Candles have been lighting our way for thousands of years, and it’s hard to believe now, but they smelled – awful! Until the turn of the last century, candles were a practical necessity, not the beautiful, scented, decorative pieces they are today. Usually made from tallow, animal fats and wicks they were simply used to light up the darkness.
Thank goodness, we can light our way at the flick of a switch, and candles are now a source of pleasure, that come in all manner of shapes, sizes, colours, non-scented and perfumed, bee’s wax, soy wax, paraffin wax, coconut wax or a combination, synthetic fragrances or pure essence. The choice is – unlimited.
Sourcing, and creating our own candles, for Tutti London, has been an olfactory journey for both of us. Only wanting to stock the best, we’ve learned that the premium waxes to use are soy (GM free, of course), coconut and bees wax, or a combination.
Musky scents for men, floral scents for women – or is it the other way around? Quite honestly, fragrance and scent is a very personal thing. I tend to love the light, airy, summer scented fragrances, while Julia goes for the heavier, muskier scents – especially if it has some patchouli in it.
Our candle range keeps growing – we now have nine fragrances! We have tried to cater for all tastes, and we truly hope you will love them as much as we do. All are high quality (you would expect nothing less from us), soot-free (no nasty blackness around the glass) with long, burning hours. Just trim the wicks regularly, to a quarter of an inch (5 mm), and they will continue to burn beautifully.
Try putting your candle under a glass hurricane or cloche? The hurricane shields the candle flames from breezes and they come in various shapes and sizes. They make gorgeous table centres, especially flanked by flower decorations. I love to have beautiful candles lit when I am throwing a dinner party or entertaining. There is something very special about the soft glow of candles, especially if the lighting in the room is also subdued.
Bath-time becomes special with lights dimmed, some gorgeous bath oil and the flicker of candlelight (a glass of wine is optional). Tea lights in gorgeous sconces, perfumed Tutti London candles or just a couple of church candles under a cloche can turn an ordinary bathroom into your own personal Spa!
However, and wherever you light your candles – enjoy!