I was really lucky to win September Street's first Twitter competition recently of a M&J London candle.
It is simply gorgeous (and arrived so beautifully packaged)
M&J London was founded by friends Jennifer (from America) and Mira (from India) who met whilst working in the fashion industry. They both now regard London as "home".
The candles are luxurious and ethical - the cardboard boxes the candles come in are printed with vegetable based ink and covered with water based coating - they are manufactured in the UK which reduces the company's carbon footprint and keeps people in the UK employed. The boxes are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and the World Land Trust. The wax is made from 100% rainforest safe soya, the wick is lead free and is made with linen and cotton and the glass is made from 100% recycled glass which can be "upcycled" - washed out and used as a glass, for other candles or even for storing make up items - I'll definitely be re-using mine.
The scents are a combination of essential oils and aroma compounds and are created by a perfumer. The candles are hand poured with love in London. A large candle costs £35 with 60hrs burn time and a small candle £23 with 30hrs burn time.
The company likes to give back to the community and donate £1 from the large candles and 50p from the small ones to a London based Women's charity - Eaves.
The candle scents are inspired by Jennifer & Mira's travels, memories and their lives in London. The other scents in the collection are -
Andalusian Romance: Orange Blossom & Jasmine
English Summer: Cucumber, Mint, Strawberry & Champagne
Left Bank Martini: Elderflower, Lemongrass, Goosberry & Juniper
Samadhi: Karpuura, Tulsi & Rose
Sweet Beginnings: Lavender, Manuka Honey & Cocoa
The candle I received is El Capitan - with Amber, Cedar & Rosewood which is inspired by road trips in California. A slightly woody scent with a light sweetness - it is simply gorgeous! I'll definitely be visiting the online store soon to buy presents (for others and myself!)
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