Otium – The Story behind the Fragrance

Floral Jasmine Fragrance of the renaissance garden at Villa Grabau

Otium – our floral jasmine scented candle fragrance is inspired by the Italian Renaissance garden of Villa Grabau.

According to Pliny the Younger (a lawyer, author and magistrate of Ancient Rome), the purpose of a garden, was “otium,” meaning seclusion or serenity – the opposite of  “negotium” that often classified busy urban life.  A garden was a place to think, relax, contemplate and escape.

Available for weddings during the summer, the garden at Villa Grabau is the perfect venue for aperitivo amongst the lemon trees with their floral jasmine fragrance. The symmetrical terraced garden has two obelisk shaped Magnolia trees and two large oval lawns encircled by over 70 antique pots of Lemon Trees, baring the coats of arms of many noble families of Lucca.  Perfectly placed pots of geraniums sit atop a balustrade made of Matraia stone.

At the base of the stairs that separate the different garden levels, two spectacular trumpet vines proudly display their large orange flowers.  There are two bronze heads representing the head of Satiro that spout water into fountains embedded in mosaics made from rock crystals, quartz and tufa.  Shady paths twist their way mysteriously through the undergrowth of the hedges of bay laurel and boxwood, with small clearings at intervals, where stone benches and tables entice the stroller to stop and spend some time there.

Olfactory Profile 

Top notes: mint, mandarin, lemon, pine needle

Heart notes: neroli, jasmine, petitgrain, ylang ylang

Base notes: cedarwood, amber, vetivert