It was in the pink paradise of Sketch London’s gallery room that I first met the new Chromesthesia Series II scents. Matthew Herman, one of Boy Smells’s two founders, had joined me for afternoon tea at the overtly instagrammable restaurant to chat all things candle.
Osmology has been a stockist of Boy Smells scented candles since early 2017, and the joy and anticipation I feel every time the duo create a new fragrance never dulls.
Over a cascading array of cakes, each of the new fragrances was passed. As always, it was love at first smell. The second series of Chromesthesia candles delivers on their promise of deeper fragrances with a darker, sexier vibrancy.
De Nîmes sweeps in with cool girl, nonchalant ease, while Cameo is cute, sweet and powerful in a Legally Blonde kind of way. Damasque is richly dark and luxuriously old-money, and then Philia, dressed in deep plum, flirts dangerously with you. These are limited edition fragrances to be collected and coveted.
De Nîmes is named after the city of Nîmes, France where denim workwear was first produced hundreds of years ago. This candle captures the quiet, cool spirit of French indigo.
Notes of blueberry and rhubarb mingle with darker woods and juniper berry. Eucalyptus, almond and violet ground this scent with a provincial earthiness, while ambergris gives a seaside minimality. Categorically speaking, this is a botanical scent with an undertone of woods, and a whisper of fruity.
If you fancied Dynasty from the first series, you’ll embrace this autumn appropriate iteration.
Philia is a deep, drenched tonic. The candle’s name derives from the suffix denoting an extreme affinity for any specific thing. In this moment, it is a yearning for sweet, musky bouquets of orris root, lilac, ambrette and cassis fruit. Sensual and highly sophisticated, this warm wood candle produces a visceral tension.
Slightly sinister and super sensual, Philia’s inspiration features borderline eroticism from Guy Bourdin, Georgia O’Keefe anything, and a drowning Ophelia by John Everett Millais.
Notes of orris and cassis fruit are at the heart of this gorgeous arrangement. Earthy notes of sweet ambrette seed and spicy nutmeg make an appearance in the background. Lilac and bitter orange dance as top notes, while sandalwood and hazelnut ground the base. Categorically speaking, this is a soft and sophisticated scent with elements of earth and spice. A sensuous autumn favourite.
Cameo is absurdly pretty, to a subversive degree. It’s cosmetic pop florals and fine femininity with a hint of defiance. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s polaroid of Dolly Parton and the subversive photography of Guy Bourdin, you will be seeing pink.
The inspiration behind Cameo: Dolly Parton portraits done by Andy Warhol, sprinkled with Guy Bourdain photography. Heavy emphasis on lips and lipstick.
Notes of pink centifolia roses are layered in with crystallised ginger and sweet vanilla to enhance the hyper flora aroma. White woods of tulip tree create an earthy aura to an otherwise rose-rich celebration. Categorically speaking, this is a flora scent with a delicate element of spice, and whisper of woods in the background.
Deep stone fruits, with baroque old-world opulence, exotic traces of burnt spices, and dark woods. The rich intertwining of these scent notes is just as luxurious as the woven Damask fabric for which it is named. Damascan rose mingles with apricot, resins of labdanum and cistus, and moody oud to create a scarlet red impression upon smelling.
Have you tried the candles from Boy Smells Chromesthesia collection yet?
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