Candles for Keeps: 6 Women of Substance and Style Tell Us Their Choices
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6 Choice Candles to Match Your Interiors According to Manila’s Tastemakers

6 Choice Candles to Match Your Interiors According to Manila’s Tastemakers

Home & Design | November 17, 2020
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I’ve always been mesmerized by the transformative power of a scented candle. When it comes to my personal fragrance, I’m always curious about what suits my taste, and finding a perfect outfit to match it is something I take pride in. And when it comes to what fragrance I want my home to have—I’m similarly obsessed!

There is an art in choosing the right candle. It requires creative instinct and tasteful choices. I reached out to 6 women with exceptional taste to find out their favorites. These style experts and lifestyle influencers (aka the people whose lives give us serious Instagram envy) talked about their preferred scents and how these match their personality and home well. Here are the 6 scented candles they are obsessed with—because who wouldn’t be?

Candles add another layer to any room by providing character through its scent.

Maison Christian Dior Ambre Nuit

Heart Evangelista: Actress, artist, and international influencer

If you want to elevate your space, Dior Candles will surely make it smell and look divine. “Lighting a candle is one of my favorite ways to just practice a little self-care. This brand reminds me so well of Paris, the city I got most of my flair as an artist. This is a current fave since it gets me in the mood to paint and strike up my senses to dress up and be creative,” she mused. 

Ideal Location: Vanity Area/ Walk-in Closet

Truly, a woman of influence, Heart’s impeccable style makes everything that catches her eye your next lifestyle goal. Think of smelling that flamboyant wedding in Ritz. A character scent that will allure your vanity. A marriage between sophistication and modernity. Two of the most emblematic ingredients combined to create Ambre Nuit—Turkish rose and amber, all encapsulated in this elegant yet minimalist design. 

Christian Dior Ambre Nuit is available at Dior Boutique, SM Aura Premier

Buly 1803

Celine Lopez: Entrepreneur, columnist, and writer 

Society’s original “It” girl Celine Lopez surely reflects her eloquent taste in her choice of candle for her home. “I find Buly candles as the most beautiful. It comes in a stone casing, and it’s just makes everything fabulous,” she says. 

Ideal Location: Bedroom

This resurrected French apothecary brand, Buly 1803, creates candles that are elaborate yet refined. With a carved marble vessel with a glass bell, it clearly makes a statement. The earthy and exotic smell of this status candle stimulates perfectly to grace that La Perla slumber, fetching a sure compliment in any tastemaker’s curated bedroom. 

Buly 1803 candles are available at www.buly1803.com 

Byredo Bibliothèque

Charmaine Lagman: Businesswoman and contractor 

For this Boss Lady, this new hype candle is on top of her list. “This is my favorite house scent. With notes of plum, peony, violet, leather, and vanilla, it is very lush, sensual, and manly, mixed with a boozy vibe as well,” she said. 

Ideal Location: Den/ Study Area

Take it from a woman with beauty and brains. This candle takes that experience and turns it into an actual smell. With its inspiration of books from a library, this fragrance will make you feel as if time has stopped and you’re surrounded with the warmth and curiosity of wondering into your own memories. 

Byredo Bibliothèque is avialable via www.netaporter.com.

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin

Tessa Prieto-Valdes: Interior Designer, advocate, and philanthropist 

A stylish classic is one of the things that can describe Tessa and her favorite scented candle. “I love Jo Malone’s Lime Basil & Mandarin! It offers a fresh but herbal twist and is also one of the London-based brand’s signature fragrances. Its appearance may be straight-up simple, but it’s regal,” she said. 

Ideal Location: Kitchen

Perfect for the kitchen, its fragrance adds a touch of opulence and a rich, fruity aroma to the atmosphere. This fragrance gives such a fresh and clean feeling, which easily gets rid of those memories of nasty Mexican nights you concocted to wear that farfetched sombrero. 

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin is available at R1 Level, Powerplant Mall, Rockwell Center 

Diptyque Feu De Bois

Bea Valdes: International bag and jewelry designer 

“I was stunned as it brought back memories of Baguio, as a child, standing by the fireplace watching wood burn—in that air that smells of pine and mountains—the scent was so familiar, deeply local, and rooted in a time and place that I recall fondly,” she recalled. 

Ideal Location: Living Room

This best-seller has a unique woodland scent that will give you an impression of sitting around an open fire with your Olivia Von Halle sleepwear underneath, that finest wool and cashmere blend throw over a cozy night. Diptyque’s “Feu De Bois” comes in a bespoke glass jar with its very simple, but bold design that certainly caught the distinctive liking of Bea, who surely can’t get enough of this cult candle. 

Diptyque is available at www.ssilife.com.ph

Fäe Silvergil 

Pauline Suaco-Juan: CITEM/FAME PLUS Executive Director 

When asked about her go-to scent, a true visionaire, Pauline Suaco-Juan certainly embodies that uniqueness promoting local niche even in her personal favorite bougie. “Don’t let the appearances fool you, it’s quiet and unassuming, but it has that non-cliché Pinoy touch,” she said. 

Ideal Location: Terrace/ Lounge Area

“Where ever you want some je ne sais quoi,” as she described her ritual. There is nothing like lighting an unpredicted candle–with scents of vanilla, almond, amber, and pomegranate, which enthrall a spellbound ambiance. The notes of this locally made all organic candle casually transports you to a tres chic garden while wearing that Zimmermann dress. 

Fäe Silvergil is available at wildflourtogo.com 

Candles are more than just an extra piece to add to your aesthetic. When lighted, its fragrance fills your mind. It can remind you of fond memory, a breath of fresh air, or maybe even greet you with a bold and strong impression. But nevertheless, it lingers.

So, go all out, splurge, mix, and match fragrances until you achieve something that you know not only is unique but also embodies your personality. No scent can ever be over the top because it all comes down to your own style and vibe, and anything that makes you have a calm, positive, and special little space in your home is definitely worth it.

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