Carriere Freres Industrie Wax Candles
Centuries of botanists and explorers have enriched Carrière Frères Industries scented candles. These scents, inspired by exotic or indigenous oils, are reminiscent of the romantic “language of flowers."
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* Cedar: A tree of the Pinaceae family, the cedar first grew in the atlases of North Africa. Light and sturdy, cedar wood is a favourite of carpenters and cabinet-makers. Its natural fragrance makes it a good insect repellent, and the Egyptians used its resin to embalm their dead. In aromatherapy, cedar oil fends off anxiety.
* Orange Blossom: The orange flower grows on the citrus tree, or “Citrus Aurantium”, of the Rutaceae genus. In bloom, the tree flaunts its white flowers to the world, emitting a suave fragrance that has symbolized purity and beauty since Antiquity. Intoxicating but mysterious, these flowers used to adorn the garlands of young brides.
* Fig: In France, figs were first harvested under Louis XIV. La Quintinie, the King’s gardener planted over seven hundred fig trees of different varieties in the Versailles gardens, to satisfy His Highness’ taste buds. Fig leaves exhale an exquisite and beneficent vapour.
* Lavender: She’s also called “true lavender” and grows wild on the hills of Southern France. Purple shrubs of green grey leaves, lavender’s fragrant flowers stand up straight, defying the elements with their colourful spikes. Its essential oil, of the highest quality, purifies and heals. Lavender is a grand and generous flower.
* Honeysuckle: Honeysuckle is a twining vine of the Caprifoliaceae family. Discovered in China, it has become acclimatised to the cool Mediterranean weather. Its white flowers bloom at the end of winter, releasing into the night a scent of jasmine that invigorates butterflies. Its shoots interlace and grow up to 15 feet. Honeysuckle is nocturnal and intuitive.
* Tomato: Few people know that the tomato was first grown in South America, and that its name comes from the Inca “tomalt”. Sweet and fleshy, whether in the fruit basket or veggie pot, the tomato agrees with our palates, but not all palates agree on how to pronounce it. I say tomato…
* Nilgiri Tea: This Indian tea cultivated in the Tamil Nadu, is dark and sturdy with brisk overtones. Its fruity aroma is enriched with spices: cloves, cardamom, ginger and cinnamon. Married with a calming drop of milk as is customary in India, its perfume is exceptional.
* Basil: Basil was brought to the Mediterranean in the XV century, and now grows in Cyprus, Italy, and Southern France. Basil buds and leaves emit an uplifting perfume that sets palates alive.
* Rose of Damascus: During the rosebush’s intense blooming season, its display an exquisite corolla of petals... From China to Persia, and Europe to Maghreb, the rose is celebrated as the Queen of Flowers. The rose has healing virtues and is all powerful; it is the symbol of love, beauty, and their frailty.
* Sandalwood: Sandalwood oil has been used as a remedy for ailments for over four thousand years, and is a common fixative in perfumery. It is present in Hindu and Buddhist rituals, the former often ma-king the bindi dot out of its paste, the later turning it into incense. In Chinese medicine, sandalwood increases longevity, and builds confidence and determination.
* Vanilla Bourbon: Vanilla’s warm aroma is joyous; its caramel and amber overtones make it a prized scent.
* Tiare: This ancient recipe “Mahohi”, obtained from the maceration of tiare buds in Coprah oil, is an essential base of Polynesian medicine. Its tree blooms into immaculate white flowers that contrast with the intense green of its leaves. The tiare’s suave scent is reminiscent of tuberose.