HOTARIOUS: Byredo Parfums CANDY DARLING scented candle was a thing… and Byredo’s frilly perfume discriptions are a thing of beauty!


9 oz. / 255 grams
60 hour burn time

Candy Darling is a home scent composition offered in candle form, composed by acclaimed perfumer Olivia Giacobetti for BYREDO“, the niche fragrance line founded by Ben Gorham. With top notes of coriander, heart notes of rosewood and patchouli and base notes of benzoin and sweet musk, Candy Darling is reminiscent of the Warhol transsexual superstar of the same name and The Velvet Underground muse who died tragically at the age of 29.


Her persona has been immortalized in “Women in Revolt” (1971) while more mainstream viewers might remember her as a disco patron in the Jane Fonda vehicle “Klute”.

American fashion designer Zac Posen mentions lighting the ByRedo candles in his studio, and specifically cites Candy Darling among his most favorite things in a recent Vogue UK spread.


Check out some of the other scents after the jump (I want them all… collect them like Star Wars action figures or something)…


LA TULIPE: Once the sun becomes warm enough, walk along the stone path, through the gate, under the trellis. Sit on the marble bench. Feel the cool grass under your feet, the warm rays on your back. Do this every morning till sudden variegated glints of red or purple or pink or orange catch your eye. They’ll be the first blooms of the season. Clip one, bring it back, place it in a small white vase on the table. I will find it there, unyielding in its simple devotion to its own pure form, color, and smell. I’ll know spring has come.

Top: Rhubarb, Cyclamen, Freesia
Heart: Tulip
Base: Blonde Woods, Vetiver


: With the launch of Mister Marvelous, Byredo’s founder, Ben Gorham, has chosen to highlight a male figure who currently embodies his idea of this fragrance. The first ever Mister Marvelous features world renowned hair stylist Christiaan Houtenbos.

Marvelous is a grand word, is it not? As it rolls off the tongue, it feels quite like it means. And it has history; France’s post-revolutionary dandies called their equally exquisite ladies Les Merveilleuses. Marvelous means wonderful, exquisite, and astonishing. With a bit of strangeness as well – as indicated by the old Latin mirabilis. A marvelous thing must be strange in that it must be like nothing else.

We celebrate all of this. Because when things are just a bit off kilter, a little twisted or turned in shape, they become that much more interesting. Such qualities are prima facie for a thing to be called marvelous. For a man to be called Mr. Marvelous.

Our hats off to the one and only Christiaan.

Top: Mandarin Leaves, Neroli Flower
Heart: Green Lavender, Bamboo
Base: Black Amber, White Cedarwood


Sunday Cologne
is the new name for the fragrance Fantastic Man.

From Valle Vigezzo to the Rhine bank, over a Chatham drugstore counter via Glockengasse 4711, the classic cologne has hit home with gentlemen everywhere, polite and poised like a sharp sidepart and a Gornik & Drucker taper cut. You’ll find it on any windowsill, in any upstairs washroom, next to a neatly folded hand towel, a Murdock straight blade and Proraso. Citrusy and crisp, fleeting in its solidity, the ageless cologne the way you used to know it has been fitted with a new suit, baring its ankles. A tad spavaldo perhaps, but forever faithful, like a Sunday.

Top: Bergamot, Star Anise, Cardamom
Heart: Geranium, Incense, Lavender
Base: Vetiver, Moss, Patchouli


One Response

  1. ThumperParis

    my favorite is “Bibliothèque”, such a gorgeous perfume !

    July 26, 2014 at 1:47 pm

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