BYREDO CHAI CANDLE


As a personal way to mark the beginning of the Winter season and to embrace the Christmas festivities ahead, I have always treated myself to a Christmas candle! After all, it is all about self-care these days right? For the past four years, Byredo have been my go-to when it comes to holiday candles which have previously included; Cassis Glacé, Incense, Altar and as I like to keep up a tradition, I chose Byredo again this year and went for the newly released ‘Chai’ candle!

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BYREDO CHAI CANDLE

Masala Chai is a blend of spices and black tea leaves which are left to boil in milk. This warm, and enveloping scent reminded creator of Byredo; Ben Gorham about his childhood memories of his Grandmother’s home.

The notes within Chai are:

  • Top Notes: Cardamom, Clove Buds, Ginger Zest

  • Middle Notes: Incense, Mate, Violet

  • Base Notes: Birch Tree, Guaiac Wood, Warm Latte

I purchased the Chai candle in the newly built boutique in London on Lexington Street and I had been excited to visit ever since I heard that Byredo were opening up over here in England! The boutique itself is exactly how I imagined a Byredo boutique would be. Clean, minimalistic and ultra modern!

Upon first impressions of smelling Chai, the notes of Cardamom and Ginger Zest were distinctly prominent which immediately invoked a Christmas feel for me. Around 15-20 minutes or so once the candle was lit, the warmth and cosiness of the note Incense came through which blended beautifully with the woodiness from the Birch Tree and Guaiac Wood notes right at the heart of the candle.

I found this candle to be interesting due to the fact that at the start of the burn, I thought it would be rather warm and spicy with the Ginger Zest and Cardamom notes, but by the end of the burn, it had a slight woody feel to it which given the previous Christmas candles where they were all spicy and fruity, this one was slightly different for me as my personal preference isn’t geared towards those of a woodier candle, especially for Christmas!

That being said, I love the way that this candle burns and how comforting of a scent it is.

To purchase Byredo - Chai, click here!

Be sure to check out my other Byredo reviews by clicking below:

Gypsy Water Fragrance / Baudelaire Fragrance / Bibliotheque Fragrance and Home Scent / Seven Veils Fragrance / Ambre Japonais Home Scent

Have you smelt Byredo - Chai before? What are your thoughts on this Limited Edition Holiday Candle? When it comes to Christmas candles, which do you tend to steer towards? Warm and cosy? Or woody and earthy? I would love to hear from you, so do leave me a comment below and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!


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TOP 5 LUXURY CANDLES THIS AUTUMN


One of the main things I look forward to during the Autumn season is the opportunity to indulge in a new candle! With the weather turning colder, there is no better excuse than to keep warm by snuggling up inside with a freshly lit candle. Candles have come a long way in recent years with many major brands now dipping their toes into the ‘candle pool’ so to speak, and as an avid lover of all things scented, here are my top 5 favourite candles for this Autumnal season!

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BYREDO - AMBRE JAPONAIS

Notes:

Top: Black Pepper, Coriander Seeds
Heart: Sandalwood
Base: Bourbon Vanilla, Sesame

My first purchase from Byredo was in fact the Bibliothéque candle which you can read the review in fragrance form here. As the wax began to burn out due to excessive use by myself (you can’t blame me when the scent is so stunning), I was on the lookout for another candle in replacement and came across Ambre Japonais! A sophisticated, rich and sensual scent that fills the room/space almost instantly. Perfect for the colder seasons as it gives off a warm, snug feeling. If you are a fan of oriental, spicy fragrances then this candle is definitely worth trying out!

To purchase, click here.

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DIPTYQUE - BENJOIN

Notes: Patchouli, Indian Cypriol

Benjoin is my all time favourite candle by Diptyque! It is so creamy and powerful yet remains delicate.

A blend that sits just in between caramel and vanilla, this candle comes in the instantly recognisable Diptyque glass jar, a staple in any beauty bloggers photography!

If you like fragrances that are heavy and rich, then I would definitely consider Benjoin!

To purchase, click here.

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JO MALONE - POMEGRANATE NOIR

Notes:

Top: Pomegranate
Heart: Casablanca Lily
Base: Guaiacwood

In my opinion Pomegranate Noir is what makes Jo Malone so special. A luxurious scent that fills the air with sophistication and class, I find that Pomegranate Noir can be burnt at any time of the year but smells crisp and fresh during the colder seasons!

If you have ever smelt Pomegranate Noir in fragrance form, then it is a given that you will thoroughly enjoy it in candle form.

To purchase, click here.

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MAISON MARGIELA - JAZZ CLUB

Notes: Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Vetiver, Tobacco Leaves

One of the top selling fragrances by Maison Margiela, Jazz Club is inspired by an evening in a hazy bar with the undertones of leather coming through. This candle when lit has a slight boozy feel to it and unlike the others previously, is a lot softer.

That being said, when leaving the area and returning to it moments later, the scent hits you lightly without being too overpowering.

If you are a fan of woody, oriental and spicy fragrances then I would recommend trying out Jazz Club!

