marine Notes, Geranium and Amber. Laurier 62 beauty comes from chaos sometimes. It is a mess, a beautiful one, coming from a mixture of 62 ingredients. Key Notes: Laurel, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Thyme, Cumin, Clove, Amber, Patchouli and Sandalwood. Finally Vervain 32 This is not your grandma’s herbal tea, but a vibrant homage to the uplifting side of the verbena leaf. Key Notes: Zesty Makrut Lime, Eucalyptus, Galbanum and Violet Leaves. On the righthand side is the Maison-Margiela-Replica set, a mini collection of three candles including Bubble Bath Reignite your memories and transform the atmosphere of any room with this scented candle. An exquisite ‘me time’ of pure wellness. Key Notes: Soap Bubbles accord Coconut Milk accord. Lazy Sunday Morning This aromatic candle will let you transport yourself back to bed, surrounded by the sensation of freshly washed cotton sheets.  Key Notes: Lily of the Valley white and Musks. By the Fireplace Admire the gracious dancing flames of a smoky fire, wrapped in a blanket with roasted marshmallows. Key Notes: Chestnut Accord and Red Berries.

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Shoot Two. A collaboration scent candle from Emilio Pucci & Acqua di Parma A gift full of atmosphere, that encourages the joy of coming together and sharing a special time of year. Key Notes: Pine oil, Birch and Guaiac wood. In the centre of the image is the Maison TRVDON – Gloria A Trudon classic, this iconic candle fits all occasions; perfumes every room. Gloria warms the room with the scent of firewood. Key Notes: Indonesian Patchouli, Haitian Vetiver and Cedarwood. Finally the D.S & Durga Prime Chanukah candle; a celebration of the Jewish holiday. The ritual oil of miraculous power and includes Citroen, Laurel leaf at the top followed by Cedar of Lebanon and Olive finally falling into Incense and Benjoin.

Shoot Three. From the LCDC characters from the entourage of Caterina De’ Medici by Ginori is the 1735 Italia – La dama (symbol of grace) A candle made from wax melted inside a cylindrical sculpture in white porcelain whose lines depict a feminine face with ethereal elegance. She is the one everyone is talking about making her flame burns more brightly. A fresh, light, floral fragrance, evoking memories of the scent of the Tuscan hills in full spring bloom. Next comes Fredrick Malle, Nicolas beau lieu, Country home candle The formidable fireplace of a Scottish country pile: flames crackle over logs in the hearth, blackened by decades, perhaps centuries too of soot. Key Notes: hard-grained leather & a host of woods. Then comes the Tom Ford: Private Blend Tobacco Vanilla, candle. Tom Ford’s affection for London inspired this scent, reminiscent of an English gentlemen’s club, redolent with spice. Key Notes: Creamy tonka bean, Vanilla, cocoa, dry fruit accords and sweet wood. Finally the Eight & Bob: Lord Howe, Mer de Tasman Bob candles are made through a delicate handmade process. Their exclusivity is based on a demanding selection of 100% vegetable wax based on a paraffin-free formulation. Key Notes: Pepper, Grapefruit and Geranium.

Shoot Four. Housed in the perfect red container is the Floral Street – Midnight Tulip candle. The iconic black Tulip forms the centrepiece of this scent, a darkly brooding blend to while away the night. Key Notes: Cassis, Incense and Patchouli. Cochine, Orange Amère and Star Anise, a rich, winter fragrance created from many layers that is the perfect scent for glamorous winter evenings. Key Notes: Orange Amère (Bitter Orange) Star Anise, Hints of – Clove, Nutmeg and Cinnamon leaf, Base notes of Vanilla and smoky Guaiacwood.

