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Deep Blue Candle
Beatrice Valenzuela channels her hometown of Mexico City for her nature-inspired shoes and accessories—like a beautiful, unique hand-woven net bag from Chiapas. The Echo Park-based designer (who founded Echo Park Craft Fair) also makes one candle...
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Interview: Tom Dixon
In the bustle of his SoHo, NYC showroom, among geometric homewares and personality-packed light fixtures, we sat down with the affable visionary Tom Dixon to talk about the future. The designer was present to preview his Spring 2016 collection—an array...
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Blenheim Bouquet
For over 100 years, Blenheim Bouquet has been one of the most coveted and recognizable scents from London perfumer Penhaligon's. Light citrus notes up front give way to hearty—but delightful—musk. It's outdoorsy through and through, with a balance...
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Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Sophisticated Scents
While we may not give much thought to our noses on the day-to-day, as it turns out, it's one of the easiest senses to please—and of course, turn off. These magnificently unique fragrances break out of the typical cologne or perfume box and activate...
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Tabaco Beeswax Candle
Yucatán Peninsula-based perfumery Coqui Coqui takes sensorial inspiration from its tropical surroundings. Their unique, smoky Tabaco scent (freshly picked tobacco leaves paired with citrus) comes in candle form, where the fragrance is infused with...
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Bespoke Perfume
Born from the belief that scent is intensely personal, NYC-based Tramuntana makes entirely one-of-a-kind fragrances using the purest oils and essences. Based on a questionnaire and conversations (in-person or not) with a representative, a perfume is...
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Sardine Scent-Diffusing Sphere
Having "stinky" sardines on an aroma vessel (that resembles a fortune teller's orb) is a cheeky, bold statement—but don't worry, it's not the scent being diffused through the charcoal-like reeds. "Otto" is Fornasetti's aromatic signature, with top...
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Air Fresheners Of The Apocalypse
Illustrator Jim Stoten's contribution to the Air Fresheners of the Apocalypse collection is bold in design and scent. Inspired by the 1952 post-apocalyptic novel "Daybreak 2250 AD," Stoten's character is a chilled-out mutant—part human, part flower...
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Modern Apothecary by the Sea: Haeckels
The English seaside town of Margate—a historical retreat for Londoners fleeing the city smog—has chalk reefs and cliffs along its coast that nurture unique families of seaweed. Carefully hand-harvested, this seaweed becomes the base ingredient for...
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Six Oddly Shaped Candles
These days, candles are more than just a source of light or a mood setter; they need to emanate complex fragrances and more. Simple wax in a glass just won't cut it anymore. We've scoured the world for uniquely shaped or housed candles that look beautiful...
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Levitating Lavender Candle
Brooklyn-based shop Species By the Thousands offers everything from original illustrated greeting cards to alchemy-inspired jewelry—not to mention a collection of scented soy wax candles. The unique labels for each of their different candles make it...
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Incense Pyres
Putting a modern-day touch to the ancient tradition of incense-burning, Seattle's Blackbird perfumers have created sophisticated scents based on perfume concepts for their Incense Pyres. The most sensual scents would have to be Blood Countess (a warm...
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Kyoto Cherry Blossoms Incense
Japanese cherry blossom trees are admired the world over for their staggeringly beautiful but fleeting nature, which is poetically symbolic of the cycle of life. Lend the spirit of rejuvenation to your home with Shoyeido's incense sticks, a stimulating...
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Nose Dive Gift Set
Vermont naturalists Ursa Major combines their handmade Trailside candle with the Willoughby cologne in a gift set that emits gentle aromas of the great outdoors. The candle blends essential oils of cedar, sandalwood, mint, spruce and orange; to go...
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Oliver & Co. Candles
Escape the banal blast of cinnamon, nutmeg and pine that infiltrates homes and stores this time of year. Madrid-based, self-taught perfumer Oliver Valverde, who founded Oliver & Co. in 2009, has finally brought his fragrances and candles to the US...
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Sweet Grapefruit Soy Candle
Pommes Frites candles don't need fancy packaging or foreign-sounding names. "Sweet Grapefruit" speaks for itself with warn citrus and fruit notes (think peach and mangosteen) and is one of the DTLA-based candlemakers' strongest scents—making it a perfect...
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CH + AmDC: Totem Campfire Candle
Bedecked with artist Brian Farrell's illustration work, this Good Candle—created in a seasonal orange hue and campfire scent specially for Cool Hunting—is one to hang onto long after the wax withers away. Once empty, the glass can double as a pencil...
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Solid Perfume
Small-batch cult perfumer Le Labo has a new way for you to wear your favorite scent: in solid perfume form. The refillable metal case is small and portable, so Santal 33 or Vetiver 46 can be taken on a plane or applied anywhere you go. Rubbing the...
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Apparatus Studio's Censer Incense Burner
They are always a must-see at ICFF, and we've been paying close attention to the works of NYC design firm Apparatus Studios for some time now. While their origins lay in lighting design, and their last collection saw a textile and paper collaboration...
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Hand-Blended Body Oils
Organic oils from the London Oil Company do a number of duties, from preventing stretch marks (You & Bump) to setting a sensual mood (After Hours). Handblended in small batches in Primrose Hill, the company's products are tested on family members...
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1900 Box
With its brand revival, Papier d'Arménie preserves its original early 20th century aesthetic on packaging for aromatic items such as their 1900 Box containing 12 booklets of 36 incense-like perfume strips.
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Cucumber & Cilantro Glycerine Soap
Portland, Maine-based Wary Meyers makes 100% pure vegetable-base glycerine soaps in small batches. The Cucumber and Cilantro combination creates a Rothko-like green and yellow ombre for a bright, fresh and fragrant accent to the bathroom or kitchen...
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Wood and Flower Soaps
Brooklyn floral and garden design firm Fox Fodder Farm may be city-based, but they've got their two signature scents, wood and flower, down pat. Organic soaps are hand-poured containing palm and olive oils, with walnut powder and white willow bark...
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Sir Elton John Woodside Garden Candle
This candle is about as close as most will ever come to taking a sniff inside Sir Elton John's Woodside gardens. The floral fragrance was inspired by the botanical arrangements kept in his gardens in Old Windsor, England. The scent is lush and sophisticated...
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Scintilla Organic Candles
As longtime attendees of Iceland's DesignMarch, we're familiar with the wonderful textile work of Reykjavik-based Scintilla, a homeware brand founded by fashion and textile designer Linda Björg Árnadóttir. Last year, we were introduced to her organic...
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