11 April 2012

Made in Ireland: La Bougie Scented Candles

I am a scented candle fanatic - I've been known to bring my favourites, by Diptyque and Cire Trudon, away with me on holiday! But in recent times it has seemed a bit obscene to shell out €50+ on something that will quite literally go up in smoke - so I've been on the lookout for something a little more affordable, but that still feels luxe.
Enter new Irish brand, La Bougie. They launched on Valentine's Day this year and offer three unique scent varieties, created by their house perfumer from scratch: Sweet Pea and Pear, Cox and Carnation and Rockrose and Oudh.

A lot of love goes into these candles: each one is hand poured into glass jars that are carved, painted, and polished by craftsmen at the West Cork chandlery. They come in three sizes: valise (wax weight 130g, €25), salon (210g, €35) and longere (270g, €50).

Quality wise, La Bougie candles are up there with the very best. Attention to detail is second to none: I was sent a salon sized candle in Rockrose and Oudh, which arrived in a chic black paper bag, wrapped in scented tissue paper and hand-tied with an ivory grosgrain ribbon.

The scent reached me before I'd even opened the bag. Oudh, also known as agarwood, is a costly, aromatic oil with a heady, exotic scent. Married with rockrose and ylang ylang, this candle is warm, floral and sensual and fragrances the entire room, without being overpowering in the least.

La Bougie candles offer affordable luxury and would make a fantastic gift (or self-gift!). Handily, the company delivers all over the world - check out the website or Facebook page for more information, or contact them on customerservices@labougie.com. And for more great Irish brands, check out the previous posts in the Made In Ireland series here, here and here.

Are you a scented candle fan and if so, which are your personal faves?

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