I’ve been using naturals since I was a teenager. Chemical cleaners, soaps and shampoos just seem so wrong, especially when the skin absorbs up to 60% of what we put on it.
With at least 15 years’ experience of using natural cosmetics and non-toxic household goodies, I know a great thing when I smell it.
First, let me say that I’m not receiving any commission for recommending these candles! But Marina (like so many small business owners) doesn’t enjoy promoting herself and what she does. So, I’m going to try to do her products justice.
When I received my candle, I was really impressed. I love everything non-toxic, but even I have to admit that all-natural products don’t always stand up to their synthetic opponents on scent.
Natural wax candles can sometimes lack potency – but scent is Marina’s speciality. In 2016, she overhauled her business, The Perfume Garden, and created MB Parfums – taking her award-winning fragrances to a new level of luxury.
Marina successfully crowdfunded her new candle range, offering her gorgeous new stock as prizes for pledges. That’s how I got my first MB Parfums candle.
When lit, the Lavender Dreams candle fills the room with scent, and burns long and clean, without leaving a sooty residue on its posh glass container. Marina’s Christmas candle is to die for, too. It’s how Christmas should smell.
Both candles delicately scent the room, even when they’re not burning. I keep mine on my bedside table, so there’s always a beautiful smell near my bed. And when I need a boost, I light it for a little while before I go to bed. I’ve had it for seven months now, and used about half of the cool-burning wax.
Price-wise, the candle is competitive with others from the big perfume houses (the ones it’s been beating in blogger reviews). But at £50, it is a luxury, and Marina herself will admit to that.
Perfume has (until very recently) always been made from the rarest and most precious ingredients. MB Parfums is about making perfume special again – not settling for cheaper, potentially harmful substitutes.