With spring quickly approaching, the days have gotten longer, brighter, and (slightly) warmer. As the torrential winter rains dwindle to spring showers, we’re looking forward to a fresh new season of renewal and regrowth. While we await the changing seasons, we’ve been burning a crisp new office candle called Coquina, by YIELD. Its bright and refreshing sea salt-laden scent has us hoping that Punxsutawney Phil is right, and that spring will soon be on its way!
The scent profile is inspired by coquina, a sedimentary rock comprised of ground shells, which was a prevalent building material in Saint Augustine, FL in the late 1500s. We love that it has a lively and natural aura of Spanish Moss, amber, and salt, with a hint of sweet verbena, evoking thoughts of a clean spring drizzle over a seaside town; which makes sense as their candles are created to distill distinct elements of a place and environment. They describe it as the sensation “after a fresh summer rain [when] a crisp blend of salt and heat fill the air as the sun works to dry the freshly cleaned hanging moss and coquina architecture.”
With a soy base, the candle maintains a wonderful blend of essential oils essential oils, enveloping our studio in its uplifting aroma. We take a deep breathe and relax just a little, into our desk chairs and enjoy it's fragrance, as the candle slowly burns down. Coquina’s unique grey-toned double-wall vessel is constructed of premium borosilicate glass, and comes packaged in a simple, modern grey sleeve. The double wall provides insulation for the hot wax contained within, which helps protect any objects next to the candle from heat and damage, and assists the candle in burning down more evenly. When the candle is done, you can use the vessel as a drinking glass! Our only qualm with this candle is that the wax tends to cool with small pits and divots on the surface, which is more common in natural soy wax candles.
YIELD was founded by Rachel Gant and Andrew Deming, who met in San Francisco while attending California College of the Arts. With their combined degrees in industrial design, architecture studies, graphic design, and design strategy along with with a stint working for Yves Béhar designing award-winning projects for clients such as Herman Miller and Sodastream, it comes as no surprise that their products are so thoughtfully created.
Now based in Saint Augustine, FL (the oldest European settlement in the U.S.), their candle scents are inspired by the city’s “welcoming blend of lush, tropical flora and cozy narrow streets blooming with fresh jasmine in the spring and smoked firewood in the fall.” In addition to candles, they also design furniture, home goods, and lighting, all with a focus on timeless design. They even have a scent dedicated to Frank Lloyd Wright, which they composed after visiting his desert retreat, Taliesin West and touring the Eames House. They came away not with a sense of having visited buildings but a spiritual sense of elevation that they wanted to bring home with them. Yield strives to create modern experiences through their products with a sense of timelessness, while paying homage to the past.
Our office has truly enjoyed burning this candle. It livens the atmosphere, and reminds us that spring is near. We also appreciate the multi-purpose vessel, and look forward to using it for our morning coffee! YIELD also sells a matching double-wall pour over, which fits atop the glass vessel perfectly.
Dimensions: 3.5”H x 3”D; 6 oz. Purchase your own here.