Shoot Five. Gold and white this special edition Lalique Noir Premier, Plume Blance 1901, candle. The decoration is inspired by the peacock, an iconic Art Nouveau motif and a recurring theme in René Lalique’s work, find verdant Violet leaf, zesty Cardamom, sparkling Mandarin and vibrant pink Pepper add a pop of colour to this iridescent accord in the top notes. With its Cinnamon and Vanilla facets, Benzoin resin brings its golden ivory tones. An ebony backdrop of smooth Tonka bean and Patchouli. Dynamic red housed in a black casing is the Lalique Volcano Maui Hawai another limited edition piece. As Hawaiian legends tell, the summit of the younger volcano Haleakalā was home to the grandmother of the demigod Maui who helped him to capture the sun in order to lengthen the day for the Hawaiian islanders. This shear force is echoed in the candle’s shattered dark glass uncloaking the volcanically red wax beneath it. Key Notes: Orange with the explosiveness of Cinnamon, which is complemented by the earthiness of brown Sugar, verdant Violet leaf, zesty Cardamom, sparkling Mandarin and vibrant pink Pepper. Right top is the  Oskia and Temperley London LOVE Massage Candle designed using the purest natural ingredients including Beeswax, Soybean and Coconut oil, this luxurious massage candle is the ultimate way to smooth and soothe. Top notes are dominated by beautiful florals including Rose and Amyris combined with deeper, musky Patchouli, while sensuous base notes of Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Guaiacwood add voluptuousness and depth.

Shoot Six. Bright Fushia candle by Mathew Williamson Jaipur jewel captures the essence of India’s bustling and vibrant pink city. A heady mix of incense, spices and woody notes combined with natural accents of Juniper and Cinnamon. The purple metallic candle is by Boy Smells Hypernature Rhubarb Smoke Notes of white Birch, lush Ivy and wild Fig intertwine with Rhubarb and Violet leaves to create a scent with deep roots in the past and a fruitful future. Divine Papyrus, Incense and brewing black Tea leaves give a damp, forestal base to this scent. Les Senteurs Forêt Foray Les Senteurs’ first candle collection is inspired by the history of the Hawksley and Nicholson families, who came together to become Michael and Betty Hawksley, the co-founders of Les Senteurs. The inspiration for this candle was a spectacular winter holiday in Vermont. It couldn’t have been more magical; a log cabin, mountains, deep crisp snow, all the family assembled, and an inglenook fireplace around which to warm oneself Top: Elemi resin, Fir balsam, Vetiver. Heart: Amber, Cedarwood, Oakmoss. Base: Cypriol, Cashmere woods and Patchouli.

Shoot Seven. Left the white candle is Jo Loves Log fires This comforting blend of smooth, smoky wood is laced with Lapsang Souchong Tea instantly bringing the scent of a roaring log fire to life. Key Notes: Woodfire, Ceder oil, Guaiac wood oil and Black leather. Next comes the Skandinavisk: SNÖ, winter light, 2 wick candle. Nature’s treasured light through the deep Scandinavian winter, a shining frosted blanket against the dominating darkness. Key Notes: Frozen forests, Frosted berries and Subzero skies. At the front in green glass is the Skandinavisk: SKOG, calm of the boreal Forrest, 3 wick candle This scented candle explores the fragrances of the Boreal forests covering over half the Scandinavian lands, stretching from the southernmost county of Sweden to the Arctic Circle. Key Notes: Pine needles, Fir cones, Birch sap and Woodland lily. At the back find the Elemis  Orangery Candle  A sweet-floral ambience candle bringing the Mediterranean into your home. Key Notes: Neroli and sweet Orange meets Petitgrain.

Shoot Eight. The set of three mini candles by Eym candles Combined in a gift set, and include the Rest Mini Candle the Home Mini Candle and the Soul Mini Candle. The shallow but wide glassware enables an excellent throw with all the aromatherapeutic benefits of the larger products. Rest contains Camomile, Lavender and Sweet Orange. Home, contains Camomile, Geranium and Rose. Soul contains Neroli, Orange Blossom and Ylang Ylang. Next comes Maison Margiela Replica Whispers in the library evokes the memory of a mysterious library made of antique woodwork with Vanilla perfume and the woody scent of Cedar. last but not least the Aromatherapy Associates candles set  This indulgent gift set of 3 mini votives filled with essential oils. Transform your home and reset your mind, body and spirit with luxurious wellbeing. Find, Deep Relax,  with naturally-sedating Vetivert, soothing Camomile & comforting Sandalwood, mini De-Stress contains clarifying Frankincense, calming wild Camomile & focusing Petitgrain, and the Revive mini contains Grapefruit, Rosemary & Juniper Berry, wild Camomile (Moroccan) and Petitgrain.

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