This fragrance evokes the pristine wilderness and breathtaking diversity of the Island State, from its rugged mountains and ancient Tarkine rainforest to the long, remote beaches of the Freycinet Peninsula. Native boronia enlivens the mind while lemon myrtle and native Tasmanian pepper suggest refreshment beside a crisp flowing river. Meanwhile, cedarwood imparts a sense of timelessness.
Scent: Spicy, citrus, fruity, green (herbal), smokey, earthy, woody (rich)
This richly layered candle traces a line from the thrumming laneways of inner-city Melbourne to the wild and rugged shore of Port Phillip Bay, where native flora thrives. A trio of white cypress, wattle and kunzea conjures images of Melbourne’s crisp autumn nights and a delicate geranium leaf note nods to the city’s splendid gardens.
This candle tells the alluring story of an early winter’s morning in Bondi. Sun worshipers gather in the southern corner under giant sandstone cliffs. Facing east, they soak in the salty haze as the incoming tide guides their yoga pace. Lush ferns and moss spill over the cliffs and glisten in the morning dew.
Scent: Smokey, green (herbal), balsamic, earthy, resinous
Elements: Australian lemon, giant fern, black pepper, wild herbs, labdanum
Mood & Chemistry: Uplifting, calming
- monoterpenes including limonene, a&b-pinene; - sesquiterpenes including beta-caryphyllene
This sunny zesty candle captures the energy of an early-summer’s morning on Bondi Beach, as giant waves crash and local residents pound the sand on their morning runs. The duo of fruit notes – Australian lime and wild berries – invigorate body and mind, while an overture of coastal jasmine hints at the soulful day to come.
Scent: Citrus, green (sharp), fruity, floral (narcotic), woody
Elements: Australian lime, basil, wild berries, jasmine, plum pine
The crashing surf and lush tropical forests of Byron Bay come enlivened in this distinctive fragrance, which blends bold and salty botanicals including cinnamon myrtle, native thyme and lemon myrtle. Rosalina imparts depth and soul, bringing to mind the invigorating climb from Palm Valley up to Australia’s eastern frontier, Cape Byron.
Scent: Spicy, citrus, green (herbal), earthy, woody (rich)
This candle encapsulates the sheer energy of Central Australian flora. A bountiful base of desert oak recalls the dry sandy plains that surround Uluru while native grass and wild berry notes signify a kaleidoscopic feast. A subtle hint of native mint bush opens up a quietly spiritual dimension.
10% of the profits from the sale of this candle will be donated to Tjanpi Desert Weavers, a social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council that enables women living in Australia’s remote central desert regions to earn their own income from fibre art.
Tjanpi represents more than 400 female Aboriginal artists from 26 communities on the NPY lands, which cover almost 350,000 square kilometres across the tri-state (WA, SA, NT) border region of Central Australia.
This candle has been created in collaboration with Lennox Hastie, founder and chef behind Firedoor to capture the warmth and energy of sitting around an open fire and to highlight the fragrant beauty of some of the ingredients Lennox cooks with.
Fresh juniper, fruity davana and rich bitter fennel are extended with green violet leaf, while the citrus heart notes from neroli and petitgrain invigorate the senses. Honeyed facets of native kunzea and spicy pimento make way to vibrant sherry-like characteristics from carrot seed, which slowly reveals a base of native buddawood and guaiacwood before being warmed with rich cepes, earthy tobacco and a smokey pairing of choya and vetiver.
This candle and its unique fragrance tell the story of Australian artist Del Kathryn Barton and her exhibition “The Highway Is A Disco” at the National Gallery Victoria in Melbourne. Australian native botanicals including salt bush, river gum and wild herbs recall joyful childhood summers the artist spent in her mother’s South Coast garden, while bergamot, bay leaf and rose nod to her formative years in Sydney. The resulting scent, both delicate and richly layered, is a story of quiet beauty, the comfort of ancient trees and the celebration of a life well lived.
This unique candle was created to capture the essence of dining at one of Australia’s most celebrated restaurants, Quay. Representing the pinnacle of dining, Quay’s unparalleled harbourside location is paired with rare and beautiful ingredients skilfully executed with texture, flavour and harmony.
This candle was handmade at our atelier in Sydney’s northern beaches in collaboration with Quay’s Executive Chef, Peter Gilmore.
