When you close your eyes and think of your favourite scent, what do you smell? Is it freshly cut grass; a burst of zesty citrus; a field full of lavender; or maybe even bread baking in the oven? Whatever it is, it’s likely to be your favourite because it relaxes you. For centuries, ancient cultures have used fragrances and scented oils as a form of aromatherapy to soothe and relax stressed souls. In this sense, not much has changed. Today, we use scents in the form of candles, essential oils and incense to create a calm and relaxed ambiance at home. And since we’re at home a fair bit at the moment, we thought it fitting to share our top seven luxury items to light up at home today.
All you need is three to five drops of this calming Anouk oil to relax. In fact, Aesop claims that it is the “perfect antidote to stress and hurriedness”. And that it is, with a mood enhancing mix of ylang ylang with lemon and bergamot rind to alleviate stress. We recommend to drop the citrus and floral oil into Aesop’s Brass Oil Burner which is a little Objet d’art in itself. It’s crafted in solid brass and designed by Studio Henry Wilson.
Anouk oil burner blend HK$250 / Brass oil burner HK$1,250
For me, the woody bibliothéque scent by Byredo smells like sweetness mingling with the seductive. Top notes of fruity peach and plum dance with floral uplifts of patchouli while leather and vanilla ground the fragrance. At its heart, violet and peony add to its distinctive romantic character. It’s a great candle which burns for up to 60 hours in its black wax and mouth blown glass holder.
Crafted by the Koh-Shi aroma masters on Awaji island in Japan, Oribe have created incense sticks infused with their signature Côte d’Azur scent. The sticks burn for 20 minutes at a time and emanate notes of Calabrian bergamot, fresh lemon, plum, blackcurrant and Sicilian orange over white butterfly jasmine, sandalwood and crisp amber. The set comes with the incense holder and is the perfect mood-setting ensemble to use at home.
Diptyque turns any home into a sensory experience with its luxurious hourglass which fills a room, up to 215 sq. ft., with its deliciously fruity aroma in just an hour. The double glass ends and centre wick design allows the fragrance to drip from one end to the other, releasing honey orange blossom bursting with citrus and sprinkled with spices to brighten up your home with the sweet smell of spring.
Inspired by Napoleon’s wife, Joséphine, this candle by French candlemaker Cire Trudon holds a wonderfully clean floral scent filled with Turkish rose, Egyptian jasmine and Chinese camellia. It’s lifted with notes of bright bergamot, kaffir lime and spices, before more earthen scents of sandalwood, white musks and iris ground the fragrance. This exquisite scented candle will burn for a good 55 to 60 hours while filling the room with fresh garden smells.
As the luxury Italian brand delves into more home décor, it has resulted in these fantastically fun fuchsia incense sticks that are crafted from bamboo. Infused with the scent Esotericum, the sticks emit an aroma of zesty Seville oranges with sweet, delicate jasmine, blended with warm notes of leather and salt. There are 25 sticks included in each set and are best used with the equally exuberant pink porcelain cat incense burner.
Esotericum incense sticks HK$630 / Cat incense burner HK$1,850
The Italian decorative arts company is the epitome of whimsical craftsmanship, but you best believe that the scents are just as splendid. The Fornasetti La Chiave Nero diffusing sphere is a ceramic piece of art to put in pride of place at home. It also will perfume the air with their Otto scent, which brings together an infusion of thyme and lavender with sweet floral orris, incense and clean birch. The diffuser set comes with 5 reed sticks and 500ml of oil.