Finding the perfect scent for your home is a very personal experience and usually requires in-store visits to see what tingles the senses most. Once you’ve found your favourite, however, shopping for candles and diffusers becomes a tad easier. There are of course, several bestsellers which garner the attention and likes of many, celebrated for their alluring aromas. Cha Siu Papers Times rounds up some of the best places in Hong Kong to get your candle and diffuser fix.
Inspired by the elegant Saigon, Cochine uses the finest essential oils from plants unique to Vietnam. With a range of luxury candles, diffusers and fragrances to choose from, the brand captures an essence reminiscent of tropical sun-kissed evenings. Founded by skincare and fragrance specialist Kate Crofton-Atkins, who moved to Saigon upon falling in love with the city’s romantic aura, Cochine offers charming scents which embody beauty, quality and style. The White Jasmine & Gardenia Candle (US$65) and the White Jasmine & Gardenia Diffuser (US$80) are our favourites.
Founded in France in 1981 by Annick Goutal, the Goutal perfumery specialises in fragrance with collections ranging from luxury perfumes, diffusers, candles, home scents, body creams and more. With a fascinating history ranging from Goutal’s background in music (being a pianist), modelling and eventually perfume creation, the label pays tribute to her lifeline—blending poetry, nature, culture and music in her work. Maison Goutal opened its Hong Kong outpost in 2019 and offers a sensory experience for all its visitors. Try the signature L’Eau d’Hadrien Candle (HK$610/185g), also Goutal’s first and most well-loved curation, for a touch of Tuscan sun, a scent inspired by lemon trees and cypress to reflect the treasured Memoirs of Haden passage.
Tip: Try the complimentary wine pairing workshop available in July and August 2020
Carroll & Chan
“Hive to Home” is the slogan behind Hong Kong-born brand Carroll & Chan. If you’re familiar with the beeswax-crafted candles, and the alluring diffusers, then you’d know that the label is not just famed for its eco-friendly initiatives—their beautiful packaging is also worth a mention. Each scent is inspired by a part of Asia, whilst the unique designs are hand-painted by local designers. Their newly-launched Sakura range is a popular one—bring a bit of the Japanese flower back to your home with the Sakura Candle (HK$340) and the Sakura Diffuser (HK$319).
The epitome of luxury candles, Jo Malone is hot on the radar for many scent seekers. An award-winning fragrance house, the London-born brand is famed for its collection of candles, diffusers and perfumes for the modern home. Try the Lime Basil & Mandarin Diffuser (HK$520) and the Velvet Rose & Oud Deluxe Candle (HK$1,300) for an inspiring and decadent home uplift.
If it’s something fuss-free you’re looking for, an air diffuser might just do the trick. Mongolian brand L’HAMOUR holds an all-natural focused concept. Fill your room with pure essential oil mist from the Lavender Air Diffuser (HK$800) available online.
French perfumery Diptyque is a pioneer in fragrance curation and specialises in luxury candles and diffusers. Describe perfumery as art, the brand’s scented candle bestsellers include the Baies Berries Candle (50€) and the Amber Candle (50€).
Sisley may be famed for its winning skincare products, but the brand also holds expertise in candles. The luxury bestsellers include the Rose Candle as inspired by Isabelle d’Ornano’s rose garden.