Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A Feast of Scents: Royal Apothic Giveaway


The email arrived out of the blue in March of 2009.

Hi There,

I am getting ready to launch a new home fragrance company. Would you mind if I used one of your pics of the London garden in a post on my blog? One of my fragrances captures the scent and the image is exactly what inspired me.

Best,
Sean
("A Cutting Garden", Luminarie candle)

Of course I said yes. And thus the foundation was laid for the beginning of a delightful friendship between Sean O'Mara, perfumer and founder of Royal Apothic, and me. We traded emails, we met for lunch and I found myself drawn deeper and deeper into the tale of how his business was founded when the past reached out its dusty fingers to him...

"On a sabbatical in London, I came upon a book tucked high upon a shelf in a forgotten Notting Hill antique stall. This hidden treasure revealed itself to be an apothecary manual from the 18th century. Listed within its pages were the formulas of concoctions created for many of the great monarchies of Europe."

Is that like a plot point out of "Great Expectations" or what? As a former beauty industry veteran, Sean immediately grasped that his discovery was game-changing. Realizing he could tie his own expertise into the formulas, he returned to Los Angeles, began duplicating the fragrances listed in the manual and presto, Royal Apothic was born.
("Firewood" and "Black Walnut" extracts, The Extract Collection)

I knew the company was going to be a success as soon as I tested out the scents and candles that Sean gave me to try at lunch one day. (I wasn't alone. Just last month, Royal Apothic won Best of Show at the New York International Gift Fair.) From its launch last year, the line has now expanded to include interior scents, eau de parfum and single fragrance roll-on extracts (which you can mix and match to create your own bespoke scent).

Herewith, a few of my faves...

Distillation of: Edwardian Fireplace mingles white birch cinders, smoke plumes, clove and amber in a blend so redolent of a certain time and place that I swear I rushed to my bookcase in search of my battered copy of "Howard's End." According to Sean, this scent has become a cult fragrance and sells out immediately whenever it appears in stores.
("Edwardian Fireplace" Interior Perfume)

Although Sean's inspiration for the Violette Pastille single note extract comes from the candies his grandmother always used to carry in her purse, for me it brought a completely different Proustian flashback - that of a little troll doll with purple hair I had as a child in Sweden. The doll's hair was faintly scented with something that all these years I've never been able to pinpoint...until now. It was violet. Fresh, subtle and ever so slightly shy.
("Violette Pastille", "Green Tea" and "Hydrangea" extracts,
The Extracts Collection)

But it's Distillation of: Mulholland Drive that made a hero out of me. I placed it on the table in my foyer and when my husband came home from work, he said, "What is that? That's the best candle I've ever smelled."

When I told Sean that he managed to elicit a positive comment about a candle from a straight man (which must be some kind of record), he said it's because it exactly captures the scent of Los Angeles.

"I took a field trip to The Arboretum and asked the botanic experts which scents defined Los Angeles. They told me the Santa Ana winds come down from Santa Barbara carrying the scent of the ocean, pick up notes of eucalyptus as they wind their way through the forests, head downtown and then circle back to grab night-blooming jasmine from the hills. All these elements are in my candle."

The Royal Apothic Giveaway

Sean has offered one lucky reader of "A Bloomsbury Life" a set of four candles from his brand-new collection, available exclusively at Anthropologie.
The set includes one each of the following candles (pictured above; for more information, click on the links below):

- a fresh pick of orange tree blossoms, currants and rose leaves -

- gardenias, jasmine, lily and tuberose with a light base of fern -

- earthy, green, woodsy and fruity notes of fig -

- a seaside breeze of eucalyptus and night-blooming jasmine -

The winner will be announced on Monday, October 25th. To enter, just leave me a comment on this post (only one entry per person, please) by midnight October 24th and I'll use a random number generator to determine whose lucky day it's going to be.

