Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Light My Fire

Light My Fire..

As the nights grow longer and colder, people inevitably turn to the comfort of luxury candles to create ambience in their living space. Diptyque have long dominated the beauty pages of the world's glossiest magazines. However, having recently come across Votivo candles, I personally feel that Diptyque have approached the end of their wick. At £35, Diptyque's offerings are £7 more expensive than Votivo's. This is understandable given their iconic status - but hardly economical given that their olfactory impact is about as noticeable as a slap across the face with a feather duster. Votivo's kaleidoscopic Color collection candles burn for 50 hours and are stocked exclusively at Liberty. They retail for a comparably reasonable £28. That's approximately £1.79 per hour, which seems like a small price to pay for exquisitely scented surroundings. What they lack in price they make up for in aesthetics - and most importantly, strength and complexity of scent. The brand has gained something of an A - List following since their launch in 1994. Madonna, Oprah, P. Diddy and Jessica Simpson are all fans. Each candle is hand-crafted, each tissue hand-wrapped and each pewter seal hand-printed, making each one a true labour of love and all the more special. My personal favourite is the Green Pepper and Coriander candle, it's fresh and invigorating, the perfect antidote to a gloomy Autumn.

Votivo Color Candles are £28 - available exclusively at Liberty


1 comment:

  1. Love this piece.
    One candle that is an amazing find is Belle Fleur's Mayan Tuberose. Who better knows the true scents of flowers than one of the best fleurists in Nyc. Belle Fleur has an entire collection, but I favour this particular aroma...it's totally sublime!

    They are hard to come by, but are at many SpaceNK boutiques in the UK.

    Love Votivo's Red Currant as well...but it has a lot of soot build up.