As a result of Covid-19, escaping the cooler months and migrating to Mykonos or popping off to Positano was not an option. Thankfully, with scent being our strongest sense, you can still transport yourself with candles that evoke dreamy destinations.
Unless there is an annexe to Narnia at the back of your wardrobe, we won’t be travelling too far over the next few months, and we certainly won’t be soaking ourselves in European sunshine while sipping on zesty cocktails. So how do we escape the cool weather blues without a coastal getaway on the horizon? The good news is, you can leave grey days behind you without your passport and a baggage check thanks to the Aussie-made destination candles that can instantly transport you somewhere new.
With scent being our strongest sense, carefully layered candles can evoke dreamy destinations in your balmy (read: central-heated) lounge rooms to help you fantasise about your next holiday, even for just a few hours.
Here are our favourite jet-setter scents.
Grace & James - Scent: Plantation
With bright citrussy tones of lime and mandarin, along with hints of basil, this stunning candle evokes memories of Hawaiian vacations. Think perfect days driving through plantations, soft top on the convertible down and stopping for the sweetest ice-cream at a roadside stall, except in this virtual scenario the sticky scoops don’t melt down your forearm, and it’s calorie free!
Glasshouse Fragrances - Scent: A Place in Paris
Imagine popping off to Paris without a small child punctuating the twenty-hour journey with regular kicks to the back of your chair. Released from the vault of the candle company—and available exclusively online— it’s possible to evoke the romantic city with notes of bergamot, violet, lily of the valley, cedarwood and amber creating a Parisian oasis. Of course, Glasshouse are frequent flyers — and if Paris isn’t for you, you can also strike a match and take a trip to Positano, Florence, Rome, Manhattan, The Hamptons, Rio, Cyprus, Bora Bora and Barcelona among many other destinations of inspiration.
Byrne & Love - Scent: Ficus Carica
Despite being handcrafted in Sydney’s Avalon beach, this complex fragrance evokes the warm, sultry scent of a European summer. The signature fragrance, which strikes the perfect balance of sweet and earthy with green fig leaves, luscious mimosa petals and fresh white cyclamen is a perfect summer day, because there’s no sunburn in this daydream.
Damselfly - Scent: La Luna
2020 really has been one out of the box, so you would be forgiven if you wanted to escape the entire planet and shoot for the stars instead. Part of cult candle company Damselfly’s new celestial range, this dreamy fragrance pays tribute to the mysteries and magic of the Celestial Zodiac, embodying eternal strength and beauty with notes of jasmine, spring florals, gardenia and the softest vanilla.
Marco & Co - Scent: Mountain Trail Ride
Inspired by the equestrian lifestyle, Marco & Co candles inspire freedom and nostalgia. With The freshness of eucalyptus, the sharpness of pine and the warmth of cedarwood and amber. Crisp yet woody, like the forest canopy. This is the burning equivalent of a horseback ride through the trees.
Soh Melbourne - Scents: Collins Street
Ok, Collins Street might still be within reach for Victorian residents, but this scent is all about travelling back in time. Set in 1930s Melbourne, Collins Street is adorned with lights illuminating the east end of the City. Duesenbergs are pulling up in front of the Regent theatre, laughter is filling the streets. After feeling the weight of the great depression, Melburnians are ready for the theatre and they're ready to celebrate. Prosecco is flowing, warm popcorn is being sprinkled with caramel and Gin & Tonic’s are being served with slices of lime & lemon: all of which are captured in this candle. This fragrance is as opulent as the east end of Melbourne in the 30’s. Let’s hope life smells just as good when we fully re-emerge from Covid lockdowns.
ABOUT THE WRITER
Anna Byrne grew up in Bendigo in regional Victoria before moving to Melbourne where she enjoyed a decade-long career as a columnist for the Herald Sun, becoming one of Australia’s most recognised lifestyle voices. Renowned for her insightful and humorous musings on the world of fashion and beyond, her take on style is both witty and refreshingly non-elitist. Anna loves musicals, McLaren Vale Chardonnay, the Melbourne footy club and can quote Muriel’s Wedding, verbatim. A passionate campaigner for small business, Anna is excited to join Buy Aussie Now as a freelance contributor.