The Accord of a Scent

Just like a chord in music, where two or more notes form a new sound when played together, an accord of a fragrance is a blend of essences combined to create a new and different fragrance. It stands on its own and its individual components can’t be detected.

Even though it may account for only a tiny part of the overall scent, it's the accord that delivers the magic.

It’s the accord that is the obsessively guarded secret of a master perfumer. Development is a painstaking, systematic process of trial and error over hundreds of hours of art and science.

The scenting of a luxury candle needs the skill of a master perfumer to identify this 'Critical Ingredient'. The Charles Farris Elizabeth candle has a “young citrus blossom and green accord”.

Our sense of smell is managed in the most primitive part of our brain and strongly triggers emotions, moods and memories - so choose your scented candle with care!


Grand Cascade Tin Candle, by Charles Farris of London | Smoky Cedar, Moss & Amber

Grand Cascade by Charles Farris is a fragrance inspired by aged leather and woodsmoke scents of industrial London in the 1840s, with cedar and birch notes offset by amber and fresh moss.

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There are the three groups of notes that bring balance to a fragrance, from fresh and fleeting to deep and long-lasting - the top, middle and base notes.

They are the reason for the complexity of a scent and the changes over time, from the first to the lasting impression.

Whilst the top and middle notes of a scent are the most immediate and noticeable, it’s the base notes that are the underlying aroma throughout the experience of a scent.. The oils in the base note tend to be deep and rich, and first appear once the top notes have dissipated.
Top: Raspberry, Lemon, Bergamot

Middle: Jasmine, Dewy Leaf, Moss, Patchouli, Clove Leaves

Base: Incense, Leather, Cedar, Birch, Amber
We are a curator of the finest and Charles Farris, the master London chandler by appointment to HM Queen Elizabeth II, is a natural choice.

It all started in 1845 when Charles Farris supplied pillar candles to some of Britain's most important buildings, including Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral.

The Charles Farris name has since been synonymous with candle manufacturing, British culture and craftsmanship. They still use the same traditional methods from the Victorian era to make the best candles for modern day: slow-burning, long-lasting, and of the highest quality.
The East India Company and Charles Farris have a common ‘critical ingredient’. At the heart of both of our brands are Master Blenders, who use years of experience to create beautiful product experiences, including scented candles.

Scent has the power to connect us to our deep, shared memories. Charles Farris takes the inspiration from London’s rich history to inspire their luxury scents, evoking themes from the past which speak to the heart of the modern city.

All Charles Farris candles are hand-poured deep in the heart of rural Wiltshire, using the highest quality ingredients.
Net Weight: 300g.

Burns for up to 40 hours.


Tea Sold "By the Candle"

The Romans and Chinese were making candles more than two millennia ago – candles have come a long way from being just sources of light made from animal fat or beeswax, to the scented and decorative items that bring comfort and ambience to a room today.

Would you guess that there is a surprising connection to share between candles, tea and The East India Company?

The very first tea auction was held in 1679, at the headquarters of The East India Company on Leadenhall Street, London. At the time, the Company held the monopoly of tea and other imported goods from China and India and when their ships returned heavily laded to London, there was an an auction every quarter.
Tea was sold 'by the candle'.

The auction was a riotous, noisy affair. One tea dealer said “a Tea sale appears to be a mere arena in which the comparative strength of the lungs of a portion of His Majesty´s subjects are to be tried”.

To bring some order to the chaos, a candle was lit at the beginning of the sale of each tea lot, and when one inch of the candle had disappeared the auctioneer dropped the hammer and the sale was complete.

Incredibly, this London Tea Auction as it became in the 18th century, lasted 300 years until the last sale in 1998.

Candles are now often scented with tea. But once upon a time, they were used to sell tea.

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