Interiors | Create your own scent with Lit Lab, Berlin…

I love a good candle lit in the home, wafting it’s fragrance throughout the house.  It makes the house feel clean, even if I haven’t dusted for weeks, am I right?  So when Mallory of Lit Lab emailed about her beautiful candles, and asked me if I’d like to create my own scent, I couldn’t say no. I mean look at it!

Lit Lab is based in Berlin, Germany but has it’s ideology and inspiration from Japan.  Owner, Mallory Chen writes:

In Japan, there is a concept called Ikigai where doing what you love, what you are good at, what the world needs, and what you can be paid for, all intersect. It’s referenced as the framework to finding what makes life worth living and is so immersive that time becomes irrelevant. I planned Lit Lab for three years before finally opening my beloved shop this year. My goal is for you to experience fragrance as a portal to your most cherished memories. This is my Ikigai.

The sense of smell is the most powerful of the five, directly linked to the amygdala and hippocampus, the areas of the brain holding all of our emotions and memories. This explains why we’ll catch a whiff of certain smells that instantaneously transport us to another time or place or remind us of a specific person.
Woodsmoke, cut grass, rainfall on a summers day, the earth in a woodland during Autumn, paperwhite daffodils, coffee, old books, sandalwood incense, flowering Gorse which smells like coconut…. all smells, all revoking memories.  I’m sure we have our own favourite scents / memories.

Lit Labs goal is for everyone to explore and experience new scents, whether it is on date night, travelling and exploring new cities, or simply with friends and family — together , with Lit Lab, you can create a custom fragrance inspired by a previously shared experience.  So every time that candle is lit the aroma will remind you of each other, in that moment and place.  Beautiful ethos, right?

So what did I create?  I’m not a fan of floral or sweet smells, so I chose the base note of woodsmoke, as my favourite candle of all time is Black Oak from LA Bruket, that woody smoky smell is divine, and reminds me of camping with the boys, toasting marshmallows and star gazing.  Middle note, I chose Wild Thyme.  It’s my favourite herb to cook with, and I love how that scent makes me feel in the kitchen, creative and present in my daily food prep.  And the final top note I chose fig, that fresh rich green note that fig gives I thought would blend well with both the woodsmoke and thyme.

Once you have created your own signature scent, then you can choose from one of the beautiful containers handmade by Mallory.  Cast concrete in a variety of geometric shapes.  Some have been painted with gold to mimic the Japanese art Kintsugi – fixing broken pottery with a special lacquer dusted with powdered gold.

The result is a truly beautiful candle.  Gorgeous design and I adore the scent – and my boys do too.  All picking it up and giving it a deep inhale.  Ah woodsmoke! Happiness.

Not only are the candles made of Soy wax, which thankfully doesn’t emit carcinogenic gases into the home,  but Mallory offers refills too.  So once your beloved candle has been used, you can order a refill or use it as a pot or succulent planter.  Zero waste.

So, what would your candle smell like?  Earthy, fruity, floral.  Please leave me comment below and tell me.  Or better still go create your own beautiful candle through Mallory and Lit Lab.


Lit Lab

Oranienburgerstraße 32 (Höfe 2)

10117 Mitte Berlin

Website:  Lit Lab


Collaboration Note:  Mallory kindly asked me to create my own scented candle of which I was gifted for the purpose of this review.  All words, thoughts and images are my own.  Thank you for supporting the posts that make this blog possible.

Images & Styling by Lou Archell

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