[productsample/affiliate] I’ve realised that I look forward to the Christmas releases from Diptyque almost more than any other. They’re a sure sign that Christmas is on its way and although I hesitate to have them alight (other than for photography and review) until December, I’m kind of aware of their presence from the minute they arrive.
This year, the theme is Lucky Charms, illustrated by Olaf Hajek with beautifully detailed charms symbolising luck, protection and harmony. There’s a Latin American twist with the colours – legend has it, apparently, that red, green and blue strengthen wishes.
It becomes apparent at this time of year when there are plenty of candles to review which are the more generous, and I have to say that almost as soon as I lit Lucky Charm (the red one) it started wafting out a spicy, clove-hit rose aroma. It’s more of a wintery, hunker down kind of scent than a full on festive one, but I definitely feel wrapped by it. It’s the only one I’m allowing to burn at the moment – you can go too soon on pine!
Blue is the Harmony candle – soft and smooth with amber, geranium and lavender. It’s less lively than Lucky Charm but makes up for it with its atmospheric nature. Green is pine for Protection and couldn’t be more Christmassy if you shoved a Santa hat on it and called it Rudolph. It’s Siberian fir with a drop of sweetness and herbal notes provided by sage and thyme.
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I love the fact that once the candles are lit, the flame gives them a lit from within look – the light radiates through the jar so you really have a centrepiece that’s present and beautiful. The jars are properly printed – they don’t use paper stickers – so I guess you have a keepsake forever once you’ve burned the last drops. Diptyque candles are really pricey – this entire set is £88 which is steep in anyone’s book, and individually they’re £30 a piece. It’s not for me to second guess anyone’s budget but I think I would opt for the Fir candle above all others if only one was an option. I’ve got a feeling that these will sell out which is why I haven’t waited any longer to feature them. They’re at John Lewis HERE, and the individual candles are HERE.
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