“A house is not a home” sings Luther VanDross and he’s right. Although he’s singing about a lover, he is correct in saying that a house isn’t a home—especially if it doesn’t smell right. Scented candles can make your home extra cozy or spark some romance for you and your partner. We tried out a few scent-sational candles and these are our top picks for your home!
Cochine- Tuberose & Wild Fig
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When some of Macau’s best spa’s are stocking this brand that’s a good indication of its quality. We first noticed this brand in the Mandarin Oriental Macau spa and the Four Seasons Macau spa. Cochine candles are made using the finest essential oils, eco-friendly cotton wicks and the creamiest botanical wax from renewable resources. They are the perfect a gift for a friend or for yourself as these candles have an impressive long lasting aroma with over 50 hours burning time and come packaged in the most beautiful box.
We love the Tuberose & Wild Fig scent as it’s a gentle fragrance but an interesting combination. It has deliciously rich notes of wild fig, tuberose and night-flowering jasmine. This, combined with the freshness of bergamot, crisp vetiver and the warmth of cedarwood to create a very layered fragrance. Haven’t heard of Cochine before? The brand is inspired by the timeless elegance of Saigon and has captured the essence of romantic escapism through its gorgeous range of products and we can’t wait to share more with you throughout the year.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian
When you produce some of the world’s best perfume, it’s no wonder you find yourself producing gorgeous scented candles. Inspired by his love of the simple pleasures of home and family, Francis Kurkdjian crafted a range of delicately scented candles for the home. Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s Homes Sweet Homes scented candle collection is a tribute to the memories that have shaped his life. From his chic Parisian apartment to his coastal beach escape, there’s a fragrance everyone can resonate with.
One of our favorites is the Au 17, described as a “fragrance which echoes a cosy, eclectic atmosphere that witnesses intimate dinners, lively soirées, and tender morning-afters”. The candle jars are made of French porcelain with a hand-painted inner glaze of color and a burning time of 55 hours. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Home Sweet Home is available for purchase at Joyce Beauty or their website for HK $690.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Joyce Beauty, www.franciskurkdjian.com
Made in Macau from imported ingredients, Aura Macau was started two years ago by two friends. Melanie and Zuleika love candles and share a passion for the arts and creating. They struggled to find candles in Macau that were paraffin-free and didn’t pollute their indoor environment. Thus, they decided to create their own line and Aura Macau was born.
They have a range of different scents and sizes available as well as candle making kits for at home DIY or as a gift! We love the Serene candle with orange, lavender and geranium notes which creates a gentle, sweet floral scent. The fragrance oils they use are phthalate-free as they aim to produce candles that burn cleanly. They are also actively doing their part to protect Macau’s environment and offer a reuse reward program! Customers who bring back used containers can receive either a cash refund or discount on their next candle purchase. Aura Macau is available for purchase online or at these locations around Macau.
We Love Wax: Rua dos Negociantes, No 19, Taipa Village.
Pilates House Macau: 1G Fábrica Va Nam, Avenida Olímpica, No 568, Taipa.
Saison de Aromatique: Rua de Afonso de Albuquerque, No 3A, R/C, Macau.
Almost everyone has heard of diptyque candles and fragrances and no candle list is complete without mentioning the unofficial queen of the candle market—diptyque. Did you know they were even the chosen candle for the royal wedding last year? The great thing about diptyque is that they have a huge range of scents! You’re bound to find something you like from fruity, woody, spicy to smokey, the list goes on. They come in a few different sizes and make great gifts for friends or even for yourself! Its also possible to reuse their gorgeous glass jars as home decor.
For their most recent collaboration, diptyque has released two limited-edition rose scented candles. diptyque’s brand new Roses Collection features one Centifolia rose candle, and the other is Damask rose. Not sure if the Roses Collection is for you? Go with their classic Baies which is their long-standing best-seller and one of our favorites as well.
Diptyque Shop 1083, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2521 6799