Candles are one of life’s little luxuries – the ritual of lighting a candle either alone or with family is a special way to relax and unwind …
Interior staging specialist Natasha Rocca Devine has launched the second scented candle in “The Secret Garden” collection, named after her favourite childhood book. Inspired by her Italian heritage and memories of summer travels on the Italian Riviera, the candle has top notes of bergamot and tea rose, with supporting notes of cedarwood and vetiver. Rocca Devine describes the creation of this second candle as a “passion project”, designed during lockdown in tandem with Cork-based candlemaker La Bougie. The Secret Garden brings the scents of outside indoors and is designed to energise and lift moods. With its distinctive art deco-inspired container, which can be repurposed after use, the burn time is 50 hours. The candle is €30 available from www.theinteriorsnrd.com.
The Handmade Soap Company has launched the first candle from its “Anam” range, the Irish word for “soul”. Of the new Coriander Seed, Geranium and Vetiver candle, brand founder Donagh Quigley says: “I think of colour when creating candles. For this first Anam candle I was thinking of Tullynally Gardens in Westmeath in full bloom, the magnificent colour of the light green spilling into orange, the rose garden tipping into the sunset. When you light this candle, you are transported to a hazy late summer’s evening, with the gentle hum of the birds and bees around you. You get that feeling of winding down, surrounded by harvest blooms”. Presented in an apothecary-style jar, decorated in Co Offaly, the candle has a burn time of approximately 75 hours. Priced at €35, it is available to purchase from the brand’s website www.thehandmadesoapcompany.ie or www.brownthomas.com.
Arlene McIntyre is the founder of Ventura, one of Ireland’s leading interior design firms and furniture manufacturers. The Ventura Collection candle range, with scents such as Japanese Yuzu, La Vie and L’Amour, is cast by hand, using vegetable waxes and Grasse perfumes. The candles’ lead-free cotton wicks ensure a long and clean burn. Ventura’s latest candle is the Abbraccio, which means “hug” in Italian. Inspired by the idea of lying on uncut grass in the countryside on a warm, sunny day, the main component of this calming candle is vetiver. As a lovely gift to send someone, a donation of the proceeds from the sale of this candle will go directly to children’s charity Barnardos. Prices start at €39, for the full range visit www.ventura.ie.
Created by perfumer Lucy Hegarty, La Bougie candles are created in her West Cork perfumery using aromatics and botanical oils from around the world. Hegarty’s candles have a cult following and are now available to purchase in Avoca. For those new to the brand, some of her most iconic scented candles are Mission Fig, Honeysuckle & Sea Salt, or Sage & Bitter Orange. For something more exotic, why not try Coconut & Hibiscus, €25. Hegarty describes this as “my Indian Ocean fragrance … the beautiful night blooming jasmine with narcotic ylang ylang and paired with breezy, salty coconut captures the essence of this magical place.” Definitely one for armchair travellers to savour. To shop La Bougie’s fragrances, scented candles, diffusers and gifts go to www.avoca.com.
Soilse Candles, meaning light or brightness in Gaelic, was set up by Karen Lavelle in Dundalk in 2013. Like many entrepreneurs (such as Jo Malone and Estee Lauder) Lavelle started her brand from her kitchen table, initially making handmade gifts for friends. Now the brand has high profile fans such as Anya Taylor-Joy from The Queen’s Gambit, as well as clients on both sides of the Atlantic. Lavelle is inspired by outdoor life and blends individual scents inspired by her travels and coastal walks along the Irish shoreline. Lavelle’s latest candle, Strand, is a floral marine scent. Combined notes of water lily and sea salt water sit on a base of amber and driftwood. The candle comes in a pretty apothecary amber jar, €18.50; www.soilsecandlecompany.ie.
Ella Kennedy is an excellent example of someone pivoting as a result of the pandemic. A former private chef, Kennedy decided to change career learning a new skill last summer. Using the converted barn at her home in Co Wicklow as a laboratory, she set about creating small batches of candles and soaps using neither synthetic nor petrochemical ingredients. “Everything I make uses high quality essential oils for scent, soy wax and cotton wicks. I also use organic Irish rapeseed oil as the base for my soaps.” Having launched her brand Bread & Weather online, stockists now include Killruddery House in Bray and The Ballymaloe Shop in Cork. Perfect scents for summer include the uplifting Lemongrass and Laurel, the Geranium and Vetiver or the Rosewood and Lavender, each €22. Why not send a Gift Box to a friend, which includes the candle of your choice plus two soaps, all packaged using recycled paper, featuring a picture of the barn in Co Wicklow, €26; www.breadandweather.ie.
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