Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Second Thoughts On Diptyque Candles

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If you recall, about eight weeks ago I accidentally purchased a Diptyque candle in Feu de Bois which, let's just say, I was less than impressed with at the time. I'll admit that my original dissatisfaction was probably because I was in such pain over the cost of such a tiny candle (the 2.4 oz size usually runs for about $30). The scent wasn't amazing, but the price made it downright horrible in my mind. It wasn't really that small, but with how much it cost it was minuscule in my thoughts. I usually don't mind spending a few extra bucks on quality, handmade, locally sold, or otherwise specially made products, but as a high school student working less than 10 hours a week and who isn't incredibly into the art of household aromatherapy, buying a Diptyque candle is like buying a Chanel 2.55.

Luckily, I've had a change of heart since then. The first thing that shot me back into reality was the undeniable quality of  Diptyque candles. I frequently burned my candle for a maximum of 30 minutes a day and hours after I'd blown the flame out my mom would pass by my room gushing about the lasting power of the fragrance. The approximate burning time for the 1.2 oz size is 8-12 hours, but the scent lasts hours after it's been put out and fills the air in all the surrounding rooms.

The second thing that converted me to a Diptyque-lover is the fact that the candle actually did smell good. After the initial financial sting wore off and I became familiar with the Feu de Bois scent, I actually fell in love with the comforting, woody fragrance and simply held the candle under my nose every so often whenever I wanted a sense of familiarity.

Arguably biggest reason that switched my perspective was the shocking reality I have to face every day: that in a few short months I'll be moving out and decorating a "home" of my own completely from scratch. I'm super excited about getting the chance to be entirely responsible for the decor in my living space and one of the things that I plan to embrace is aromatherapy and home fragrances. Ever since this revelation I've developed a newfound interest in waxes, wicks, and candlesticks along with the other elements of home decor.

The last remnants of wax from my Diptyque candle melted away this past weekend so now the search for a great candle has become even more urgent. What candles do you use and what are some of your favorite home fragrances?

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