Roscuro™ scented candle from Jonathan Ward - artisan scented candle / Jonathan Ward



A poetic journey from darkness to light. Oud, Amber and Iris entangle in warm nostalgic sensuality.

Roscuro™ is an organic beeswax and coconut propriety wax blend scented candle. Hand-poured in the UK, with an average burn time of 40 - 45 hours, Roscuro™ ships worldwide and retails for £52.00 (GBP)

Fragrance Notes

Iris Root, Honey & Hay
Bailloni Wood, Amber, Doblis Leather, Patchouli, Tonka Bean
Burn time
40 - 45 hours
H105mm, W90mm, D90mm

Jonathan Ward candles are hand poured using a certified organic wax blend. Complex fragrances delivered in the cleanest way. British craftsmanship, global spirit.

Inspired by the origins of chiaroscuro, Roscuro (meaning “light and shade”) is a legacy painting style forged by the late artist Caravaggio.

He cultivated this style throughout his career using the beauty of bringing people and objects into brilliant foreground light from the shadows.

In 1606 Caravaggio tipped from his own light into personal darkness by committing murder under alcoholic duress. Roscuro is an exploration of the artist’s frequent oscillation between serenity and sin.

The structure of the fragrance gently spirals upwards from warm Cambodian Baillonil Wood (Oud) and Amber. Sensual masculinity and addictive embrace. The heart of the fragrance wraps iris root in touches of honey and hay. The top notes exhale a nostalgic breath of dried prune with subtle traces of patchouli. Imagine the ebb of dawn sunshine reaching inside Caravaggio’s creative lair. Illuminating spilled red wine on trodden hay. Discarded wooden palette with a decade of dried oils. Wooden Cambodian beads won in a market trade.


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