Editor's Update:

Sean just emailed me that he's also giving a 20% discount on Royal Apothic online to all readers of this blog. Just type in "bloomsburylife" at checkout, and you're good to go. (The giveaway candles are exclusive to Anthropologie, but there are lots of amazing things to buy online, as you'll soon discover.) Thank you, Sean!

175 comments:

maison21 said...

i'm in!

Kristen Dolan said...

These are so beautifully contained, and your description of the scents is so lovely that I have been transported to the beach, an orchard, a misty valley... just by reading about these candles and scents! I would love to have a collection of these... even if I don't win, I may have to pick them up anyway! Thank you kindly!

So Lovely said...

Oh how delicious - I shall go to Anthropologie right away - I love candles - thank you. xx

Grace said...

Right now I am reading Excellent Women by Barbara Pym and, to me, this book begs a ritual to go along with it. Lighting an amazing candle (Compound of: Cutting Garden maybe?) and making cup of Lady Gray tea seems just right.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith was another book that would have been wonderful to experience through smell. Distillation of: Mulholland Drive reminds me of that book.

These candles sound like the hight of luxury and I hope hope hope I am lucky enough to win them!

Susan B. said...

What a great story! I'm sure they're all wonderful! Thanks for the opportunity and giving me a reason to go to Anthropologie soon...

mary said...

They sound just heavenly.

Christina said...

What a great story as to how his company got started! I would love to win.

Christen said...

I rarely get homesick for California but maybe the Mulholland Drive candle would change that!

TheWingchairTraveller said...

Oh, if only! I presently own "Attar of: High Tea", which is just divine. Now, where can I find Edwardian Fireplace?

Please enter me in the contest, Pretty Please?

Marla in Columbus said...

Lisa,

Count me in as well. And if I'm not the winner, it's off to Anthro.

Thanks,
Marla

Splendid Sass said...

OH, such a nice giveaway. Love this story!
Put my name in the hat!
Teresa

pve design said...

Oddly enough, I was lucky to find a lovely bottle of Royal Aothic in the sale bin for a steal....and now I am afraid I am hooked on these heady scents.
I would be in heaven if I won....
pve

Brown Paper Packages said...

As an Angeleno, I love the story behind the Mulholland Drive scent. Would be perfect on rainy day like today.

Marzipan said...

How gorgeous!!

Amy said...

I just ordered Edwardian Fireplace and would love to try the scents you are giving away--and if I don't win, I'll have to get them anyway, they sound so lovely!

Laura said...

They sound wonderful. I'm curious if any purfumer has ever considered using Daphne in a scent. It's one of my favorites, but have never found it in a candle or perfume. Maybe it just doesn't translate...

Väva! Veve! said...

Oh, if only!!! Yes. please enter me in your wonderful contest! How exciting! Not only does your blog offer joy for the imagination, but intoxication for the senses!! Delightful!! Which reminds me. . . I have a package for you!

Gifts of Serendipity said...

What a gorgeous new product, thank you for sharing.
I would love to smell all of them!

x Felicity

Melody said...

These candles sound so lovely! Perfect for the cool autumn weather.

Tracy said...

I was just sniffing these at Anthro!

Belly said...

What a great story. My father always says scent is the most spiritual of the senses, and I agree.

Bri said...

It never fails to amaze me how powerfully scent is tied to memory and place.

helen tilston said...

Beautiful and more enhanced that he has used one of your great pictures.
Success to Sean
Helen Tilston

Rilkean Heart said...

Actively seeking out a Los Angeles scent? Curiosity has gotten the better of me.

Kate Davidson said...

What lovely products--and what intriguing and compelling descriptions! Count me in...fingers crossed in anticipation!

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Oh my, oh my, oh my.....do pick meeeee!

I adore Royal Apothic and can think of no better coupling than it and "essence de Bloomsbury."

Cheers, Alcira

thenerochronicles.blogspot.com

AlisonHS said...

The packaging alone is beautiful. I can only imagine how amazing the products are!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Me, me, me, me!!
Fingers crossed!

