5 posts tagged "candle"
This weekend marks the last of the lazy days of summer—steamy late nights, sand-sprinkled car floors, and rooftop barbecues. But the Tilly candle by Rosie Jane—her latest scent named after youngest daughter Matilda—captures the essence of a beachside afternoon in soy wax (with a burn time of sixty hours). The typical olfactory suspects of gardenia, coconut, and citrus evoke the smells of the ocean in the founder’s native Australia and flowers around her home in L.A., but it’s the addition of slightly heady Egyptian and African musk that instantly transports me to days spent lounging on the shores just outside of New York City (which have a vastly different aroma than sweet, tropical locales). These warm base notes give the blend a soft edge that reflects the gray-blue (not vibrant aqua) water of the East Coast and the smell of sunscreen—which many New Yorkers are neurotic about in comparison to tawny-skinned and more laid-back Californians. I plan to keep my favorite season alive long after Labor Day simply by striking a match.
The New York Times recently published a piece focusing on how beauty companies are stepping up their game in terms of luxury fragrances for hair. Moroccanoil, however, made scent its signature (and a major selling point) from the very beginning—infusing all of its products, from the renowned argan-oil treatment to shampoo, with a unique, unisex eau that could only be described as a culmination of juxtaposing spicy, powdery, and fresh notes that work surprisingly well together. While co-founder of the company, Carmen Tal, remains tight-lipped about what exactly comprises the intoxicating aroma, she says, “It’s inspired by one of life’s pleasures that has influenced the creation of all Moroccanoil products, an exhilarating, experiential, and sensorial journey through the Mediterranean.” And in lieu of a hair mist (the direction many brands are going these days), Moroccanoil created a candle to broaden the sensory experience beyond what’s on your head. With fifty hours of burning time, the fragrance consumers crave can now fill their homes and is guaranteed to linger long after their blow-outs bite the dust.
Available in September at moroccanoil.com.
Peony season may have past, but my Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede candle is still going strong. The brand’s latest scent, created by perfumer Christine Nagel, features a delicate floral heart surrounded by a top note of juicy apple and a base of sensuous suede. Since I’m as choosy about the aromas that fill my apartment as those that I spritz on my skin, I am happy to report that the smell of this candle isn’t so strong that it creates a headache-inducing and imposing wall of fragrance; it blends softly into the background. Even better: It lasts a lot longer than the feminine flower that inspired it—burning for up to forty-five hours. As temperatures start to drop this fall, I’ll be sure to keep the wick of this sophisticated candle consistently lit to serve as a reminder that spring (and bouquets of peonies brightening up the shelves of my local bodega) isn’t too far off.
Our mother recently reminded us that yes, even if you are invited to a casual cookout at a friend’s house this holiday weekend, you cannot show up empty-handed. A hostess gift or small token of appreciation should be given, no matter how laid-back the occasion or, in this case, if most guests will be barefoot and in bathing suits. The can’t-fail option for what to bring in our experience has always been a candle: It doesn’t require the hostess to fetch a vase of water or feel obligated to serve anything. Arriving just in time to fulfill this need is Space NK’s Parsley Mint Candle. The newest addition to the apothecary’s botanical-driven Life collection that includes Tomato Rhubarb, Mandarin Grapefruit, and Midnight Jasmine, this crisp burner is composed of fresh hints of green parsley, Moroccan mint tea, cool basil, and herb-y fennel—all ingredients that go over well on a hot summer night. Thanks to the premium-quality wax and braided natural cotton wick, the candle releases its aromatic scent slowly and consistently for a 60-hour burn time, which sounds perfectly generous to us.
When Sam Buffa opened F.S.C. Barber in 2006 as the grooming arm of Freemans Sporting Club, the locally sourced men’s clothing and accessories destination on the Lower East Side, it provided an affordable old-world cut-and-shave refuge for the downtown set’s long-haired, bearded masses. A West Village sister store and a recent move cross-country later, and the concept shop has ignited a resurgence of quality personal care for men. With its stocks of apothecary brands like Malin + Goetz, Baxter of California, and Geo F. Trumper, a trip to F.S.C. Barber means the opportunity to re-up on rosewater astringents, cucumber toners, and, starting this week, an in-house offering simply called Untitled, the first offering of which is a clean-burning candle. The hand-poured soy wax blend boasts a fresh, woodsy scent that mingles cypress, galbanum, and vetiver with lime myrtle and thyme for an aroma that’s made all the more flannel shirt-friendly with its “camper’s” cup packaging. As with most things from Buffa, no detail was overlooked here: The nostalgic, speckled reusable receptacle comes from one of the oldest enamel manufacturers in the United States and the simple pine-and-birch outer packaging is sourced directly from Maine. That it will be a staple at summer barbecues goes without saying.
$55, available this week at F.S.C. Barber locations and www.shop.freemanssportingclub.com.