It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas

I never understood how someone could spend so much money on candles until my friend Caitlin asked if I could buy her one of Diptyque’s Tubereuse candle. This was back when we had both just graduated from college. I was working for Disneyland Resort Paris at the time, and she was working in publishing in London. We would take turn visiting each other every couple of weeks. 40 euros seemed like a fortune to spend on a candle but I headed to 34 Saint Germain des Pres and purchased what she asked for. At the end of the fun (and perfectly scented) weekend, I returned to the boutique and spent my own 40 euros on my own Tubereuse candle. I was worth every penny, well, Euro cents, I paid for it and I have been faithful to the brand ever since.

On a typical evening, you will usually find either a rose, figuier or tubereuse candle burning elegantly at my house. Philosykos is also my every day perfume, though I also have L’Ombre dans l’Eau as a roll-on for days when I go to the gym during lunch. In the winter, I prefer the spicier scent of pomander. Last year, Diptyque launched two holiday candles, in festive green and gold and red gold packagings. I tried out Epinette and its pine spruce scent filled a very important void in my home, where I sadly have a fake Christmas tree…



This year, Diptyque is offering three new holiday scents to “spruce” up your home. The limited edition candles are inspired by “tales of the Arabian nights” and come in gorgeously decorated kaleidoscopic glass jars in either red, purple or green, accented with gold and the traditional oval Diptyque logo. Like last year, there’s a pine inspired candle, though Sapin Doré’ is infused with Moroccan absinthe too for a slightly more oriental smell. The other two scents are ‘Oliban,’ an homage to the iconic, religious aroma of frankincense, and ‘Oud Ambré a warm but subtle exotic fragrance that transports you to an festive oriental land. 

If you’re tempted to try Diptyque for the holiday season, Oud Ambré and Sapin Doré both come in $32 mini candle format (those make great gifts too!). Oliban, on the other end, is only available in full size.   You can order the candles online, they will actually come in a lovely box or bag, with perfume samples. Or you can pick some up here in D.C. at BlueMercury (1619 Connecticut Avenue  or 3059 M Street NW). But be careful, you might become a Diptyque addict like I did…

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