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SCOUT Jo Strettell (left) and Wendy Polish. Le Feu Chartreuse 1 4 LIGHT MY FIRE Boutique candle line LE FEU DE L’EAU creates evocative stories around fragrance After 15 years of friendship, celebrity makeup artist Jo Strettell and artist-designer Wendy Polish combined their creative efforts to launch LE FEU DE L’EAU (“the fire of the water”). Their handmade soy candles are crafted through a unique process that uses water instead of traditional molds to sculpt each individual form. “Our candles are one-of-a-kind, functioning fine-art pieces for the home,” says Polish. But what really caught our attention are the complex, addictive, nostalgia-inducing fragrances and the elaborate storyboards that are an essential part of the duo’s visionary process. “Our boards tell the story of how we came up with our scent,” says Polish. “Each is inspired by nature, color, texture, artist, the human experience, and, of course, smells.” Here, a look at three of our favorites. 32 “This candle was inspired by a series of Mark Ryden tree paintings,” says Strettell. “His works are rich, dark, and deep, with a combination of strangeness and wonder. We wanted the fragrance to elicit the complexities of a forest. A note of frankincense did that for us. With a note of cedar, we created the freshness that complemented the bright green color of the candle.” Le Feu Gris Le Feu de Rouges “Rose gardens inspired this scent,” says Strettell. “We wanted the red candle to embody the experience of walking slowly through beds of fresh garden roses. We take pride in using fragrances that don’t smell synthetic, which is often what you find in candles that use rose as a frangrance.” “Our masculine candle—chic, sexy, sophisticated, and timeless,” says Strettell. “The richness of the gray candle shell [was paired with] a smoky fragrance inspired by our childhood love of black-and-white movies from the ’50s and ’60s: handsome movie stars in tweed suits and polished shoes, smoking a cigarette or a pipe with such grace.” Lonny 33