T2 × Grace and James
Our collab with Grace and James, a Melbourne-based candle company, lit us up from start to finish – we had such a blast fusing our teas with their endless talent at crafting dreamy scented candles.
We chatted with the Grace and James team at their space in Melbourne to get a little insight into their candle-making world.
Can you tell us about the process for developing new candles?
Initially, we tasted our way through a selection of 15 teas, analysing the scent of both the wet and dry leaf as well as the brewed tea. This can vary quite a lot from flavour to flavour, so we modelled the candles over the best element of each tea.
Next, it was blending fragrances to perfectly capture the tea, and making sure each one smelled incredible both lit and unlit. It’s normal for scents to change as time goes by, so each refinement meant waiting 6-12 weeks to see how it would evolve, and making sure it remained an accurate interpretation of the tea. It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, but the end result so perfectly captured the teas we set out to recreate.
Were there any unexpected combinations that surprised you?
Buddha’s Tears! There are no fruits or herbals so it was surprisingly tough to develop, but the final result was magic and became our favourite – think buttery soft jasmine and earthy green tea.
Why do tea and candles go so well together?
Both are such an aromatic experience – we’ve always loved how sensorial and aromatic T2 stores are, and the teas themselves are always so fragrant when you brew them. Both brands are so aligned too; T2 loves creating moments with their tea just as much as we love crafting moments with our candles.
Any other flavours you’d love to immortalise in a candle?
Go Go Goa – we were working on that one for a while but haven’t quite gotten there, but once we do it will be amazing. Toasty Nougat because a caramel candle sounds phenomenal; Fruitalicious would just be so fun and Gorgeous Geisha because who doesn’t love strawberry!Shop T2 x Grace and James
“We tasted our way through a selection of 15 teas, analysing the scent of both the wet and dry leaf as well as the brewed tea.”
“T2 loves creating moments with their tea just as much as we love crafting moments with our candles.”