Diptyque - Scented Candles and Fragrances by Paris Perfume House

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diptyque-candles-paris1CAN YOU SMELL THIS? 
Caution: This will make you wanna go to Paris right away! Seriously. 

I'm always on the look out for unique locally made products. I love to support local brands and, as an ex-pat living in France, I think these finds make perfect gifts for friends and family abroad who want to bring a little Paris into their lives. It was serendipitous that a friend told me about Diptyque when she did, I was on the hunt for something special for an upcoming birthday and these gorgeous scented candles turned out to be just what I was looking for.  

Diptyque was founded in 1961 when three artisan friends decided to go into business together. The intoxicating perfumes used in their products (from the feminine Fig and Tuberose to the more manly Leather and Firewood) are made in nearby Normandy and their line of candles, home fragrances, and body care products are produced in the Paris region.  

Diptyque's Paris boutique, located on the chic and charming Boulevard St. Germain, is a sensory experience unlike any other. Combining both the tactile and olfactory, the result is a rather stimulating shopping session. The small store offers samples of all Diptyque products, but the candles are the most fun to try out. The countertops that line the interior of 34 Boulevard St. Germain are equipped with blocks of wood that over-turned candle holders are banged against, ejecting their wax filling so you can smell the end of the candle, where the fragrance is most potent. Take a tour of the store, sniffing as you go—but don't forget to note your favorites, it's easy to get inundated with so many different smells to sample!  

For those of you who can't visit Diptyque in person, the website has an online store that you can order from. The brand also has stores in London, San Francisco, and New York.  

With Fall settling in and the holidays on their way, what better way to create a cosy environment than by sparking a French flame and enjoying the warmth of Diptyque's candlelight?

—by Emily Dilling Poulain

Photos: Emily Dilling Poulain

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