Spencer’s wide travels infuse every new candle and diffuser. “The smells of the wild ginger, tuberose, and jasmine that grow in Asia, along with the wetness of the ground and foliage, inspire me to come back and design fragrances that recreate that experience,” Spencer says.
In keeping with traditional perfuming techniques, each Saint Parfum candle begins with essential oils that are blended by hand. The oils are then layered note by note to give the candle the richest possible scent before being hand-poured into top-quality soy wax.
Spencer offers a few guidelines when selecting scents for your spaces. A kitchen candle or diffuser should have a food-related scent, like sweet orange or tea. For a bedroom, pick an aroma with a citrusy scent, Spencer says, since floral fragrances might not appeal to everyone.
The candles in the Noir collection are sheathed in black Italian glass and topped with custom nickel lids to snuff out the candle or use as a base. “There’s something sensual about black glass that lends a romantic ambiance,” Spencer says. Diffusers are larger, with an ultra-clear heavy base and a new shape, and they come packaged with reed sticks.