The scent of a burning candle is enough to make me wish it could stay cold and crisp all year long, just so I could cosy up and enjoy the flame. I've always got candles dotted around my flat to infuse a little fragrance or make me feel all homely, so when La Bougie got in touch to say they'd love to treat me to one of their handmade goodies I couldn't wait for it to arrive. The difference between these candles and others is that the fragrances are created by their in-house perfumier, rather than relying on already manufactured oils. A scent takes months to perfect and a typical perfume in a candle may contain as many as 140 different ingredients which is what makes the fragrance so complex and unique. The glass pots are also carved, painted and polished by their own craftsmen, the wax handfilled and each candle individually wrapped with care and attention.
The packaging these come in is adorable - not only are the glass candles wrapped with tissue and placed in a little bag, but the branded ribbon and metal swing tag make this a gift to treasure. I opted for the 'sweet pea and pear' fragrance, knowing it would be something unique and enriching. They describe this as: "the charm of sweet peas in a cottage garden with familiar notes of pear
and orange blossom, the sweetness of the fruit enhanced by a pinch of
brown sugar." It's amazing. Even before lighting the fragrance filled the room and my housemate instantly breathed in the scent while asking what the beautiful smell was. Upon lighting it the scent delicately fills the room, lingering without being overpowering.
The love put into this candle is easy to see. It's very different from the Jo Malone, Miller Harris and Floris candles currently adorning my windowsills; even if it looks less premium, it smells far nicer. The company is an Irish one, creating these unique candles in their West Cork workshop and sending to homes across the UK. Considering these start at the £20 mark (when converted from Euros) I think it's a few pounds well spent. You won't get anything else on the high street with as much care, love and beautiful fragrance injected into it without forking out twice as much. Are you a candle lover?
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