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.
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Envelop yourself in the delicate notes of gardenia and tropical white flowers exuded by kai’s candles and linen sprays. There's lotion, shampoo, conditioner, and deodorant, so you can layer these heavenly fragrances on. All are paraben-free, sulfate-free, cruelty-free, and packaged in recyclable materials. And that signature floral scent? It’s inspired by the floral aromas of Hawaii, where the company’s founder, Gaye Straza, spent part of her youth.
Modern Alchemy's hand-poured candles inspire with their evocative, nature-reminiscent scents. Each comes beautifully packaged in a vintage-looking, subtly tapered glass casing, so it's a perfect holiday gift — or a well-deserved present for yourself.
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