HEALTH + WELLNESS

THE FEELING OF FRAGRANCE

The MVP of the human sensory system, scent inspires calm, creativity and well-being. It can resurface memories in an instant, and is often our first association with a person, place or state of mind. Founder and Director of contemporary candle house, Maison Blanche, Kristy Payne talks fragrance to elevate and create, and the scent of MAURIE + EVE.

M+E: Why is ‘smell’ such an important sense for human nature?

KP: Smell is one of our most powerful senses. The part of the brain that processes smell, is located in the same part affecting all our emotions – memory and creativity. Smell evokes happy memories and emotions instantaneously; more so than any other of our senses.

M+E: What inspires the fragrance portfolio of Maison Blanche products?

KP: So many different things! Sea Salt & Thyme is an ode to my favourite coastal walk – where the sea spray touches your face while navigating the winding path. Peony & Peppercorn is inspired by one of my favourite perfumes (the way it changes on my skin over the course of the day) – sweet in the morning, spicy by noon.

M+E: Your ingredients are plant based, how does this elevate/define the Maison Blanche experience?

KP: Thoughtful design is integral to the Maison Blanche identity. For us, this means minimal, timeless design with a low environmental impact. Our attention to the smallest details, such as using natural ingredients, makes way for only the most thoughtful, quality products. We unequivocally believe that great design improves each of our lives, and should not harm the environment in the process.

KRISTY PAYNE

“I love 004 Bergamot & Tobacco; it’s my go-to, unwind scent after a long day. An interesting fragrance featuring uplifting notes of bergamot and orange zest, contrasted with deep, smoky tobacco leaf and notes of vanilla. It creates a feeling of comfort for me.”

M+E: In such times of stress and unforeseen life challenges, what scents can we incorporate into our daily existence to ease this?

KP: In these unprecedented times, it’s normal to feel unsettled, so incorporating a scent that can help you stay calm and grounded (and feel in control) is ideal. A soft, zen-like blend such as 003 Cucumber & Mint is a great fragrance to surround yourself with when taking timeout to reconnect and relax.

M+E: What Maison Blanche fragrance would you recommend to stimulate balance in mind, body and home?

KP: 007 Sea salt & Thyme, is a perfect blend for this! It’s a refreshing, oceanic fragrance combining sea air and salt spray, with citrus, thyme and basil. A tranquil fragrance that is also very invigorating – it’s like a morning swim in the ocean!

M+E: And what are some scents to inspire creativity and proactivity?

KP: Citrus aromas are invigorating and mood-enhancing; helping to keep you focused and alert, allowing the creativity to flow.

M+E: Beyond candles/diffusers, tell us some easy ways to incorporate the power of fragrance into our lives?

KP: Right now, we are all washing and sanitising our hands frequently, so I would encourage everyone to find a fragrance that makes you feel happy and incorporate this into your routine. I love using 006 Rose & Amber hand sanitiser when I’m out of the house.

M+E: Your ‘can’t live without’ Maison Blanche candle?

KP: I love 004 Bergamot & Tobacco; it’s my go-to, unwind scent after a long day. An interesting scent featuring uplifting notes of bergamot and orange zest, contrasted with deep, smoky tobacco leaf and notes of vanilla. It creates a feeling of comfort for me.

M+E: If you were to create a fragrance for the MAURIE + EVE mood, what would be the star ingredient(s), and what would it be called?

KP: Driftwood & Gardenia. A blend combining earthy, wood tones, comforting musks and delicate sweet floral, to emulate the dynamic style of MAURIE + EVE.

M+E: Greatest words of advice you’ve been given?

KP: ‘If you know better, do better.’ This has been an essential part of Maison Blanche and my personal journey. I am continually learning, and when I realise a way to better myself or my company (whether for the benefit of myself or others), it is important (for me) to take action right away.

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