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)
Fragrance is one of the most defining style signatures.
“This unique scented candle contains the passion and identity of my interiors, curated in the same way with an elegant layering of architectural precision and luxurious decorative embellishment. Celebrating a twenty-one-year milestone, designed as the signature scent for my studio, it is an unmistakable sensory experience of my world.” David Hicks.
The heart of this fragrance is a robust leather accord, playfully contrasting against vibrant, decorative accents of grapefruit, elemi, and cardamom which provide a crisp, luxurious edge. Elegant, architectural notes are found in the sumptuous warmth of cedarwood, juniper, and vetiver, whilst amber and clove combine richness and texture.
Handmade in Sydney’s northern beaches by The Raconteur using 100% soy wax and cotton wicks. Free of paraffin, parabens, and phthalates. Burns 60+ hours.
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