When Louis Vuitton first launched its line of fragrances in 2016, everyone wanted to get their hands on the perfumes. Besides, everything the French fashion house touches turns to gold. Now, the brand has just announced its first candle collection.
Made up of four different scents inspired by the spirit of travel (as with most of the brand’s objets), the line was dreamt up by the house’s master perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, who is also the name behind both the women’s and men’s fragrances.
The concept of a fashion house with its own line of home candles, however, is not new. Other huge names in fashion with their own candle collections include Hermes, Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani, and Tom Ford — which has the ability to transform the ambience of any home. So if you’re looking to add on to your collection (or even invest in your first candle), consider these ones, whether it’s from one of the world’s most renowned fashion houses or the oldest candle maker in the world.
Louis Vuitton focus on the spirit of travel, consistently informs the house’s olfactory creations. After creating his first women’s fragrances collection in 2016 and men’s fragrances in 2018, master perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, has created the house’s first candle collection. The scents are the ethereal floral L’Air du Jardin, fresh sunlit accord of Île Blanche, crisp and woody Feuilles d’Or, and the warm softness of Dehors Il Neige.
The containers, cast in handmade ceramic and completed with a natural leather handle and golden lid, was designed by Marc Newson, who also dreamt up the emblematic Louis Vuitton fragrance bottles.
The candles will be available at Louis Vuitton Marina Bay Sands, Ngee Ann City, ION Orchard and Changi Airport from 15 October.
Hermes’ Le Parfum de la Maison is a collection of scented candle bowls, inspired by the “reveries” of perfumer Céline Ellena. One of the more popular scents is the Nuit de Solstice Candle, which has scents of spice and the soft warmth of wood.
The candle’s porcelain jars, which boast a delicate rouge, enamelled finish, were inspired by Japanese-style folded paper cranes.
British perfume and candle brand Jo Malone is a name synonymous with exquisite candles since its inception in 1983, offering a wide range of scents — whether it’s the Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite Orange Blossom, or the popular Fig Tree.
For one of the brand’s premium candles, try the Pomegranate Noir Luxury Candle, which infuses rich and fruity pomegranate and raspberry, along with the elegant floral note of Casablanca lily, and the warmth of guaiac wood and amber.
Out of the many things Tom Ford does well, candles are one of them. The brand’s candles are packaged in square-ish votives in a rich brown hue that brings a certain elegance into your abode.
Fucking Fabulous has notes of clary sage and fresh lavender with bitter almond and vanilla inflexions, which adds a textural richness to the leather heart. The body is then drenched in orrisroot from the iris flower. This is complete with tonka bean and oriental leather with amber undertones.
French candlemaker (and oldest wax-producing factory in the world) Cire Trudon makes some of the most exquisite handmade candles. The brand creates enchanting scents that references biblical passages, kings, revolutionaries and the Château de Versailles – where it once provided light for the courts of Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette.
Cyrnos Candle, inspired by the fragrant gardens of Villa Cyrnos on Côte d’Azur, owned by Empress Eugénie, has lemon, thyme, myrtle and top notes with black fig, lavender, pine and cedarwood in its heart. Its base is made up of musk, patchouli and cashmere wood.
$165 – $481, www.libertineparfumerie.com.au