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 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.
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.