Modern Alchemy founder Douglas Little uses his own version of sensory manipulation to concoct candles that transport users to the mysterious opium dens of 19th-century London and to the fragrant Corcovado mountain of modern-day Rio de Janeiro. Cordova leather, musk, pine needles, and black tea are among his palette of scents that he employs to recall real (and imagined) moments and places. All of Modern Alchemy’s long-burners, votives, and diffusers come beautifully packaged—some with satin ribbon and others in black boxes with gold script (reminiscent of Little’s signature line, D.L. & Co). The company’s stationery and other home items also have an air of the dark and lush, with a hint of Edwardian undertaker that’s so fashionable today.
A unique blend of soy, maple, and palm waxes allows D.L. & Co. candles to diffuse their fragrant oils without plumes of smoke. This collection centers around fruity scents, as well as woodsy, nature-reminiscent ones. And the packaging is far from ordinary.
Elevated fragrances that'll transform your room (and your mood)
Home scents that'll elevate your room (and your mood)
The virtues of these artisanal candles and diffusers go far beyond their rare essences and patented blend of soy, maple, and palm waxes—they are keepsakes, too. Just look at their lids: some boast handcrafted, gold-plated toppers, while others are encrusted with 2,500 Swarovski crystals. The seasonal tealights come in playful gothic motifs like skulls or spiders. And don’t miss the metal pocket watches, which feature an ambrosial concoction of tuberose, truffle, and musk.