Not only is she one of Australia's most successful model exports, but Nicole Trunfio is also a business woman, and a mother to two young children, Zion, three, and Gia, who was born in January. For her latest venture, Trunfio has teamed up with Australian candle brand Lumira to create The Vow by Lumira X Nicole Trunfio, a scented candle ($65) and perfume oil ($49) designed to promote self love and positivity. Perfect timing, too, with Mother's Day just around the corner.
The collaboration was an organic one—Trunfio got in touch with Lumira to let them know she was a fan of the products, and upon hearing back, she formed a bond with Lumira founder, Almira Armstrong, instantly. "For my wedding [to musician Gary Clarke Jr], I decided to handmade candles with our own special scent for all of our guests," Trunfio tells InStyle. "Candles have always been a big passion of mine; they are the gift I always give—and expect back!—for my birthday, Christmas and special occasions. They're a much-needed indulgence to fill the home with warmth and nostalgia. Almira and I planned our collaboration using the same name as our wedding candle, The Vow, yet the meaning and scent was skewed toward the vow of self love and self care you have in order to inspire it in others and create the life you want."
Here, Trunfio tells InStyle about the collaboration…
InStyle: The Vow by Lumira x Nicole Trunfio was designed to promote self love and positivity. How do the notes in the perfume oil evoke that feeling in you?
Nicole Trunfio: "I love the mix of florals and woods. The rose is possibly the most exquisite scent alone—rose is the oil of divine love. Bergamot is the oil of self-acceptance, and Sandalwood is the oil of sacred devotion. I feel these scents combined mixed with notes of smoke, patchouli, amber and oud create a feeling of self-love, and ground us in our purpose, our inner purpose and strength. The perfume oil makes me feel connected, in some way, both to myself and to the world. My day feels a lot better when I wear it, [not only] because I get a lot of compliments on my scent, but mostly because I am rooted in the meaning of the oil, and smelling it throughout the day is a constant reminder."
InStyle: The products were developed with mothers in mind, in time for Mother’s Day. As a busy mum, how do you like to unwind?
Nicole Trunfio: "A nice long relaxing bath and a steam—I designed the perfect bathroom to relax in at home. Maybe a face mask too, whilst burning my favourite candle—The Vow, obviously—and then dousing myself in The Vow Perfume Oil before jumping into bed with my laptop to get some inspiration before a good night’s sleep."
InStyle: Has your approach to beauty and your beauty rituals changed since you became a mother?
Nicole Trunfio: "Keep it simple! I do a lot less now but with [better] quality. Once you find great products you stick to them—it’s really nice not having a bathroom full of every product out there, just the necessities."
InStyle: As a mother it’s important to take some time out for yourself. How would you recommend mothers, and also women in general, do that?
Nicole Trunfio: "When my kids go to bed, I light a candle, make a tea, and change the mood in my house—I dim the lights and really focus on me in that moment. I reflect on the day, the highs and the lows, how I can have a better day tomorrow, meditate, and then fill my mind with things I love and that inspire me. I am running two businesses now, so I need to make sure I reenergise at the end of the day so I can give my family and my work my all."
The Vow x Nicole Trunfio is available now at atelierlumira.com