As the summer draws to a close and we move towards the cooler, winter months, one is inclined to retreat inwards, spending more time indoors. Autumn is therefore the perfect time to focus on creating a perfect olfactory experience in the home, filled with flickering candle light and warm, gourmand and smoky notes, manifesting a sense of nostalgia and the idea that home is the only place you want to be.
An ambient atmosphere can be created with the perfect mix of candles and home fragrance. Cire Trudon is the world’s oldest and most revered candle manufacturer, renowned for its rich and royal narration, the strength of its legacy and its genuine commitment to quality. Start with Ernesto, their most famous scent, with moody notes of leather and tobacco combined with rum, clove, oakwood, patchouli, moss and amber.
A magical way to indulge in the romanticism of Cire Trudon is with La Promeneuse, a decorative home fragrance object designed to diffuse the house’s famed fragrances. After placing a scented wax cameo in the piece’s ceramic dish, a night-light is lit beneath it, causing the heated wax cameo to melt and spread its fragrance into the air.
Another essential from the collection are the iconic room sprays. These are perfumed decorative items; bottles are hand-made by an Italian glassmaker in Vinci. These can be used to fill your room with a beautiful scent or used on curtains and soft furnishings.
Another long-revered fragrance house, British brand Floris, has a beautiful collection of home fragrances dating back to the 1800s. My favourite for winter months is the Cinnamon & Tangerine or Sandalwood & Patchouli Candle.
A more contemporary offering comes from famed niche house L’Artisan Parfumeur. The house has just relaunched with a magnificent offering of personal and home scents. L’Artisan’s ‘Bougies Parfumees’ are handcrafted in Grasse, France, with each housing the brand’s most famous scents. Personally, for autumn, I adore Thé et Pain d’épices. It’s like tea time with gingerbread fresh from the oven and a steaming pot of Lapsang Souchong with notes of orange, smoked tea, cinnamon, ginger, anise, tobacco and honey.
Cire Trudon Classic Candle 270gm: $120
Cire Trudon La Promeneuse: $450
Cire Trudon Room Spray: $299
Floris Candle 175gm: $99
L’Artisan Parfumeur Candle 250gm: $99