[productsample] With a ‘clean’ burn very much on the agenda, Jonathan Ward’s new Scent of Time collection inspired by seven strong historical figures. Mistigris focuses on Mata Hari – think more about the exotic life of a secret agent than the fact that she was executed by firing squad at the age of 41.
The element that predominates for me is amber – there’s a beautiful depth in that respect – and one of the things I love about this candle is that it doesn’t overtake the room but plays out some big hitters subtly. I can pick out the earthiness of carrot seed and the spice of myhrr while the bergamot, white grapefruit and carnation act as softeners and don’t speak individually.
Jonathan uses a casino analogy (Mata Hari spent time in casinos in Monte Carlo) – the rush of opulent decor combined with the thrill of chance. I find it more discreet than that, perhaps something of the sense of anticipation: according to legend she was almost unveiled as a double agent there, although if you want further reading on the life of Mata Hari, The Fatal Lover: Mata Hari and the Myth of Women in Espionage by Julie Wheelwright is comprehensive. Mistigris is £40 HERE.
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