I love candles, and I mean I love candles. Whilst a lot of people don’t see the point in quite literally burning money, nothing makes me feel more cosy, relaxed and at home than a room filled with candlelight. Burning a Diptyque candle is a bit of a beauty blogger rite of passage so it may shock you to discover that this is my first purchase from them, and it’s only a mini. Whilst I’m not completely against splurging on a quality candle, I have always been drawn to more organic brands like NEOM or For Every Body, who use vegetable and soy wax respectively. I’m quite the sucker for typography and branding however, and the aesthetic and rich heritage of Diptyqye was too much for me to resist and I dipped my toe into their world so to speak with a miniature candle at an in-store event before Christmas.
I say mini, but this 70g candle will still set you back £20, which is still more than a lot of people would want to pay for a huge one, but I fell in love with the scent and hadn’t smelled anything like it. The opopanax bush, also known as sweet myrrh, is native to Iran, Greece and Turkey and boasts “sweet, balsamic notes”. I’m pretty dire at describing anything fragrance wise, but to me this smells mysterious and exotic, but without the cloying and often overpowering smell that so many incense type fragrances have. It’s sweet and smokey and I love it. Candle wise, the main bug bear I have with Diptyque is that although the scent throw is good (particularly on the stronger candles), they don’t seem particularly clean burning, even when the wick is trimmed down as recommended and it’s left to burn for a couple of hours. Die-hard Diptyque fans swear that if you take care of the candle well you won’t have soot, but hey, I have really taken care of this and I do get a bit, but that aside, do you really want to spend a lot on a candle and then have to baby it for months?
I’m really really torn about this candle. I know I will buy it again, because it’s quite frankly delicious, and I haven’t found one that smells quite like this from any of the usual suspects. It lives on my bedside table and whilst I’m always burning a myriad of other things at any given time, this is the one that I light if I’m tucked up in bed reading or having a bit of a pamper session/destress, hence why it’s lasted so long. The scent is beautifully balanced, Diptyque are masters of that for sure, but I think their fragrance offerings are more my thing (more on that in a few posts) so if you have some cash to drop on a candle I would highly recommend NEOM as they burn much longer and with a beautifully clean flame. Go for Diptyque if you fall in love with a scent you can’t get anywhere else, like my beloved opopanax, but otherwise I think fragrances are their strong suit. My next experiment is homemade candles, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
Have you tried this candle? What are your favourites?
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