The smell of lavender, mandarin and vanilla lingers in the air. There are pots and pans, and delicate glass jars lying all over the kitchen counter. In goes the cotton wick, followed by hot wax and sweet smelling perfumes that fill the entire house with their rich aroma. An aroma that doesn’t stay for a day or two, but for years. “My mum always wanted to work with her hands. She always brought home candles after her travels and one day, she decided to make some herself,” shares Nisheeta Labroo, one of the founders of Niana, a brand that makes perfumed soy candles. These handcrafted candles are made using soy wax, which is why they are eco friendly, burn cleaner, emit less soot and burn 40% longer than paraffin. In fact, “One of our candles called Replenish is made using cocoa butter, shea butter, vitamin-e, essential oils and soy wax, and can be used as body butter. All you have to do is light the candle and let it burn to form a melt pool. Extinguish and drizzle a small amount of warm oil on your body and massage directly into the skin. It’s especially great in the winter when you have dry skin,” shares Nisheeta.
What started in her mum’s kitchen has now grown into a studio in Ghitorni. You can smell the place before you even spot it. A comfortable and inviting space, with the cool marble floor, mellow lighting and a big couch in the corner that’d be perfect for a quiet and lazy Sunday. There’s a separate area to make the candles, beside which is the office space, full of boxes filled with candles of different shapes and sizes. The latest being the fragrances developed for Diwali (Orange Blossom, Garden of Light, Floral Zest, Sacred Lotus and Gentle Breeze). “These brass lotus containers have been especially created for Diwali. We usually use glass, but like to do something different for Diwali and Christmas,” says Nisheeta, who worked with Accenture and Save The Children (and thoroughly enjoyed working at both places), before joining her mother with this venture. Her favorite part of the job is to customize fragrances for her clients, whether it is corporate, anniversaries, baby announcements, or weddings.
Speaking of weddings, Niana helps create a unique fragrance and packaging according to your tastes and preferences. Whether it is the smell of the beach, something very feminine, woody, floral or any other feeling that encapsulates your wedding theme, they’ll create a fragrance and a box to go with it that’s yours and yours alone. “You can even opt for a colored glass jar instead of a plain one,” explains Nisheeta and points to a beautiful, turquoise blue-green jar, which was created for her own wedding. There’s also one in gold, red and black on the table in front of us.
Some of the luxury brands that they have partnered with to create customized aromas and packaging include Ananda Spa, Kama Ayurveda, Diacolor, Ganjam, Tamarai Catering and Audemars Piguet, among others. They also partake in various exhibitions in Delhi; the latest being Threads That Bind on October 21, 2016 and the German Christmas Market in December. Niana has also recently launched their first luxury Fine Fragrance Home Collection. These fragrances have been created in collaboration with Givaudan, the world’s leading fragrance and flavor company. In addition to soy candles and reed diffusers, this particular collection includes room sprays and scented sachets, all of which can be purchased online or at other stores.
To know more about Niana or to place an order, visit http://www.niana.co/