Christina said...

Distillation of: Mulholland Drive sounds amazing...i will have to dash to anthropologie!

Musings said...

My favorite thing about L.A. is the scent of jasmine as you drive through the hills with the windows open - usually with The Eagles basting on the radio but don't tell anyone that last part!

I can't wait to try the candle!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Oh lovely giveaway! I've seen these at anthro and bought a few as gifts. Would love some for myself!
I had no idea you lived in Sweden as a child -so did I - in stockholm for 3 years! Did we discuss this previously?
anyway -pick me!

andersonrc1 said...

I love your blog, and would love to be included in the drawing for the give away :)

Acanthus and Acorn said...

The story and your descriptions are a gift themselves, but I am hoping like crazy that I am randomly picked!!!

Paul said...

Your descriptions of these scents are so vivid.

birdie blue said...

count me in. thank you for the chance.
xo
~molly

Patricia said...

I would love to win one of your candles. Thanks for the opportunity.

Margaret said...

OMG! I love the story behind Sean's company! I'm going to try his products asap! But first I'm entering this giveaway. :D Thanks so much!

Marilyn Eve said...

Love your blog. I hope I win some of these amazing sounding candles. Thanks.

Hallie Smith said...

I win either way! Either I win four candles in this giveaway, or I go to Anthropologie and buy a candle I love. Hooray!

Lee said...

How gorgeous are these candles & how generous is Royal Apothic! Count me in on such a beautiful giveaway. Lee :)

Susan in TX said...

After that description, how can I not put my name in the hat? :) Tis the season for quiet evenings with books and candles, after all!

Nicole said...

I'm in! Your post is absolutely beautiful, images and words that seem to make so incredibly nostalgic for something that I'm not quite sure about. I would love to have a collection of these! My boyfriend and I are ardent candle lovers!

Rachel said...

oh my - they all sound so enticing. What lovely gifts they'd make.

Anonymous said...

Oh, these scents sound heavenly! As a native Southern Californian now living in Connecticut, the description of Mulholland Drive makes me long for home. Would love to win these candles, but if I don't I'll be making a trip to Anthropology soon!

Dawn said...

I love your blog!

Purple Flowers said...

These scents sound absolutely wonderful. I would love to light my home with them.
Thank you for this giveaway.

Bob said...

I love this product line! The candles are now even more special as I read how they came to be. Thank, Sean for trusting your instincts and going into business for yourself!

Klever Girl said...

I love, love, love when things have a meaning, a sense of belonging, or point of reference. Reminds me how we all come from somewhere...and are going somewhere as well.... lovely post!

christina said...

What a wonderful tale of synchronicity! Yes, your photos are very evocative and this is a wonderful use of them.

janfaw said...

I would love to win! What wonderful, happy stories – yours about the email from Sean, and Sean’s story about the discovery of that book!

What picture of yours did he use? I returned to that blog "Bright Sunshiny Day" where Sean saw the picture he asked to use. Wish politicians would read that posting.

Melissa said...

I would love to find out if these really smell as luscious as they sound!

Rebecca said...

This is very exciting! Thank you!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Very much looking forward to snatching up one of Sean's great candles. I know I'd be a big fan of Edwardian Fireplace. Contains so many incredible, earthy scents. Mulholland Dr. has me intrigued. I often speak of California & how it has it's own scent, and how I miss it. I think it's going to be another favorite.

I will be running to Anthro!

Thank you & wishing Sean all the best with this exciting new adventure.

Cheers ~ Deb

Tree said...

Fragrance is memory, and your descriptions are so evocative that I just have to send in my chance!

Kate @ Savour Fare said...

I admit to being completely intrigued. Does the candle smell like Mulholland Drive? Or does it smell like the Arboretum (Arcadia, aptly). We just moved from mid Wilshire to Pasadena and the scents are different.

Courtney said...

I wish this computer screen had a scratch-and-sniff option right about now...

