Throughout history and fiction there have been many classic relationships: Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, Mark Antony and Cleopatra, George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin. But is there any relationship more beautiful between that of a blogger and her Diptyque candle? The pair pretty much go hand in hand – a desk photo would look quite bare without that iconic white label in the background.
Ok, I know I’m sounding a little over the top, however Diptyque candles were one of the first things that stuck out for me when I first started blogging last year. It seemed as though all of my favourite bloggers had one, and I was intrigued. After a little research, I was then also intrigued by the price. At $78 for a 190g candle, I was wondering whether or not it would be a worthwhile investment (and wondering what my boyfriend would say if he knew how much I spent on a candle).
Not one to give into expensive trends easily, I conceded and ended up buying a small version of one of the most popular scents, Baise, just to test it out. I have to say, I was immediately struck by how simply having the candle in my room perfumed it, even prior to lighting it. Even better, after only an hour or two of having the candle burning my whole house was filled with the beautiful scent. I got in the habit of burning it for an hour or so each evening as I was at my desk, and was incredibly impressed with how long the candle lasts. I’m only half way through it, and that’s with frequent use.
I can now admit that I am now completely and utterly addicted to this brand after picking up the 190g candle in Feu de Bois. The scent is described as “mimicking that of an open burning log fire, capturing its smokey and crisp characteristics. Ideal for those who want to close their eyes and be transported inside to a warm winters night by the fire”. It may sound a little strange, but it is such a unique and cosy fragrance that I’m now burning the candle just before going to bed every night in order to fill my room with its exquisite scent. Even my boyfriend loves it, and it really has become part of our nightly routine. An expensive routine, yes, but I honestly think it's worth the price.
I did find that the scent was quite strong when I lit the candle for the first time, however this could simply stem from the fact that you need to let the top layer of the candle melt on the first burn (which does take about 3 hours or so). Subsequent uses provided a milder and extremely pleasant fragrance. I’ve actually become so accustomed to having it burn while writing out blog posts in the evening that it feels strange to not have it lit next to me.
While Figuier and Mimosa are next on my list of Diptyque candles to try, I've become so attached to the scent that I daresay I’ll need to keep myself supplied with Feu de Bois at all times.