With an opening overture of refreshing citrus from bergamot, yuzu and lemon, followed by crisp juniper, subtle coriander leaf and a hint of spice from cumin, this lively palate cleanser is layered and energising. The trio of heart notes emerge, led by the complex floral beauty of native boronia, rich neroli, and herbaceous clary sage before revealing a perfectly balanced base of deep earthy terroir from patchouli, soft wood and spice from guaiacwood, warmth and leather from labdanum before lush oceanic moss to close.
Scent: Citrus, green (fresh), spicy, herbaceous, woody (rich)
This unique candle was created to capture the essence of dining at the Cooks Shed, located on a magnificent sunny ridge overlooking the upper Hawkesbury River at Sackville.
With a zesty opening of lemon and bergamot followed by a crisp herbaceous trio of basil, rosemary and thyme, the top notes linger with a refreshing greeting of native eucalyptus. The heart notes quietly reveal themselves with the soothing tones of green tea and jasmine before giving way to the rich warm embrace of tanka bean, oakmoss and labdanum.
This unique candle has been created to showcase the exceptional beauty of dining at Bennelong in the Sydney Opera House, a site of historic significance to the Gadigal people of the Eora nation where feasting, performance and celebration have taken place for thousands of years.
Act I opens with green spice from native Tasmanian pepper, earthy blackcurrant bud, rich fennel and honeyed wine notes from linden blossom. From this fresh and invigorating introduction the shape of the scent’s smooth curve begins to emerge. As the heart notes in Act II announce their presence, they are led by crisp complex florals from native kunzea l, smooth herbaceous celery seed, and a hint of spice from clove leaf before giving way to subtle citrus from litsea and the warmth of honeysuckle. The base notes of act III take centre stage with soft, creamy, woody notes from native sandalwood, paired with labdanum and cedarwood, before a final overture from lush oceanic moss.
Introducing a new multi-sensory collaboration between the Raconteur and Australian visual artist, Ingrid Bowen. This new work has been produced to coincide with the show PEREGRINE which opens on 6 May 2021 at Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore, NSW.
From dry scrubby bush to golden hills peppered with native grass and tall eucalypt forests, the journey across Australia’s ancient pathways is where we witness the pace of nature: patience, growth, renewal. Giant sandstone boulders and meandering creeks offer shelter and provide moments of reflection. It is here that the voyage turns inwards and nature’s resilience signals to us the values of perseverance and optimism.
With a refreshing opening of lemon myrtle, crisp eucalyptus and rich galbanum, this invigorating start to the olfactive journey is met with greetings from a comforting floral trio of kunzea, Kimberley heath and geranium. Finally, the warm embrace of sandalwood, patchouli and cedarwood welcomes the traveller home.
Handmade in Sydney’s northern beaches by The Raconteur in collaboration with Ingrid Bowen.
Scent: Citrus, green (fresh), floral, earthy, woody (rich)
This candle and it’s unique fragrance was created in collaboration between Mark Tuckey and the Raconteur. It takes you on a journey across the Byron hinterland which Mark now calls home. Trace his steps and favourite scent ingredients, immerse yourself in the landscape.
The title is derived from the French verb “Entreprende” meaning “to undertake”.
L’Entrepreneur celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit. Honouring those who undertake risk, chase adventure and provide a source of new ideas and innovation for the betterment of society.
This candle and it's unique fragrance was created in collaboration between Suzie Anderson (of the legendary eponymous homewares stores in the Southern Highlands) and the Raconteur.
A collaboration that began in late 2019, was disrupted by a pandemic, and finally blossomed into this fresh new candle fragrance. This new signature scent celebrates all those individuals, throughout history and today, who have been “in the arena” and found the determination to persevere and reinvent themselves during challenging times.
This unique candle has been created to capture the celebration of waterfront dining at OTTO. Located on Sydney’s sparkling Woolloomooloo Wharf and on absolute river frontage in Brisbane’s South Bank, OTTO is a beloved dining institution celebrating people, place, and la dolce vita.
A fresh opening entrée of bergamot, Sicilian lemon, juniper and cedar leaf is paired with crisp cypress and galbanum before revealing the classic beauty of rose geranium and lavender. Finally, just like a long leisurely afternoon in the sun, sandalwood, labdanum, patchouli and fir create a warm, lingering embrace.
Handmade in Sydney’s northern beaches by The Raconteur in collaboration with OTTO.
Scent: citrus, green (fresh), floral (soft), woody
Elements:Bergamot, lemon, juniper, cedar leaf, cypress, galbanum, rose geranium, lavender, sandalwood, patchouli
Mood & Chemistry:Calming and uplifting
- monoterpenes including limonene - monoterpenols including linalol - esters including linalyl acetate
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
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.