Hello all, I am having a few technical issues while on holiday.
Will try to do a travel post but the internet and my equipment is not making it easy...
So here's one I made earlier!
I tried Rachel Vosper for the first time around Christmas time.
|Shop exterior on Kinnerton Street, |
one of the loveliest hidden streets in Belgravia.
I wrote about it in this post.
|Shop interior, I love her use of cornicing as shelves on the left.|
I love and need candles around the house and was so excited to find someone to fill all the empty used candle jars with some new scents.
She is still one of the only chandlers I can find that can refill pretty much what you bring in for her to turn into a candle.
For a candle of premium quality, in my experience, on the same level as Cire Trudon and Diptyque, she charges a third and just less than half for the same amount of candle.
Plus you get to choose your vessel.
|My first Rachel Vosper "experiment". |
A whisky goblet rarely used that I made into a candle.
At first, I was just excited about the recyclable and eco-friendly aspect of it but now after having tried her candles, I love the candles for its own sake.
They burn cleanly and evenly and the scents are well balanced.
Also, I don't smoke but my partner does and we have friends who do so I need a candle that will eliminate the smoke smell and I find that the scent Choisya with its notes of Mexican orange blossom, citrus, and flowers is excellent at neutralising cigarette/cigar smoke.
After realising that I was convinced by her candles, I decided to bring a few more items for her to turn into candles.
|This is the haul I brought back home.|
A used empty Cire Trudon glass recycled.
Those are the hardest to get rid of as they are hand blown Venetian glass and there are only so many make up brush holders and mini vases one needs around the house.
Rachel is so gracious that she doesn't even mind if you bring in jars from other brand candles.
Another empty Cire Trudon candle getting a second life.
I had some cheap Zara Moroccan tea glasses loitering about so...
Made it into a candle but she did say as it is a basic quality of glass that she would only use one wick instead of her standard two.
Glass is one of my favourite materials.
My amethyst colored crystal tumbler.
I love drinking out of it but tend to "save" it and I love that
I have it out on display now.
Another glass I rarely use and now am making
some proper use out of.
Now here is my favourite piece that Rachel did.
I have to give her credit for this.
I thought she might think I was a bit mad but she has had all sorts of commissions so this was straightforward for her.
I had a soup tureen that I bought because I love the pattern on the porcelain.
|Hermes Eau Nil pattern|
I like soup but I will admit that I have never used it and it is one of those things of which I have the best intentions.
And Voila - she made it something for me to use on a nightly basis!
And here is the action shot...
I absolutely love lighting this - it is a bit of a ritual now.
Those of you in London have to go and visit her shop. There is a cute pub next door and is opposite the best Pakistani restaurant in London, Salloos.
Then get them to your local chandler and
see if you can turn it into a candle.