It’s no secret that I clearly like to burn my money – from cigarettes (yes, yes I know) to candles, I like nothing more than to take a lot of my cash and set fire to it … and I’m not even sorry. Nope, not at all – although I do need to stop smoking then I’d have more money for candles. One of my favourite candle brands is Diptyque and I recently treated myself to a new candle from their Covent Garden store … and it is a beauty.
Look at that packaging!!! I absolutely love the pops of green on the box and the little drawstring bag that the candle came in – it’s touches like this that made me feel slightly less guilty at spending £55.00 on a candle, but 34 Boulevard Saint Germain isn’t just any old Diptyque candle … it’s their 50th anniversary one. I had a small one in the Advent Calendar and fell in love with it, so I knew I would end up buying the full-size one and I don’t regret it one little bit. I was told by the sales assistant that they got a scent expert to go into the flagship store in Paris and come up with a scent that encapsulated all the different smells in the store – now I have never been in the Paris store but if it smells half as good as this candle, then I need to (*hint hint Mick*).
You can’t pinpoint a fragrance family that this candle (and the matching perfume) belongs to as it belongs to them all. There’s hints of other Diptyque scents poking through – it’s made up of around 40 different raw materials so to say this is complex is an understatement, however, don’t mistake complex for busy. Yes there are lots of different notes but it isn’t an assault on the senses. It is stunning.
Blackcurrant & Green Leaves (L’Ombre dans L’Eau & Philosykos)
Rose Pepper & Citrus Notes
Clove, Cinnamon and Cardamom Oil (L’Eau)
Rose (L’Ombre dans L’Eau)
Tuberose (De Son)
Iris & Violet
Woods, Balms & Resins
With a burn time of 70 hours, it’s not the best value for money but it smells so good and the porcelain jar makes a nice change from the typical Diptyque glass jars, that I can overlook the price tag – I wish I had bought this sooner.
Available to buy at Space NK.
The lovely girl in the store also gave me quite a few samples which was really sweet of her – seriously, if you’re in Covent Garden, pop into the store!