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We tried this French luxury candle, and it makes the best host gift

You’ll come up smelling like roses

A lit Diptyque candle sits on a table. Credit: Diptyque

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For the initiated, nothing is more recognizable from across a room than the disorderly jumble of a Diptyque candle’s label. The bright, white oval full of dancing black letters has become synonymous with whimsically scented, Parisian luxury candles that have garnered a fan base the likes of Beyoncé, Gigi Hadid, and Meghan Markle.

Besides its fragrant candles, diffusers, and room sprays, Diptyque also sells a skin care line, candle accessories, decorative objects, and a recently-launched curated selection of tableware and glassware.

I wanted to experience the signature origins of Diptyque: its made-in-France candles—especially as the holidays approach, and I seek out host gifts and luxe stocking stuffers. Would Diptyque steer me wrong?

I decided to start with the bestselling scent, Roses. This is my mom’s favorite fragrance, and since she’s a celebrity to me and my dad, I thought this would fall in line with the high society cult following that shows this company big love.

What we liked

A small and medium sized rose-scented Diptyque candles against a white background.
Credit: Diptyque

The small 70-gram candle retails at $38 while the 190-gram candle is sold for $68.

This unassuming candle’s cream-colored wax is poured into a clear glass vessel and is divine in both scent and style. Not to mention, its well-known logo ups your style cred with guests when you have this in your home. Consider it the LV or YSL of scents—IYKYK.

As I began peeling the outside protective wrap from the box I could smell the rose scent. This wasn’t the sickly-sweet scent that drugstore candles throw off to represent one of the most beloved flowers. It’s as if you’re strolling through a lush rose garden in full bloom.

The candle itself was quick to light, and the flame burned huge and steady. It crackled once in a while as it burned, creating a nice little atmosphere in sound, as well. When I blew the candle’s flame out, it did not release any plume of white smoke to cloud the room, and the rose scent lingered long after the flame was extinguished.

Bonus: Diptyque includes two booklets with each candle. One matches your scent with another to create an “unexpected olfactory alchemy, which seems to reinvent each scent as it creates a third.”

With Roses, Diptyque suggests Jasmine for the olfactory memory of the south of France’s flower festival, a celebration that marks the beginning of spring. The other booklet explains the candle’s luxury craftsmanship, including pages of historical tidbits.

What we didn’t like

Basically, its $68 price—but you pay for perfection. The end.

Should you buy a Diptyque candle?

Two scented candles sit on a coffee table in a living room.
Credit: Diptyque

Consider mixing scents by burning two candles at the same time.

Yes! There’s a reason why Diptyque candles are a go-to. Buy your first one for the whimsical typeface and its place as a scented status symbol. Keep buying them for their incredible variety of scent choices and the absolute luxury experience of the long-lasting fragrance. And, around the holidays, your friends will thank you!

Get the Diptyque Roses Candle at Nordstrom for $68

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