It was always coming! Diptyque just totally nails it every year with their Christmas candles – I’ve had these sitting in my kitchen for a few weeks now but wanted to wait until it felt a bit more Christmassy before posting. Mr BBB and Lucy have just set off to buy the Christmas tree so I can’t think of a more timely moment to light Sapin de Lumiere and write about it.
Their theme this year is forest spirits and folklore with illustrations by Pierre Marie. Sapin de Lumiere is new for Diptyque although pine fragrance is not. It’s the perfect embodiment of a forest fresh fir tree and has cedar elements to round it off. I grew up near forestry land growing fir trees so this earthy, resinous, sharp-sweet fragrance is so familiar to me – it’s as near as you get without actually smelling the tree. Sitting next to Sapin is Baume d’Ambre, which I don’t like nearly as much. There is resin there but it’s more of a sea-salty, aquatic kind of scent – I’m boring, I know, but it’s just not Christmassy enough for me. The one missing is Amande Exquise and as you might imagine from the name is a replication of almond paste, which I love and is easily the best bit of a Christmas cake, but it’s a divisive fragrance and taste.
The small candles (70g) are £30 which seems an inordinate amount for such a wee thing so to me would fall into the special treat category. The larger ones (150g) are £53 so there is more value there. You can find them HERE at SpaceNK in sets or as indivduals. The Christmas candles from this brand almost always sell out so you if you feel you might like that very evocative scented candle, I wouldn’t wait around.
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