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About modern alchemy

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.

Past Sales Featuring modern alchemy & more

Sale Ended December 15, 2014

Buyers' Picks: Our Favorite Candles

These hand-picked scents will elevate your room (and mood).

Sale Ended January 24, 2015

Up to 75% Off: Candles & Diffusers

Stock up on these inspired scents

Sale Ended June 28, 2013

Summer House Scents Feat. Waverly & Irving

A chic summer-house vibe is the inspiration behind this selection of candles: think an airy cabin with the sun shining in and plenty of nature right outside the door. To anchor this assortment, we’re proud to introduce Waverly & Irving, whose candles — hand-poured in Brooklyn, and made with soy wax, essential oils and cotton wicks — come in subtle-yet-intoxicating scents like hydrangea, linen, and milk.

Sale Ended October 05, 2012

Burn Candles and Diffusers

With its wood-inspired packaging and mix of fruity and tropical scents, D.L. & Co.'s Burn collection is a departure from the company's typically gothic-themed home goods. Choose from fragrances like Tunisian Orange, Balinese Woods, and Peruvian Flowering Tobacco: Each is mixed by an artisanal perfumer and then hand-poured into shallow-rimmed glass bowls, which allow for optimal scent exposure.