This candle is the result of a collaboration between Vince Frost and The Raconteur.
Both storytellers. One visual. One olfactory.
The idea came about when Vince wondered if it was possible to rethink the candle and have it tell more than one story, so the exploration began. Ingredient by ingredient they worked through a diverse library of raw materials in the perfumer’s collection. Carefully they created the narrative within the candle and landed on the idea of creating three layers (or chapters), each containing a different fragrance and a different olfactive experience. Each fable leads seamlessly to the next. Evocative, soothing and peaceful. Exploring themes of identity, contentment and romance.
“I was so interested to explore what some of my favourite films, music and poetry would smell like. I wanted to create a candle that would take people on three separate personal experiences that mattered to me.”
To learn more about this collaboration and designing experiences through scent listen to the podcast HERE
Scent 1 ~ Movies
Sicilian lemon was always going to be the hero ingredient when thinking about the film The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola. The rich woods, tobacco and whiskey note brought the dark underworld and the spice of cardamom provided a crisp edge.
Scent 2 ~ Music
“Perfect Day” was as much about a time and a place in Central Park, NY in 1972, as it was about the core idea behind Lou Reed’s iconic song: contentment, domestic bliss, and appreciating the small things in a relationship. Of course rose as an enduring symbol of perfect beauty had to feature, as did the nod from patchouli, given the era. Calming and grounding Australian native sandalwood provided the perfect foundation on which moments of reflection could be built.
Scent 3 ~ Poetry
“I carry your heart with me”, a gentle poem by ee cummings about love, needed to start with a fresh subtle pairing of bergamot and tangerine as two perfect citrus notes. The warmth and spice of black pepper, when paired with a leather accord, gave the scent a richness and a depth, symbolic of course in all authentic relationships.
We hope this candle will create joy, delight and surprise and enhance the stories created in your own home.
One candle. One story. Three chapters.
Scent 1: Spicy, citrus, boozy, woody (rich)
Elements: Cardamom, Italian citrus, whiskey (accord), tobacco, dark woods, moss, vanilla
Scent 2: Green (herbal), rosy, citrus, earthy, smokey
Pristine isolation. Ancient terrain. A remarkable coastline with a Mediterranean climate. These three elements make Margaret River one of the world’s great wine regions.
Positioned on a cape and surrounded by the Indian and Southern oceans on 3 sides, the region backs onto desert. The Leeuwin current flows warm from the north and the constant cooling ocean breezes provide gradual gentle ripening conditions against a terroir of red ochre, granite and gravel loam.
Tall forests tower over colourful wildflowers and pristine white beaches are hugged with native scrub. A wild surf coast meets verdant forest and beyond the stacks of granite boulders lie these exceptional wineries. Here the soil and vineyards are treated as a living ecosystem and the link between plant growth and rhythms of the cosmos is celebrated. A place of minimal intervention. Where nature speaks for itself.
A coastal oasis peppered with close intimate valleys, hinterland wineries, rugged shores dotted with seaside villages and a thick green blanket of native forest. Cooling breezes from Bass Strait blow clouds away and allow sunshine to work its magic in creating colour, tannins and aromatics. Old vines cascade with pinot noir and pinot gris and sit quietly on ancient rich red volcanic soils.
A fresh opening from juniper, angelica root, pink pepper and kelp act as a spicy palate cleanser before a slow avalanche of native kunzea and its warm honeyed tones is met with sage and crisp native white cypress. Strength and poise are provided by a dense forest of Australian sandalwood, cedarwood, vetiver and birch tar.
This gentle and considered scent aims to showcase the vitality and terroir of the vineyards of this exceptional wine region located an hour south-east of Melbourne.
We acknowledge the Bunurong people, the Traditional Custodians of the Mornington Peninsula lands and waters and pay our respect to their elders past and present.
Wintery rains sweep over Lutheran steeples and replenish the soil with moisture for the growing season ahead. Straw, native grasses and compost provide nutrients around vine trunks before the wait begins for spring’s burst of velvet buds. Summer and autumn bring warmth to the valley floor and the sun leads the path to deep crimson colours, smooth tannins and bold intense flavours — swathes of berry fruits, spices, liquorice, mocha, venison, tobacco and oak.
Historic towns. Green plains. Lush paddocks. Home to some of the world’s oldest shiraz, cab sav and grenache vines. For 180 years wine has been a way of life among these rolling hills, full of history and hardship, where life revolves around the soil, climate and community.
Everything from the Agrarian Kitchen begins in the garden. That was the starting point for this scent, the sweet earthy aroma of rich healthy soil. Treemoss, cedarwood and birch tar provide the foundation and the hint of smokiness is a small nod to the grill and hot smoker where faint white plumes are always in gentle attendance.
At its heart, this is a distinctly robust and savoury scent. Vegetables are the star attraction, with notes from carrot seed, bitter fennel and a rhubarb accord. There’s freshness from the citrus top notes of bergamot and orange which are paired with the comforting warmth of rosemary and the crisp spice of cardamom and ginger.
The soul of this candle is a deep, savoury, hands in the soil scent that pays homage to one of the nation’s leading culinary institutions that combines an exceptional kitchen garden, cooking school and restaurant.
*Selected imagery courtesy of The Agrarian Kitchen and Anna Critchley.
THE RACONTEUR X THE GIDLEY
A few steps down to a basement off King Street, behind a thick wooden door, lies a plush, lush and cozy dining establishment. Classic dishes and classic cocktails are paired with an award winning wine list and golden-age hospitality. Follow the velvet and dark wood rabbit-warren to the Norfolk Room and settle in for a long afternoon.
Decadent saffron, rich sandalwood and smoky vetiver are laced with fresh bergamot, juicy native lemon ironbark and the crisp edge of a sea salt accord. A forest of cedarwood and treemoss create a perfect enclosure for lingering.
A few steps down a hidden staircase off Dalley Street lies a wood paneled Italian cocktail bar stocked with amaro from around the world and a host of negronis. The concealed dining room glows under the crackling of an open fire which flickers and dances in the vaulted curved brick ceiling. The lights are low and the air is rich and heady with the ambience of Tuscany.