Our Story & Philosophy

Telling scented stories…

Literati & Light make home fragrance products inspired by great works of literature.

Founded by husband and wife team Philip and Justine in 2016, Literati & Light was born of a simple desire to capture and share the fragrances of the greatest stories ever told.

The company began when Justine was researching her PhD in modernist literature and noticed how often detailed descriptions of fragrance and aromas appeared in literary works. Soon an obsession took hold and she began riffling through her favourite books to discover what the stories might smell like if she could lift their covers and step inside.

Today, we capture those fragrances in the eco-friendly, premium home fragrance products that make up our scented library. We research, design, and manufacture all our products by hand in beautiful Berkshire and are constantly on the hunt for the next literary work to bring to fragrant life.

We craft our products from the highest-quality, ethically sourced ingredients and, wherever we can, we work with British suppliers.

Each Literati & Light product is 100% plastic free, 100% paraffin free, and contains the maximum of fragrance for last-lasting effects. We design and create all our products in-house for complete mastery of the creative process. Those in the know can decipher the links between the patterns on our eco-friendly, recyclable packaging and the stories that inspire them.

As of today, the Literati & Light scented library contains two collections: The Modernist Collection – inspired by Justine’s love of early twentieth-century literature – and our Classics Collection, which pays homage to literary masterpieces that have stood the test of time.

Our current collections take you on a journey from the silk roads of ancient Persia to the flapper-filled parties of the roaring twenties, but there are many scented stories that we still wish to tell so watch this space to learn of new additions to our fragrant library.

The Literati & Light story continues…