Scented candles are really one of life's little luxuries. So much money spent on something that literally goes up in smoke. I was feeling a bit down the other week so decided a little pick-me-up was in order. I've been meaning to try Maison Balzac candles for a while now, but could never manage to track down their candles to check out in person. So I thought I'd take a punt and order their Ménage à Trois set featuring miniature versions of three of their best selling scents - La Rose, La Blanche and 1642. When I went to order them off the Maison Balzac site they had already sold out but I ended up buying them through The Design Hunter shop. Buying scented candles prior to smelling them is a bit risky (what if I don't like the smell? Or I'm sensitive to the scent? etc.) but after looking at the fragrance notes for each candle I decided that the chances of me liking them was pretty high. Luckily for me, my gamble paid off. These candles are a floral dream.
About Maison Balzac: Maison Balzac is a collection of perfumed candles handmade in Australia. Each candle is developed as an ode to memories from founder Elise Pioch's childhood in the south of France and is designed to evoke olfactive memories or experiences.
La Rose: Inspired by her grandmother's love of roses, this candle is the floral-iest of the floral candles. With notes of tea rose, violet leaf and geranium, lighting this candle is like stepping into a rose garden in full bloom.
La Blanche: This candle is an ode to white flowers and winter citrus. It's designed to recreate the perfumes of a florist's atelier with subtle green notes of daphne and bergamot. The scent is fresh and clean and, despite winter citrus being an inspiration, it reminds me of the tropical summer evenings of my childhood.
1642: This candle is a bit moodier than the rest. It's made in collaboration with Doctor Cooper Studio and is designed as an ode to 17th Century Vanitas. It awakes the perfumes of Adriaen Van Utrecht's painting from the year 1642, Vanitas - Still Life with Bouquet and Skull. I love the entire concept behind this candle and the lush packaging is a bonus.