Is it just me, or does that sexy, irresistible seductress from your favorite film or novel often get a bad rap? After all, is it really her fault that she’s so charming, so witty, and so beautiful as to make men trip over themselves trying to win her praise? Inspired by some of the most famous women from history and literature, candle makers have even crafted idyllic fragrances in their honor, penning their own “love poems” to these unforgettable women in the form of some exquisite luxury candles.
This Valentine’s Day, feel as irresistible as these ladies by burning their signature candles. Whether seducing your crush or just enjoying some coveted time to yourself, these fragrances will ensure that you feel confident, sexy, and desirable this February 14th.
Mrs. Robinson (The Graduate)
Candle: The Graduate by Tete a Tete Incendere
While she may not be up for mother of the year, The Graduate’s Mrs. Robinson has transcended time to become one of the most iconic seductresses of all time. Immortalized in the classic Simon & Garfunkel song, Anne Bancroft’s Mrs. Robinson character is best known for successfully initiating an affair with the much younger Benjamin Braddock. Though often regarded as a villainess, Mrs. Robinson’s nyloned leg has become an iconic symbol for both the film and female sensuality.
Tête à Tête Incendere’s “The Graduate” candle perfectly captures the beauty and experience of the classy older woman with sensual musk, tropical but potent greens and fern, and smoky and resinous base notes. Radiating sophistication and eroticism, The Graduate is an ideal fragrance for feeling irresistible at any age.
Candles: Cleopatra by Tocca
One of the few female pharaohs in ancient Egypt, Cleopatra is known for having used everything at her disposal to further the success of her country, including her feminine wiles. Hailed as one of the most attractive women of all time, Cleopatra supposedly smuggled herself into Julius Caesar’s chambers by hiding inside a carpet. Once unrolled, she commenced seducing Caesar into forming one of the first power couples, a romance that lasted until his death. After finding herself widowed, she began a relationship with Caesar’s successor, Mark Antony.
For a fragrance as unique as Cleopatra herself, try Tocca’s Cleopatra, scented with hints of watery cucumber and sweet grapefruit.
Candle: Josephine by Harlem Candle Company
Film goddess, dancer, and civil rights crusader alike, Josephine Baker was one of the first Black women to become an international star. Gorgeous, clever, and talented, Baker is known both for having won the hearts of audience members around the globe and for resisting Nazi occupation in her adopted homeland of France. Famous for refusing to perform for segregated audiences, Baker knew both her own worth and the statement that her attendance or absence would make on the Civil Rights Movement.
This legacy is aptly celebrated in the Harlem Candle Company’s Josephine with its notes of bergamot, Moroccan rose, Indian jasmine, amber, Tonka bean, and sandalwood. Sensuous and complex, the fragrance dances across your senses just as Josephine herself danced across the stage. This scent will make you feel sexy, irresistible, and iconic.
Juliet Capulet (Romeo and Juliet)
Candle: Juliet by Arabella Collection
Based on tales of star-crossed lovers across history, the story of Romeo and Juliet was popularized by Shakespeare’s rendition of this ill-fated romance. After briefly meeting her at a dance, Romeo Montague cannot help but fall in love with the graceful, headstrong, and alluring Juliet Capulet despite the fact that they come from rival families. Their short romance is so intense that, upon believing one another dead, the two lovers ultimately commit suicide to reunite in the afterlife.
This sad but beautiful tale, along with the charm of Juliet, is captured in the Arabella Collection’s iconic Juliet candle. With notes of gardenia, iris blossom, tuberose, jasmine, coconut, and daffodils, Juliet may truly be as lovely as the sun. An ideal scent for lounging and dreaming of a future with your beloved.
Channel Your Inner Seductress
This Valentine’s Day, bring home a scent that turns up the allure and channel your inner seductress. Feel confident, sexy, and irresistible with these seductive fragrances—check back tomorrow for Part II of this series!