THE AROMATIC JOURNEY
Astier de Villatte candles take their entranced travelers on an enchanted road of scents, unto the heights where the scented aromas of magical places live. It is a journey that can go from the baroque spa at Marienbad, to the heady streets of Delhi with its million scents, on to Scartuchio, the best patissier in Naples, and make a stop at Mantes
la Jolie’s aromatic herb market. The challenge is daunting: to capture in a candle the real aromas and the imaginary scents of emblematic places in the world.
The alchemy takes place at the Takasago laboratories in Japan, where the Astier de Villatte designers, Ivan Pericoli, Benoît Astier de Villatte and Emilie Mazeaud, meet Françoise Caron, one of the star perfumers of this celebrated Japanese perfume-creation company, and her team of young ‘noses’. Excitement and trepidation are followed by the hard choices that need to be made between comparable heady mixtures.
The result is a collection of scented vegetable wax candles, each with a delicate aroma of its own, never invasive, perfectly rendered when cold or lit, and housed in effervescent hand blown glass containers or in Astier de Villatte’s trademark white ceramic pots.
THE MANUFACTURE OF THE CANDLES
The candles are made by a master chandler in the south of France who has perfected the art of wax preparation. The process is artisanal and demands systematic research for the finest ingredients possible: wax, perfume, wick, glass and savoir-faire. The wax used to make the Astier de Villatte candles is unique, 100% natural and pure, without paraffin, GMOs or petrochemical by-products. The supple and delicate nature of its texture are proof positive of its purity. A judicious mixture of soy oil, secret plant ingredients and a tad of beeswax, treated the master chandler, harmonizes with the perfume and renders it perfectly whether hot or cold.
The sober and chic glass containers, handblown in Tuscany, are destined to become collectors’ items.
The ceramic pots are made in Astier de Villatte’s Parisian workshop. The labels and wrapping papers are printed by Monsieur Huin, the last remaining typesetter in France. His printing shop in the suburbs of Paris has been devoted for decades to the production of smalledition poetry books and novels by famous writers, with the precious typesetting know-how that only rarely found these days. Astier de Villatte’s candles benefit from his savoir-faire and this in itself is a