A special and distinctive home fragrance is invaluable for setting the mood. Both consciously and subconsciously, the right notes strike a chord of harmony and all-enveloping luxury in any space. From fragrantly feminine florals to sumptuous leather and wood, here are a few of our favorite uncommon scents to satisfy any palette.
Astier de Villatte Astier de Villatte Alcatraz Candle ($80)
The inimitable French company, Astier de Villatte, creates wonderfully stylish scents based on travel destinations around the world. A send-up to the infamous San Francisco landmark, this intoxicating blend of Indian blond tobacco, yerba mate, and smoked lignum vitae is laced with spicy finishes of cinnamon and black pepper. The perfect scent to capture rugged, masculine cool.
Byredo Byredo Bibliothèque Candle ($80)
Byredo’s Bibliothèque is all vanilla and leather, with subtle, sweet undertones of violet and plum. Designed as an homage to fabulously worn-in libraries in all their vintage-hardback, dusty-wood-floor glory, it makes a great gift for the bookworms in your life or a fitting companion when digging into a new novel.
Jonathan Adler Jonathan Adler Hashish Candle ($68)
One might not expect such a sumptuous, earthy aroma to exude from a fragrance inspired by hashish. With notes of black currant, wormwood, patchouli, and moss, the scent is surprisingly handsome and completely decadent. As a bonus, Adler’s playful jar design can be hollowed out and used as décor, once the candle is through setting the vibe.
Blackbird Blackbird Izba Incense ($28)
The name Izba stems from the Russian and Arabic word referring to the countryside dwelling of a traditional farmstead. These as-cool-as-it-gets miniature incense pyres channel warm wood and lavender to cultivate the aroma of a cozy night by the fire, enveloped by wild flowers outside.
Lamp Berger Lamp Berger ($40 and up)
The French company that began in 1898 has enjoyed a celebrated presence in private residences since the 1930s. The lamp purifies the air in enclosed rooms, making it a great aromatic choice for cold and flu season. With a refillable design, you are free to experiment with any number of fragrances. Try Heavenly Spruce or Winterwood for the holidays.
Cire Trudon Cire Trudon Giambattista Valli Positano Candle ($105)
Inspired by the Amalfi Coast destination of its name, this limited-edition Cire Trudon candle is a collaboration with celebrated international fashion designer Giambattista Valli. Positano is a romantic flurry of white flowers in bloom that includes the harmonious bouquet of gardenia, jasmine, magnolia, and lily. It is as refined, and utterly stylish as the Italian seaside destination itself.
Frédéric Malle Frédéric Malle Perfume Gun Russian Nights ($160)
This exotic and well-rounded room spray is a quick and potent way to instantly transform the mood of any space. Composed by modern master of perfumery, Sophia Grosman, it contains notes of spicy, rich cinnamon and nutmeg alongside sandalwood and iris. One spritz and any room is generously supplied with the aromatic ambience of the scent’s wild mystery and allure.
Linari Linari Room Spray Sogno ($65)
Offered exclusively at a handful of retailers stateside, this indulgent fragrance in the very embodiment of rarified air. With notes of spicy ginger accented by exotic amber it is pleasurable and smooth, exuding all the polish and charisma of a luxury hotel in Monte Carlo.
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