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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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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

Father’s Day gift ideas for every kind of dad 

Almira Armstrong

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection,
— Sigmund Freud once wrote.

With a reference like this one, we recommend pulling out all the stops this Father’s Day to show your father, grandfather or the father figure in your life exactly how you feel. And no matter where his tastes lay, you’ll find some inspired gift ideas below.

For the travel aficionado

 Pictured: The Slow, Bali

Pictured: The Slow, Bali

He’s always plotting his next trip and has the frequent flyer miles to prove it. He’ll love a long weekend of food, wine and art at the fabulous Jackalope Hotel on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula (read more about it here). Or, for an escape to the bush, it’s impossible to top the beautiful and serene Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley for outdoor adventure with a side of luxury. Tuck a travel-size version of our Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley candle into his overnight bag. Speaking of overnight bags, if his needs an upgrade, the sumptuous leather options at Hunt are worth a look.

When surfing holidays are more his speed, check him into The Slow in Canggu, Bali. It’s just metres from one of the island’s favourite surf spots, and has a chilled vibe that he’ll never forget. But just in case, Balinese Ylang Ylang makes an ideal memento.

 LUMIRA Balinese Ylang Ylang Luxury Scented Candle

LUMIRA Balinese Ylang Ylang Luxury Scented Candle

For the art-lover

 Pictured: Hearts Beat Loud at Sydney Film Festival 2018

Pictured: Hearts Beat Loud at Sydney Film Festival 2018

When a man has an appreciation of the visual arts, he’ll always find space on his walls for a special new piece. For sheer depth of choice, make 1st Dibs a go-to – its current offerings include a signed Robert Rauschenberg print and a Baron Wolman photograph of Mick Jagger in his smokey-eyed-1960s prime. David Walsh is one of Australia’s most vocal supporters of the arts, and his MONA Museum in Hobart never fails to attract attention for its boundary-pushing and sometimes controversial exhibitions and events. Needless to say, his memoir, A Bone of Fact, makes for inspired reading. If dad’s literature tastes run more to the classics, Biblio has a wonderful selection of rare and first editions, from Stephen King to JD Salinger.

To help create the right ambience when curling up with his tome of choice, we recommend No.352 Leather & Cedar, a creative but elegant blend of woody spice, with soft notes of leather. And the aesthete will always appreciate a chic glass dome to keep his candle protected. 

Finally, a seasons pass for the 2019 Sydney Film Festival makes an inspired gift for cinephiles, and puts the ultimate choice back in his hands.  

 LUMIRA No352 Leather & Cedar Luxury Scented Candle

LUMIRA No352 Leather & Cedar Luxury Scented Candle

For the entertainer

 Pictured: Pure South private dining room

Pictured: Pure South private dining room

He knows how to work a room and can happily orchestrate a gathering at a moment’s notice. Help him set the scene with Tonic of Gin – it beautifully captures the aroma of Distillery Botanica’s award-winning gin.  Sign him up for a subscription to A Wine Service, to ensure a steady stream of his favourite tipple, delivered straight to his door. Normann Copenhagen makes some of the most seriously Scandi-chic glassware, such as these gravity-defying cognac glasses. Or turn the tables and allow him to be the guest, with tickets to Tetsuya’s first-ever Melbourne dinner. Incredibly, the Sydney-based chef has never worked in the southern city, but has teamed up Pure South in Southbank for one night only on September 10. 

 LUMIRA Tonic of Gin x Distillery Botanica Luxury Scented Candle

LUMIRA Tonic of Gin x Distillery Botanica Luxury Scented Candle

Written by Michelle Bateman

 

Three notes to create a relaxing home

Almira Armstrong

An old wives’ tale has long promised that a few drops of lavender oil sprinkled on a pillowcase is a passport to swift slumber. We don’t dispute the effect but prefer our olfactory calm-down to take a more sophisticated form, namely a moment of mindfulness spent in the company of our favourite fragrance. 

Fortunately, lavender isn’t the only note lauded for its ability to help one unwind, as vanilla, sandalwood and jasmine are all known to have a similar effect. This coming Wednesday, August 15 is World Relaxation Day and if a leisurely day on the couch is out of the question, lighting one of these is an equally inspired way to embrace the spirit of the day.

Sandalwood

From incense to aromatherapy, sandalwood has long been prized for its ability to promote relaxation, without the accompanying sense of drowsiness that’s often associated with lavender. In Balinese Ylang Ylang, the rich sweetness of sandalwood is teamed with ylang ylang, which is also known for its calming effect. With the addition of soft floral notes to create an air of romance, this scent might be the ultimate scene-setter if you’re planning to spend the day (or night) relaxing a deux.

Jasmine

While on the subject of heady experiences, those lazy drowsy days of mid summer are perfectly captured in the full, sweet notes of the jasmine blossom, one of nature’s most effective mood-boosters. If you’re fortunate enough to be in the northern hemisphere, spending relaxation day surrounded by trellises bursting with blossoms is always a good idea. Those on the other side of the globe can recreate the experience with The Vow by Nicole Trunfio, which combines the white flowers of jasmine and magnolia with juicy citrus and berries.

Vanilla

Slightly sweet gourmand notes like vanilla are quite simply a shortcut to comfort, invoking memories of birthday cakes and iced biscuits. For a true gourmand experience, Tahitian Coconut combines the softness of a vanilla base with tropical coconut in the mid notes; hints of mandarin and orange flower bring some zest to the sweetness. 

But vanilla isn’t all cupcakes and parties, it also has a deeply sophisticated side, particularly when it’s teamed with rich spices and leather notes. If your idea of relaxation involves a certain old-world glamour, No.352 Leather & Cedar won’t disappoint.

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Shop your favourite LUMIRA scent that you love to relax with.

Written by Michelle Bateman