Fragrance


Being a lover of luxury candles and scents, I always have the scented candles on rotation for a specific season. I do have a few on my favorite candles from Cire Trudon, which I reviewed here, they are very much loved and on rotation. I am so glad to share one of the three new candles from the Christmas 2018 collection. Cire Trudon brings ancient Egypt back to life for Christmas with the trio of three timeless scented candles: outstanding pyramids (Cire Trudon Gizeh), an Egyptian God (Amon), and an island on the Nile River (Philae).

Cire Trudon Gizeh Scented Candle Christmas 2018

The three exclusive scents this festive season have traditional incense, notes of papyrus and the comforting presence of a candied-firewood hearten the soul. The collection celebrates ancient Egypt’s evocative power: the visionary architecture of the Gizeh Pyramids; the strength of Amon, a revered, mysterious God; and the timeless geography of Philae, a protected island on the Nile River. Regarding the packaging, the handcrafted boxes have hieroglyphs and acronyms hint at the enigmatic civilization: an eye, a branch of papyrus, a sculptural eagle or a helping hand mimic ancient tales. Standing out, the name of each scented candle is written in a distinct manner that suggests a treasure, geography, or secret divinity. There is gold on the inside, the three candles come in off-white, watery green, and mosaic pink colored glasses. The trio is called ‘Odeurs d’Egypte’ and reveals the sacred nature of Egypt’s ancient rituals and myths.

Cire Trudon Gizeh Scented Candle Christmas 2018

Out of the trio, I have Amon which I am really enjoying for the festive season. It has mosaic-pink packaging -hand-blown Italian glass, adorned with the signature Cire Trudon gold label. The Amon is an homage to the mysterious ancient Egyptian ‘hidden god’ that, as the myth has it, no one could set eyes on. Encapsulating this mysterious story, this candle is scented with notes of traditional incense, subtly sweet patchouli and vanilla-like tonka bean, opening with head notes of rose and aldehydes and carried on an irresistibly woody base of sandalwood and cedar. Golden inside with a mosaic-pink exterior, the beautiful jar makes a great addition to any roo

The notes of the scent are:

Head: Rose, Aldehyde

Heart: Patchouli, Tonka Bean

Base: Cedar, Sandalwood

Cire Trudon Gizeh Scented Candle Christmas 2018

The candle has a distinct woody scent that evokes age-old history. The burn time of the candle is 65 to 70 hours.

It is a stunning addition to any bedside table, desk or mantelpiece. If you are a scented candle lover or want to add a touch of luxury on your bedside, vanity, or living room, I highly recommend you to check out this beautiful candle. Cire Trudon Scented Candles are available at Gravity PopePutti Fine FurnishingPink Tartan, Avenue Road, and KANDL Artistique.

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Roos & Roos is a new brand to me and since I read about the story behind the brand, it made me more excited to try this fragrance, Roos & Roos Nymphessence, from the house. The brand was founded by two women, a duo of mother and daughter, Chantal and Alexandra Roos. Just to mention here that Chantal Roos was involved with the development of some amazing fragrances like Yves Saint Laurent’s KourosParisOpium; Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Mâle; and Issey Miyake’s L’Eau d’Issey. As Chantal Roos is more into Olfaction, Alexandra excels in music, and the team of Mother and Daughter keep the synergy between the two mediums of olfaction and music merge into to become the soul of this brand.

Roos & Roos Nymphessence

’Another day along the riverside you lay,

stunning in the weeds, and when you awaken, gestures candidly

imbued with the grace of nymphs, the woods nearby

take you below to an enchanted world where mingle flowers and fruits,

pears and mandarins, maybe even magnolia…’

Roos & Roos Nymphessence

Nymphessence was launched in 2016. The nose behind the fragrance is Fabrice Pellegrin and Elise Benat.  Fabrice Pellegrin is the nose behind many of the Diptyque and Jo Maloneès amazing scents. Nymphessence is a woody floral fragrance, illuminated by a spicy green freshness, with touches of pink pepper irresistibly tinged with an accord of pear and mandarin. Filled with a smooth floral heart blending magnolia, freesia and orange blossom, the trail vibrates with passion under the intensity of blonde amber woods lying on a bed of white musks. Packaged in a keepsake bottle illustrated by French artist Christophe Brunnquell.

Roos & Roos Nymphessence

At the edge of the forest, along with the riverside, the nymph, symbol of beauty, lives in an enchanted world of flowers and fruits.

Fragrance Notes:

Top: gourmand freshness with pear and mandarine

Heart: magnolia, freesia, orange flower

Base: blonde amber woods and white musks

Roos & Roos Nymphessence

Nymphessence is a nice everyday fragrance for me, it is not overpowering on my skin. I like woody floral musk in general but specifically in the colder months. The fragrance is light, crisp, and has a nice freshness to it along which is very subtle but can be totally felt. Despite the musk as a base, it is very much wearable during the day and even at work. It is available at Roos & Roos Online, so-avant-garde.com

 

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Home fragrances are something I have always been pretty much into and for me, relating scents to the moments is part of my everyday life. Same is with the weather and seasons, occasions and relaxations – I always like a scent complimenting that moment. I came across Lumira almost a year ago and finally able to share with you guys about the brand and the candles – ‘Lumira Tuscan Fig and Sirocco Candle’ I have been enjoying from the brand. I know there was so much interest on the candle and the brand when I first posted about it on my Instagram. Lumira fragrances are luxurious with the high quality of their ingredients, with attention to each detail on the scent as well as the packaging, most importantly, the ambiance they create.

