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THE
VIOLET HOUR:
AFTER MIDNIGHT

The heady scents of spice, sugar and citrus combine in an exclusive new candle that should only be lit after hours.

Film byEMI BELL

Written by JACK SUNNUCKS


When VIOLET GREY decided to commission a series of exclusive candles, we knew exactly who to ask: Frederick Bouchardy, the enormously gifted founder of fragrance studio Joya. And in turn, Bouchardy knew (even before we did) exactly what they should smell like. The latest edition in his series, The Violet Hour: After Midnight, is for the woman who comes home late, but is reluctant to go to bed—you fill in the blanks as to why.

So what does After Midnight smell like? “An amazing home, with pillows all over the floor, and sofas that are bigger than a New York apartment,” the Brooklyn-based Bouchardy says wistfully. In literal terms, this means a mix of citrus, woody and sweet scents. “Lemongrass and pomelo, the grandmother of citrus,” he notes, combine with “rosemary, cedar chips, clove oil, medjool date and sugar cane.” It’s a wilfully romantic and appealingly off-filter mix. Under all of this, there’s an inflection of tobacco leaf, nutty and spicy. 

Each of the candles in the Violet Hour also draws from the rich narratives, mythologies and archetypes of Los Angeles. “[After Hours] is the more exotic element of my LA fantasy,” he admits. “Think of a super-chic lady who wears kaftans,” he laughs. “It’s inspired by something a little dangerous, a little spicy, and a little bit coy—I’m always interested in that fine line between what’s coy and what’s seductive.”

And like the best nights out, The Violet Hour: After Midnight is rather ephemeral: only 150 of the hand-poured candles were produced. Because what’s sexier than playing hard to get? 

The VIOLET HOUR:
5PM

Infused with notes of lemongrass, pomelo, rosemary, cedar and sugar cane, the candle evokes a smoky, seductive after-hours mood.