Vilhelm Parfumerie – New scented candles and eau de parfum

New York perfume house Vilhelm Parfumerie has launched five seductively scented candles and a figgy eau de parfum to satisfy our senses this Christmas


A while ago we featured the debut collection by Vilhelm Parfumerie, in our opinion one of the most interesting niche perfume labels to emerge in the past five years. It was founded in New York by Swedish-born former model and handbag designer Jan Ahlgren, who enlisted the talents of renowned nose Jerome Epinette after commissioning him to develop a custom fragrance to scent leather goods. Now the brand has unveiled five new scented candles, each with a story behind them and packaged in the perfumery’s signature fluted yellow glass. Top of our wish list are ‘Vilhelm’s Pipe’, which combines ginger, wild honey, tobacco leaves and sandalwood and is inspired by the lingering scent of pipe smoke at Ahlgren family gatherings; and ‘Art Deco’, a crisp scent that evokes the clean-lined elevators of the Empire State Building through notes of clove buds, cassis, papyrus and vetiver.

ABOVE: 'Vilhelm's Pipe', 'Lazy Sunday', 'Art Deco' scented candles, £60 each for 300gm
ABOVE RIGHT: 'West Coast', 'Moon Carnival' scented candles, £60 each for 300gm
BELOW: 'Purple Fig' eau de parfum, £145 for 100ml

Also new this winter is a very on-trend fig scent, ‘Purple Fig’, inspired by the Cité du Figuier, a tree-lined oasis on rue Oberkampf in Paris. Recreating the woody-milky scent of figs with notes of cassis, angelica seeds, galbanum and cedarwood, it has a fresh lemon top note and a floral aspect thanks to the inclusion of cyclamen. We think it’s a hit.

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Stylish scented stocking fillers never fail. We're hoping to find a few of these in ours this Christmas...


Stockholm design brand Add:Wise was launched by architect Cecilia Falk after she found she was losing her passion for creating just 'another luxurious interior'. Now she produces notebooks, jewellery and beautifully packaged food and skincare, all made using sustainable materials and methods, with part of her profits being channelled into worthwhile causes. Our favourites from the line are the delicately scented orange-blossom bath products (including a pure shea butter infused with fragrance and a heavenly bath oil), and the bath salts containing real dried flowers (the lavender is super-relaxing). An understated geometric design on the unfussy packaging gives this range an air of pure Scandinavian goodness and we all need some of that in our lives...

ABOVE: 'Orange Blossom' shea butter, SEK 140
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Orange Blossom' soap, SEK 90

ABOVE FROM LEFT: 'Natural', 'Rose and Cornflower', and 'Lavender' bath salts, SEK 185 each

Rodin 'Lavender Absolute'

The soothing scent of lavender is having a fashion-forward moment with these fragrant new oils by stylist Linda Rodin 


New York fashion stylist Linda Rodin (right) won a devoted following for her heavenly jasmine-and-neroli-Olio Lusso scented oils when they launched nearly a decade ago. We predict a similar stampede for the new ‘Lavender Absolute’ versions, for face and body, in sleek glass bottles. The scent of lavender is well known for its relaxing and sleep-inducing properties, but Rodin has dialled it up a notch by blending two different varieties, tapping into the oils at the stem as well as in the flowers themselves for a softer, richer aroma. Contained within a cocktail of jojoba, evening primrose, argan, apricot kernel and sweet almond oils, this scent is intensely restful and wonderful to use on a cold winter night.

For Christmas, Rodin has produced a limited-edition set of the oils featuring snazzy 'Holidot' polka dot packaging, reflecting her passion for collecting spot-print clothes and curios. ‘Polka dots just make me happy,’ she says. What’s inside makes us happier still.