Lumira Tuscan Fig and Sirocco Candle

I will first start with some introduction to the brand. Lumira was founded by Almira Armstrong in 2013. The scents are infused with the highest quality of fine fragrance oils reminiscent of places both near and far. The collection of Lumira’s luxury lifestyle essentials are a celebration of beautiful scent, sophisticated design and the spirit of travel.  The power of fragrance to trigger the senses, a memory, and even a person’s emotional state is the inspirations that led to the creation of the Lumira brand.

Throughout the ages, the power of scent has been harnessed to inspire, to comfort, to transport, and to enliven the spirit. A nostalgic or exotic fragrance possesses the unique ability to instantly engage our imagination and stir our sensory memory, invoking the warmth and familiarity of home, or allowing us to momentarily transcend everyday life.’

Lumira Tuscan Fig and Sirocco Candle

Each candle from the brand is handcrafted using all-natural soy wax, cotton wicks, and the finest essential and fragrance oils that have been hand-picked by a collection of world-renowned perfumers. The burn time for both the candles is around 80 hours.

Lumira Tuscan Fig luxury scented candle

Lumira Tuscan Fig luxury scented candle is a luscious herbal blend with a deep earthy base, topped with notes of sweet blackcurrants and musk. It is inspired by the rustic, sun-scorched hills of Tuscany intertwined with gnarled vines and olive groves, and the solitary rows of fig trees, each embellished with succulent purple and green fruits. This candle is perfect to refresh and warm any space.

Lumira Tuscan Fig and Sirocco Candle

Notes
Top: fig leaves, fig tree
Middle: mimosa petals, blackcurrant, cedarwood
Base: iris, musk, patchouli

Lumira Sirocco

Lumira Sirocco luxury scented candle named in honor of the great North African wind that extends across the Mediterranean Sea and into Southern Europe. The candle boasts top notes of tangerine and cumin, anchored by Moroccan cedar, vanilla, and sandalwood to create a sultry, tempting scent reminiscent of Tangier’s bustling souks laden with leatherware, spices, and sweet delights.

Notes
Top: citrus, tangerine
Mid: herbaceous, pine, cumin
Base: Moroccan cedar, American cedar, vanilla, sandalwood, moss

Lumira Tuscan Fig and Sirocco Candle

Inspired by American minimalist Ellsworth Kelly, Sirocco is part of the exclusive Collezione Bianca, a private luxury scented candle collection of three fragrances, carefully created with the purpose that each individual fragrance can be burnt at a specific time of the day. Collezione Bianca is a tribute to the beauty, simplicity, and purity of Kelly’s relief works, combined with an exploration in premium, exotic fragrances to enhance our daily rituals with a sense of style and ceremony. The Collezione Bianca candles are handcrafted in Australia and housed in the hand-made glass with cotton wicks.

‘Below are some recommendations by the brand to care and ensure the longevity of Lumira candle:

  • To ensure an even and smoke-free burn, the wick should be trimmed to a length of 5mm each time before lighting. Candles should never be left burning unattended and discontinue when 10mm of wax remains to prevent cracking.
  • In order to get the most out of your LUMIRA candle, burn it until the entire surface of the candle melts. Wax has ‘memory’ so it will follow the first burn so make sure not to extinguish the candle until the whole surface has melted.
  • To preserve the fragrance, do not burn your candle for more than four hours at a time and turn the wick into the wax to extinguish so that there is no smoke created.
  • Do not leave a candle burning unattended. Keep away from children, curtains, and pets.
  • Always protect the table or surface on which the candle rests.’

Lumira Tuscan Fig and Sirocco Candle

Lumira I have been really enjoying the candles and the warmth they bring to my home and ambiance. There are travel versions also available for all the scents which are perfect for taking your favorite scents along when traveling or if you want to try the scent. As someone who relates scents with memories, I love the scents and they are both perfect to have. The scents are not too strong or something that might be uncomfortable for family and kids around. The candles do exude luxury whiles providing comfort and escapism to all that encounter their blissful fragrance.

Lumira candles are available at atelierlumira.com, Selfridges (UK),  and Barneys (USA).

 

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Ben Gorham, the founder of Byredo, has been recognized for his personal style and connection to fashion and art in several international magazines such as French Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, V Magazine and Fantastic Man to name a few. Ben began to be intrigued by scent and memory after traveling to his mother’s hometown in India, where he was stirred by the aromas of spices and incense.

Byredo Eleventh Hour Eau de Parfum

Founded in 2006, Byredo’s scented candles and perfumes have been developed with an understated approach, using simple composition of the highest quality raw materials which has a cult following of its own now. This new fragrance launched this year, 2018 has been my go-to since last few weeks, it is so unique and beautiful that I am so obsessed with it. The nose behind Eleventh Hour is Jerome Epinette.

