LARA QUIN CANDLES
If you asked me what one of my obsessions was, “candles!” would definitely be at the top, or close enough to the top of that list. Candles dotted around the house wasn’t really a thing in my family home, but it became a thing for me once I moved out of the house for university ..that’s where the candle collecting began. The thing is, I studied an Architecture degree – if you have also experienced this life, or know someone who studied Architecture, you may know what I mean instantly. The degree was tough, real tough, we were working 24/7, we even had a kitchen and lockers (and some brought sleeping bags to sleep under the table) in the studio, at times i’d walk back in after a couple of hours sleep to find a number of students sleeping at their desk – at 8am?! Architecture was our life – most of the architecture students only knew architecture students.
It was by my second year I started to feel like a zombie, I didn’t feel healthy, I didn’t look well, I was drained. I realised that I needed to have another side to my life, that breathing space. I started to make a routine for myself, I began working in the studio at around 8am, and left the studio around 8pm to sit down, have a proper meal (I knew people who lived on instant noodles for most of the degree ..they’d stock up on batches of them! Crazy.), and have ‘me’ time. Eventually relaxation time was associated with burning a candle every evening while watching a film or catching up with a friend that lived in the student house next door. I’d make an excuse to collect candles whenever I had to go into town to buy some art materials. As a student, I obviously opted for the cheaper candles, but as time grew, I started buying more luxury, well-made candles, I find they tend to last longer, and anything with a well-thought out design is worth the extra pounds to me as a design grad!
How stunning is this candle by Lara Quin? I have been captivated by their candles since the company launched in December 2016, I followed them on Instagram and automatically fell in love with how elegant, well-designed and minimal their products were – also how cool are the travel tin versions coming in the style of a paint-tin can?! Not only this, but it is particularly the combination of scents that they have in their collection which you instantly want to smell them! At the moment, their collection is made up of Quartz + Amber Lily, Smoky Quartz + Vetiver Fig, Quartz + Orange Spice, Moonstone + Lavender, and Rose Quartz + Jasmine, such delightful combinations.
Lara Quin are an oh so friendly bunch making hand-poured, soy-blend candles from England. I am so happy that they very kindly sent me their beautiful Rose Quartz + Jasmine candle to simply try out, and I loved it so much that I wanted to share this with you all! The Rose Quartz + Jasmine scent is so refreshing, it makes me feel positive and happy – spreading good vibes. Lara Quin believe gemstones bring us inner peace – the essence that they use is created from a ‘labour of love’, by energising the stones from sunrise to moonlight, and the essence is combined with a scent producing that beautiful aroma!
You can read more about the beautiful story of Lara Quin here.
Thank you, Lara Quin, for your sweet act of kindness!
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