‘Lavender Absolute’ face oil, £105 for 30ml; body oil, £80 for 120ml. Available in the UK from

The Perfumer's Story by Azzi

With the arrival of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, British perfumer Azzi Glasser's seductive scented candles in smoky glass vessels are just what we need to chase the clouds away 


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When she’s not creating bespoke scents for the likes of Noomi Rapace and Johnny Depp, British perfume designer Azzi Glasser has masterminded fragrances for Agent Provocateur and Andre Balazs’ über-cool hotels. Last year she launched her own retail scent brand, The Perfumer’s Story, with the aim of offering original, artistically inspired fragrances. Now she’s expanded its offering with a range of five scented candles, all in smoky glass holders with antique apothecary-style artwork. Highlights include ‘Twisted Iris’ – dominated by powdery iris, an expensive and luxurious note rarely encountered in home fragrance – and ‘Fig Ambrette’, an unusual green-meets-amber scent. 'My fragrances are all based on character and style, so it was a natural progression to extend my collection to home,' Glasser says. 'After all, home is a reflection of your personality: enduring and intensely personal.' We couldn't agree more...

'The Perfumer's Story' scented candles, £49 for 180gm

Christian Louboutin x Thomas Heatherwick

The houses of Louboutin and Heatherwick have joined forces to create a new range of fragrances that simply refuses to be ignored...


London buses, gin distilleries and now scent bottles – British wünderkind Thomas Heatherwick seems determined to prove he really can turn his hand to anything with the launch of his latest design. He’s the slightly leftfield choice to create the debut scent bottle for ultra-glam French shoe designer Christian Louboutin; it turns out the unlikely pair make a dream team (although Louboutin is a trained landscape architect, so perhaps the partnership isn’t as outlandish as it first appears). They spent lengthy sessions discussing, sketching and making prototypes, trying to realise Louboutin’s notion that 'liquid is alive' and could be made to flow dynamically through a bottle. Heatherwick’s final design – a glass rectangle that splits and twists, forming a central aperture before fusing together once more – was pronounced unmakeable by glass experts. But here it is: perseverance paid off.

To fill this stupendous vessel, Louboutin created three fragrances, each coded with symbolic colours. ‘Bikini Questa Sera’ evokes the idea of sun on hot skin at dusk and the intense colours of the Egyptian desert; it contains jasmine, tuberose and sandalwood and its bottle is coloured with a wash of gold and amber. ‘Tornade Blonde’ is a bright red-rose scent with a fruity aspect from rhubarb and cassis; its bottle is flushed with garnet red. Last but absolutely not least is ‘Trouble in Heaven’, a real femme-fatale number clad in deep purple with notes of iris, patchouli, amber and tonka bean. 

ABOVE FROM LEFT: 'Bikini Questa Sera', 'Tornade Blonde', and 'Trouble In Heaven' eau de parfums
ABOVE RIGHT: Thomas Heatherwick (left) and Christian Louboutin discuss the bottle design
BELOW: Christian Louboutin tests his inaugural perfume collection

ABOVE: The supercharged metallic versions of Heatherwick's sculptural bottle for Louboutin's perfume oils

These fragrances are unabashedly raunchy and should probably only be worn by women who appreciate the more extreme of Louboutin’s stiletto fantasies; they’re basically supermodels in liquid form – the curvaceous, caramel-of-skin variety who slink down Victoria’s Secret runways wearing nothing but a few strategically placed feathers, and always look hot on their Ipanema beach hols. They’re full-on divas, and they’re fabulous: fashionistas won’t regret a penny of the £215 they’ll pay for the juice and Heatherwick’s art-glass objet. 

Finally, all three scents are also available as sensuous perfume oils that mix with the wearer's skin chemistry to create an entirely personal fragrance. Once again the bottles were designed by Heatherwick but given a beautiful iridescent metallic lustre. If you want to stand out from the crowd this Christmas, look no further...

'Bikini Questa Sera', 'Tornade Blonde' and 'Trouble In Heaven' eau de parfum, £215 for 80ml. Perfume oil, £245 for 30ml.

Pictures: Ali Mahdavi, Ash Reynolds