Light with a scent

Of all our senses, the sense of smell is most closely linked to our memories, emotions and moods. A scented candle therefore invariably provides that extra emotion in this time when we attach great importance to cozy light.

Text & composition: Anja Van Der Borght

Light play
Real design objects, those are the scented candles from Onno. The colored hand-cut glassware with shapes which are inspired by nature, invariably provides a beautiful play of light. The different enchanting scents with notes of citrus fruits, fresh herbs, spices or even woody musk, create an instant comfortable feeling with invariably a touch of exoticism.

Manufactured out of a soy-based wax combined with pure cotton wicks, the candles from New York’s Le Labo are cast by hand in the USA. Each fragrance has been expertly formulated using a combination of rich, concentrated aromatic oils for a surprising and complex result. For the parties, Le Labo proposes its Discovery Set with three scented candles: ‘Figue 15’, ‘Palo Santo 14’ and ‘Petit Grain 21’.

Made with magic
In addition to jewelery, the Belgian Solya also offers a collection of 100% vegan candles. The Gemme candles, each with their specific scent, are intended to be enjoyed for an extra long time. Once the candle has fully burned its vegetable soy wax, you collect the semi-precious stones that you can use to decorate the bottom of a vase or other item. The Solya candles are completely handcrafted in the brand’s Brussels workshops.

Tailor in town
This season Maison Degand presents an abstract and creative scented candle that spreads delicious aromas of champaca, fragrant rice, green tea, neroli and bamboo. Neutral and chic.

London vibes
All Ormonde Jayne candles are hand poured in the in-house studio in London, and free from added dyes. With their high fragrance percentage – each candle contains at least 15 percent oil – chic gold lid and handmade box make them a great gift to give or receive.

Available at Beauty by Kroonen

From Firenze to Sao Paolo – with the scented candles from Carven you can travel around the world in no time. The Paris Florence candle, for example, takes you with its powdery floral scent of heliotrope and magnolia to Mediterranean gardens that are certain to evoke memories of wonderful holidays. Each destination has a different scent. Exclusive to Planet Parfum.

Nice cocooning
Corinne Billard, founder of the online brand The Cocoonalist, put for herself a daring mission: to revive beauty and passion in fashion, home wear and interior like never before. She literally travels around Europe to meet the most dedicated professionals and thus turn The Cocoonalist into a showcase of good taste and new style. Chabaud’s scented candles were given a place in the online store because of their intriguing fragrance combinations.

Spice route
Let yourself be transported to the wonderful scents of ancient Constantinople with this luxury scented candle from Atelier Rebul’s Istanbul collection. This bestseller matches perfectly with the Istanbul fragrance sticks. Both spread a warm, spicy fragrance with notes of violet, jasmine and black orchid evolving into notes of vanilla, amber, cedar, patchouli and sandalwood.

Acqua di Parma expanded its collection of scented candles with two new creations, including this Aperitivo in Terrazza, the perfect scent to create a vibrant atmosphere and to welcome guests. The fresh scent of the iconic Italian Spritz drink is released right from the very first notes. Sun-drenched citrus aromas and a bitter note of gentian combine wonderfully with the warm, spicy notes of cinnamon.

Inspired by the fashion and accessory collections, Maison Margiela’s “Replica” fragrances bring specific memories to life. Each scent instantly generates certain images, impressions and positive emotions. That is precisely why the house associated its “Replica” perfume collection with a range of scented candles. So from now on you can also wrap your interior in your favorite perfume.

Magnum opus
Ambre Nuit by Dior is an addictive oriental fragrance that envelops the power of animal amber with the sensual softness of Turkish rose. Dior perfumer François Demachy worked on this fragrance for years. It is therefore not surprising that it is now also available as a scented candle. Only through the Dior online shop.

Forest walk
Mouth-blown glass, natural soy wax, a cotton wick and the perfect blend of fragrance, that’s the hand-poured candle from the British Urban Apothecary in a nutshell. Red Cedar immediately takes you into a forest with gigantic pine trees. For a touch of nature at home. But the brand offers many more scents to choose from.

Balmain x Trudon
The limited edition Balmain par Trudon candle is a creation of Emilie Bouge from Maison Robertet in collaboration with Maison Balmain and Cire Trudon. Emilie Bouge managed to give the scented candle ‘Ernesto’, the favorite candle of Balmain’s creative director, a floral and feminine touch. Between the notes of leather and cedar, gunpowder and cigar, the original black rose scent generates a touch of mystery. The artisan glass made in Italy is covered with gold leaf and velvet and finished on the inside with black lacquer.

Jo Malone is known for his fantastic fragrance combinations. This is no different when it comes to scented candles. The scent of this popular Myrrh & Tonka scented candle is downright addictive. Available at Planet Parfum.

Buy Belgian
Anyone who experiences the scents of the purely Belgian MIGLOT is sold. The scented candles based on beeswax and rapeseed wax are handmade in the Miglot Fragrance Lab in Ghent, even the leather labels are handmade in a Ghent workshop. Bestseller in the range is Formula 21, a floral-oriental fragrance with bergamot, coriander, black pepper, jasmine, rose, vanilla, patchouli and ambergris. Perfect for when the weather turns colder.

Car fragrance for the interior
From leather to veneer. Bentley’s four scented candles are inspired by the car interiors of the British luxury brand. The Tergus 37 candle, for example, is inspired by the sumptuous leather interiors of the Bentley automobiles. Tergus means leather in Latin and the number 37 refers to the hours it takes for the craftsmen to meticulously hand-stitch the entire Bentley interior.

Black magic
The BYREDO candles, handmade in France, are all synonymous with unique scents. Besides the mouth-blown glass and the cotton wicks, they are distinguished by the black wax. This Cotton Poplin spreads the scent of blue chamomile, linen, white cedar and sweet musk. Delicious! Available at Beauty by Kroonen.

Candles with wooden wicks for a cozy crackle and a lively flame, coupled with longer burning hours? That’s Oscar Candles, Belgian Made candles with a twist and very ecological. For example, the rabbit fur of this candle comes from offal and the wax is also based on vegetable ingredients. The fragrance, in turn, is very complex with a top of juicy plum, pomegranate and fresh roses that perfectly complement the heart of patchouli, cedar wood, violet leaf and spices, all of which settle on a musky base of amber, vanilla and leather.

The candles are also refillable. You can hand them in at the flagship store at 115 Dumortierlaan in Knokke or buy a refill via

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