Maison Balzac X Messina Creative Department Candles Back In Stock Online

Maison Balzac and the Creative Department By Messina have come together to create two complementary candles, celebrating the seasonal dance of the bees and inspired by the restaurants signature honey dish. Back in stock online and at select stores.

Since opening its doors in Sydney (2016), the Messina Creative Department has evolved, refined and redefined the ultimate fine dining experience. The seasonal 8-course degustation led by head chef Remi Talbot and a team of Messina chefs is curated to take you on an immersive and indulgent journey, always with the addition of gelato. Our partnership with Maison Balzac began about a year ago when we started using their delicate glassware and perfumed candles, contributing to the unique sensory ambiance. Although temporarily closed thanks to COVID, our team have been working behind the scenes on a pretty unusual collaboration.

Our brands were drawn together through our likeminded ethos; addiction to quality, playful nostalgia and intuitive design — creating a set of scented candles grounded by synesthesia. Burned on their own to separate seasonal flowers enjoyed by the bees in winter and summer, or together, developing a third unique olfactive experience.

Honey is one of the Creative Department's most cherished natural ingredients, supplied by our local apiary; Rosebery Honey. This core ingredient is the main component in our 'finale' dish, involving a multilayered handmade clay plate with wild honey gelato, a honey crisp and peach and yoghurt foam (changing seasonally). Guests are asked to assemble the dish themselves, allowing them to curate their dining experience, much like creating a third scent when burning both candles simultaneously.

The two candle scents which are available to purchase online and at select Messina stores are:

Miel d’Hiver (winter honey in French) is the sincere perfume of all plants pollinated by bees in winter. Top: smoke, thyme, lemon. Middle: cedarleaf, frankincense, nutmeg. Base: tonka bean, palo santo, peru balsam.

Miel d’Ete (summer honey in French) is the untainted perfume of all flowers pollinated by bees in summer. Top: Bergamot, galbanum. Middle: hyacinth, jasmine, orris, lily of the valley. Base: earthy, musk patchouli.

Price 300g/$69 or 55g/$29

Available from select Gelato Messina stores: Rosebery, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills, Bondi, Tramsheds, Darling Square, Fitzroy, Braddon, South Brisbane and Fortitude Valley, until stock lasts.


Blog posts

  1. Win A Weekend Away At The Messina Beach Pad

    In celebration of the very last day of summer and our scented sunscreen collab with Standard Procedure, we're planning for more sunshine and offeri...
  2. Messina Has Returned Home To Adelaide

    After spending over 20 years on the East Coast of Australia, perfecting the art of making what we think is arguably some of the best gelato on the planet, we are delighted to bring our gelato to home turf in Adelaide.
  3. Messina Eats Wonderbao

    It's been four long awaited years — Wonderbao are coming back to Sydney for a Lunar New Year pop up, featuring Mango Pancakes!