Who doesn't love a scented candle?! I know i do. I wear perfume everyday because for me its one of life's little pleasures to smell nice. In the same way i love to make my home smell nice, but as you might have read in my NEOM Reed Diffuser post i don't like artificial scents or plug-in air fresheners. This is why Diptyque are one of my favourite brands.
The French Perfumer produce scented candles made from a high quality vegetable/paraffin wax mix that burn cleanly and evenly with a lead-free wick made from cotton and a unique mix of natural ingredients to produce incredibly evocative scents that are reminiscent of exotic destinations. There are around 50 different fragrances available that are split into five categories: Fruity, Floral, Herbal, Spicy and Woody, all packaged in the clear glass tumblers with the trademark black and white labels.
The candle i am talking about today, Baies, sits in the fruity category but i think it would be equally at home in floral. It is a combination of blackcurrant leaves and roses that on paper wouldn't be my cup of tea at all, i definitely lean towards the spicier, woody fragrances. However on a recent peruse in Space NK this really caught my attention. I wanted to try a new scent rather than sticking with my favourites Figuier or Musc, and i fell in love with the freshness and originality of this scent. It has the perfect mix of sharp fruitiness and delicate floral, neither scent overpowers the other but they compliment each other beautifully.
Here's a tip, if you want to get a really good idea of the scent: tip the glass upside down and knock it against your hand so the wax comes out and then have a sniff! By doing this you can get a true impression of the fragrance rather than sniffing the top of the candle which has been exposed to the air and probably doesn't smell as strong. The shop assistants won't bat an eyelid if you try this, they might even have popped a bit of cotton wool under the candle in the jar to help it come away more easily for this very reason. Another point worth mentioning is that some scented candles can smell differently when they are burning but all of the Diptyque candles i have tried are very true to the scent of the wax so you just have to imagine your room filled with the same fragrance as you can smell in the glass jars. If you find any of the scents overpowering then don't assume it will be more subtle when burning, these little candles pack quite a punch with the amount of fragrance they kick out! This is probably the single most impressive quality of Diptyque candles; even after 10 minutes of burning, your room will be filled with a pure aroma that won't get up your nose or make you sneeze, but definitely won't go unnoticed either.
When you find a fragrance that you fall in love with it's hard not to become obsessed with burning it every day and considering the wide choice of scents that are available i think there will be something for everyone. Then your only problem is maintaining what can turn into a very expensive habit!
You can buy Dyptique candles from Space NK and they are available in a variety of sizes: the small size 70g (pictured above) retails at £20 and the larger size 190g at £40, there are also larger, outdoor and coloured versions of some of the candles available.
Have you tried Diptyque? Which is your favourite scent?