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LUMIRA is a luxury scented candle and fragrance house founded by Almira Armstrong in Sydney, Australia. LUMIRA fragrances are your luxury lifestyle essentials. Copyright 2018 Atelier Lumira.

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How to find the right scent for your personality

Almira Armstrong

With literally thousands of individual fragrance notes to choose from, the process of selecting a new scent can sometimes seem daunting. There are various ways to approach this olfactory challenge: you might choose a fragrance that matches the season or one that enhances the atmosphere you hope to create. Or, you could look for a scent that speaks to your very personality, one that reflects your hobbies and interests. 

Intrigued? Lumira founder Almira Armstrong shares the best way to find a home fragrance that’s utterly, perfectly you...

You’re a natural born leader

“Studies have shown that ambitious people, the so-called type-A personalities, gravitate towards citrus scents, which are themselves naturally strong and uplifting,” says Armstrong. Sicilian Citrus is ideal for this type of person, as it’s made with both orange and tangerine for a zesty effect, as well as beautiful orange blossom, another feel good scent.   

You cultivate an air of mystery

Used in the Middle East for centuries, oud oil is derived from precious agarwood, and is distinguished by a rich, almost animalistic scent. Although now widely found in the west, oud still has a heady, exotic air that lends a slightly mysterious quality to those who surround themselves with it. Armstrong calls Arabian Oud “an exquisite, rare scent, perfect for those who keep their cards close to their chests”. 

You don’t rush into things

If you believe in taking a slow and steady path, and hate rushing into things without proper reflection, a rose-based scent is right for you. “Research tells us that people who love rose are more considered and less likely to throw caution to the wind,” Armstrong explains. “If this sounds like you, Persian Rose – with its delicate notes of rose absolute and rose water – could be your perfect match.”

You enjoy the outdoors 

Inhale, and allow the notes of rich conifers and fir balsam to transport you immediately to the magnificent forests of Tasmania, home to some of the oldest and tallest trees in the world. “This awe-inspiring destination was the inspiration for my new scent Dubh by LUC,” says Armstrong, “which instantly brings a slice of the Australian outdoors to wherever in the world you may find yourself.” 

Written by Michelle Bateman


Lumira Interiors | Perianth Hotel

Almira Armstrong

The most famous buildings in Greece might be thousands of years old, but the one currently getting the most buzz has only been open for a handful of months. Perianth Hotel opened its doors over the European summer, and has already established its position as one of the most chic places to stay in the nation’s capital. 

Housed in a striking 1930s modernist-style building, the boutique hotel (it has just 38 guest rooms), is the work of Greek architectural firm K-Studio. In a nod to the building’s past, the designers have worked with a minimal but deeply glamorous aesthetic: terrazzo floors; sleek, metal-framed furniture custom-made by K-Studio; generous slabs of marble. The pastel palette – blush pink sage green, dove grey – is as calming as one might hope to return to, after a day spent jostling against the crowds at the nearby tourist attractions. Should extra relaxation be required, guests have the choice of an in-house Zen Centre, offering meditation, yoga and martial arts, or a cocktail at the fabulous marble-lined bar. 

Complementing the cool, Euro-modern style are flashes of contemporary Greek art and design. Renowned local fashion designer Sophia Kokosalaki has designed all the staff uniforms, while works by artists Yiannis Varelas, Maria Papadimitriou and Margarita Myrogianni are on display. There’s certainly no shortage of features to capture and hold the gaze but perhaps the most stunning of all can be seen from the terrace of the sixth-floor penthouse. It’s here that the buzzy new Perianth comes eye-to-eye with its ancient neighbours, with sweeping, uninterrupted views across Athens and all the way to the Acropolis.

Written by Michelle Bateman

How to match your scent to your setting

Almira Armstrong

LUMIRA Luxury Scented Candles

Have you ever noticed that certain scents seem to trigger a flood of feel-good endorphins? Proust had his legendary madeleines, but the trigger itself is completely unique to each of us – an orange blossom in full flower; incense burning as you pass a church; the fragrance worn by a long, lost first love.

It’s not in your imagination. Our brains are hardwired to intimately connect scent to memory, explains Lumira founder Almira Armstrong, which is why they’re so incredibly powerful at setting a mood or atmosphere. “Every one of us will have certain scents that we respond to on a personal level, but some notes also have an almost universal appeal,” says Armstrong. 

So when you’re trying to create a mood by matching your scent to your setting, here’s where to begin.

For a spring BBQ

Here in the southern hemisphere, the weather is finally warmer, the days are getting longer and our thoughts are turning to alfresco entertaining. “If you’re hosting a BBQ at home, look for a home fragrance that will create an uplifting mood and that will also complement the food,” suggests Armstrong. “I like to burn Sicilian Citrus to enhance the mood prior to my guests arriving – the citrus notes also instantly freshen up any space.”

The fragrance channels the warm earthiness of its namesake island, with notes of orange blossom, tangerine and wild herbs. As an added bonus, studies have found that the scent of orange really does boost our mood, so your friends are practically guaranteed to enjoy themselves.

 Photography by  Domino

Photography by Domino

In the office

If your workplace is candle-friendly or you have the luxury of working from home, it’s possible to use scent to your advantage in a number of ways. “Offices can be busy and sometimes stressful environments, so I like an understated scent that creates a calm and productive environment,” says Armstrong. Tunisian Mint Tea is inspired by the ancient streets of this fascinating North African country, where stopping to sip a sweet, refreshing tea is practically an art form. I created it to capture a serene moment of time, a pause before going about our busy days.” 

Peppermint has also been found to improve concentration and memory, and may even boost brain power, so why not light up and project very your best office self?

 Photography by  LaPorte Space

Photography by LaPorte Space

Beside the bath

Drawing a long, hot bath is a shortcut to relaxation, but to fully unwind, it’s important to flick the dimmer switch on all of your senses. “Taking a bath by candlelight is one of my favourite weekly rituals,” says Armstrong. “The soft, flickering light turns the bathroom into a cocoon – so relaxing.” 

To enhance the setting, choose a serene scent that won’t overstimulate, such as the delicate Collezione Bianca trio. “This collection was inspired by the minimalist artist Ellsworth Kelly, and the beauty and purity in his works,” explains Armstrong. “The scents are slightly mysterious and are designed to complement our daily rituals, making them ideal for beside the bathtub. Darsana is specifically created for the evening, with relaxing notes of amber and jasmine.” 

 Photography by  Six Senses Zil Payson

Photography by Six Senses Zil Payson

Written by Michelle Bateman