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Scented candles of the world: You kind of let us down. Sure, you smell nice and all, but after a couple burnings, you?re just another piece of pricey Diptyque glass topped with charred wick.  

But now we?ve seen the light. Le Feu De L?Eau is a line of marbled candles that are made without vessels or molds. Found in local tastemakers? homes (handbag designer Clare Vivier and Demi Moore are fans) and praised in Vogue, these $55 candles are made by pouring hot soy wax into water to form one-of-a-kind ribbed creations.

The seven scents are subtle: Our favorites are the midnight-blue candle smelling of currants and a red one scented with tuberose. But all of the fragrances are so appealing that we feel confident gifting based just on color: perhaps an amber-scented brown one for a minimalist friend, or a chartreuse-colored candle for a neon lover.

We?re impressed with this project by textile designer Wendy Polish and makeup artist Jo Strettell. (We loved Strettell?s raccoon eyes on Lena Dunham at the Emmys.) Leave it to strong creative types to give us a new and stylish way to light a single candle in the darkness.

Le Feu De L?Eau is available at Lost & Found, 6314 Yucca St.; 323-856-5872 or

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