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If you want to escape to the enchanted woods
Hand-poured in Whistler, BC, all of Hollow Tree’s coconut wax candles are inspired by the fairytale forests of the Pacific Northwest. The notes of Douglas fir, fern and cedar in this one are a nod to the wondrous Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park on Vancouver Island, where some of the ancient giant trees have stood for more than 800 years.
Cathedral Grove Hollow Tree Candle, $48, hollowtree.ca
If you prefer to be on summer vacation
Maison Margiela’s Replica collection is all about evoking memories of specific destinations through fragrance. Beach Vibes is meant to evoke Calvi, France, on a balmy day in 1972, with “salty bronzed skin” (or less fancifully: bergamot, ylang-ylang, coconut milk accord, and white musk).
Maison Margiela Replica Beach Vibes Scented Candle, $75, sephora.com
If you want to wake up in Italy
Virtually anything from Acqua di Parma, the Milanese creator of elegant sun-in-a-bottle scents since 1916, will do. Take, for example, the fresh, lemony Buongiorno, meant to recall the dawn of the Italian countryside.
Acqua di Parma Buongiorno candle, $98, sephora.com
If you can’t wait to check into a fancy hotel
Turn on a The Lab candleand it’s easy to pretend you’re staying in a fancy suite somewhere. The New York-based brand is a popular maker of toiletries for luxury hotels (Rose 31, for example, is the Fairmont’s signature scent), and also developed Cade 26 specifically for the Gramercy Park Hotel. Described as a close cousin to Santal 26, the company’s most famous scent, it’s smokier and deeper for an haute bohemian vibe.
Le Lab Cade 26 candle, $112, lelabofragrances.ca
If you dream of sipping tea in India
Ben Gorham, founder of Byredo, grew up in Toronto, New York and Stockholm, but the scent of his nostalgia-infused Chai candle is a nod to another time and place: his grandmother’s house. in India, where sipping spiced tea was a ritual. Notes of cardamom, cloves, incense, guaic wood and warm latte help set the scene.
Byredo Chai candle, $115, holtrenfrew.com
If you feel that London is calling
A Georgian townhouse in the Marylebone district – the creative headquarters of Jo Malone London – served as intimate inspiration for the company’s Townhouse collection, with Fresh Fig & Cassis taking notes on the freshly ripened fruits of the court. Bonus: the candle comes in a textured bisque ceramic vessel that is worth displaying.
Jo Malone Fresh Fig & Cassis Townhouse Candle, $165, jomalone.ca
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