The scent of home, by those who’ve fled their own

Touching memories of home from refugees living in Britain have been captured in scented candles to raise money for Choose Love this World Refugee Day

Scents of Belonging x Full Collection

Launching this Refugee Week (14–20 June) Uncommon Creative Studio launch their second collaboration with Earl of East. A new home fragrance range: Scents of Belonging, with 100% of the profits from every candle sold supporting Choose Love to help those fleeing war, persecution and climate change.

Scents of Belonging

Shoppers can purchase one of three scented candles, which have been inspired by the testimonies of three incredible refugees living in Britain surrounding their memories of home, including…

Imad Alarnab | A candle inspired by a kitchen in Damascus

Aromas of crushed mint, cumin, tomato leaf and tobacco smoke, inspired by Imad’s memory of home — his mother’s kitchen in Damascus.

Scents of Belonging x A kitchen in Damascus

Majid Adin | A candle inspired by a rooftop in Mashhad

Aromas of roses, firewood, basil and night-blooming jasmine, inspired by Majid’s memory of home — sleeping on a rooftop in Mashhad.

Scents of Belonging x A rooftop in Mashhad

Vanessa Nwosu | A candle inspired by a garden in Imo State

Aromas of fresh rain, sugarcane, pineapple leaves and hibiscus flowers, inspired by Vanessa’s memory of home — her grandmother’s garden.

Scents of Belonging x A garden in Imo State

The collection of limited edition soy wax scented candles will be available to purchase online or in-store at Earl of East’s Coal Drops Yard location from Monday 14th June.

Discover the full series here:

Scents of Belonging

To promote the project, BAFTA-winning Syrian filmmaker and rights activist Hassan Akkad has created a powerful launch film, featuring moving portraits of Imad, Madjid and Vanessa describing the people and places they miss most from the lives they’ve been forced to flee.

Scents of Belonging x Launch Film

Hand poured in London by Earl of East in collaboration with the three refugees, each scent beautifully captures the essence of home for Imad, Madjid and Vanessa. Imad’s scent of his Mother’s cluttered kitchen is portrayed through crushed mint, cumin, tomato leaf and tobacco smoke. Majid’s memory of sleeping on a rooftop with his siblings under the starry night sky in Mashhad is brought to life with roses, firewood, basil and night-blooming jasmine. The final fragrance centres around Vanessa’s Grandmother’s garden with aromas of fresh rain, sugar- cane, pineapple leaves and hibiscus flowers.

Scents of Belonging x Print

The trio of candles have been designed to reflect and emphasise each individual location of home using complementary pastel colours and the geographical coordinates to each place. The design also includes a symbol of a candle wick turned upside down to reflect the image of a pin-point icon highlighting a specific location on a map.

Scents of Belonging x Packaging Icon

The project will also be supported by a print suite featuring the scent descriptions and candle itself, this will run in The Guardian across the weekend. The launch will also include an in-store window display takeover at Earl of East’s flagship store in Coal Drops Yard, London.

Scents of Belonging x Print
Scents of Belonging

Philli Boyle, Director of Partnerships, Choose Love said: “We are absolutely over the moon to have the support of the brilliant Earl of East in collaboration with our friends Majid, Vanessa and Imad on this very special fundraising initiative, dreamed up, with love, by the wonderful people at Uncommon Creative Studio. We are excited for people to buy them and to be transported to these remarkable people’s happy memories of home who subsequently had to leave all that they knew and loved to seek safety here in the UK. A huge 100% of profits from sales will go to our work supporting people on every stage of their journey.”

Scents of Belonging x Print

Niko Dafkos, Co-founder, Earl of East said: “We’ve always believed that scent is a powerful form of storytelling so to have the opportunity to recreate the scent of home for three incredible refugees, whilst also supporting such a brilliant charity, was an absolute honour.”

Window Display x Coal Drops Yard

This new series of scents follows the successful collection launched last year ‘Scents of Normality’ — a range of candles reminding us of some of the places we missed most during lock- down, raising over £12k supporting the hospitality industry.

Scents of Normality


Project Name: Scents of Belonging

Creative Studio: Uncommon

Candle Makers: Earl of East

Charity Partner: Choose Love

Director: Hassan Akkad

DOP: Ayman Alhussein

Sound Design & Mix: Henning Knoepfel & Graham Norman @ Soundtree

Grade: Freefolk

Music Track: Fourtet ‘Reversing’

Lighting: Greenkit

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