Because I'm on a make up spending ban, it inevitably leads me to look for other ways to treat myself. Life in the Modesty Brown household has been extremely stressful for the past couple of weeks. I find the idea of beautiful scents in the home really appealing and I think it's an ideal way to de-stress. I've been lusting after some amazing luxury scented candles recently and wanted to tell you about them in case you hadn't come across them before.
I first came across the Connock London Kukui Oil range through Lady of the Lane's posts. It was the candle that really stood out for me. The candle is described as being 'infused with the sensual, exotic fragrance of Hawaiian flowers. Floral notes of Gardenia and Jasmine blend into a warm, woody, sultry base'. I imagine myself lighting this once the children have been tucked up in bed and letting my imagination drift off somewhere more exotic.
I was also excited when Charlie mentioned that the candle scents the room even when unlit. As much as I like rooms to smell nice, I'm not happy to use plug in fragrances with small people around. So this sounds like an ideal alternative. It certainly looks far more appealing, I'm sure you'll agree!
My other candle lust is reserved for Jonathan Ward Candles. I've read some wonderful reviews of these candles and it really peaked my interest. Not only do the smells sound amazing, I love the ethos of the brand. They are committed to sustainable and environmentally sound manufacture process, even the packaging is held together using origami folds rather than using resin or glue. This is something I appreciate a lot. The candles are also made with 100% organic wax base.
There a five different candle collections, the most recent being the Amber Collection launched this month. Of the three candles in this collection, I think Idina's Locket appeals the most with it's soft feminine amber layered over peppery rose description. I also love the sound of Walk in Machu Picchu, described as a dark pink vanilla butterscotch. It sounds sumptuous and as I'm unlikely to ever visit Machu Picchu in person, I'm happy to take a journey up the mountain of my imagination with this rich scent as company.
I think candles make lovely gifts (husband, please take note if you are reading) and really perk up my evenings when the dark nights set in. Are you a fan of scented candles? Do you have any particular favourites?
Connock London products are available from beautique.com, Fortnum and Mason, and Urban Retreat, the candle is priced £36.80. Jonathan Ward Candles are available from their website as well as Wholefood stores and other selected stockists. Candles cost £20 for 185g and £30 for 240g.