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The Making of Balinese Ylang Ylang

Almira Armstrong

At its very essence, the story of Balinese Ylang Ylang is a story of love – pure and enduring. To unravel it, we must travel to the Indonesian island of Bali, where the ylang-ylang flower grows on trees and vines, and the tropical aroma of its blossoms fills the air.

Here and elsewhere, the plant is considered an aphrodisiac for its heady and uplifting scent, and you’ll find ylang-ylang flowers strewn on the beds of newlywed couples. Many brides in Bali also choose to thread the small yellow blossoms through their hair, creating an olfactory dance of joy as they walk down the aisle. After attending the Balinese weddings of friends who took part in this tradition, Lumira founder Almira Armstrong was inspired to create the Balinese Ylang Ylang scent, dedicating it to love experienced and shared. 

“Bali will always have a special place in our hearts as it is where we celebrated the union of our close friends,” Armstrong recalls. “This sensual perfume reminds me of these beautiful moments.”

The scent itself is as lush and warm as its island homeland, with the full-bodied ylang-ylang (pronounced ee-lang ee-lang) at its heart, complemented by the equally voluptuous jasmine and black orchid. Sandalwood and spice create a rich and complex base, while a hint of bergamot in the top notes enhances ylang-ylang’s naturally uplifting qualities. 

Armstrong recommends the scent as an olfactory talisman for your own moments of romance, saying: “I love burning this scent in the bedroom in the evening, as it creates a relaxing and loving sanctuary.”

The fragrance is also available in a travel-sized candle that will provide a memorable backdrop to any holiday romance. 

Interested in exploring Bali for yourself? Our guide to where to stay and play is below…

Eat: New hotspot Bikini bills itself as “a celebration of serious food, in a not so serious way”, with a menu of shared plates that highlight fresh, local ingredients.  The rose-gold interiors are also incredibly flattering on the complexion.

Stay: The new Alila Villas in Uluwatu practically hover on a clifftop overlooking the sparkling Indian Ocean. Each of the 65 villas comes complete with its own plunge pool, and there’s also a communal 50-metre infinity pool that’s been voted one of the most jaw-dropping in the world.

Play: You may go to AYA for the excellent Peruvian street food and innovative cocktails, but you’ll stay for the live music, street art and eclectic interiors..

Written by Michelle Bateman

The Making of Sicilian Citrus

Almira Armstrong

 Isola Bella, Taormina

Isola Bella, Taormina

When LUMIRA founder Almira Armstrong visited Sicily in the summer of 2003, she had no idea this tiny island would leave such an indelible impact. “I loved waking up early and walking the streets prior to it getting busy, taking in the sights and smells of the sea with the land,” Armstrong recalls. “I’d walk through the fresh markets of Catania in the mornings and then spend afternoons along the beach, from Noto to Taormina.” 

Long after the holiday ended, the experience would continue to infiltrate her memories: the dazzling sea along the coastline; the rocky cliffs topped with lush flora; but most of all, the breeze that brought with it the scent of blood-orange orchards and wild herbs, spiked with the heady perfume of neroli and tuberose. It’s thought that oranges were first introduced to Sicily by Arabs in the ninth and 10th centuries, and for hundreds of years, the island’s combination of climate and landscape has seen it produce some of the finest citrus fruits in the world. Most notable among them, of course, is the eponymous Sicilian blood orange, known for its deep red flesh and juice.

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Ten years after her Sicilian holiday, Armstrong would channel her memories into the creation of the Sicilian Citrus candle. “It was always a scent that I was drawn to, I think it was with me since my very first visit,” she says. “It still brings back so many amazing memories of that summer on this beautiful island.”

Citrus scents can often be light and fleeting, however this one is deepened and grounded by a floral musk base. White flowers – jasmine, tuberose, orange blossom – bring a headiness to the middle notes, while delicate citrus dances across the top. This is an undeniably uplifting scent, and one that manages to evoke the spirit of summer all year round. Armstrong likes to burn Sicilian Citrus before hosting guests, as it very quickly sets the mood and freshens the atmosphere.  

The scent is also available in a travel candle, which makes an ideal addition to the suitcase. Indeed, it might just be the next best thing to a summer spent in Sicily. 

Written by Michelle Bateman

Lumira Travels: London

Almira Armstrong

 The Ned

The Ned

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” Literary giant Samuel Johnson first uttered these words in September 1777, and they have surely been recited every day since by visitors of all genders. London is a city of contrasts: thoroughly modern and yet with a firm grasp of the past, it’s as magical in appearance as it is frustrating to navigate. But with a fresh new crop of sites to see every year, there’s absolutely no chance of it ever becoming tiresome.

Stay

If you favour intimate, boutique hotels, you might prefer to skip The Ned. But if you’re up for a bold, flashy experience, with 15 different bars and nine restaurants to choose from, then make a booking immediately. The brainchild of Soho House founder Nick Jones, The Ned opened last year in a former bank building in the middle of the city. Inspired by the glamorous 1920s, its opulent decor (think malachite columns, floral wallpaper, fringed lampshades) is the complete opposite of every minimally styled Airbnb on Instagram.

Alternatively, if you love to be the first to experience somewhere new, Bankside in South Bank opens this October, just a stone’s throw from the Tate Modern and the National Theatre. These arty neighbours have rubbed off: art and design is infused into Bankside’s very being – it even has a dedicated crafting space with a series of makers-in-residence. 

 Bankside

Bankside

Shop

There’s shopping and then there are full-blown retail experiences – and London is a master of both. With its innovative buy and creative approach to merchandising, Selfridges is always a must-visit (our Tonic of Gin candle makes a superb memento). Harvey Nichols has just opened its newly revamped shoe floor, complete with a lounge area and a rotating exhibition space… oh, and plenty of delicious shoes, as well. And the local outpost of Dover Street Market will always deliver multiple floors of creative fabulousness.

 Dover Street Market

Dover Street Market

See

London has long been a hotbed of artistic talent and no matter where your tastes lay, there are always plenty of exhibitions to please. Build your itinerary from the best on show at the Tate and the Barbican, White Cube and the Saatchi Gallery, all via the hundreds of indie galleries in the city.

 Pictured: Liu Wei at White Cube

Pictured: Liu Wei at White Cube

Refuel

It hasn’t always been easy to find light, healthy food here, but this is definitely changing thanks to the likes of The Good Life Eatery. Find smoothies and cold-pressed juices, along with a full food menu, at the various locations dotted around the city.

Or for a quick stop, make a beeline for Kioskafé in Paddington. The latest project from the creators of Monocle magazine, it combines cafe treats (from pastries to prosecco and a very fine flat white) with newsstand essentials, including 300 of the world’s best newspapers and magazines. They also have a very cool print-on-demand service, which spits out your choice of some 2500 newspapers from around the globe. 

Revitalise

Dubbed “Hackney’s hipster well-being destination” by Vogue.com, The Refinery combines yoga, barre and cardio classes with treatments for the mind, body and spirit. Whether you’re feeling less-than-fresh after a long-haul flight or just need an instant recharge, the facials and holistic massages offered by therapist Katie White – all using natural British brands – will do the trick. 

 The Refinery

The Refinery

Written by Michelle Bateman