Designed as a tribute to famous astronomers and the concept of navigating rough seas by the stars, the hope, explains Fillion, is to offer a scented salve for these turbulent times. “People need a bit of guidance right now,” he explains. It’s a lofty goal for a candle—even candles as well-conceived as these. Aganice, a spicy floral named for the first female astronomer of Ancient Greece, blends bright, floral mimosa with warm, spicy notes of cardamom and tobacco, while Callippus, which takes its name from the Greek astronomer and mathematician, features resinous Frankincense and citrusy shiso. But it’s Ptolemy, a cypress, cedar and vetiver blend, that has provided me with some much needed escapism. Inspired by the Greek-Egyptian scholar who catalogued the cosmos, it is smoky but green and fresh. The dank lushness reminds Fillion of ancient Japanese forests, where he has spent a lot of time and where he found himself longing to revisit during lockdown. “But the best compliment someone can give when they smell one of my creations is not that they have the same vision I have; it's that they feel something familiar that they often can’t express,” he insists. When I lit the candle’s wick and the vegetable wax started its molten transformation, my own vision was immediate: a fireplace burning in the distance in autumn, and cold cheeks pinked by fresh air, and wet leaves underfoot. Lighting it over the next few months and letting its warmth fill my living room will be a nice reminder—a mental guidepost of better times, perhaps—as winter confines us to our homes once again.
Aesop Ptolemy aromatique candle