A couple of weeks ago saw me paying a visit to a Diptyque counter because I have a soft spot for their fragrances and candles and I saw from here that there was a 10 candle set released this year. Excuse me? 10 candles? Let me at them please!
Unfortunately, I found that it wasn’t sold here which left me feeling rather disappointed. But before I could leave the store, the cunning SA at Kens Apothecary BV2 told me that what they DID have was a 5 candle set. I spun around so quickly, I might have given myself whiplash.
Part of the Diptyque Christmas selection is a set of mini candles that was released to commemorate Diptyque’s 50th Anniversary. Each candle represents a scent created in each of the 5 decades commemorated, and they are the mini 35g candles with an approximately 12 hour burning time.
They come in a beautiful black and gold box and I picked it up because it’s a great way to sample a selection of Diptyque candles to see which I might like. Thus far, my experience has only been with 34 and whilst I like it, I wanted to see what else was on offer. If you have never tried anything from Diptyque but are wondering what the hell the hype is all about these luxury scented candles, then the box sets are the way to go. If you can get hold of the 10 candle set, all the better!
For Christmas however, there are 3 limited edition candles, one of which you see in the picture above. If candles and home fragrances are your thing, then boy, I just know we’re going to be friends :D
Diptyque Holiday Candle (RM275/190g and RM135/70g) – Indian Incense
Diptyque releases a small selection of holiday candles each year and this year, they drew on their Oriental travels to conjure up scents of the East and the Orient. Expect musky spicy florals that smell exotic and perfume your room with the wonderful warmth of dried spiced flowers.
The 3 scents available are Encens des Indes (Indian Incense (purple jar)), Orange Chaya (Orange Chai (orange jar)) and Ecorce de Pin (Pine Bark (green jar)). Fittingly with the season, the scents evoke feelings of warmth and comfort and fit well in a cool setting. A little heavy if burnt in warm weather, I felt.
Which is why I’m celebrating the fact that for us here in Malaysia, we are experiencing a rather cool turn of weather! It’s been wet and rainy but what that leaves me with is cool, chilly evenings for me to burn my lovely spicy scents :D
Indian Incense, which I have comes in a deep gilded purple jar that looks suitably festive. Makes me think of Deepavali more than Christmas, to be honest. The scent of the candle in the jar smelled rather floral, but this is when I learned that a burning candle can quite often smell totally different from the wax.
When burnt, the scent is that of spicy roses and flowers. There is a depth of scent that perfumes the air and the spices takes away that sweet edge of flowers, while the flowers take away the bitter edge of burning spices. The combination is quite exotic and never one I’d have picked out for myself, so I was very pleasantly surprised!
I do find however, that the 70g candle which has about 24 hours burning time isn’t quite big enough to perfume a large area. So, for my living room or even bedroom, all it leaves is a delicate hint of a scent after burning it for about an hour. I did find it strange for it not to be very strong. Somehow it doesn’t fit with the appearance and description of the candle. You’d just expect something named ‘incense’ to smell strong or even choking. The light, almost delicate scent is strangely incongruous.
Diptyque 50th Anniversary 5 Candle Boxed Set – RM319
Yeah, I know, if you do the math it makes one candle freaking expensive. But if you want to try a selection of Diptyque candles then this is, I believe the best way to go about it. That’s what I told myself anyway haha! :D
The mini sizes aren’t usually sold and sometimes are given out as GWP or come in seasonal sets but they are the best way to know if you’d like a particular scent. Since they are so small, don’t expect them to fragrance a room properly. There are some ratios you’d have to consider to derive the optimum pleasure out of your scented candles, but they will serve you well enough in a small room like a bedroom or study or you can burn a couple of them together and that might create sufficient intensity.
Stronger scents like Baies, Figuier or Ambre may work in a larger area as they are by themselves, quite strong. Thé (Tea) and Jasmin are lighter. I’m not burning them yet though. I’m saving them up for something special and when that happens, I hope to remember to share ;) Consider it then my figurative celebratory champagne.
Do you have a favourite Diptyque candle? Have you been tempted to try one of these luxury candles?
I love scented candles and I make no apologies for loving these luxury ones too. I don’t have a favourite yet but I do like the nice clean scent of 34 that smells lovely whether on body or in the home. I even splurged on the Hourglass Diffuser in 34. Also waiting for the ‘event’ to open it :D Share your fave Diptyque home scents with me – I’m learning!
Diptyque Holiday Candles come in 3 scents Price: RM275/190g and RM135/70g Diptyque 50th Anniversary 5 Candle Set Price: RM319 Availability: Diptyque counters and Kens Apothecary stores Limited Edition: Yes, Christmas 2013