We caught up with Ancienne Ambiance founder, Adriana Carlucci, on the subject of high quality, non toxic candles and the candle values we work by to ensure the highest quality and safest candles.
When thinking of a cosy home, candles definitely spring to mind. So, whether you’re planning a seasonal interior refresh or just love some self-care, there’s no better time to share our eagerly anticipated scented candles for the season. Inspired by scents from antiquity, we’re extremely proud of the artistry and story behind Ancienne Ambiance candles. We produce our fine fragrances in France and at the base of each candle is a scent heritage story detailing its ancient roots.
All our candles are perfectly presented in luxurious signature purple gift boxes. Handcrafted in the UK, there is also a festive red option available in the run-up to Christmas for Personalised Gift Sets. Hand-poured in the UK using traditional techniques, our candles comprise a slow burning (60-65 hrs burn time) natural wax blend (sustainably sourced and non-GM) and lead-free cotton wick.
Speaking of antiquity and artistry, our scented candle collections have had a marvellous ‘mosaic makeover’, paying homage to the exquisite artistry of ancient Roman mosaics and taking inspiration from ancient motifs found in some of the most well-known mosaics of the Roman Empire. Used to decorate floors, walls and precious objects since before written records began, mosaics detail an invaluable insight into ancient life and were heavily influenced by Greek sea motifs and scenes from mythology too.
The perfect pick for our new labels, mosaics were found from ancient Mesopotamia right across to Mesoamerica. Limited Edition Candles and Signature Candle Collections have just arrived with new labels emblazoned with patterns inspired by ancient Roman mosaics, a feature also reflected in our AW19 shop window display.
Talking to founder Adriana Carlucci about the Ancienne Ambiance ethos, top tips for your home to create a cosy Autumn Winter interior and the new candle labels, look no further for her expert take…
My family goes back five generations specialising in ancient art galleries and luxury boutiques – so strong values in consistency and service have been passed down to Ancienne Ambiance. When I first started the brand it was six candles sold alongside 3000+ year old artefacts- so they had to be of the finest quality, with a sense of refinement about them. Luxury and craftsmanship are ancient traditions at the core of the Ancienne Ambiance brand values – an ‘antiquity sensibility’ with regards to sustainability and keeping traditional techniques of production.
Very. As a brand Ancienne Ambiance is all about refined luxury and attention to detail is key – from the quality and features of each product to the sustainable practices that are part of the process.
A lot of testing is involved in the production process and our aim is to produce candles that are luxurious – slow burning, with as little wastage as possible as our fragrances and natural wax blends are made with the finest of ingredients. There is a maximum amount of fragrance that can be added to a candle before it no longer burns cleanly or properly, which is also why we produce certain sizes to ensure the best quality burn and spread of fragrance (we don’t use boosters).
The traditional techniques and fine ingredients involved are what ensure quality control and provide a superior quality burn. It’s a time-consuming process – placing cotton wicks into wax by hand and hand-pouring into glasses, then, as with all our products, each label is applied by hand, the final product is individually polished, inspected, gift boxed… not haute couture, but more haute candles. Our clients rely on this level of quality and consistency, trusting in our high quality candles and ethos.
With ancient art as brand heritage there is no end to my inspiration – I’m quite spoilt with access to the art world, from beautiful ancient artefacts to modern art. The aim is always to keep it classical and chic when it comes to design at Ancienne Ambiance. Refining and refreshing what already exists is a big focus, much like certain luxury fashion houses known for certain styles and drapes that are repeated in a new format each season.
This season all product category labels have had a makeover. AW19 candle collections in particular are inspired by ancient Roman mosaic motifs, which took time to get right as several plates had to be made and aligned by hand to create the motif effects properly. Imagery of the main mosaic which the motifs came from features in our shop window display this season (along with patterns and motifs, it depicts Autumnal leaves), together with our purple Roman column ruins that I commissioned from Graffiti artist Olivier R.
I seem to have fallen back in love with Phoenicia Cedar – our first best seller 15 years ago! I’m not the only one either, as I’ve noticed many clients have been loving it this season too. It feels like I’ve rediscovered an old treasured friend… it’s a warm cedarwood that many clients coined ‘the mandle’ as it reminds them of a distinguished man’s cologne apparently.
Having said that, pairing scents is a great way of changing things up for a more ‘bespoke’ feel… something we share tips on each season. Romana and Phoenicia are a wonderful marriage of scents for cosy evenings, whatever the occasion, as are Bacca with Imperium for parties and Sandalum with Alteeneh make a great mix.
A lot of people tend to think of scented candles as just for Autumn Winter, but I enjoy them at all times of the year. Different scents in different rooms, or for different occasions, work well at any time of year because the power of fragrance is such that it can transport you and your mood anywhere.
The flicker of a flame is cosy to look at in colder months, but lighting a floral scent like Tuberosa in Spring Summer months brings a fresh South of France-holiday feel to your space, just as lighting Phoenicia Cedar offers a sitting-by-a-cosy-fireplace ambience in Winter.
Make the perfect Personalised Candle Gift Box online, just as if you were at our Chelsea boutique!
Ancienne Ambiance beautifully presents your gifts in signature hand-crafted gift boxes and package all orders with care. Forget wrapping and that Post Office queue, Ancienne Ambiance does it all for you.