Here at Esquire, we believe your living space should be a reflection of who you’ve worked so hard to become. All it takes are a few upgrades. These are the stylish (and functional) items worth buying to make your house a place you’re proud to call home.
Up now: An oil burner that gets better with age.
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Few things put the “grown” seal of approval on your living space like a candle. But after a few good burns, the benefits no longer outweigh how ugly the damn thing starts to look. Between burn marks, gathered lint, and trying to decide if the votive is half-empty or half-full, your candle is no longer a peaceful companion for a relaxing or romantic night. It becomes a burden to reach wick’s end. And that’s no good.
Fortunately, there’s a way to keep that flame lit while letting those old candles ride into the sunset. Aesop and Studio Henry Wilson teamed up to create this oil burner that can make any room look and smell like a million bucks. Sculpted from solid brass using ancient molding techniques, it is a true objet d’art that’s right at home on any nightstand, mantle, or bookshelf.
Clocking in at just over a kilo, it’s lightweight and small enough to fit in your hand, but carries just enough heft to feel like it’s got something to say. The unique molding technique ensures that every burner is just a little different, and the brass patina (reminiscent of any Aesop boutique) will evolve with heat and time.
Remove the top and place a tea-light candle inside, cover, add a few drops of any scented oil to the indented well, and the burner will do its thing. When it’s time to call it a night, just rub down the surface with a damp cloth. That’s it. No mess, little effort, and a beautiful piece of brass ready for your next burn.
The oil burner is the first home product from Aesop, and a sign of more good things to come. And as for those old candles? Give them a second act. Rubbing candle wax on a snow shovel keeps snow from sticking to it. Mixing it with a little canola oil makes a DIY shoe polish. Don’t say we never taught you anything.