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August 1 2014

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7 posts tagged "candle"

Shen Gets Lit

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shen-candleCandles with origin stories of the far-flung fantasy variety always have a certain wooing ability with us, but so too do the ones inspired by one very specific (and very local) place—like the lovely smoky concoction Le Labo created for the Gramercy Park Hotel, or Whittemore House Salon’s peppery rose scent dreamt up by owners Larry Raspanti and Victoria Hunter. And now Shen, the Brooklyn boutique that has become a go-to for those with more under-the-radar beauty buying tendencies (think Uka nail oil, Amanda Lacey skincare, and RMS and Kjaer Weis makeup), adds a signature candle to its roster. Dubbed Cashmere, the vanilla, patchouli, and lime blend is as soft and warming as its name implies. “Typically my favorite candle is a very heady scent, but when I started thinking about what would represent Shen, it became about something that is clean, classic, and not too overpowering,” says cofounder Jessica Richards. “Timeless and unique, just like Shen.” The name and scent feel luxurious, and so too does the packaging—graphic designer Mark Farrow took his cues from Chanel’s signature black and white. And the candle can already boast one very well-heeled fan: It’s Gwyneth’s new favorite.

$38; shen-beauty.com

Photo: Courtesy of Shen Beauty

Have Cire Trudon Will Travel

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Many of us will be racking up frequent flyer miles this month as we make the journey between the four fashion cities. Arriving just in time to add some ambiance to your hotel room is Cire Trudon’s travel-size candles and room sprays. Some of the brand’s best-selling scents, such as Dada and La Marquise, are now available in portable, TSA-friendly form. The refillable, brushed-brass vial is spill-proof, and the candle residing in handblown glass is no dinky votive—this vegetable wax burns for up to thirty hours. That should get me through a long string of late nights.

Travel Room Spray, $78, Travel Candle, $55; ciretrudon.com

Photo: Courtesy of Cire Trudon

Sixty Hours of Summer

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tillycandleThis 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.

Photo: Courtesy of Rosie Jane

Burning Love

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Moroccanoil CandleThe 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.

Photo: Courtesy of Moroccanoil

In Full Bloom

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jo malone peony and blush suede candle
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.

$65, jomalone.com

Photos: Getty Images and Courtesy of Jo Malone