There’s nothing like a scented candle to brighten your day or night (in more ways than one). I’m a huge fan of heritage brands – like the french label Cire Trudon – and so was thrilled to come across my latest finds – both of which have a wonderful, wealth of history behind them.
The Dublin-based, artisan candle-maker Rathbornes has been pouring wax since 1488, even before Columbus discovered America, and is officially the oldest candle brand in the world. The hand-poured candles are infused with essential oils and are of the highest quality, scenting the home for hours with indulgent fragrances.
The latest collection is called Beyond The Pale, which refers to an Irish saying meaning beyond the city, or the wilds of the countryside, and is made up of six scents inspired by the romance of the Irish landscape.
I’ve plumped for the Wild Mint, Watercress & Thyme – as I love clean, fresh scents for the home. Needless to say this is invigorating and purifying. Inspired by aromatic herb gardens, it contains mint, lemon, eucalyptus, camphor, rosemary, thyme and ginger to conjure up your own wild garden indoors.
Travel size as shown here, £16, from www.rathbornes1488.com (website launches on 1 September 2015).
Next up is the brand, Charles Farris. Dating back to 1845, it is a veritable youngster compared to Rathbornes but nevertheless calls upon its Victorian heritage using the same traditional methods to create luxury, slow-burning candles for the modern day.
Having gained the Royal Seal of Approval when the label launched pillar candles to some of Britain’s most majestic churches – such as Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral, it is now better known for its luxury candles for the home, which are housed in artisan glass.
The range of seven scents and reed diffusers are indicated by simple Roman Numerals on their case (rather than their names) and are created in conjunction with master blenders. The seven fragrances are inspired by the UK’s history, with III Rubus, shown here, evoking berry picking from country hedgerows. It uses aromatic bay, blackberry, freesia and herbs to conjure up a rich, heady scent. Both are literally a breath of fresh air.
Candles, £30, from www.charlesfarris.co.uk