Byredo Eleventh Hour Eau de Parfum

Byredo Eleventh Hour is an exploration around the smell of things ending, a journey to the end of the Time, the last perfume on Earth. This is very unconventional for a fragrance to have this inspiration but if you see on the deeper level, the inspiration is rooted in issues affecting our environment.

Byredo Eleventh Hour Eau de Parfum

‘I want to travel until I did not have to search anymore. Today I know that life is a journey that brings you to the end of the world, a return to the harmony we have lost.’, says the great Swiss explorer Ella Maillart, who in 1951 was one of the rare Westerners to reach Nepal rise, the highest places will be the last refuges and zones that were once considered hostile to humans will become shelters.

Notes of the fragrance are:

Top: Ban Timmur, Bergamot

Middle: Carrot Seeds, Rum, Wild Fig

Base: Cashmere Woods, Tonka Bean

Byredo Eleventh Hour Eau de Parfum

‘The top notes, led by the peppery and citrus accents of Ban Timmur, take us to the Nepali highlands, where this plant grows. Wild fig, the first forbidden fruit, is the heart note of Eleventh Hour. A symbol of desire, its sweet and captivating scent encapsulates the smell of danger. From the warmth of tonka beans combined with Cashmere Woods notes emanate an energetic radiation, similar to that released by our solar plexus when it opens wide. As if a bond was recreated between man and cosmos.

Byredo Eleventh Hour Eau de Parfum

Overall, a very unique creation. From the pepper and cloves in the opening, and then to the amalgamation of spices and wood is marvelous. It makes it more balanced and unisex. The longevity of the scent on my skin is over 8 hours and I can still smell it when I press my nose close to the wrist. It is a lovely scent and perfect for fall and winter, a faint creaminess fruitiness underneath the spices and wood which does soothe the nerves and is very comforting like the feeling of warmth anyone needs in this season and throughout the season. I can totally see myself wearing it a lot this season.

Byredo Eleventh Hour is available at Byredo.com, Holt Renfrew, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Net-A-Porter

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The holiday season is almost here and all I can think of is the limited edition gift sets and gorgeous products that are all over the stores making it more and more difficult to choose the right gift. This post kicks off my series on my special recommendations I chose for you guys for the upcoming season. Acqua di Parma has a festive Gift Set of Chinotto di Liguria essentials presented in a gift box beautifully illustrated by the British artist Clym Evernden linked here. The Chinotto di Liguria gift set includes a 75ml eau de toilette, a 40ml moisturizing shower gel, and a new 50ml spray body lotion, infused with the refreshing and lively signature citrus scent of the Mediterranean landscape. I have details on the Chinotto di Liguria eau de toilette and the spray body lotion in this editorial.

Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Chinotto Di Liguria

Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Chinotto Di Liguria eau de toilette is a refreshing and lively scent from Liguria for men and women. This refreshing scent encapsulates Italy’s coastal Chinotto and mandarin trees. The nose behind the fragrance is Francois Demachy, he is also the nose behind four other Blu Mediterraneo perfumes including this one. The note that is focussed and is also in the name of the fragrance is Chinotto which is a rare Mediterranean citrus. The citrus notes are combined with jasmine, geranium, rosemary, and cardamom. Patchouli and musk evoke nature and wellbeing. The notes of the fragrance are: Chinotto, Mandarin, Jasmine, Geranium, Rosemary, Cardamom, Patchouli, and Musk

Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Chinotto Di Liguria

‘Chinotto, the rarest and most precious citrus fruit, is a bittersweet treasure of Italy. This refreshing and lively scent is inspired by a unique land of contrasts. Like a perfect memory of a sunny morning walk overlooking the sea alongside Chinotto and mandarin trees, this fragrance evokes the delightful embrace of sand and sea. Echoes and sunny touches of jasmine and geranium are refreshed by the energetic notes of rosemary and cardamom. Patchouli and musk evoke the silence and peace of an untouched nature for a pure moment of well-being.’

Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Chinotto Di Liguria Body Lotion is a lightweight and hydrating body mist enriched with almond, olive and grape seed oils to leave skin soft and scented by the fresh and sophisticated notes of Chinotto di Liguria. The fragrance Notes are same as the Eau de toilette: Chinotto, Mandarin, Jasmine, Geranium, Rosemary, Cardamom, Patchouli, Musk.

Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Chinotto Di Liguria

The fragrance is a chypre floral fragrance. It is a fresh summery fragrance and totally reminds me of a beach vacation, so fresh and full of energy. The staying power of the fragrance is around 5-6 hours on my skin and if I follow the eau de toilette after applying the body lotion from the same range, I could smell the scent even longer and it lingers around for a bit more longer time. The scent is not overpowering to me and would be a great gift for anyone going for a vacation, or for yourself for the summer or for a vacation, the set is a great value to try more from the same range.

Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Chinotto Di Liguria gift set and individual products from the range are available at Holt Renfrew, Sephora Canada, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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