A Love Affair with Diptyque Candles
The Diptyque story begins in 1961 on 34 boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris, when three friends driven by the same creative passion came together. Bringing us the most decadent scented candles and home fragrances, the French parfumerie are simply adored by beauty aficionados, though with its understated elegance in both aesthetics and scent, it's not hard to understand why. Candles, in general, set the mood with their soft light and beautiful aroma, and are the perfect home accessory for relaxing evenings in. They even make lovely decor pieces too. There's something so dreamy and so enchanting about Diptyque candles in particular, however, and it probably comes as no surprise when I say that Diptyque is my favourite candle brand of them all. With a little bit of history behind the brand, in today's post, I'll be talking all about the candles I own and have owned in the past, as well as the ones I'm currently lusting after. As we've just entered summer here in Australia, I guess this isn't the most seasonly appropriate subject matter, but I've been wanting to do this post for quite some time now. I also still occasionally burn candles in the warm weather, plus, my love for Diptyque lasts all year round.
Diptyque was founded by Christiane Gautrot, an interior designer, Desmond Knox-Leet, a painter, and Yves Coueslant, a theatre director and set designer, who all opened up a store to display and sell their own plain and print soft furnishings. The iconic oval label of the brand echoes the shape of an 18th-century medallion, a pattern found on the fabric, Prétorien, designed by Desmond Knox-Leet in 1963, and fifty years on, is still so emblematic of the brand. The "dancing" letters are a signature of their home collection and encased in the white oval, is quintessentially Diptyque. Their branding is something so unique, yet so simple and understated, and are by far, the most beautiful candle jars I've ever known.
My first foray into Diptyque candles was with Roses and Mimosa, which I bought during the same trip to Mecca Cosmetica some four years ago. Since that trip, Diptyque's rose scent has been my favourite scent ever, so much so, I deem it my signature scent. I've gone on to own a fair few Diptyque candles in that time, so I've done a little overview of them all in the order that they've come into my possession. As time progresses, you'll notice how my taste in fragrance developed!
As I mentioned, not only is Roses my favourite Diptyque scent, but it's my favourite scent ever. I mean, can you really go wrong with the combination of Diptyque and roses though? Diptyque describes the scent as, "Like a tender, freshly picked bouquet, it pays homage to the queen of flowers", which is 100% accurate. It's fresh, feminine, soft and delicate, plus the scent of rose is something so classic and timeless.
A journey of the senses, it recalls of the French Riviera where mimosas, brimming with scent of hay and honey, dot the hills with the sea in the distance.
Doesn't that sound so dreamy? Although burning candles is something mostly reserved for the autumn/winter, Diptyque do some beautiful warm weather candles, Mimosa being one of them. It's fresh and floral, and makes for the perfect pick-me-up on a lazy summer afternoon.
This was one of three special edition candles released in 2013, which saw Diptyque collaborating with Minä Perhonen, who was inspired by poems written by Akira Minagawa. Again, it's very fresh and floral, plus I was drawn to the beautiful brushed white jar. It holds my rose gold Zoeva brushes and they look stunning sat on top my dressing table!
Baies "expresses the irresistible freshness of a bouquet of roses, sweetened with blackcurrant leaves" and is one of Diptyque's most popular scents. I even own the Room Spray too. Like Mimosa, this is a lovely spring/summer candle and with both fruity and floral notes, you get the best of both worlds with this one.
The hero of summer and herald of the Mediterranean sun, its bark and leaves distill a unique, aromatic scent with notes of camphor.
I've never been that big a fan of herbal scents, but there was something so unique and refreshing about Diptyque's Eucalyptus scent that won me over. I love bringing this candle out in the summertime; it's wonderfully uplifting and really cuts through the thick, sticky air in the heat.
Although it takes me quite some time to burn through my Diptyque candles, I like to think I'm not too overly precious over them. Le Redouté, however, is the exception because it was limited edition here in Australia and the scent is just... I don't even understand how something so beautiful exists.
