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Readers of this blog will know I love a scented candle. So I was thrilled to attend the launch of three new premium candles by Jonathan Ward latest the other night. Wax Master Jonathan has a well-deserved reputation for creating candles that take you on a journey as much as they fragrance your environment and the ones making up The Russian Collection are no different.

Inspired by Russia’s colourful history each of the trio of candles – Kartushya (warm and spicy), The Gypsy (sensual and floral) and The Empress and Darya (spicy and woody) tells its own evocative story. The latter, for example, was inspired by the the caputure of serial killer Darya by Catherine The Great (now how’s that for inspiration for a scented candle?).

Of the three, my personal favourite is this last candle, which is a perfect choice for men since it’s loaded with earthy vetiver along with warm woody notes and has a  sexy, slightly leathery aroma. So if you’re looking for the perfect way to fragrance your pad, go buy! Or пойти и купить as I think they say in Russia.

Candles in the Russian collection are available in two sizes: large (8.5oz with a 45hr burn time) and medium (6.5oz with a 20-25hr burn time) and are made with organic soy and beeswax. The large candle costs £35 and the medium £25. To buy go to www.jonathanwardlondon.com

PS. Look out for a Q&A with Jonathan on here very soon!