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 bright fragrance evokes the clean autumn afternoon light that dapples North Bondi’s rockpool as it swells with the rising tide. The golden light is a magnet and grassy knoll hums. Cooling seabreezes roll in and thicken the air. Whispers turn to laughter as evening plans are made.
Scent: Citrus, spicy, green (herbal), agrestic (powdery), woody (soft)
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 uniquely fragranced candle tells the botanical story of Hamilton Island, the jewel in the crown of the Whitsunday Islands, located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Sea grass and moss articulate thoughts of a sunrise bushwalk along a coastal path, surrounded by cool moss-covered boulders, while notes of lemon myrtle and native ginger reveal themselves as if carried on the ocean’s breeze. A steep pathway to Passage Peak at the top of the island reveals the spice notes of the trade winds and, as the sweeping island views reveal themselves, hints of native cedar leaf and eucalyptus.
Scent: Spicy, citrus, oceanic, green (sharp), woody (rich)
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 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)