Nicole Richie's Hidden Talent? Scent-Mixing!

Nicole Richie's House of Harlow 1960 Fragrance Line
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Nicole Richie's brand House of Harlow 1960 is quickly becoming a household name. Literally. As of today, the Candidly Nicole star is pushing her jewelry-slash-clothing brand into a whole new frontier with its first step in the shelter space—a line of home fragrances, available exclusively on

"The plan has always been for House of Harlow to ultimately become a lifestyle brand," she tells InStyle of the launch. "Home is something that's very important to me—I design my own house, we entertain—and scents and warmth keeps the room, the energy moving. It creates a vibe for whatever space you're in."

In partnership with candle company D.L. & Co. (her personal fave), Richie has concocted three scents ($35 for candles, $39 for diffusers; that perfectly encapsulates the very soul of House of Harlow: Midnight Moon (with notes of bergamot, pineapple, white frangipani, white tiare, coconut milk, and sandalwood), Saint James (with notes of white, black, and pink peppercorns against carnation absolute), and Winter Kate (with notes of jasmine tea, pink pepper, fresh cardamom, clove bud, golden saffron, cinnamon bark, spicy patchouli, and atlas cedarwood.

"It was very important for the scents to match what House of Harlow represents—they're warm, powerful, cool, and they represent being free and expressing yourself creatively," she stresses. "And they become nice as a whole; they smell nice burning altogether. Mixing scents is something I like to do, something I've always done."

But, is she scared of them clashing?

"No, not at all. I've played with scents since I was little," she explains, naming her mom Brenda Harvey Richie as her inspiration. "She's a fan of mixing lotions, oils, and perfumes, and she really pushed that on me and taught me how they blended together."

Richie must have a nose for this sort of thing (sorry, we couldn't help ourselves). Design-wise, she translated the Art Deco opulence from her jewelry line to the candle holders, with the intention that they could house trinkets, pens, jewelry once they've fulfilled their original purpose. "I designed them that way," she says. "I want my customers to never throw them away." Done and done.

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