GRANHAND | MARINE ORCHID

 
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With the Winter Olympics still fresh in our minds, we decided to review this candle next:

While exploring Seoul, South Korea, our junior designer and her husband found themselves wandering through Bukchon Village, a Hanok village located just outside the gates of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Lining its steep, meandering streets is a mixture of private residences, coffee shops, museums, and a store by the name of Granhand, which features hand-poured candles, essential oils, diffusers, and perfumes. Lucky for us, they brought back a candle for the studio!

Granhand opened in 2014, and is co-owned by Jung Nana (her brother is the other owner), a perfumer who earned her degree at the Grasse Institute of Perfumery. Together, they made it their mission to create an artisanal fragrance store, which focuses on human warmth and a departure from machine automation. Thus, their flagship store is located in a hanok house, where they have utilized traditional, handmade approaches to creating their scents. In 2016, they opened the Granhand Lab (located behind their flagship store), which offers scent-making classes, consulting, collaborations, and a professional perfume academy. Fun fact: less than a year after launching their brand, Chanel chose to gift Granhand products to its VIP guests at its Cruise Collection show in Seoul!

The candle we’ve been burning is called Marine Orchid, one of Granhand’s top selling scents. It’s a very light, floral scent, perfect for the transition from winter to spring. Meant to evoke memories of swimming in the ocean, it reminds us of a salty sea breeze on a warm spring afternoon. With top notes of mandarin, pear, and lemon, middle notes of rose, lily of the valley, and orchid, and base notes of musk, toffee, and patchouli, it has a very well-balanced profile, and doesn’t skew too feminine or masculine. Made of soy wax, the candle burned down fairly cleanly, only leaving small amounts of residue on the vessel. At our mid-burn point, the only imperfections in the wax seemed to be very small bubbles that dried in the wax’s top layer.

The vessel is a glass mason jar with a screw-on metal cap (making it easy to carry on a plane!), and the brand label contains a piece of open-weave burlap, with a tightly woven burlap glued on top. The tight-weave burlap is printed with the candle’s scent, the store’s address/telephone number/website, and a special section for personalization, where the associates will hand-stamp your name.

Unfortunately, it’s not that easy to purchase this candle unless you find yourself in Bukchon Village. They do ship internationally via direct message on Instagram, though we haven’t tried it. If you’re planning a trip to Seoul, we recommend taking a stroll through Bukchon Village and making a stop at Granhand. You won’t regret it!

Dimensions: 3-5/8”H x 2-5/8” Dia., 6.8 oz.

WARY MEYERS | HIPPIE HOLLOW

 
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Punxsatawney Phil has declared 6 more weeks of winter, but at our studio, we’re ready to usher in the spring! This week, we’re burning a lovely springtime scent called “Hippie Hollow” by Wary Meyers.

Wary Meyers was created by husband-and-wife team, Linda & John Meyers, who got their start by designing interiors for friends in Brooklyn. They eventually relocated to Maine, where they continued to design interiors, but also felt the need to make a tangible product. Thus began the Wary Meyers line of soaps, candles, and prints. All of their soaps and candles are hand-poured in their home - more specifically, in an attached former beauty salon built by the previous homeowner!

The 100% recycled paper box is fairly unassuming, featuring the (groovy, 1970’s-esque) Wary Meyers logo and a gold foil sunset. The clear recycled glass vessel, which is also adorned with the same gold foil sunset, is fairly thick and heavy. The candle itself has a light, refreshing, and earthy scent. With hints of grasses, lemon, and herbs, it reminds us of a sunny spring afternoon at Golden Gate Park. One of its highlighted ingredients is vetiver, an essential oil that is known to calm the mind and ground the spirit. So, light up this candle in stressful times at work, and you should be feeling more balanced in no time!

As the candle burned down, it left very little residue on the sides of the vessel. Similar to the Ylang Ylang candle, some soot accumulated on the inside rim, but because the vessel is made of glass, it can be easily wiped clean. Something to note, however, is that there are several bubbles between the wax and the inside of the glass, which we’ve read can happen when hot wax is poured into a cool glass vessel. Overall, we like this candle a lot - it’s great for everyday use!

You can purchase your own 6.7 oz. candle for $28.50 here. Dimensions: 2-7/8”W x 4”H.