The Delights Of Diptyque Candles

I love scented candles. I have always loved the idea of burning a scented candle that spreads the most fabulous aroma around, not just the room it's burning in, but the entire house. I loved the sophistication that came with burning scented candles, not in a middle age middle class kind of way, more of a cool modern feminine woman. We have to enjoy the small pleasures in life. Life can be hard work, so what could be better than lighting a scented candle in the evening, after a tough day at work, dinner made and no jobs left to do. Sit back and relax on the sofa with a cup of tea (or a glass of wine on said allowed days!) and watch a bit of tv or read a book, that hour or two when you need to wind down before bed. Or, light one in the (locked) bathroom when indulging in the peace and quiet of a bath. Another favourite time for me to light my candles is just after the house has been given its weekly clean and everything is in its place with the only smell coming from a burning candle. And of course it is always essential to have one burning when you have visitors coming around. If I walk into someones house and I can smell a gorgeous scent, it gives me a warm welcoming feeling immediately, so I like to return the favour!

However, it is not easy to find a good scented candle. They are many that give off little to no smell and unfortunately it must be said that you get what you pay for in the world of scented candles. And even then you can't always be guaranteed. So, if you like the atmosphere of candles burning in your home and you aren't bother about the scent, then you will have plenty to choose from. If however, like me, you must have an accompanying aroma in your home, then you need to do your research and trials. Many scented candles I have purchased have ended up in the bathroom because it is the smallest room in the house and therefore the only one that will allow the aroma to touch all four walls, so not good enough for my living room.

I'd still trial other candles that came my way but at the moment (and up until this point) the only ones that I am completely satisfied with are Diptyque Candles. These candles have exceeded my expectations. My husband likes scented candles and has tried many in previous years forcing him to give up, according to him scented candles only smell of a burning candle. He almost had me convinced until I received the Diptyque Figuier as a gift and I have bought nothing but Diptyque candles ever since. Now I burn my scented candles at every opportunity. I even have a mini one that I burn in my office. I now feel as sophisticated and chic as the French brand itself!

My three favourite fragrances are Baies, Figuier and Tubereuse. Baies is one of the more popular fragrances from Diptyque, it has a blend of blackcurrant leaves and Bulgarian rose, creating a mix of fruity and floral. Figuier has a soft spot with me because it is the first one I tried and it was a gift from a special person. It has the warmth of fig wood and the freshness of fig leaves and has a fresh fruity summer fragrance. Admittedly, Figuier has a lighter fragrance which may not flow throughout a larger room but it is perfect for a small room. Tubereuse is the strongest of the three fragrances and I mean strong (it is the most expensive floral perfume ingredient in the world). I have the small 70g candle and the aroma spreads throughout the entire house. This one packs quite a punch. I find that burning Diptyque candles for half an hour or so will fill your room with a beautiful aroma for quite a few hours.

There are around 50 fragrances to choose from and they are split into five categories, making it easy to shop your favourite type of scent; Floral, Fruity, Herbal, Woody and Spicy. The small 70g candles cost £24 and the larger 190g cost £45.

Diptyque candles are available at Space NK