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Nest’s Triple Play



Diana Vreeland wrote in a memo to a member of her Vogue staff: “By far and away the most important fragrance is the fragrance of a house as it is the ambiance of the owner.” I certainly concur with the legendary EIC and it seems that Laura Slatkin, the founder, CEO, and visionary behind Nest Fragrances, also agrees. She partnered with not just one but three notables from three very different worlds—fashion, beauty, and music—to create scented candles that embody each individual’s take on the festive season that is fast approaching.

For Ken Downing, SVP and fashion director at Neiman Marcus, this obviously entails opulence—the name of his new Nest candle launching exclusively at the department store in late October. Instead of your classic balsam fir fragrance done in shades of green and red, Downing incorporated exotic notes of black orchid, sandalwood, Malaysian patchouli leaf, and Mirabelle plum. The glass vessel is decorated in a magenta and gold pattern inspired by William Morris (a nineteenth-century artist and designer known for his prints).

To play off Aerin Lauder’s personal collection of Venetian glass, Slatkin created a hand-blown, brushed-gold vessel to hold the Fireside & Fir fragranced wax. Comprising Mediterranean cypress, fir balsam, black amber, and white birch, this eau smells smoky but soft. Even better, the sophisticated scent and packaging allow you to burn the fragrance far after the tree has been put on the curb or the menorah packed away.

And for Sir Elton John, one would expect his abode to be scented with nothing other than Fireside, a smoky vanilla and juniper berry blend that is reminiscent of an old English estate laden with leather-bound books, blazing hearths, and, of course, a grand piano. Even better, 20 percent of the proceeds from the sale of his candle are donated to his AIDS foundation.

There really is no place like home for the holidays—especially when it smells as divine as one of these distinctive creations.

Opulence by Ken Downing, $40,; Aerin Fireside & Fir, $68, available in November at; Sir Elton John’s Fireside, $38,

Photo: Courtesy of Nest

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