Because loves Frédéric Malle’s latest waxen offering, 1er Mai, created especially for this year’s May Day, Dominic Ropion the famous French nose has crafted a candle that perfectly captures the essence of lily of the valley – an ancient May Day symbol. The significance of the lily of the valley to May Day celebrations is attributed to the French King Charles IX who was given the flower for good luck on 1 May 1561, he then started offering lilies to the women of the court with the tradition eventually spreading out to the whole French nation. So the candle, with its distinctive jasmine accords, has us dreaming of white linen dresses and the Palace of Versailles, and we love the distinctive red-glass casing.

Morris dancing aside, we’re hooked on this French floral tradition and shall be burning 1er Mai well beyond the bank-holiday weekend!

The Frédéric Malle 1er Mai candle is available to buy from Liberty