[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] I am so pleased to see NEST more readily available in the UK. This is another brand I first came across in New York and have been waiting ever since for it to here. Quite an interesting back story to this – Laura Slatkin co-founded Slatkin & Co with her husband Harry (and his brother Howard), divested it in 2005 with Laura founding NEST and Harry founding HomeWorx, which is sold on QVC. Prior to a career in candles, Harry owned fashion brand Belstaff which was sold in 2017. Both Laura and Harry founded the New York Centre for Autism and Laura served on the now-viewed-as-problematic board of Autism Speaks. Whew – busy couple.
The fact that NEST is from the US is relevant in that it has a very distinctively American scent palette. It’s all the interior stores I’ve ever visited stateside – remember I said I recalled the smell of Anthropologie? It’s really just like that. This is Moroccan Amber and to my nose it’s quite sweet. It’s described as sweet patchouli, bergamot and amber but there’s a lot more going on than that. Moroccan Amber is a bit cinnamon spicy, a bit warm, a bit vanilla-ish, quite strong and leaning to gourmand.
There’s also a touch of eucalyptus to it. Given the level of throw is so impressive, even though this particular candle isn’t to my taste (and is sold out – I found a tiny version HERE but don’t know the site) there are variants that I’d really like to try such as Sicilian Lemon & Mint and Peach Tea (both £40 HERE). They sound delicious! If you like Yankee Candles, I think these could be described as a more sophisticated version of those and none the worse for that.
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I have to say I am really shocked to see Autism Speaks described as ‘now viewed as problematic’. Adverts of theirs in 2009 were offensive. There could well be earlier ones but I don’t know. I understand Laura Slatkin was actually a founding member of Autism Speaks and that NEST has donated to Autism Speaks and wonder if anyone is able to confirm this as my knowledge may be limited as it is simply from online research. However, what I do know, as an autisc person, I am deeply concerned by the messages of Autism Speaks and find their views very offensive. They certainly don’t speak for me! I do appreciate this is a beauty blog but seeing the words ‘now viewed as problematic’ meant I felt I had to comment as I feel so strongly about this issue. Many thanks for reading.
Thank you for making your points – how would you have described it, out of interest? I used those words because as far as I can see it is viewed as problematic and use that terms as a broad stroke to signal that there is controversy around it. I don’t have experience of autism other than in a small way so I’m genuinely interested to see how it could better be described without giving a firm opinion on something I don’t know enough about but that is part of this brand’s story?
Thanks for replying, Jane. I think what I meant was that Autism Speaks has always been thought of as offensive and describing it as ‘now viewed as problematic’ seems, in my opinion, to be downplaying how offensive many have always found the organisation to be. Nest’s support of Autism Speaks also concerns me. So I suppose I would have described Autism Speaks as deeply offensive, especially to many in the community and many may wish to know this before paying money to Nest. It’s not new that they have been involved in very controversial, decisive (and again, offensive to many) statements and adverts. I also remember the controversy when it emerged that Sia had also involved Autism Speaks with her very controversial film, Music.
Right, I see your point completely – thank you for taking the time to explain – I really do appreciate it. x
Thank you so much Jane. I’m really grateful to you for taking the time to consider my comments. Best wishes x
I wish they would bring their perfumes over here. Blue wisteria is beautiful.
I’d love to see that!