Christmas Gift Guide 2019 – Candles

Christmas Gift Guide 2019 – Candles

On a cold winter’s night, there is nothing more satisfying than coming home, lighting a candle and enjoying the warm glow and fragrance. Using certain scents within my home whether it be a candle, diffuser or a new room spray, they have all got to pass the Blu Blazer Guy test; Longevity, Intensity and Quality. So here are my favourite ones that will make the perfect gift for Christmas time or simply to warm up your own home.

Acqua Di Parma – Buongiorno
£51.00 – 200g

This is one of my favourite candles simply because it brings me joy when I light it. With its bright yellow packaging and glass vessel this sunny fragrances will certainly add colour to these dark winter nights.

Exuding fresh cut grass and sun-dried linen this fresh and uplifting scent immediately transports you to a sunny morning in Italy. The candle includes notes of Italian Lemon, Mint Leaves, Rosemary, Lavandin, Jasmine, Cedarwood and Musk

Urban Apothecary – Oudh Geranium
£30.00 – 300g

You all know how much I love Oudh in a fragrance, so when I discovered this candle I was immediately captivated by it luxurious scent. It is perfect for this time of year with its smoky and aromatic woody character.

The Oudh is freshened up with the rosy tones of geranium and a beautiful blend of amber, vetiver, patchouli and praline. This candle range have such a great price point for the quality and it’s one I highly recommend.

AHLT – Fygge
£28.00 – 220g

I’ve used this both the candle and diffuser from this company and absolutely loved it. Their range of scented soy candles with luxury fragrance oils are all hand poured in London and smell simply devine.

Fygee is my favourite, blending black fig, cedar wood and tonka bean. The notes blend together beautifully to give off a rich and luxurious smell that fills the air in no time.

Kelly Hoppen Home – Scent One
£25.00 (only £15.00 as at 16/12/19)

I have been obsessed with this scent ever since I discovered Kelly Hoppen Home five years ago. It was one of those candles I had to keep buying and buying due to its unique aromatic, woody and spicy scent.

The fragrance oozes sophistication and the perfect blend of masculine and feminine notes. The notes include Patchouli, Myrrh, Clove and Violet and are perfect at any time of the year.

Tom Dixon – Elements Fire Candle
From £100

If you are looking to splash out then why not treat someone to designer Tom Dixon’s fire candle. The beautiful and luxurious deep red vessel houses an unusual scent that is strangely addictive and intoxicating.

With notes of Cypriot oil, black suede accord, guiiac, wood oil, vertiver oil, amber and musk they all blend together to create a seductively sumptuous and smoky scent.

 Jo Loves – Christmas Layered Candle

£80 – 225g

If you are looking for something a little different then why not try Jo Loves Christmas Layered Candle. Instead of one scent you are getting three festive aromas, all intertwined to ignite memories of the perfect Christmas Day.

 

From Pine, Sweet plum pudding and smoky log fires, this candle takes you on a festive journey of the most beautiful aromas around.

Thank you so much for reading and I have truly enjoyed sharing all my favourite products with you and hope that I have some inspired you to pick the perfect Christmas gifts. Remember to check out my previous blog posts on unisex fragrances, hotel stays, men’s skincare and alcoholic beverages. I wish you all a Merry Christmas.

 

Kahale London – Sustainable Luxury Candles

Kahale London – Sustainable Luxury Candles

I was immediately captivated by Kahale London by their striking monochromatic vibe. Their photos on social media were strikingly different to what I had seen before, especially for marketing a new candle and this only made me even more intrigued.

Kahale London is a new forward-thinking company creating artisan luxury candles in East London. This premium organic wax that is infused with high-quality fragranced oils in hand poured in the UK. Their containers are sleek and stylish matte black, ensuring their candles are designed to not only look great in your home but delicately lace the air with the most exquisite scents.

Their scented candles come in a signature Kahale gift box that can be reused and recycled and £3 from each candle is also given to The Childhood Trust; a charity that supports vulnerable children living in London.

I caught up with Founder Tobias Wamser to find out more about this new and fascinating home fragrance company.

What is the reasoning behind the name Kahale?

Kahale (ka-hah-lay) is Hawaiian and literally translates to house or home. However, the meaning behind it is a much deeper one and originates from the Polynesian tribes. As voyagers, they travelled the oceans to discover new islands to expand their colonies and harvest resources. While the brave men went through the perils of the sea for their people back home, they never forgot who they are and where they are from. They referred to their home island as ‘hale’.

What motivated you to create a Home Fragrance company?

We know that candles are no longer just a home decor product for women. Men are becoming more aware of the benefits of home fragrances and want to express their personality in new ways. We thought there was a gap in the market, as many other luxury candles are a spin-off of the brand’s perfumes for women and simply get re-branded to be attractive to men. But in the end, they’re just not developed as a true unisex product.

Your first fragrance candles are Peony & Oud, Turkish Fig & Vetiver and Black Pepper & Raspberry, what was the inspiration behind these scents?

