My candle of the week this week comes from Illumens and is their Abbaye Collection. This collection was inspired by a trip to a 12th Century Cistercian abbey in Picardy, France and you can certainly see the French influence.
This candle is inspired by an actual Countess who once lived in the abbey and the different scents in the blend are taken from the herb garden. The scent is strong without being overpowering and fills the room with fresh citrus notes blended with sage and rosemary. The candle itself is in the most wonderful glass container that looks like ceramic when the candle is burning, it also has a hand written name label.
The packaging of this candle really needs to get a special mention as it’s beautiful. It features work by a Suffolk artist commissioned by Illumens for this job and is hand-painted in a style that you would have seen in a botanical notebook. The main design is Fumaria Officinalis but there are also butterflies and insects alongside the inked handwriting of the candle’s name and description.
In 2003 Caroline Hardy, along with her husband Russell, put all their design and perfumery skills into creating a collection of home fragrance products and the brand Illumens was born. Over ten years on this brand is still creating everything by hand in Suffolk, and now carries a diverse array of products and scents which really is a must-see for everyone.
You can buy the Countess Marie candle for £20 from the Illumens Website