At the time of writing this post, the Jazz Club candle has sold out online, but is available to purchase in departments stores such as Selfridges, John Lewis and Harvey Nichols.

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COMMODITY - LEATHER

Notes:

Top: Black Leather, Oregano Essence, Juniper Wood Essence
Heart: Cacao Bean Absolute, Myrrh Resinoid, Cade Essence, Akigalawood
Base: Styrax Resinoid, Cedarwood Essence, Haitian Vetiver Essence, Cistus Labdanum Essence from Concrete

A sultry and bold scent that imitates the texture of leather which lingers in the air long after burning! I find this candle to be rather similar to the Jazz Club in that it is a rather soft scent yet still has that spicy throw that fills up the room/area.

If you like leather fragrances (think Tom Ford - Tuscan Leather) then perhaps this candle will suit you!

To purchase, click here.

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Judging by my top 5 candles this year, I think it is safe to say that I like oriental, spicy and sensual scents! I hope you have enjoyed my choices and I would love to know which are your favourite candles! Don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button below, and do leave me a comment so I know which other candles I should look out for.


BYREDO; BIBLIOTHEQUE FRAGRANCE


As today marks the official date for National Fragrance Day, I wanted to share with you one of my recent findings. A new found favourite of mine, that is fast becoming a signature scent; Byredo - Bibliothéque!

On a recent trip to London, I made a quick pit stop at Liberty in between meetings, and headed straight over to the Byredo counter. I knew I wanted a candle of some sort, and as a huge fan of Byredo, I knew that the brand didn't disappoint when it came to finding unique, stunning scents. Bibliothéque was recommended to me, and I became instantly hooked! A beautiful smokey, creamy scent that emanates the entire room, leaving you feeling warm and snug.

Fast forward a couple of weeks later, and an email comes through notifying me that the Bibliothéque candle had been created into a fragrance for a limited time. Never before, have I booked a ticket down to London as quick just to get my hands on one of these bottles! Very rarely, can a candle get me as excited about a fragrance, than this one. 

  • Top Notes: Peach, Plum
  • Middle Notes: Peony, Violet
  • Base Notes: Leather, Patchouli, Vanilla, Musk

The first spray starts off with a bold beginning with the richness of the Plum and Violet notes swirling around and blending together creating a fruity, exotic scent. As the dry-down takes place, the scent becomes more smokey and intriguing, and begins to feel slightly sweeter with the Vanilla note becoming prominent.

I find the scent so addictive and captivating, that although the projection and sillage of Bibliothéque is enormous, I still spray far more than I should, simply because it smells absolutely divine! The longevity of the fragrance lasted for up to 7-8 hours upon my skin, and has gained me countless amounts of compliments. 

Overall, one of my all time favourite scents, in both candle form, and in fragrance! You can purchase the Byredo Bibliothéque candle here, and the fragrance here

Have you smelt Byredo Bibliothéque before? What do you think to it? Have you managed to smell it in fragrance form yet? If so, what are your thoughts? Do you have any favourites by Byredo? Which ones? Don't forget to click the like button, and leave me a comment down below!


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BYREDO; BAUDELAIRE


A fragrance which evokes a Middle Eastern feel to it, in which as each layer is revealed, comes a captivating note which leaves you wanting more...

I cannot emphasise my new found love enough to you for the brand; Byredo! Having visited the Mr Porter Summer Social Event back in June, I received a goody bag filled with various items, and inside came two little samples of Byredo's; Mister Marvelous & Super Cedar. Instantly, I was hooked. Throughout the Summer months I found myself trying out lots of other fragrances, yet I was still drawn to those two little samples. In particular, the Super Cedar. 

As a huge lover of fragrance, I had got in touch with a few people and enquired on which Byredo fragrance had the following - 'spicy, powerful and in your face'. I took a gamble and bought the 'Baudelaire' fragrance as this is what had been suggested to me, without having ever smelt it. Luckily, it was a risk worth taking!

The notes which make up Baudelaire are;

  • Top Notes: Caraway, Juniper Berries, Pepper
  • Middle Notes: Hyacinth, Incense, Leather
  • Base Notes: Patchouli, Amber, Papyrus

The first spray is powerful and the Pepper notes blend with the Juniper Berries, whilst complimenting each other in the most perfect way. After around an hour or so, Baudelaire then takes a different direction, and becomes more intense and smokey with the Incense note remaining very prominent. Projection of Baudelaire is loud, and the sillage is enormous! I would say that the fragrance lasted for over 9 hours, which is majorly impressive.

 

Overall, my first (blind) fragrance from Byredo, and one that will remain a classic fragrance for me. Baudelaire is available in 50ml, and 100ml and you can purchase Baudelaire through GT Shopping! GT Shopping is a website that allows you to search for whatever it is you want, and direct you through to the correct website. It makes for easy use, and cuts out all of the hassle in tirelessly trawling through the internet to find it!

Have you smelt Baudelaire before? Have you tried any of the Byredo fragrances? Which is your favourite? Any you think I need to try out!? Let me know your comments down below, and don't forget to hit that like button!