Scented Saturday – Candles

Scented Saturday – Candles
As the nights draw in and I am invariably spending more time in the house, just like every year, we turn our attentions to making our living room even cosier than it already is.

I love nothing more than watching TV in either pitch dark or by candle light so it is really important to me to get really pretty AND great smelling candles. I know I have fallen in to the trap of super pretty candles smelling dreadful, if at all, once lit.

Recent burnings in the Tramp Towers have been the White Chiffon Candle from Boux Avenue (£12)  and the very lovely Myrrh Muske & Cypress candle from Molton Brown (£36) that Mr Tramp very kindly picked and bought for me. It’s a very autumnal, wintery smell that just makes you want to curl on the sofa with a good book and a toasty warm blanket.

I am very particular about my candle scents and swing wildly from clean, fresh smelling aromas like Boux Avenue to quite ‘masculine’ scents. I really don’t like anything floral or anything that resembles the insane amount of ‘hippy’ joss sticks I used to burn when I was a teenage goth. Ick!

Since hearing about the wonderfully sounding Russian Collection from Jonathan Ward , I have been eyeing the website trying to pick and choose what next. As if they could read minds, the lovely powers that be have kicked off a pre-christmas sale with some awesome deals available on their candles. If you follow them on Twitter @j_w_london new deals keep cropping up and I compel you all to go and buy something delightfully decadent for yourself!

Yesterday I treated myself to Kiss in Rio and 3 Kings, both of which sound perfect.

Kiss in Rio

This scent is one of the boldest in the collection. Its complex tangle of aromatic notes is rich, dark and moody.
The ideal gift for modern environments, this seductive aroma is one of the editors favourites.


Blackcurrant, Clove, Licorice, Pepper, Smoky Woods 

 – The smoky wood and pepper really appealed to me! I can’t wait for it to arrive!

Three Kings

An exquisite fragrance carefully designed to be enjoyed seasonally or throughout the year. Pacific Amber, Myrrh and Frankincense meld exquisitely into jasmine, violet, cinnamon and Zanzibar Clove. Starfruit and bergamot add an interesting playful twist.

The Myrrh and cinnamon drew me to this one, I’m really excited to try it when it arrives. I have a sneaking suspicion I might order a few more to keep as back ups!

I’m hoping that some of the in-laws and family read this post… and if so… I’d like to add the following 3 candles on to my christmas wish list please!!
An intoxicatingly masculine scent which on smelling it reminded me of cigar smoke, museums and old leather arm chairs. It was quite an evocative smokey boozey mix. I am probably the worst person to describe scents so here is the official blurb! 

Question everything. Seek out the truth. Provoke your senses with puzzling aromas. Discover the seductive mysteries of birch, cade, leather, tar and amber with our firefly embers medio candle illuminating your way. Intriguing, fearless and enigmatic.

The way we blend it
Top notes: birch oil, cedar wood
Middle notes: cade oil, black leather accord
Base notes: tar accord, amber, warm woods

A mysterious, decadently spiced fragrance inspired by the love songs Russian soldiers would sing to their loved ones when facing wartime.  Including rich notes of Cedarwood, Elemi Cognac, Tonka Bean, Birch Leaf, Organic Black Pepper and Rosemary.

Black Pepper, Cedar Wood, Tonka Bean, Birch-leaf, Cognac, Rosemary

A regal, spiced woody aroma.  Inspired by the capture of the infamous serial killer Darya by Catherine the Great this unique fragrance contains notes of Cashmere Cedarwood, Cumin, Vetiver, Amber, Cinammon and Clove.

Amber, Cedar Wood, Clove, Vetiver, Cinnamon, Cumin

What are your favourite candles to burn? How do you fragrance your home?  I’d love to know

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