If there’s a market niche begging to be filled, it’s probably not candles. Walk into any gift shop and you’ll see it’s an area reasonably well covered. Sofia Mathias and partner Nathan Mallon decided to give it a crack anyway. The pair taught themselves the craft and the result is Golden Skull Candles, a range of candles with unusual fragrances.

“Being such a saturated market it was, like, how do we stand out?” says Mallon.

“Everyone’s got a vanilla fragrance, everyone’s got a coconut fragrance so the aim was to have a range of fragrances that you’re not going to find anywhere else, like candied absinthe,” he says.

This, their most popular fragrance, was literally dreamed up by Mathias after a night out drinking. It combines the bitterness of absinthe with pink musk and a dash of vanilla.

“I wanted to create something that was light and summery but had that grungy feel to it that would take it back to the back-alley, speakeasy vibe,” she says.

The pair has produced a signature range of six soy candles including Campfire Caramel, Batch Brew, Tobacco Spice, Black Pepper and Mint, Candied Absinthe, and Black Velvet, each hand-poured into amber glass.

A special-edition Christmas fragrance will also be released. Think notes of gingerbread, cinnamon, Christmas pudding and a hint of pine needles to channel those white-Christmas vibes.

Find a list of stockists here or order online.

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