Captured by Candlelight hits at just the right side of appetising.
Balance and restraint are the key to making any perfume with gourmand elements work. The last thing anyone wants to smell like is a cupcake. Well, maybe some people do. No judgement. (We’re totally judging).
Captured by Candlelight is a perfume inspired by perfumer (and writer) Sarah McCartney’s story of the same name. There’s a scene in the story where a huge, flaming Christmas pudding is being wheeled into a candlelit, oak-panelled dining room. She’s told that part of the story with smells.
We love its considered construction of notes - the gummy, stewed fruits, flaming treacle, oak panels and freshly extinguished candles. You really smell the story when you wear it.
Real optimism is about more than just something to make you smile. It’s about more than just having a giggle. The top-to-bottom woods explored in Vaunt’s The Optimist is an uber intelligent spin on the subject that will make you think twice.
Woody smells make us think about trees. Trees are great. But, trees also have deep roots, they stand tall and reach way up into the sky. Trees are tenacious, strong and reassuring.
And that’s what The Optimist evokes for us. Mix in a dash of understated sophistication, and you’ve got one cracking perfume.
So, throw those shoulders back. Head up. Go get ‘em, tiger.
In recent years, the unfortunate fruity floral has become much maligned as a run-of-the-mill department store beauty counter staple. Tel Aviv feels like a bit of a reclaim of this genre. It’s cheerful and happy-go-lucky. As easy to wear as really comfortable flats that were definitely expensive.
Nordic Cedar wears like a moment suspended in time. An olfactory freeze-frame capturing a bracing, refreshing breeze drifting through a forest.
There are three main players that make Nordic Cedar tick. The cool blast of cardamom and warmth of cedar wood bridged by patchouli. Patchouli is an interesting character. It might surprise you to learn that, despite its reputation for hanging out with hippies in head shops, patchouli is actually part of the mint family. While it has an undeniable earthiness to it, patchouli also has a spacious, airy quality.
Nordic Cedar is a masterclass in observation and fine-tuning. Its materials are applied not only for their scent, but also for the atmosphere they create.
Cardamom, Patchouli, Musk, Cedarwood, Ambergris
Perfumer: Maya Njie, 2016.
50ml / 1.7oz eau de parfum.
Ingredients: Alcohol Denat, Parfum.
A clutch-your-pearls subversive beamed into the 21st century from a time when perfumes didn’t shy away from celebrating the nooks and crannies of the body with an animalic radiance. This one might make you blush a bit. Or a lot.