Jo Crisp said...

Lisa, I'd only want to win if you would personally deliver the candles!

Kim said...

I'm torn between Mulholland Drive and Venetian Grove--delightful! I will be purchasing no matter what.

Cathi said...

What an interesting story! Count me in, they sound fabulous! :)

Tina said...

The story of the antique apothecary book alone makes it wonderful!

Constance Canfield said...

"Mulholland Drive" has gripped my imagination !

Jane said...

Well even though I am a long way away consider me in.

Like paint samples, I wouldn't mind the job of coming up with proposed scents for Sean.

Two suggestions:

Dusk (that soft, slightly moist, perfumed air you get just after the sun sets).


Concrete Spring - those crisp clear days you get in very urban places like Milan - a combination of ice, and almost rubber, and something very sweet and cold like a big bowl of milky coffee.

xoxo

tricia said...

I can not wait to enjoy these scents in person. I will look for them at Anthropologie but maybe I will be the lucky winner too ! Love love love the Blog. Patty

royalapothic said...

So many great comments!!! Thank you all for the wishes and suggestions!! (And to the amazingly inspiring Lisa for the post...I adore you)
xoxo, sean

holly aka golly said...

Who could possibly resist? Such an enchanting story. I will certainly look for them at Anthropologie.

Anonymous said...

I recently read that our sense of smell is the most complex of our senses, and directly related to memories. I chuckled when I read about your troll doll, as there are certain smells which remind me of childhood toys also! Please enter me in your lovely contest, and I shall have to hunt for these candles in Canada, since I never win anything!

Jackie

maggie's garden said...

They sound luscious....count me in!

Funny my word verification is: boxical ....like box of botanical.

Maria S. said...

Edwardian Fireplace! I'm in. For years I've been trying to replicate the sandalwoody smell of an apartment we stayed in London.

Nothing has come close.

marti said...

Oooh - lovely! My husband and 2 small sons are moving house this week into a lovely, older home. It still, faintly, bears the scent of the former owner's old-fashioned perfume, and while I respect their bond (the owner was 93 and lived there for decades), it now needs a fresh, gracious, new scent. I'd love to give these history-laden, magic sounding candles to our new home to cement the beginning of our beautiful friendship.
Thanks, Lisa - you know the most intriguing people!

LaDolceMama said...

Your rich descriptions and novel references always leave me breathless and goose-pimply, so when I read the bit about "Edwardian Fireplace" I nearly fainted-- I MUST have these candles in my home!
(*Grace- I feel the same way about the connection between "Mulholland Drive" and I Capture the Castle!)
I'm going to become a faithful fan and supporter of Royal Apothic from this day on-- What a beautiful gift idea (in a pretty basket or box along with a great novel, a tin of tea, and some cozy slippers).

retrofemmeobjetdart said...

What an extraordinary tale...
Thank you for this opportunity.

Kay said...

I am going to Royal Apothic online shop now!

Michelle said...

"Edwardian Fireplace" sounds so intriguing that I would buy it based on the name alone. And since "Howards End" is one of my favorite books of all time, I'm going over to Anthropology now. Loved the Proustian flashback ... I have a strange affinity for the scent of burnt pumpkin jack-o-lanterns on Halloween.

donna baker said...

I have the violetta pastilles in my purse. There is a tiny anise seed in the center of each one. The same company also makes rose pastilles and anise flavored ones.

Vava (aka Virginia) said...

I would be forever grateful to be tossed in the ring! Cannot wait to sniff - whether I win or not!
Oh, happy day!

lucia said...

Hope and Sense!!!

Mulholland already makes me homesick...

Mystica said...

Thank you for such a detailed description of everything. I am definitely wanting to be counted!

dash said...

What an incredible story. I'm on a quest for 'Edwardian Fireplace' now!

M said...

Is there such a thing as scent gluttony?

Love the design of the pretty label, by the way...

Beautiful Things said...

