Lifestyle: Baobab Collection Luxury Candles Inspired by Africa
Baobab Collection [Africa Inspired]
What an unexpectedly busy week it’s turned out to be; and as it draws to a close the soft glow of a candle filling the air with a soothing scent can be the perfect way to lull yourself into a blissful state of relaxation… such an indulgence, for setting the mood and the thought that came to mind when I came across the Baobab Collection, a luxury collection of colourful candles and home fragrances inspired by Africa. Created in 2002, The Baobab Collection found its inspiration amidst the magnificent landscapes of Tanzania where founder, Valérie Bietlot was inspired by the intense colours and fragrant perfumes she came into contact with, and began creating products at her coffee table. Imbued with its African heritage, the production of Baobab Collection’s products moved to Belgium in 2004 when Valérie returned home.
[Image credits: Baobab Collection – top, Masaai Spirit Candle;
centre, Verde and Victoria Falls; bottom, African Morning Dew and Zanzibar Spices – Apropos]
Subtle, designed to delicately distill their perfumes throughout the interior, every aspect of Baobab Collection’s luxurious home fragrances are handmade by skilled craftsman with thought, care and attention to detail; from the glass vases individually hand-blown by skilled glass-blowers, right through to the luxuriously sophisticated, yet simple black packaging that makes them an elegant finishing touch to stylish interiors as well as beautiful gifts. Available in five sizes the coloured and scented candles are poured into the transparent glass vases, and appealing to their male customers there is also the platinum edition; an encased candle that is referred to as the ‘Gentleman’s Candle’. The ‘Maxi Max’, the largest of the sizes weighing in at ten kilograms and almost 40 centimetres high, was designed to give off maximum light and fragrance; I would think ideal for large open spaces. Described as ‘colourful scented dreams’ the candles come in eight exclusive colours, each with its own signature scent chosen from across the continent, bringing with it a bit of ‘Africa’ into the home.
[Image credits: Baobab Collection]
A well-known perfumer in Grasse – a French town acknowledged as the perfume capital of the world – further developed the fragrances, which comprise base notes of strong Cedar Sandalwood overtones. Wonderfully descriptive names point to the source of inspiration and include: Madagascar Vanilla, Miombo Woodlands, Masaai Spirit, Serengeti Plains, White Rhino, Victoria Falls and Zanzibar Spices, the website details the notes found within each fragrance. In addition to the candles, the Baobab Collection’s range also includes diffusers and incenses and everything you need to make your candles burn beautifully; lighters and wick trimmers.
…envelop yourself in sublime sophisticated scents of Africa
Candles priced at: £22.50-£80/€19-€99
For further information about Baobab Collection and to find a stockist visit: www.baobabcollection.com
To purchase Baobab Collection candles visit: www.apropos-store.com; and www.amara.co.uk