By Belinda Morris
Scents of space
Because it’s far too early to use the ‘C’ word, I’m not going to say that these two scented candles would make great gifts – although, of course, they would – instead I’m thinking that they could simply be treats to yourself. Think of them as a way of easing yourself into autumn, in perhaps a cosy, cocooning manner – well, that’s what I’m doing.
Both Rathbornes and Charles Farris are new names to me, but that rather shames me, as both of them have pretty impressive pedigrees and it was obviously high time I was educated. Rathbornes was actually founded (in Dublin) in 1488 – yes, more than 500 years ago, before Columbus discovered America! Unspurprisingly, it’s the oldest candle brand in the world. The hand-poured candles are infused with the highest quality natural essential oils – which makes sure that the scent is evenly distributed and the burn time is optimized.
Beyond the Pale (from an Irish saying referring to the wild countryside beyond the city parameters (or ‘pale’) is the latest collection of six candles with a definite touch of the outdoors about them. Arguably the most masculine of these is ‘Cedar, Cloves & Ambergris’, which is spicy, comforting, intense… and also rather sensual because there’s also black amber and rosewood in there.
(From £16.00 travel size that burns up to 20 hours, available from Fenwicks and www.rathbornes1488.com)
Charles Farris’ story is a little younger – established in 1845 the company supplied pillar candles to the likes of Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral. Today the London chandlers is By Appointment to The Queen and works with master blenders to create unique scented candles (as well as Reed Diffusers), using traditional techniques.
There are seven candles in the range – all inspired by London’s rich history and while there are a few that might appeal to men (or both sexes equally) such as the gentleman’s club-like Grand Cascade Redolent Fig, I was rather taken with the idea of British Expedition. Inspired by Charles Farris’ founding year, it’s “a scent of discovery” with warm cloves and ginger, blended with sweet tobacco and mint tea.
(Candles (40 hours burning: £30. www.charlesfarris.co.uk and Fenwicks and Fortnum & Mason)