Farringdon & Forbes: The Affordable Way To Do Luxury Home Fragrance

Farringdon & Forbes Candles


Recently, I was invited to an event at the new Farringdon & Forbes store in Birmingham to discover their luxury range of candles. A few weeks before the event, I got wind of Farringdon & Forbes from my lovely blogger pal Steph from Priceless Life of Mine, who couldn't stop raving about the brand after pinching seeing their candles at The White Party. There's always room for a new candle or two in my house (that's a lie, there's really not...), so I was keen to check them out, and see if they live up to all the hype that Steph gave them!


Farringdon & Forbes Candles


The brand have just opened a store in Resorts World, Birmingham, somewhere that I didn't even know existed before the event! Resorts World is kind of an outlet-style shopping centre, located by Birmingham International Airport and the NEC, with eateries, a cinema, casino and even a hotel and spa! After a little trouble finding the store, we arrived and were warmly greeted by the owner of Farringdon & Forbes, Jules Cardozo-Marsh.


Farringdon & Forbes Candles


It was the hottest day of the year so far, so there were more than smiles on our faces when we were handed an ice-cold glass of prosecco from Bottega Prosecco Bar, and we were soon greedily eyeing up the impressive array of canapes sourced from Andy Walters restaurant. Spoiler alert: the goat's cheese & beetroot was bae...


Farringdon & Forbes Candles
Farringdon & Forbes Candles


Jules kindly gave us a tour of the store, which is incredibly bright, airy given the small square footage. They really have made the most of the space and given it a unique look with shabby chic furniture (which you can actually purchase!). One of the talking points was the flower wall, which myself and Steph were keen to get a picture by, right before I almost kicked over a candle lantern... This one is aptly named the Kim K. for its lavishness, and can even be hired for weddings/special events, a real showstopper!


Farringdon & Forbes Candles


As well as candles, Farringdon & Forbes also stocks an extensive range of hand-picked gifts, including candle accessories, homewares, jewellery and cards. I particularly had my eye on the heart-shaped hanging ornaments, and the burnished silver birdcage tealight holder. I love the fact that it isn't just candles, and it makes the store a one-stop shop for buying presents.


Farringdon & Forbes Candles
Farringdon & Forbes Candles


And that brings us on to the main event, the candles. All the candles are made from natural soy wax, and hand-poured in Warwickshire. Scents are rotated seasonally, so bad news if you fall in love with a scent, but what this does allow is the chance to discover new scents. The range currently includes a luxurious concoction of Jasmine & Honeysuckle, Red Roses, Damask Rose & Oud, and the prices are fab, ranging from around £10 for a jar candle, to £25 for a larger 3-wick candle. The brand also tries to be as sustainable as possible, and you can even recycle your empty glass jars at the store to get 10% off your next purchase!


Farringdon & Forbes Candles
Farringdon & Forbes Candles
Farringdon & Forbes Candles


We got a preview of some of the new fragrances whilst at the event, which are Fresh Fig & Green Apple, Pomegranate & White Fig and Lime, Basil & Mandarin. I was particularly smitten with the Fresh Fig & Green Apple, as well as one of the floral candles in the sale. The candle that I was kindly gifted was the Damask Rose & Oud. The powdery fragrance isn't quite my cup of tea as I find it quite sickly, and I much prefer the fresher Red Roses scent. I think scent is so personal, so it's a bit risky when you don't have a choice of fragrance. Despite this, the fragrance is nice and strong, which is rare for a soy wax candle, and it burns down really evenly.

Overall, I love the concept of the brand, the price point, the quality and the decor of the store, but there were a few small touches that let the side down. A couple of things in the store didn't quite fit - the typed labels for example, didn't continue with the luxury feel, maybe something along the lines of calligraphy or even a price list on the wall would work better. Also, the candles were missing a label indicating the scent, an issue when it came to the sale table, and also for gifting if the recipient wanted to repurchase the scent. As a new brand, everything is a learning curve, but I think Farringdon & Forbes has a lot of potential and is definitely one to watch! I also vlogged the event, which you can watch below:




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Thanks to Farringdon & Forbes for inviting me to the event!

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