Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Connecting With Ancestors

We've been seeking comfort lately. At Maison Persolaise, that means candles. I've often wondered why such a simple object should be as soothing as it is. How does a single flame possess such power? It's small and faltering, yet also hypnotic enough to act as a focal point for a vast space. Is its magnetism somehow related to connecting with ancestors... some kind of buried, tribe-memory of huddling in a cave, trying to draw warmth from a torch? Whatever the cause of the attraction, after one of my recent gardening forays, I lit the new Tuberose candle from Robbie Honey. As far as floral notes go, tuberose is tricky to handle: it mustn't be permitted to grow too sharp a set of fangs or to descend into juvenile giggles. The perfumer who put together this particular scent for Honey - I'm afraid I don't know who it is - got the balance right: the smell hovering around the flame is creamy, but undeniably witchy. I've also enjoyed the brand's Muguet Des Bois. Creating a convincing lily of the valley note for a fine fragrance is near-impossible at the moment, which is why an above-par candle featuring the flower is such a welcome prospect. This one's a delight. Woody, sweet, green, tender... and yes, comforting.

[Samples of candles provided by Robbie Honey.]



  1. Thanks for introducing me to a brand I've not heard of before, I'll have to see if they are available in the states. Right now I'm sniffing gorgeous wafts of a Rigaud Cypress candle, just perfect on this crisp cold day.

    1. Kathy, thanks for stopping by. Let me know if you manage to track them down. They're a relatively new set up. Oh, and I love the sound of a cypress candle :-)

  2. It seems they are only available in the UK right now :( Hopefully they'll be so successful they'll start selling internationally, they sound terrific.

    1. Oh, that's a shame. But yes, let's wish them every success so they can reach across the pond!


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