Festina Lente Home

A New Exciting Chapter Awaits...

Marta Mondelli

Greetings and Happy Holidays to you all!

A new chapter awaits for Festina Lente Home, as I prepare to leave New York City, the place I called home for the last 16 years, to embark on a year of travels. As I am sad to go away, I’m so glad I’m doing this with my partner and my two amazing kids!

Inside the lobby of the Chrysler building.

We will spend a year in Italy, where I will reconnect with friends and family, research scents, and get inspired! Festina Lente Home will resume with exciting additions and a brand new location in January 2020. Stay tuned for more!

It's Cold Outside... Let's Make Some Candles

Marta Mondelli

Let's begin with the basics: soy wax, lead-free and zinc-free wicks, fragrances. Plus a scale, rubbing alcohol to clean up at the end, a thermometer to measure the temperature of the melting wax, and a spatula to help stir in the fragrances.

Making candles

I weight the soy and the fragrances on a scale.

Making candles: weighting the fragrances

I warm up the wax till it melts, then I added the fragrances.

Making candles: melting the wax

I pour the melted mixed wax with the fragrances into the containers.

Making candles: pouring the wax

The best thing is... the whole place smells delicious! Today I made Sicilia: its citrus scents on a base of sandalwood is heartwarming and energizing all year long!

Making candles: letting the wax settle

Gift Ideas for Scented Candle Lovers

Marta Mondelli
Christmas Gifts

It's that time of the year! We're all looking for the best gifts for our loved ones and I want to make it easier.

So, sit down, enjoy a warm cup of cocoa, and see our handcrafted small treasures that comes already wrapped in handmade packagings, so that you don't have to do anything!

Your friends, relatives, neighbors, coworkers: they will all receive a precious piece of Italy, handmade with love in New York City!


Gift for a mother: Carezze Set of Three Natural Soaps

Gits for a new mother: Bambini Set of Three Natural Soaps

Gifts for a kind and thoughtful coworker: Toscana Scented Candle

Gift for a special man in your life: Dolomiti Scented Candle

Gift for a friend who just traveled to Italy: Sicilia Scented Candle

Candles make everything better

Marta Mondelli

When I was a kid I insisted to light candles when we sat down to have dinner with my family on Saturday nights. They indulged me and it felt warm and special and cozy...

Now that I make scented candles, this feeling is enhanced by the delicious perfumes that fill the room, but the feeling is the same and makes every gloomy, cold, or rainy day feel so cozy, warm, and special. Even out my window, surrounded by the tall buildings of Manhattan!

Festina Lenta Home candle on my window

We start today!

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It's the first day of the month. It is also the day after Halloween, when all the stores magically change their displays from autumn-themes to full on Christmas. 

Today I celebrate by launching Festina Lente Home (what does that mean?), my brand of hand poured soy candles, natural soaps, and room fragrances. You'll learn all about them with my posts and by browsing the site and my Instagram account @festinalentehome

Making candles in my kitchen

But for now, let's start from the beginning: this is me, eight months pregnant with my second son, Orlando. This is how it all started: making candles as favors for the party for my first boy, Tancredi, who turned two in October.

Stay tuned for more and festina lente