In the middle of this revolting, and particularly English, version of a Narnia winter – endless rain instead of eternal snow, the gentle scent of roses reminds me that summer, however elusive just now, will return.
I’ve been burning this pretty new Rosa Mundi candle from Diptyque in my bedroom, which looks just as lovely as it smells. And, of course, it harks back to the story of Fair Rosamund, a legendary twelfth century beauty, and mistress of King Henry II, who has been imortalised in folklore, poetry, paintings and song. (You can read more about her here.)
At the heart of the fragrance are the Centifolia rose (or Rose de Mai) and the Damask rose, and the olfactory composition of the candle is designed to celebrate the multiple aromas of the rose in its natural state, as it blossoms over time.
Accompanying the candle is a new hand cream, the Eau Rose Hand Lotion, enriched with macadamia oil and aloe vera, and which relives dry central heating dehydrated skin, but which is light enough not to leave greasy paw marks.