A Sense of Scandinavia
Welcome to another day of blogmas!
Now, I have been planning this post for a while, but I've never actually managed to sit down and write it. It's amazing what a kick up the arse this year's blogmas has proved to be so far!
I mentioned Skandinavisk in a previous post, and said that I would write a more in depth feature on them, so here we are. Without a doubt Skandinavisk are one of my favourite brands, and are certainly at the very top of the candle and home fragrance market for me. In a nutshell, they are just super stylish and produce a very high quality product - but it isn't just me that thinks so. Every single person that I have given or shown a candle to has been in full agreement with me. I think scents and giving candles can be a bit hit and miss, as fragrance preferences are totally down to taste. I've got quite a sensitive nose so I find lots of scents and perfumes to be extremely overpowering. For the past few years I've worn Jo Malone perfume exclusively, swapping between about 4 different scents, however I can't stand anything else in the Jo Malone collection other than those four scents. Candles can also be a difficult one for me too, I love candles but the ones everyone else seems to love, such as Diptyque have never been appealing to me and instead I prefer to go for smaller, independent brands that I stumble upon in boutiques.
Over the past few months I've managed to build up quite a large personal collection of Skandinavisk candles (I have Ro currently burning on my desk right now!) and I've also managed to smell many others in different stores. Amazingly, out of the whole collection I have not smelt one scent that I haven't loved so far. The top three favourites without a doubt have been Skog, Nordlys and Jul, however I still find plenty of opportunity to burn all my others, and haven't felt bored or sick of them. In fact I have my eye on adding to my collection - Bal and Fjord are likely to find their way into my basket sometime soon. If you were looking for a really wow factor candle then Nordlys (pronounced NOR-LUCE) would make a lovely gift. Inspired by the Northern Lights this has a beautiful, fresh, mystical scent (honestly I can't describe it, it maybe has a touch of salt too?) that transports you to the polar regions. The packaging is very striking too, with the aurora borealis inspiration carried on through it's box and jar, and there is a beautiful quotation printed on the back of the candle. I've gone through one already, and have bought several more which are all being handed out as gifts to my loved ones. I think what draws me to this brand is the attention to detail, I love reading through the cleverly written descriptions on the back and the makers are supremely gifted at capturing a certain feeling and creating such unique scents that all evoke something different. I feel that each detail is very carefully considered, and the aesthetic that they've created feels luxurious, magical and very very special.
In fact, the only problem with this brand is that I love their product too much. I'm running out of money to buy more, space to put them & it's becoming a real dilemma every night having to choose just one to burn that evening! If they start bringing out limited editions then god help me. I might have to use the excuse that I'm creating a 'candle wardrobe' - and why not? These candles and their scents bring me a lot of happiness, so I think I'll carry on with my little habit, guilt free.
Have you tried Skandinavisk yet? Perhaps you have a favourite candle, and you don't like to burn anything else? Let me know in the comments below or get in touch via social media.
See you tomorrow!