These sound wonderful. I'm fascinated by Distallation of: Mulholland Drive. I've never been to Los Angeles but I hope to one day.

lors said...

I'd love to win. But is Ireland too far to post them to?

RebeccaD said...

Here's hoping the random # generator picks me! I am dashing off to the site after I post here and I am not even really a scented candle fan, but these intrigue me.

velagirl1273 AT yahoo DOT com

Donyale said...

When I lived overseas it was the smell of familiar scents that could send me into a melancholic fit of homesickness. Funny enough, now I am home I hanker for the smells of the places I was in when I was homesick.

Christina Eve said...

Just returned home to Australia after a trip to the US with my two sons Jacob and Lucas and need to smell LA
again!

Thank you for "A Bloomsbury Life" . It is the first place I escape to when I manage to get a turn on the computer.

Christina Chicco

The Hausfrau said...

I know I'll fall for Edwardian Fireplace, but they all sound wonderful!

Angeli said...

Love the sound of Edwardian Fireplace....sends me back to England....will stop by Anthropologie this week and pick one up. Cheers!

Joanna said...

The scents sound lovely and unique. I'm headed to Anthropologie soon to smell them for myself.

jen wardle said...

Yes please!!! I love your blog....

eileen said...

Love your blog. Sign me up, please!

Ann Marie said...

These sound absolutely wonderful!!!!
Love your blog

Lisa Swartz said...

I want to try this out on my husband, too!

rootsandwings said...

whenever i feel my little world needs some inspiration, i visit your blog...never fails to brighten my day;) i already feel recharged by simply reading this entry. unfortunately, i live so far away and will have to wait for our summer visit to get a hold of these;)
i so love the story about sean too! starting a business myself and needed to read something like that today...just the push i needed. thank you

"I am nobody! Who are you?" said...

There is no glory in star or blossom till looked upon by a loving eye; There is no fragrance in April breezes till breathed with joy as they wander by.
William C. Bryant

litchic said...

Pick me! Pick me! This Minnesota girl could use a bit of L.A. in her house these days...it keeps getting colder! ;)

Bethany said...

I can NEVER find a candle I love--too sweet, too much like all the others, too overpowering. These just might be different! Will have to head to Anthropologie (60 miles away, but always a fun trip and worth the drive!) and check them out!

Betty said...

What pretty packaging!

elizabeth said...

These candles look like real treats! Thanks for having a giveaway and sharing the info about them. Makes me glad that the first Anthro is opening in my state soon!

Megan Taylor said...

I couldn't miss a chance at those candles!

Anonymous said...

The description of Edwardian Fireplace has made collect wood ready to lay a fire this evening even though it is 75 degrees in Sardinia this afternoon

Betze said...

I absolutely love your blog! It is truly a Feast. Please enter me in the Apothic giveaway.

Rina said...

I would love to win these candles. And I am certainly going to buy "Edwardian Fireplace"!

Jennifer Vincent said...

How fun! By all means, throw my name in the hat!

Anonymous said...

Great story behind the scents of these candles. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

Mary B.
tb00@pacbell.net

LA Native said...

love the idea of the mulholland drive candle....i've spent many years driving that stretch of road and smelling the ocean and the jasmine.

Laura [What I Like] said...

Oooh that fireplace one sounds right up my alley.

Jane said...

They sound so intriguing and evocative!!

S@sha said...

A good story makes everything better! And that's a great story.

Peter Pehrson said...

Choose me, choose me for the candles, please! They will have a lovely home and be appreciated here. Thank you.
Peter Pehrson
Upstate NY west of Albany

materfamilias said...

These pictures and your words are so very evocative that I'm going to check these candles/scents out on-line even if I don't win your giveaway. They sound gorgeous!

michele said...

Your description is so enchanting, I can smell the candles now...

Colleen said...

thanks for the chance! can't wait to check out his site!

Natalie said...

I am always looking for good candles! Thanks for offering the giveaway!

lisa said...

awesome, plus i lurve a discount

Lisa H. said...

