Ah, rosewood, nothing to do with roses or the wood from rose bushes and all to do with fine cabinetry and guitars. French company Rive Sud Interior has released a candle which I cannot stop burning. In fact I am onto my second one.
The aesthetic of the company and therefore of the candle seems to be extremely soft focus. This candle will not scent your home; it will scent your study or the area around your armchair in a larger room. Despite this diffusion issue I can recommend this as a contemplative scent to accompany reading and writing. It will surprise you like a zephyr rather than becoming a slipstream of scent. There is an art to burning scented candles which took me 2 years to perfect; you can read my notes about candle burning technique here.
Rosewood does not smell of roses except to people influenced by auto-suggestion and then it does. It is called rosewood because it smells so nice as do roses. The scent could be described as sweet but not in a gourmand way. Sweet-smelling-wood is the closest description that I can come up with. Maybe expensive-cabinetry is a more accurate description if you want to tune your nose to this scent.
Rosewood trees are from the Dalbergia tree family. There are several varieties of which the most well known is Brazilian Rosewood. This South American product is sometimes called Rio Rosewood or Bahia Rosewood. The Indian variety is called Sonokeling Rosewood.
In aromatherapy rosewood oil is said to expand creative energy, stir up feelings of compassion and alleviate depression. How nice it is to have a candle that induces such effects.
Cinnamon and Guaiac wood are less than a whisper in the candle. It is all about the rosewood. The nose behind the candle is Delphine Thierry who I would describe as the Jean-Claude Ellena of the scented candle genre. This is an expensive item and only recommended by me to people whose wallets are full, credit cards zeroed and who appreciate subtly in scent.
Summary: Pianissimo Palissandre.
Let’s hear what the Perfume Whisperer herself, Jane Daly, has to say about another candle from this house.
Acqua di Latte: The scent is very soft and perfect for those of you that do not want to be overwhelmed by your candle scent experience.
The Perfume Whisperer at Daly Beauty
Rive Sud Interior
Nose Delphine Thierry
3 wick candle, 1100g, £250
a scintilla of Cinnamon
less than a whisper of Guaiac wood
a zephyr of Rosewood
Rive Sud Interior – website
If they can deliver to New Zealand then they can deliver anywhere.
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Chemist in the Bottle – Via Della Basilica
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