Diptyque candles and the sweet smell of summer

I am a huge fan of scented candles. They make everything smell better and bring the perfect, soft light into a room. When you think of romance, there is often a single candle sitting between two people who are falling more and more in love with each other. Sigh!

Of course, another key aspect of a candle is the scent – if you want one or not and what it should be. I burned Feu de Bois candles (fire wood scent) nearly all winter. If you haven’t tried this one, I highly recommend it for winter. Or maybe if you have a closed fireplace that you use for candles.

Now that summer is pretty much in full swing, or as much of a full swing as you can get in London, I decided that it was time to lighten up and look into some new scents. I went down to the Diptyque store on Westbourne Grove and checked out a couple of options. I really likes the Roses scent but in the end opted for Baies (berries).

Diptyque Baies
Luxeha: Diptyque Baies

In the shop…

The guy working in the shop on the day I went in was really nice and he mentioned that they had an email list. I told him that I didn’t want to get any more emails but that I knew the brand and preferred to walk into a store to try things on occasion. With something like a scented candle, it can be tough to make a purchasing decision when you can’t actually smell the product. I would only buy a perfume or other scented item online if I had tried it is real life. I left my address in case they wanted to mail updates about in store events. Lo and behold, a few days later I received a really nice handwritten note and some eau de toilette samples!

Diptyque Letter
Luxeha: Diptyque Letter

Trying on a scent

The envelope had four perfume samples, which I have been trying. The sample were (descriptions stolen from the Diptyque website):

Eau DelleThis one was my favourite. Vanilla, Spices, Frankincense. Vanilla is refined between shadow and light. Brightened up by a vibrant top note of cold spices, then made sensual by black frankincense whose powers of seduction are devilishly engaging.

Oyedo – Citrus, Thyme, Cedar Wood. A luxurious, invigorating, and enchanted display of citrus fruits. Bright lemon, green mandarin, tangy orange, and tamarind make a bright and colorful combination.

Olene – Wisteria, Narcissus, Jasmine, Honeysuckle. A romantic evening in Venice where a cascade of delicate, spring time flowers come together and the subtle scent of wisteria envelops freshly picked narcissus.

Ofresia – White Freesia, Black Pepper. Opposites attract when pristine and pure freesia succumbs to the dark temptations of black pepper. The uniqueness of this atypical accord will lead you on a string.

Thanks Diptyque!

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This blog is written by Joy Adams under the pen name Alexandria Pompadour. Years ago she began clipping articles and reading blogs about charity, the arts, the best things to do and see, career advice, lifestyle ideas and tips for getting the best deal. After sharing them with friends and family for years, she decided to branch out and begin sharing them more widely online! Luxeha is a lifestyle website for budding philanthropists and socialites.

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