We asked Almira Armstrong, the elegant founder of handmade candle purveyor LUMIRA, about what she’s relying on to cope during social isolation. From old school films, to her current book recommendations, these are Almira’s picks.


“We have set up a daily and weekly routine for the family. As my husband and I are both working from home with our kids, it’s this routine that allows us to focus on our work and then on the kids’ needs. We plan daily activities for them on top of their school work to break up the day.


I am taking a vitamin C powder daily as an immune booster and I love eating lots of fruit and vegetables.

I am also trying to take walks when possible at this time, and get in a morning meditation on our balcony.


I have been watching some favourite old movies such as The Big Blue, Great Expectations, The Breakfast Club, Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman.

I have also been keeping active with F45 online where the kids also join in from our lounge room.

The Lessons She’s Learned

Personally, being able to be around my kids and learning through their eyes has been so amazing to witness. They are so resilient and I see that they can get through anything – even a pandemic. Professionally, communication and leadership during this time has been so important for me, and I continue to learn and grow with my team. I am lucky to have a great support network.

The Lifestyle Changes She’ll Be Adopting Post-Pandemic

I think we all need to make changes to prevent future outbreaks. For me, I am grateful that we have had the ability to get outdoors and be amongst nature. Exploring trails with the kids and getting back to grassroots has been so important for our family. Of course, we continue to practice social distancing and we are more aware now than ever that life can change in an instant and not to take it for granted. Together we can make a difference.


For beauty, I’m loving Dr Dennis Gross Universal Daily Peel and our LUMIRA Arabian Oud Interior Scent.

As for books, I’m reading Good To Great by Jim Collins and Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid.

I am living in The Upside leggings and tees.  They are the most comfortable to go from lounging and to a workout.

I recently purchased a beautiful PJ set from Jasmine & Will – you could stay in them all day.


Working from home can be stressful, so I like an understated scent that creates a productive environment. Peppermint and citrus notes have been found to improve concentration and memory, and may even boost brain power.  I recommend the Tunisian Mint Tea or Sicilian Citrus candles, which are both great fragrances for any space throughout the house.

Ylang Ylang is known for its relaxing properties. The pure essential oil of these blossoms has been found to aid issues of stress and anxiety – perfect for bath time rituals or setting a mood in the bedroom.  I recommend the Balinese Ylang Ylang Candle.


LUMIRA fragrances are created with the finest traditions and we place the highest value on quality, design and hand craftsmanship. We recommend the following care to ensure the longevity of your candle.

  • Prior to lighting your candle, spray some room spray in your space until the candle’s scent begins to throw.
  • In order to get the most out of your candle, burn it until the entire surface of the candle melts. Wax has ‘memory’ so it will follow the first burn so make sure not to extinguish the candle until the whole surface has melted.
  • To preserve the fragrance, do not burn your candle for more than four hours at a time and use our Snuffer to extinguish the flame so that there is no smoke created. If you leave your candle burning longer than four hours, extinguish the flame, trim the wick and then re-light it. We recommend using our Wick Trimmer.
  • To repurpose your vessel:  Once there is 10mm of wax in the vessel, place in the freezer for 15-20 minutes and the wax will pop up out its own.  Wipe the inside of the vessel and repurpose with beauty brushes, pens and more.”

Story by Tess de Vivie de Régie. Photography by Alice Mahran and The Grey Consulting, styling by Kristin Rawson.  

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