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Aesop Aromatique Candles review: All about Aganice, Callippus and Ptolemy, the latest additions to the Home Care range

Aesop Aromatique Candles review: All about Aganice, Callippus and Ptolemy, the latest additions to the Home Care range

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Text: Emily Heng


Aesop is in the business of smelling good. That is, allowing us folks and our abodes to smell like an exquisite rose garden; soothing chamomile tea; and even the intoxicating city of Marrakech. This is done via a wide selection of fragrances and room sprays, now bolstered with an all-new category in their home care line-up. Enter: candles.

Three of 'em, to be precise. Formulated in conjunction with long-time collaborator, Barnabe Fillion, each Aromatique Candle harbours a winning amalgam in the vein of fan-favourite perfumes Rōzu and Hwyl. Each are named after "a stargazer of note". There's Ptolemy, which contains deep green notes of cypress and cedar; Aganice, a floral blend of mimosa with spicy cardamom; as well as Callippus, distinguished by its earthy aroma comprising vetiver and frankeincense.

"We took inspiration from ancient astronomy and associated mythologies, and considered the historical significance of candles, seeking new aromatic blends that would engender a sense of equanimity and refuge from workaday concerns," Dr Kate Forbes, Aesop's Innovation Director, states. "As is customary in our partnership with Barnabé, scientific rigour worked hand-in-hand with ardent intellectual curiosity, and tradition with innovation."

Housed in a minimalist ceramic vessels characteristic of Aesop's simple yet functional aesthetic, users would be pleased to know that each jar is recyclable and comes with an individual quote on the inner lip. Poetic, and pleasant-smelling? Now, that's one candle with all the makings of a permanent addition to our vanities.

The Aesop Aromatique Candle is available at all Aesop boutiques and retails at $155 each.

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