180ml candle, bigger than last year's. Harry's Christmas candle for 2019
Incense, spices, woods and calm. Made specially for us by Harry Sherwood.
This is how Harry describes it:
Top notes: Paper, Charred wood, Carrot, Iris
Heart notes: Cinnamon, Incense, Cashmere, Clovebud, Walnut, Port
Base notes: Nagarmotha, Guaiacwood, Labdanum, Patchouli, Snowy musks
The image I had when developing this oil was a warm, elegant old-fashioned library/study. A figure sits at his desk, reading letters in the flickering firelight. This figure doesn’t have to be Santa - I’ll leave it up to your imagination.
Although Father Christmas is often is often portrayed as a caricature, I wanted to think of this smell in a very realistic way - the clash of hearth smells with the fruitiness of port; the scent of dry paper against wet snowflakes hitting the windows
Cinnamon of course had to feature - but I was keen to stay away from the typical cinnamon accords, instead choosing to blend cassia bark with incense (Boswellia Seratta), clove bud, Curcuma and cashmere materials. The fragrance is quite complex and definitely not 'minimalist' - I wanted to suggest abundance and elegance.
I'm very happy because I got the chance to use some really lovely natural materials from all around the world, many of which are often seen as too expensive to use in candles:
Cassia bark (Cinnamonium Cassia)
Clove bud EO
Frankincense Seratta EO
Labdanum Absolute Spanish
Patchouli EO (Indonesia)
Clearwood (Patchouli fractions made from sugarcane waste!)