Couldn’t give a fig for scented candles? This one might make you change your mind.

JONATHAN WARD FIG ULTIMATUMAs you’ve probably realised if you’re a regular reader I love a good scented candle. In truth, with two cats and a small house I can’t help but love them. I’m quite fussy about what I take a match to though. I like my candles to be as complex as my fragrances, don’t like anything too intoxicating or overly floral (I prefer my place to smell nice but not like a 17th Century boudoir) and like a clean, soot-free burn.

Like all of Jonathan Ward‘s hand-poured artisan candles his latest, Fig Ultimatum, is certainly complex. Eschewing predictability, as he always does, he’s taken the hugely popular and commercial smell of fig but added much more depth to it with honey, cognac, a warm, wet peatiness and a slightly animalistic amber base. The result is a candle that’s not as sweet and sickly as some fig fragrances can be but something altogether warmer, sexier, creamier and more comforting, so give it a go. And that’s my own ultimatum.

Jonathan Ward’s Fig Ultimatum Artisan Candle is available from 1st March from www.jonathanwardlondon.com priced £35.

Armani’s new fragrance for men is a nocturnal delight

ARMANIpgWith the vogue for night fragrances continuing it’s no surprise to see Armani entering the fray with Eau de Nuit, a fragrance whose brief is to capture the essence of “the fleeting beauty when daytime turns to darkness”. What this means in reality, of course is a scent characterised by being rich, dark, a bit spicy and generally more suited to nighttime (if that’s how you like to categorise your fragrances).

Smoky, powdery and a little leathery it has notes of bergamot, nutmeg, iris (the source of the powderiness), amber and the ubiquitous tonka bean. It also has pink pepper – a note few of this year’s men’s fragrances can be created without it would seem.

The result is a scent that’s actually deliciously warm and creamy on the skin and one that has more than a hint of pencil shavings (in a good way – I like the smell of pencil shavings). I’m not entirely sure whether it’ll last you all night (I was a bit disappointed by its staying power) but of all the “night” fragrances that have landed on my desk so far it’s definitely one of the best.

 

Armani Eau de Nuit For Men is available exclusively from Harrods, priced £49 for 50ml eau de toilette, before going nationwide on March 11th.