The internet has changed shopping so dramatically. I rarely buy anything these days without first searching for and reading the reviews of other consumers online. There are loads of vocal Diptyque fans in cyberspace who pepper the internet with words of love for their favorite scents. Yet I come up short when I search for honest bottom- to-top reviews for Diptyque candles, especially the florals. In general I find anecdotal mentions of Diptyque’s floral candles, but rarely a full review of the whole experience.
I’m hoping my compilation of reviews and reference chart will help those out there trying to decide what candle is right for them. Today I’m continuing my review of Diptyque’s floral candles with thoughts about Tubereuse, Jasmin, Violette, and Mimosa. My past Diptyque floral reviews can be found here, and here. By the way, I have mentioned or eluded to the Violette candle in past posts, like here and here, but I haven’t reviewed it yet.
Let’s look at Diptyque Jasmin first. There is no doubt that this candle smells like it’s exotic namesake flower. I mentally place Jasmin in the herbal or spicy category, to tell you the truth. Anyway, you couldn’t possibly mistake this candle for anything else but jasmine. The scent is strong and bold. However I find it to be kind of a one way street without any avenues to explore. What I mean is that it’s a bit unimaginative. It’s only Jasmin without any green notes or accents of spices or floral accompaniment.
But before anyone thinks I’m bashing Jasmin, I’ll say that for the purpose of imitating the flower scent, Diptyque has achieved its goal. However I find it necessary to burn another candle alongside of Jasmin or else it’s just too much for me. This is one of those Diptyque candles that I don’t even have to take out of the box to smell. The solid wax itself is strong enough to scent a dresser drawer if you place the candle there (which I often do with Diptyque candles especially).
I realized while writing that there is drought of good jasmine home fragrance out there (that I know of). I loveFresh’s Jasmine perfume but that’s not a home fragrance, and I tend not to spray actual perfume on myself anymore. Fresh used to make Jasmine in a bar soap and I wish they would bring it back because it was divine. Another jasmine scented product I love and recommend isKorres Lip Butter in Jasmine.
Before I go on, let me remind you that I’m not a floral lover usually. I do love certain smells, like roses and violets. But when it comes to home fragrance I tend to reach for the more woody or Oriental scents over florals.
Therefore I wasn’t surprised when I didn’t take to Tubereuse naturally, or when I decided that my Mimosa candle was only going to be burned as back up singer of sorts, with other scents I like a lot. Both of these florals come across to my nose as sickly sweet but also unpleasantly sharp. I don’t think there is a particular reason for my preferences, other than that brains are wired differently. Neither Tubereuse or Mimosa feels natural to me– somehow roses or even daffodils seem at ease in my home while these feel forced. I don’t mean that Tubereuse and Mimosa don’t smell like natural flowers, because they definitely do. This is just a situation, again, where I am not a fan of the flowers Diptyque is imitating. But if you like Tubereuse or Mimosa flowers in nature then you shouldn’t be disappointed with the candles.
One interesting thing to me is that Tubereuse is apparently one of Diptyque’s more popular candles, judging by the fact that it is available in the large 10.2 ounce candle, 10.2 ounce as well as in the massive 3-wick size massive 3-wick size (Feu de Bois version shown for reference).
The scent of violets must be hardwired as “delicious” in my brain. I didn’t know it though until I opened my Violette candle for the first time. Now, I’m not going to say either way whether Violette smells exactly like a natural violet, because I don’t know. But I do know that this candle is perfection. I love it even though it is almost sickly sweet like Tuberose and Mimosa. It’s not a gourmand type of sweet, of course. But it is potent. The candle has the most amazing throw. I really and truly can set it on a dresser, unlit, and smell it every time air moves through the room.
Some may not like this fact, though. For example, my husband commented that the candle was awful because he could “taste it.” I know what he means because I often “taste” bad smells, like overly strong, cheap, air freshers. But in this case I don’t taste Violette.
Before I bought Violette for the first time, I had been burning the limited edition Rosaviola candle. I had been surprised by how much I loved Rosaviola, but I didn’t pick out what I loved about it until I burned Violette. Then I knew that Rosaviola is a perfect combination of Roses and Violette. If you think you like the smell of violets, I highly recommend both Violette and Rosaviola. Rosaviola is actually still available online at some major department store as I write in April of 2016.
By the way, has anyone out there tried the Tocca Violette candle? I had no idea Tocca made a violet scented candle until I came across this on Amazon! Please tell me if you have tried Tocca’s or another designer’s violet scented home fragrances. I am always looking for more of a good thing!
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