My fave places
Travel memories and fragrances inspired Suzanne Taylor to create Taylor Benfield, the luxury perfumed candle brand.
Suzanne Taylor has lived in Hertfordshire most of her life. She moved to St Albans 10 years ago and fell in love with the city. After many years working in marketing for companies including Whitbread, Tesco.com, David Lloyd Leisure and Haven Holidays, she decided that she wanted to work for herself. She has just launched her own luxury perfumed candle brand, Taylor Benfield. The fragrances are inspired by her love of travel, and when we met, Suzanne told me about how she developed the fragrances to be evocative of her favourite places.
Our Crimson Rose & Oud candle immediately transports me to Morocco. Marrakech is a wonderfully special place that is a total assault on the senses. The sounds, smells, and of course the food. The spice market is full of exotic and intoxicating scents, and I always associate rose petals with Marrakech too, floating alongside candles as decoration. And the best thing is that it’s just a short hop away from the UK.
I love going to Mallorca and one of my favourite places on the island is Soller, full of character and also some wonderful restaurants. It has inspired our Grapefruit and Orange Blossom candles. The citrus grove, Ecovinyassa, is my top recommendation. To visit a working citrus grove, with its huge selection of orange, grapefruit, lime, lemon and avocado trees, is a delightfully immersive sensory experience. At the end of the tour, you are invited to enjoy some freshly squeezed orange juice with fresh bread and homemade tapenade. Sheer heaven! It’s also worth taking the time to visit Palma, an elegant and beautiful city.
Langkawi, off the north-western coast of Malaysia, has so much to offer, it has the invigorating scents of the jungle, and the relaxing scents of the beaches, intermingled with all the enticing scents from the fantastic food. Our Spiced Noir candles remind me of the scents from this beautiful island, alongside other interesting places within Malaysia. It’s a little further to travel but well worth it when you get there.
Cape Town has to be one of my favourite destinations, it’s an overnight flight, so if you can sleep on a plane, you’ll arrive feeling totally refreshed and ready to go as there’s only an hour or two time difference. Cape Town has so much to offer in the way of incredible food and wine, and generally amazing value as well. I’m sure they keep all the good wine in South Africa. The beaches here too are pretty special, and the freshness of this coastline alongside other coasts around the world are what inspired our Summer Haze candles.
St Ives is one of my favourite holiday locations in the UK, the restaurant scene is fabulous as are the beaches, on a hot sunny day, you feel like you could be in the Caribbean. The Eden Project has a very special place in my heart because my husband and I got married in the Mediterranean biome, which, for the nose, is the perfect storm of scents including eucalyptus, citrus fruits and pine. Our Citrus and Lemongrass candles remind me not just of the biome in Cornwall, but also the Amalfi and Ligurian coasts in Italy for the citrus groves. As for lemongrass, Thailand is another wonderful place that I love…the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and the picturesque beaches make it the perfect holiday destination, alongside all that delicious food.
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