Lovely! And here in rainy Vermont, we're already feeling a little house-bound. Candles will help.

Julia said...

I love the story of Sean finding the book! It was fate. I think I will send the Mulholland Drive candle to my best friend who lives in LA. Thank you! xoxox

Nell said...

I wasn't going to enter because I have easy access to Anthropologie, and wanted to leave the winning for someone less able to visit Anthro in personam. But, just returned from a lunch-hour swoop and was disappointed to learn that my Anthro store here in Chicago doesn't carry the Royal Apothica line, so I'm throwing my hat (and comment) into the ring for your giveaway. I haven't stopped thinking about Edwardian Fireplace or Mulholland -- must find them both. Your powers as a writer were in full mode in this post, Lisa, as they always are. But this one was particularly persuasive. Your descriptions make me feel like I may be able to summon the spirit of Nancy Mitford for a lively chat with Edwardian Fireplace...or maybe MFK Fisher or Myrna Loy or Kate Hepburn with Mulholland...Thanks, Lisa!

manila2CHill said...

thank you for the intoxicating stories behind the scents! and you were just the one to tell them...

Deedlebum said...

I think I may have fallen in love with the smell of these just by your description

Kelly said...

As a native of L.A. county, I am very, very curious to smell the Mulholland Drive candle. The scents you listed sound spot-on for a windy SoCal evening. Crossing my fingers!

MarthaO said...

Beautiful, inspiring post! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to experience those candles, whether I win them here or not!

Kim said...

When my family moved to Los Angeles in the 60's, my father would take us to Mullholland Drive to look at the lights below and breathe in that scent.

I shouldn't be greedy for the scent still, but it was my first real memory of LA and it is entrancing.

My word verification is esesses. Looks like it should be the root word of essence. How fitting is that?

bpym75 said...

Wonderful! I really hope to win.

Allyn said...

Great, now I'm on the hunt for Edwardian Fireplace.

Dianny said...

The pictures are so whimsical and beautiful. Please enter me. Thank you for all your great posts.

jane said...

Great giveaway - can't wait to smell the Mulholland Drive candle. Thanks.

jane
jteitz@socal.rr.com

Carlydear said...

OH they're all so pretty! I'll buy some if i don't win any!

CashmereLibrarian said...

OMG! Must.Win.

Claraalcott said...

Mulholland Drive!

emcSquared said...

This is an amazing giveaway! I am drawn to scents, they are a timecapsule. Just the whiff of a familiar scent can take me back in time or to a familiar place. Thank you for the chance!

Jodi said...

Lovely giveaway!

Meredith B said...

I love the story of finding the book in a dusty corner in Notting Hill! Can't wait to smell Firewood and Edwardian fireplace...

HildaK said...

How intriguing! "Mulholland Drive" would be perfect for my L.A.-loving daughter, currently living as an "ex-pat" in Colorado.

Anonymous said...

These sound wonderful, and what a feast for the eyes! I'm in...but now I have to get to Anthropologie! Sheila, north of Seattle

Jacueline said...

I would love to smell these scents, and the packaging is so romantic.
Thanks for yet another wonderful post.

Jacqueline said...

I would love to smell these scents, and the packaging is so romantic.
Thanks for yet another wonderful post.

Dianne said...

I am shouting "pick me"...this give away is fantastic! Your friendship is the great stuff made from blogs.

Karena said...

Lisa what a treat I would be wild over winning this exquisite giveaway11

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Sarah K. said...

These scents sound SO intriguing- I want badly to win- but even if I do not, I am seeking them out to purchase!

lila said...

What a gorgeous new product, thank you for sharing.I'm in!!
love,love your fabulous blog by the way!
hugs
Lila

Sharron Boxenbaum said...

I start each day with a pick to see if you've a new blog - enjoy your writing very much! Especially when you travel. The scents are described beautifully. Very visual and lovely.

Lolly said...

