Earlier this month (December 3rd), I attended the Diptyque boutique opening at 971 Madison Avenue between East 76th and 75th Streets. Diptyque is known for their luxury candles, sprays and fragrances, as well as body care (including lotions and creams, body wash, hand balm and oils). The candles and room sprays include floral, fruity, herbal , woody and spicy scents. Diptyque uses only natural ingredients when composing fragrances.
I was happy to give some Diptyque candles and soap trios (set retails for $38.00) as Christmas gifts. They make great gifts for any occasion, so I will definitely keep them in mind for any future gift-giving.
For the holiday season, check out the special edition 'winter's once-upon-a-time wonders' candle set, including the fresh and earthy Pine, mystic, sweet and woody Benzoin and Roasted chestnuts. Another set available for the 2009 holiday season is the Black Coffret set, including Feu de Bois (warm, familiar, and sophisticated accord of rare woods burned on long winter days), Oranger (lightly spiced citrus notes from the wood, leaves, and fruit of the orange tree) and Pin Sylvestre (fresh smell of Scotch Pine) candles.
As I looked around the store and took in all the different scents, I really liked the woody and floral notes in the Baies, Figuier amd Feuille de Lavande gift set, including a trio of mini candles. The set retails for $84.00 with a 30 hour burn time for each of the candles (2.4 oz each). The larger candles (6.5 oz) retails for $68.00 and have a 60 hour burn time.
Here are some candle tips I picked up from Dyptique, to help your candle burn clean and evenly down to the bottom:
- After blowing out the flame, if necessary center the wick in the liquid wax.
- It is essential to cut the wick short before relighting the candle to avoid unnecessary smoke.
- Do not place the candle in a wind draught or directly on a glass or marble surface.
- Kim Weling