05 Nov 2020 By Francesca Hadland - HSA

"The Secret Garden" – New Scented Candle from Natasha Rocca Devine and La Bougie

Ireland's leading interior staging specialist Natasha Rocca Devine, also famous for heading “The Interiors NRD”, has just launched her own signature scented candle titled “The Secret Garden”, in collaboration with Cork-based candlemakers La Bougie.

Image by Barry McCall via theinteriorsnrd.com.

Taking over six months to curate, “The Secret Garden” candle has been a labour of love for Natasha, who is realising her dream of designing home accessories and fragrances, having worked in the property and home staging business for over a decade in Los Angeles, London and Dublin. Natasha spent several months designing the candle and curating the perfect scent to match her vision, alongside professional perfumier Lucy Hagerty, owner of La Bougie candles. 

“As we are in a time of COVID-19 with limited access outdoors, particularly to those who do not have a garden, I wanted The Secret Garden candle to be inspired by nature and the outdoors, named after my favourite childhood book and love of outdoors," Natasha says of curating the scent and design of the candle. "It was an important factor to work with an Irish company – La Bougie and the teams involved from design to photography alike, to support local businesses during this time in history.” 

Natasha describes that the scent pays tribute to “the serenity and scents of nature,” and the way it has the power to soothe and relax; “a balm to the chaos of everyday life.” Having lived abroad in city apartments with no garden facilities, combined with my work on empty units on building sites, Natasha states that she appreciates the innate power and pleasure of a candle, the joy of a comforting, welcoming scent in a home, or show home. The ritual of lighting a candle and taking time out to relax, unwind and entertain inside is one of life’s little luxuries. 

Interestingly the recyclable glass, a distinctive luxurious green with gold feathered-fans, is designed to re-use, following Natasha's "wish to encourage others to create their own calming ‘Secret Garden’", whether it is for plants, paintbrushes or make-up brushes, stationary. "Sustainability and recycling," Natasha states are at the forefront of this and all of her work. 

The candle has been created by combing vintage fragrance scents with modern-day 'garden’ notes to remind fragrance lovers of the beauty of nature and the importance of serenity. "The Secret Garden" candle is made from La Bougie’s unique rapeseed blend of wax and cotton wicks and has a burn time of 50 hours. The fragrance notes are; top note of Lavender and raspberry leaf, a mid note of Honey, and base notes of tonka bean and musk. 

"The Secret Garden" candle is available on Natasha’s website www.theinteriorsnrd.com priced at €30 for a 30ml glass.

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