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D.L. & Co. Skull With Mandible Candle — A Mortal Scent


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No, we're not encouraging you to turn your abode into a spooky haunted house, adorning it with macabre skulls meant to frighten candy-hoarding children. These skull-shaped candles are far from scary, partly thanks to the bright colors used to craft them: an electric pink, a tangerine orange, a chartreuse green, and a perky coral red. Rather than glorify death or celebrate the occult, the sculpted D.L. & Co. Skull With Mandible Candle ($90 at DLcompany.com) and the five-piece Bright Mini Skull Gift Set ($75 at DLcompany.com), with its mandible-less votives, are designed to instill a hunger for life on onlookers.

The inspiration behind the candles was the mantra "Memento Mori," a Latin phrase that translates to "remember your mortality" or even "remember you will die." The phrase dates back to Ancient Rome but has been used in a number of different contexts and artistic movements, with related motifs like skulls, hourglasses, candles ready to be extinguishes, and flowers with dried out or missing petals. All these symbols are related in that they all underline the temporal nature of life.

Memento Mori artwork, then, encourages people to live full, rich, passionate lives. By utilizing the skull motifs so closely associated with Memento Mori artwork and infusing the with psychedelic colors, these candles capture the carpe diem essence of the movement, how it values risk-taking and emphasizes the need to lead inspired lives.

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