Long before Proust's madeleine or modern discoveries of its intimate connection in the brain to memory and emotion, smell held an important place in many cultures for thousands of years. Considered a second-tier sense with the violent upheavals of modernity, it is perhaps for the very reason that it can be neither seen nor heard that fragrance has such important functions within various traditions of spiritual and religious practice.
With products designed specifically for many of the different spaces we inhabit on a daily basis, since 2009, Tokyo-based retaW have sought to touch all aspects of life with scent. Their broad range of products—from car air freshener to room spray to candles—are developed with the latest dermatological innovations in mind and imbued with a selection of purposefully developed fragrances, each of which is designed to conjure what is most elemental—retaW is water, backwards, after all.
When it comes to retaW's mission of providing products for a life engulfed in scent, the label's Fragrance Candles are an essential component. Always a multi-sensory experience, the claim that before there was TV there was fire speaks a lasting truth; the flame is a primeval source of soft fascination. Dynamic enough to hold our focus, yet no so overstimulating that they require active attention, flames—like water—possess a unique ability to bring our minds to a state of occupied rest. With their selection of fragranced candles, retaW have developed a unique oil-based candle formula that releases their range of scents with the same unhurried pace at which a candle flame gently illuminates its environs. Transform your interiors into spaces of calm focus with the retaW Allen Black Fragrance Candle.
Burns for around 42 hours.
There is a good reason as to why many recently founded small fragrance makers have veered away from the flowers that traditionally formed the backbone of perfumery: floral fragrances are hard to balance without overpowering the wearer and even more difficult to make unique. This makes retaW's Allen fragrance all the more impressive. From a base of heliotrope, this scent blossoms into an ever-shifting bouquet of lilies, curled at its fringes with fruity acidity by with top notes of freesia and cassis. Jasmine and tuberose—age-old perfume elements—add complexity to the field, creating a rich floral mélange. With so many potent aromas in one scent, the Allen is a testament to retaW's adeptness at creating fragrances that tease new agility from centuries-old component scents.
Made in Japan.
Approximate Dimensions: H7 x W7cm.