‘Take this job and shove it’ isn’t just a lyric in a country song, it’s been the start of great careers as well as many products such as Mad et Len candles. After tiring of their office jobs in Paris, Sandra Fuzier and Alexandre Piffaut started their line of intoxicatingly scented creations in 2007.
Based in the South of France near other artisans in the perfume industry, the pair use essential oils from flowers and wood that are aged in-house to create intense scents like Black Fig, Tobacco and Amber. While the aesthetic is particularly anti-luxury, the scents are quite exhilarating, creating a scent you can feel in the air.
Every aspect of the small-batch manufacturing is done by hand—from the ‘biologist’ who creates each unique scent to the blackened iron packaging handmade by local blacksmiths. And, of course, they only use natural ingredients like soy vegetable wax hand poured over cotton wicks to produce the candles, some of which are even hand-signed with the date of production.
Mad et Len produces limited edition collections and ByGeorge Man just received a shipment of candles, including Thé Noir, Lierre des Poétes, Ébene Bois, Encens Olibanum and Black Afghan. Check out the equally mesmerizing perfumes and amber crystals that can be rubbed on your skin.