Those sound amazing! I'll have to stop by Anthropologie to experience in person .

abby jenkins said...

Edwardian Fireplace! I am all over that!

Maisonette said...

The packing of these is so beautiful, I can only imagine how stunning the scents must be!

opera glass said...

They sound heavenly!

linds said...

Irresistible! Count me in.

VictoriaArt said...

Yes, please enter me too.... its almost a little scary, but yesterday a went through old favorites on my computer and selected Royal Apothic again after reading their blog!!!

Cara said...

Oo, pick me, pick me!

Lucille said...

I haven't seen these in the London store, but I'll look again. I'd love one to burn on my genuine Edwardian fireplace.

Rose said...

Count me in! I'm always looking for good candles that don't disappoint. Sadly, most candles are either weak or obnoxious!

Avril Leigh said...

They sound delicious and I am already hoping for them to scent my hallway.

Michele from Boston said...

That "Attar of Santorini Fig" had my mind reeling! Sign me up.

Jessica said...

I'd love to win this!

mytwocentsworth said...

Oh wow, let me get in line. Wonder of wonders would be finding a home fragrance that is pleasing without being overpowering. The Edwardian Fireplace sounds very interesting, but anything approaching a reminder of Italy would be icing on my cake. Thanks for allowing us to put our name in the pot.

Jojo said...

I'd love to smell the scent of L.A. I'm in cold England so would be nice to dream of warmer climes.

froogal said...

I just ordered Edwardian Fireplace...sounds like my kind of scent. I love the story of discovering a book with ancient formulas.

Olga said...

Count me in. Lisa, your book posts are great, great source for lesser known authors.

Patricia said...

I have to laugh at this! I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and it is a fantastic city. But I never dreamed that the scent would be made into such a dreamy candle. I would love to win one because I now live far away, and your post reminded me of the city I still love.

Amy said...

These sound lovely. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

Nancy said...

Living in Taipei, I am very curious about the smell of Los Angeles!

Veuve said...

These look wonderful. It has been a long time since I have been charmed by a scented candle...

Imen McDonnell said...

I adore the sound of Royal Apothic! I had three candles in my cart and when I got to checkout I discovered no shipping to Ireland despite the fact that it is also based in London? I am very sad. Venetian Grove, Topiary and High Tea were calling me! Imen x

jgh777 said...

fascinating!

Julie said...

Just the names have drawn me in! Perfect for a Winter night!

Anne said...

Hi, Lisa. I love your blog! I always look forward to it.

PJ said...

It's all I can do to wait until the 25th rather than diving into Sean's website & buying at least one of everything. Which I might do anyway.

Deb - Pink Pig said...

I'm here just to leave an honest comment on a fabulous product. I carry the line and as someone who loves quality scented candles in amazing packaging - these fit the bill. All of Royal Apothic products are A+ from a gentleman who knows how to deliver.

Lucy said...

They sound amazing!

carr.lucy at gmail.com

sassysdreams said...

Well this is my very first time leaving a comment on a blog but I read yours regularly and your story and description of the candles was so intriguing that I finally couldn't resist. I'd love to win but even if I don't, for a few minutes I was transported to another place and time and I thank you for that!

debra K. said...

Yes, please count me in!

Lilylaces said...

What a wonderful story! I love your descriptions Lisa.
Sadly Sean can't ship outside the USA so I'll have to keep hoping that Anthropologie will open in Dublin one day!

r said...

As my birthday is this week, I would LOVE to be the lucky winner! They sound so lovely!

Nessje said...

What a wonderful giveaway and what a wonderful tale. Count me in :)

Gabriela said...

me please! Por favor....xo

Helen James said...

as this is comment 175, I realise my chances of winning are slim but I am captivated by this story and those scents. i consider myself somewhat of a scent snob but these sound divine, x

basia said...

oh yes. I'm reading Howard's End right now, and I think I might have to purchase Edwardian Fireplace to help me through the upcoming winter.

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