Founder and Perfumer, La Bougie Candles
Having previously had an illustrious career as a chef in the UK to the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, Lucy Hagerty now has an equally colourful one as an expert perfumer. After she married an Irish man, had children and eventually settled here, what she wanted to do was to create the perfect candle. ‘I think food, taste and smell are quite similar,’ she says. The perfume world is a closely guarded one, but she spent eight years learnings its secrets and a further two learning how to create the candles herself.
La Bougie launched in the summer of 2012 and is now stocked across the country. These artisan creations are hand-poured and already have a devout following with candle connoisseurs and perfume lovers. Her working life is non-stop, with the opening of a boutique in Kinsale to coincide with the launch of the La Bougie perfume range at the end of 2015. ‘I’m overwhelmed by how fantastically they’ve been received.’