A reinterpretation of a mysterious potpourri that could be found in the original boutique when it first opened, Le Redouté fills the air with the scent of flowers and spices. Cinnamon, clove and orange float on a warm breeze over a bed of roses, cedar and amber.
It's perhaps the most unique and most complex scent I've ever come across, so much so, it gave me a newfound love for the more smokey, woody scents, as opposed to the fresh, floral and fruity ones that I've always gravitated towards. While I was initially drawn to the marble jar, the actual scent of the candle is now the real winner for me. Without burning, it has the strongest scent throw of them all and one of the best feelings is coming home from a long day at work and taking in its beauty that it fills my room with. One day, I'll begin burning it, but for now, I just want to keep admiring it!
This adorable mini Diptyque candle was a gift from Tamira of The Guilty Girl when we did a swap earlier in the year. With an inviting warm and woody aroma, Ambre is comprised of the "woods vetiver and patchouli, and enhanced with radiant aniseed, insolent spices, mysterious incense, cistus and Tonka bean". For my Northern Hemisphere friends, this is perfect for the cold weather.
Santal is Diptyque's sandalwood scent; it's woody, yet sweet, which I just love, as I don't go for anything too "masculine" smelling. To me, this is a lovely transitional candle when going from spring to autumn.
Paying homage to their fragrance, L'Ombre dans l'Eau, Diptyque describes Baies Noire as "an armful of roses and of blackcurrant leaves". To me, it's a little less sweeter than the regular Baies candle, though nevertheless stunning. This was a beautiful gift from my Melbourne friends (aka Breast Friends), while I was going through a difficult time and I'm thankful to have that memory to associate this candle with.
Despite owning and going through my fair share of Diptyque candles over the years, I still have so many on my wishlist! Next autumn/winter, I'd love to get my hands on either (but preferably both; a girl sure can dream!) Feu de Bois, which is meant to "recall the crackling of an open fire" or Pomander, a scent "reminiscent of a Christmas orange, sprinkled with cloves and cinnamon". Then there's also Figuier, which is a crisp and refreshing fig tree scented candle, perfect for this time of year. I've never repurchased the same Diptyque candles before as there are too many scents I want to try, but eventually, I'd love to repurchase my beloved Roses. Unfortunately, there is no standalone Diptyque boutique anywhere in Australia, though I have been to the one in the IFC Mall in Hong Kong, which was basically Heaven. Perhaps this is a blessing in disguise as I just know I'd be tempted by so many more scents! (Mecca Cosmetica don't stock the entire scent range).
If there's any qualm I have about Diptyque candles, it's that they aren't the most clean-burning and can create a lot of black smoke if you don't look after them properly. To ensure a clean burn, Diptyque recommends keeping the wick trimmed at 3-5mm. Also keep in mind that candles have a "memory", so to set the memory for an even burn and prevent tunnelling, I find I need to burn my candles for about two to three hours at a time until all the wax on the surface has melted. Although I'm not too precious about burning my expensive candles, I think the reason why I don't burn them too regularly is because you have to keep them lit for such long periods of time. I always make sure I'm well and truly relaxed before I do! Your standard candles have a burn time of up to 60 hours, while the minis last 30. Even when unlit, they have the most wonderful scent throw, so even though they can be a little high maintenance, I still believe you really get your money's worth with Diptyque.
With their beautifully designed jars matched equally by their the beautiful scents, the craftsmanship behind Diptyque candles is exceptional and unparalleled to any other luxury, high end candle brand. Their scents fill our homes with its alluring aromas, table tops are made all the more charming when their candles are adorned upon them, and even when burnt to completion, mundane things like cotton buds and cotton pads are brought to life when we repurpose the jars as storage. Although there are many affordable brands on the market, Diptyque has truly spoiled me for any other candle and I'm more than happy to save up my money for them, as opposed to buying cheaper ones I know I'm not going to love as much. A luxury item of refined elegance, this French brand have truly captured timelessness and sophistication into each and every jar and when it comes to the best of the best in home fragrance, you can't look any further than Diptyque.
What are your favourite Diptyque candles?