Diptyque & The French Art of Scent

If there’s one thing that the French do well, it’s fragrance. From perfumes like the classic No. 5, to scented candles and even pharmacy beauty products, the French have a way with scent. And when it comes to French scents, there’s nothing quite like Diptyque. My love affair with Diptyque started way before I ever set a foot inside their enticingly scented store. I fell in love with the French names and the elegant black & white packaging. So on my first trip to Paris I knew I had to get to Diptyque.

Walking into a Diptyque store is an experience. You’re immediately greeted by heady scents, from florals to musk. In fact, the first time can be quite overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re looking for. So today I thought I’d share a few of my favourite Diptyque scents, so that you’ll know where to start on your next trip to Paris.


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My first foray into Diptyque scents was with the tiniest Ambre scented candle that I picked up on our first trip to Paris. My favourite scent has always been vanilla, but back then Vanille did not exist yet, so this was the closest alternative. It’s a warm, woody scent with patchouli, vetiver and spices. The perfect thing to light on a moody autumn evening, to bring a bit of cozy to your life.


The second little candle I got was Mimosa. It’s a fresh floral scent inspired by the French Riviera, and packed with the scent of mimosa blossoms, hay, honey and the sea. For me this is the ultimate spring scent, and always reminds me of our trip to Nice.


Vanille is the newest addition to my Diptyque collection, and currently my favourite. It’s a deep and luxurious  Madagascar Bourbon vanilla scent, with spicy and woody notes. It’s a bit lighter and more floral than Ambre, but definitely a lot warmer than Mimosa. Basically, the best of both worlds.

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 The Perfume | Eau Duelle

While Diptyque may be most known for their scented candles, they do plenty of other scented products too. I had actually never tried any of the perfumes, until I was given a little sample bottle of Eau Duelle on my last visit. It’s a spicy vanilla scent that’s almost like Vanille in a bottle.

Are they really worth it?

Finally, I wanted to answer the question that’s likely to be in many minds before venturing into the glorious world of Diptyque scents. The candles are insanely pricey, and let’s be honest, you’re essentially burning money. That said, the candles are not only beautiful to look at, but the quality really is exceptional. The scent fills up the entire room, and you can even smell them when they’re not lit. If you treat them well, they’ll burn down evenly. And at the end you can use the little glass pot for whatever you will, I use mine to store beauty bits in the bathroom. While I wouldn’t buy one every other week, as a special little treat for yourself (or someone special), they’re definitely worth it.

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What’s your favourite Diptyque scent?

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    1. Jenni 22 March, 2017 at 20:42

      It’s the loveliest scent, isn’t it? xx

  1. Ninz 22 March, 2017 at 14:27

    Such a wonderful post lovely! I am a big candle lover. However I am yet to try Diptyque candles. I have tried Jo Malone and they are also so pretty and smell devine.

    1. Jenni 22 March, 2017 at 20:43

      Thanks Ninz! I’m actually dying to try the Jo Malone candles, I need to pick one up on my next London trip! xx

    1. Jenni 24 March, 2017 at 09:37

      Mine too! I haven’t tried Jo Malone candles yet, but it’s on my list since I love their scents 🙂 xx

  2. Lyndi 24 March, 2017 at 05:03

    These photos are SO lovely! Such a treat to get a new Diptyque candle….Baies is my favourite
    Lyndi xo


    1. Jenni 24 March, 2017 at 09:37

      Thank you so much Lyndi! Baies is such a classic. xx


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