BURNING RATE

It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I have something of an obsession with scented candles. A rather fancy obsession; limited to those beyond a certain price bracket. Although many things in life do not justify their elevated cost (nail varnish, mascara, certain clothes, all ice lollies, face wash, art, housing), there are certain things that only get better the more nut-wrenchingly expensive they become (plasters, perfume, fabric, white goods, room spray). Even though there is nothing more ephemeral than burning wax, candles fall firmly into the latter lap of luxury. Certain brands manage to permeate the air with soft musk or warm fig scent for the twenty pound mark; but these are rare finds, like the Dior dress in the charity shop 99p bin because all the ladies were away on sorting day. From twenty to forty is the wax vacuum; nothing exists within its expanse. And after that, there is Diptyque. There is also of course Bella Freud (edgy), Jo Malone (Royal Wedding recreationists), Roja (probably for people that know him), Le Labo (for utilitarian apron-wearers who would secretly like to buy their boyfriend a personalised card from Clintons), and then some so expensive their makers could easily be tried for embezzlement. But the one rule for candle buying was ever thus; once you’ve chosen the most divine scent, ensure you like the pot. They make very useful mini vases, pen holders, button jars, or, drumroll… candle holders. And if you’re going to recycle them, which you should, you need them to look as good as they smelled, before all that cash went up in smoke.

Brass vase: Marche aux Puces, Port de Vanves, Ceramic vase: Chris Keenan, Ceramic birds: Tomlinsons, Tablecloth: Mary Magdalen Foundation, Candle pots: Diptyque, Bowl: Cornucopia

Brass vase: Marche aux Puces, Port de Vanves, Ceramic vase: Chris Keenan, Ceramic birds: Tomlinsons, Tablecloth: Mary Magdalen Foundation, Candle pots: Diptyque, Bowl: Cornucopia

 

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BIJOU NOEL

If you don’t have space for a tree, you have two options: make space, or don’t. There are many benefits to making a gap for a lovely pine-scented spruce. The spiky edges nudge the armchair/sofa/table it jostles with, reminding the room that something out of the ordinary is afoot, the aroma fills the air with something a Bella Freud candle cannot, and it provides yet another canvas for baubles, fairy lights and other trinkets. There are also however, a number of drawbacks to buying, installing, and living in a small space with a Christmas tree. The spiky edges nudge the armchair/sofa/table it jostles with, reminding the room that something out of the ordinary is afoot, the aroma fills the air with something a Bella Freud candle cannot, and it provides yet another canvas for baubles, fairy lights and other trinkets. You decide.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Merry Christmas sign and baubles (on string): Paperchase, Milk Pail: vide grenier, Jura, Blue bowl: Falconware, Paper laterns: Compendium (au), Fairy lights: Happy Shopper, Paper laterns: Chris Barrett, Red berries: Tomorrow's People, Kennington

Merry Christmas sign and baubles (on string): Paperchase, Milk Pail: vide grenier, Jura, Blue bowl: Falconware, Paper laterns: Compendium (au), Fairy lights: Happy Shopper, Paper laterns: Chris Barrett, Red berries: Tomorrow’s People, Kennington