Candles are integral to setting the mood of your living spaces. If you’re the type who can’t commit to big changes at once, getting a candle or having a collection for you to pick from might be the solution.
Scent is so powerful. Candles can transport you to a place or even help you define your routine. Choose scented candles the way you would choose your perfume. You can change it according to the time of day and to what your vibe is.
As the weather turns colder, candles are even more welcome. I find that the act of lighting a candle is like a small ceremony, helping you define what your next few hours will be like.
Recently, I’ve been loving scented candles from local brands. Top of the list is Solenn Manila (solennmanila.com). The brand is cocreated by Solenn Heussaff, a collaboration with All Things Bubbly, a line of fine home scents created with the finest fragrances from Europe.
The throw is good and even when it’s unlit in a closed room, you can smell the candle’s scent. I’ve given it as a present and I’ve also strongly recommended it to friends.
Solenn Manila also offers a diffuser, and room and linen spray to complete the experience.
Another favorite, which has always been on the list, is FAE All Naturals. These candles are lovingly handcrafted with beeswax. There are two scents. First is Winter’s Evening, which contains pine, eucalyptus, nutmeg and peppermint. Second is Silvergil, which has almond, vanilla, amber and pomegranate. FAE also offers soap iterations of the scents—something for those who love to make their shower time a luxurious experience. (@faeallnaturals on Instagram)
My next pick is Ilka. They have candles made with three kinds of natural wax. They blend in oils. The candles are then poured into handmade ceramic jars by a local pottery studio. Once you run out of your Ilka candle, you can send it back for a refill. Talk about sustainability.
Ilka offers a care kit that includes a wick trimmer, candle snuffer and a rechargeable plasma lighter. I suggest that one take it upon oneself to get a candle care kit to get the most out of candles. (@candlesbyilka on Instagram) INQ