The candle market is a competitive one. At Decor + Design, we’ve test-driven our fair share. From Goop’s slightly ridiculous slogan candles to the cult brand Diptyque and more, a posh candle has become the cashmere comfort blanket of 2020.

Yet hands-down the most sumptuous, life-enhancing candle we’ve experienced is the Vesuvius from Melbourne-based brand Apsley and Company. Also known for their exquisite home fragrances, their luxury candles may just be the panacea to all woes.

The Vesuvius candle

The Story of a Fragrant Love Affair

Apsley and Company’s inspirational love affair with fragrance has been cemented over twenty-five years. Established in 1995, the company’s initial focus was the creation, development and distribution of prestige body care and home fragrance products for the Australian gift market.

In 2005, Apsley moved into home fragrance production, becoming the first company to introduce fragrance diffusers into the Australian market. The success at home opened the door to international demand. Apsley and Company now supply more than 200 home fragrance products to over 20 countries. Their three major brands are Apsley and Company, Scented Space and Abode Aroma, each a unique offering.

The eponymous collection Apsley & Company is the ultimate in luxury and opulence. Developed by a cadre of talented European perfumers and encased in exquisite artisan glassware, each striking candle and diffuser is designed with uncompromising attention to detail.

The Abode Aroma brand is a more affordable indulgence. The Totem range of aromatic diffusers and soy wax candles exudes fun and a contemporary aesthetic, with great use of colour and geometric design. The Crystal range is an avant-garde, art-deco inspired collection featuring hand-cut bevelled lead crystal in its diffuser and candle range. The empty vessels can be reimagined into lasting home ornaments.

Scented Space is lustrous and refined, making fragrance a focus of the home. Each Scented Space candle and diffuser exudes charming femininity and unrivalled elegance via complex yet comforting fragrance blends, designed to be the signature scent in your home.

Santorini Candles from the Apsley and Company range

Apsley and Company will be showcasing the latest products from their luxury range at Decor + Design 2021, 15 – 18 July at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. In the lead up to the event, we asked co-founder and CEO Helen Armstrong to tell us why the trade show is important.

Kalingrad candles from the Aspley and Company luxury range

Helen, why are interiors and the home industry more important than ever right now?

“Never has it seemed more important than now to have a living space that feels safe and comforting and creates an atmosphere where you feel less tense and anxious.”

“Having a calm and relaxing space does so much for our sense of wellbeing.  When we all suddenly find ourselves isolated and less connected than we would like to be, our surrounds are so critical in making us feel safe and free from stress, and a little bit in control. Candles have always been acknowledged as helping add a sense of calm and peace during troubled times.  For many, lighting a candle, is a ritual that acts as a sign to escape from the craziness of dark times and a busy life, or sets the mood to get into a peaceful state.”

Apsley and Company luxury range

We are delighted that Apsley and Company will be exhibiting at Decor + Design 2021, 15 – 18 July at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

After going virtual in 2020, Australia’s No.1 Interiors Trade Event is back! Co-located with the Australian International Furniture Fair, visitors can be inspired hundreds of exhibitors showcasing indoor and outdoor furniture, textiles, lighting, art and more.

The Australian House & Garden International Seminar Series will feature leading Australian designers including  Mim Fanning, Thomas Hamel, Cameron Kimber, Adelaide Bragg and James Treble.

Plus VIVID Design Awards will again provide an exciting platform for our best emerging designers.

It’s going to be a true celebration of Australian design. Entry to the exhibition is free but limited to trade visitors. Register now and start planning your trip to Melbourne!