Full disclosure: I am not a fancy candle person myself, although I appreciated a long-ago housewarming gift of a Diptyque candle so much that I’ve since bought a second one in one of my favorite scents, Vetiver. BUT I somehow came across this candle last week and thought, WOW, what a great gift idea for my brother. Here is what I am thinking: it has a high HUH quotient (as in, he will open it and say “huh” in a genuinely interested kind of way). The candle itself is interesting to look at and has an interesting story. If he never lights it, it still remains an interesting objet d’art in his apartment. The scent also sounds cool — it is “inspired by the tomb of the Orkeny eagles in Scotland, opening with fresh notes of clover and the cold sea.” In fact, there are a TON of interesting scents and candles out there right now, going far beyond floral/spice — from Byredo’s interesting room sprays like “Bibliothèque” to a whole bunch of interesting scented products from Maison Margiela, including “By the Fireplace, Chamonix 1971” and “Whispers in the Library, Oxford 1997” — to Tom Ford’s simpler “Fucking Fabulous” candle. (I’m somehow reminded of that scene in Harold & Maude now…) So: there are a ton of options if you or your loved ones aren’t into traditional scents. The pictured candle, Tomb of the Eagles by D.S. & Durga, is $65 at Nordstrom; Barney’s also carries their scents.
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