I’ve been blogging for 11 years in April, and in that time I have met quite a few fragrance writers/experts who speak of perfume/fragrance/smellies in a way that is so literal that you almost smell it through your screen. Thomas Dunckley and Nick Gilbert are two of those writers.
So imagine my joy when I heard they had teamed up with Pia Long, a fellow writer and perfumer, to create a range of beautiful, unique candles that are genuinely different and weird and fun and luxury and lush.
Reader: I did something I never do ‘smell unsmelled’. I bought them. They do not disappoint.
So allow me to give my online friends an absolute open shameless plug and use their own words to describe their work. Let’s face it: ‘it smells lush’ from me tells you nothing.
‘We have spent years developing our debut collection of scented candles, working day and night to make sure that they are glitzy AF. That work is now done, and we are super excited to be able to present to you our brand Boujee Bougies.
Our debut collection consists of five unique scented candles. Each is available in two sizes (60g and 220g) and features a beautiful, high-quality fragrance composed by our in-house perfumer and compounded in Grasse, France.
We use a luxury blend of wax that is 100% natural and package our candles in striking black, internally coated glass. Attention to detail and flamboyance really is our thing; you may have sensed that.
Available now priced £55.00 and £25.00 from: https://boujeebougies.com
Cuir Culture: Old books, worn jackets, pup masks.
Cuir Culture is a daring and unashamed celebration of the bold beauty of queerness. In that spirit, our Cuir Culture is unashamedly cuir, with the smell of leather at its most raw and carnal, accented by the dusty sweetness of old books and warm spice.
Notes: Pink Pepper, Clary Sage, Elemi
Patchouli, Cedarwood, Suede
Leather, Animalic Notes, Pup Masks, Books
Smells of warm sexy time. Not sweaty. That would be grim. Warm.
Gilt: whispered confessions, incense smoke, gold leaf.
Gilt is a scent that captures the quiet, contemplative nature of rituals seen through smoke, and a touch of guilt.
Notes: Black Pepper, Lemon, Juniper Berry, Saffron, Aldehydes, Tobacco, Cypress, Labdanum, Amber, Frankincense, Myrrh, Opoponax, Cashmere Woods, Cedarwood Atlas.
Smells like church after a Catholic Funeral Mass. (one of my favourite smells ever, don’t judge me)
Hellflower: sulphur, burning flowers, brimstone
Hellflower is a post-apocalyptic floral bursting with the sulphuric brilliance of grapefruit, proving that a touch of the dangerous and the deadly is sometimes needed to enhance beauty.
Notes: Grapefruit, Lemon, Bergamot, Neroli
Magnolia, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Lily of the Valley
A garden fire inside a florist shop.
Succulent: houseplants, jungles, joy
Succulent is our tribute to the noble botanicals that bring beauty and joy to our homes, without any of the hassle of actually growing anything.
Notes: Clary Sage, Green notes, Cassis, Cactus, Tomato Leaf, Geranium, Jasmine, Rhubarb, Lily of the Valley, Musk.
Green but with a warm bum. (You’re welcome team BB, I am available to write all of your descriptions if you would like..)
Queen Jam: tart berries, purple roses, a flash of green
Queen Jam is a Finnish conserve made from raspberries and bilberries. It is divinely delicious and it also has a beautiful name so you probably know where this is going: yes, we made a candle that is just as sticky, juicy, tart and fresh as this decadent treat.
Notes: Bergamot, Cassis, Blueberry, Rose, Raspberry Leaf, Iris, Patchouli, Myrrh.
This is actually my favourite one. It smells like someone made sweet jam in a florist that was full to the brim and in full bloom. I love it. LOVE.
Not an ad. I bought the candles and will repurchase.