Summertime is finally here (well, it’s almost “summer” in San Francisco), and we’ve been burning a candle called Koto, by Skandinavisk. It has great packaging, and a light, delicate scent, perfect for these warmer days.
Koto, which is Old Finnish for “cosy at home”, is meant to evoke the feeling of finding “a sanctuary from the rugged Nordic climate, an intimate place to refresh the soul”. It has notes of Baltic amber and schersmin (also known mock orange), that remind us of a warm, inviting incense-filled oasis. Undertones of mandarin and vanilla add a touch of sweetness to the otherwise musky fragrance. It’s a sophisticated smell that conjures up fond memories of home (which is perfectly fitting for its name). The scent throw, however, is fairly weak, and we struggled to fill our office with its fragrance (in fact, we did have to pass the burning candle around, just so we could all get a whiff), so if you find yourself wanting to test this candle in your own home, we recommend burning it in a smaller room.
We love this candle’s modern packaging. Skandinavisk pours their candle wax into sleek, matte painted glass votives, and are accompanied by a beechwood lid. The top can be used as a coaster to protect surfaces from the warm votive, and can also act as a snuffer if you want to extinguish the flame without the soot. The wax burns down pretty cleanly; however, we noticed some pooling on one side of the vessel.
Skandinavisk was founded by “two English chaps who fell in love with two blonde Scandinavian girls and never left”. They draw inspiration from their many years of travel across the Nordic region, and aim to capture stories of Scandinavia through their products, bringing the most precious aspects of Scandinavian living to the rest of the world. However, according to them, “living Scandinavian is not just which part of the world you come from, it’s also how you think how you treat others, and what you treasure. We believe a Scandinavian approach to life offers a blueprint for a better future in a world that’s forgetting how to listen to quieter voice.”
Dimensions: 3.5H x 2.8Dia; 6.7 oz. Purchase your own here.