We are very lucky to stock the beautiful candles from George & Edi of Wanaka. Their scents are to die for and will have your house smelling amazing boosted by their new room sprays and crème perfumes. We asked Sarah, the owner, a few questions about what she is working on right now and what she loves most about living in Wanaka.
Make sure you leave a comment down the bottom for a chance to win a candle, room spray and crème perfume all in the Peony scent.
How long has George & Edi been going and how did it come about?
Gosh it’s over three years now since we started. I took a year’s career break from my job in Melbourne and moved to Wanaka with the desire to start living a more creative life. I adore fragrance, it fascinates me, it captures my imagination, I love how we interact with it, how it can create a sense of home, something familiar and welcoming when we travel. G & E is about my passion for complex fragrances and how we live with them.
We started with candles, as soy wax is a great carrier of fragrance and have added diffusers and room sprays to the range so you can layer up your fragrances. We have also just launched our crème perfumes, designed to be applied lavishly to your pulse points throughout the day.
Can you tell us a bit about the Maaike scent you created for us?
Peony is one of our top sellers, so for the Maaike customers, to make it even more special, we took out the blackcurrant note and added a few drops of aromatic Rose de Mai, which gives the fragrance the soft sweetness of a fresh bouquet of roses.
What are you working on at the moment?
Scarily the next project we are working on is Christmas 2015 – in June we start talking about all things festive, fragrance ideas, our packaging aspirations etc……it does seem fitting to work on Christmas when there is snow on the ground.
What is your favourite part about living in Wanaka?
It’s about lifestyle really – a stunning backdrop of mountains and a lake that changes with the seasons, great cafes, lots of other creatives call this town home, there are no big city distractions and of course the easy commute to work – what’s not to love – but shhh don’t tell anyone, we like to keep it a secret!
And because we are food obsessed what are your fave eating spots down south?
A regular haunt is Francesca’s – a warm, friendly Italian restaurant. It’s relaxed, has good food and consistantly so, every time you dine there it’s good and I appreciate how hard that is for a busy restaurant. This place is so popular with the locals you have to book ahead. When I have time to escape for a coffee, i enjoy going to Florence’s.
For a special night out it has to be Bistro Gentil – this restaurant gets five stars from me with creative chefs and a priceless view of the mountains and lake. The owner Luc is a passionate art collector, so the walls are filled with a feast of NZ talent and they have an excellent front of house team, the moment you walk through the door you are made to feel like you are visiting good friends – and the food, ooh the food – it is magnifique!!
For a selection of products including the Maaike scent check out our store here