In home fragrances, there are essentially four main categories of scents: Fruity, Floral, Woody and Fresh. As we decided not to have a huge portfolio of different scents, we decided to go for the one we liked the best from each category. The fragrances also represent the cultural influences that go into a Kahale candle: Oud Wood is hugely popular in the middle east and is one of the most exclusive ingredients in candle making. The Fig fragrance oil is made from Figs that are grown in Turkey, the world’s largest exporting country of the fruit. And the peppercorn is grown in Vietnam and sun-dried to develop its distinctive colour. So, all our fragrances essentially combine two ingredients: one from a distant culture and one from our home country, the UK.

What’s next for Kahale, any new scents or additional products?

We are currently developing a candle with a fresh scent and we are very excited to launch it next summer. However, we want to keep our portfolio small and we currently do not have any plans to expand into new categories such as reed diffusers. Kahale represents urban sophistication and will never be mass-produced.

Can you tell me a little background about the team at Kahale London?

We’re a group of students and had been working on a project about the home decor market together when the idea came up. Personally, I had never even considered buying a candle for myself. But the more I read about it, the more passionate I became about scented candles. So, we slowly started to develop our first scents and experimented with dozens of fragrance oils, wax blends and wicks. It’s been a long journey from the first idea to the final product. But we absolutely love it and are super proud of it.

 

You can Indulge in the urban sophistication of Kahale London by visiting kahalelondon.com

 

Teatro Fragranze Uniche – Luxury Italian Home Fragrance

Teatro Fragranze Uniche – Luxury Italian Home Fragrance

Most of you may know that I am absolutely obsessed with fragrances. For me, fragrances play an integral part of my identity, allowing me to express how I feel and highlight aspects of my personality. Fragrances have the power to change our mood, boost the spirit and evoke old memories. Not only do fragrances allow me to personally smell good but using certain scents within my home to express my individuality is also important to me. Whether it be a candle, diffuser or a new room spray, I have tried them all. However not many have stood out or passed the longevity test, until now at least.

I first discovered Teatro Fragranze Uniche through the lovely Anna Dengina, the exclusive UK distributor. We met in Edinburgh and it was instantly evident that she had a real passion for home fragrances. Whilst travelling to Italy, she became infatuated by an alluring fragrance that laced the air of her hotel. After careful research she immediately sought out this brand. Its luxurious style and its tempting fragrance instantly captivated her. So much so that she had to bring it to U.K for everyone to experience.

Teatro Fragranze Uniche was created by a small group of woman in Florence. They worked with selected perfumers, designers and Florentine artisans to produce an Italian-made range of exquisite home fragrance products. With their in-depth knowledge of artisan perfumes and their ability to keep up with current trends, their products provide a refined slant to the home fragrance market.

Their innovative and creative energy has allowed them to produce a large range of diffusers, candles and room sprays which are all intertwined with a delightful blend of surprisingly unique fragrances.

Candles

As with all Teatro Fragranze Uniche products, their candles are made using only natural essential oils and are poured into eco-friendly glass vessels. So not only are you getting a fantastic quality candle, you can be assured that you are helping the environment at the same time.

My favourite has to be Speziato Fiorentino (Florentine Spices). The fragrance contains a balance of citrus notes with spices and white musk, perfect for this time of the year due to its warming notes!

Diffusers

How many times have you bought a diffuser only to bring it home and the fragrance is either synthetic or underwhelming. You certainly won’t find that with Teatro’s range. These come in a variety of sizes which make them perfect for any home, hotel or business. Having recently had a trip to the Middle East where I became a lover of Oud, Teatro’s Incenso Imperiale (Imperial Oud) does not disappoint. The strong notes of Oud and Incense are cleverly balanced out with wood notes and Tonka bean, taking you on a smokey yet sweet journey. What I adored about this product is that it doesn’t matter what size of diffuser you get, even the small size fills the room with its striking scent.

Room Sprays

With a strong aroma of tobacco delicately intertwined with cloves and sweetened with vanilla beans, their fragrance spray ’Tabacco 1815’ from their luxury collection, is to die for. At first, I was a little apprehensive regarding the mention of tobacco as it can often be very heavy, however it’s not until you spray it that you immediately fall in love with it. Available in 50ml and 100ml this spray has a lasting effect in the air and adds another dimension to your candles and diffusers.

Perfume

Teatro’s home fragrance range has become so renowned, that they have now launched a perfume for the skin based on their most popular fragrance, Tobacco 1815. I’m not really a big lover of when fragrances for the home are made into a wearable fragrance, however, this certainly took me by surprise. Their Tobacco fragrance is spicy, smokey and sweet and lasts a long time on your skin, what more can you ask for?

Also available in sets

For more more information or to buy these amazing products visit www.boutiqueofscents.com

A 10% discount of any purchase online is available using discount code: FESTIVE10 (valid until 31/12/18) perfect for that special Christmas gift.

Exclusive UK distributor:

Anna Dengina

Boutiqueofscents@gmail.com