Few figures have the influence of the Princess of Wales – in ways far beyond the interiors industry. However, when the opportunity arises to discover the decorating quirks behind the Princess, we take note.
Home accessories, such as cushions, books, and candles, say a lot about a person – and Catherine's choice of candles is no exception. It is perhaps unsurprising that the future queen consort has one of the best candles on the market – but this candle is likely to hold a special meaning to the Princess – beyond her home's four walls.
Catherine's signature scent is Jo Malone's Orange Blossom – a scented candle that, Vogue reports, was burned in Westminster Abbey – underneath the maple trees that were brought in for the occasion.
Jo Malone's Orange Blossom candle – $62.39 on Amazon
Kate Middleton's 'signature scent', Orange Blossom, is described by Jo Malone as a 'pure delight'. The scent resembles a clementine flower and orange blossom and water lily with hints of orris and balsamic vetiver. The scent is designed to help you both uplift, wind down, or simply to add a hint of luxury to your space.
A Vogue report from April 2011, when the future king and queen consort were due to marry, suggests that Kate Middleton contacted the luxury perfume brand to ensure the scent filled the inside of the Abbey. The venue and royal bathrooms were then stocked with Orange Blossom scented goods – including the Jo Malone candle, their hand washes (available here on Amazon), and lotion (also available here).
The unisex scent was created by Jean Claude Delville in 2003 after an inspiring trip at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles (according to Fragrantica). It has since gone on to be one of the label's top-selling candles (and one of their best reed diffusers for those who prefer that option).
The Princess' admiration for this scent is evident. So we wouldn't be surprised if this candle (and the same scented hand washes and lotions) were a firm staple in her current royal residence, Adelaide Cottage.
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Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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