Review of Diptyque’s NEW La Madeleine Candle – A Perfume House Made of Cookies?
Nov02

Review of Diptyque’s NEW La Madeleine Candle – A Perfume House Made of Cookies?

If you are a hardcore Diptyque candle fan like me, then you may already be burning La Madeleine. For everyone else out there I’m going to tell you about this new, scented, porcelain-jar, candle from the famous Parisian perfumer. I first heard about this candle a couple of months in a sneak pre-release post on social media.

Diptyques La Madeleine candle

Diptyque’s La Madeleine candle

Since then I have been periodically checking online for the release. I am excited about new Diptyque candles in general (though not as much the annual holiday trio scents, which are re-imagined annually but carry forward a consistent concept). But I am also a lover of sweet smells in particular. Knowing how rare it is for Diptyque to make any sort of gourmand-ish or very sweet smelling candle or perfume, I was eager and curious to know how Diptyque would pull it off.

A side note: I have majorly curtailed my spending on beauty and candles lately, but this Diptyque candle was going to be mine, gosh darn it, no matter what. And yes, it is a splurge, even if you have not tightened your belt like I have ($85 for 7.5 oz). (Hence the less frequent posts here.)

34 Collection double box

34 Collection double box

This candle oozes luxury, from the “34 Collection” signature double box to the hand dipped porcelain jar. This can hardly be mistaken for a mass produced “Yankee” candle.

La Madeleine is described as: “A light, plump, buttery, lemon-scented Madeline, like those Proust evoked so vividly.” Whether or not you have read anything by Proust, and even if you have never had a Madeline cookie, it is easy to conjure up how it would smell.

Yet even with the website description I was imagining that there would be some sort of grounding, contrasting scent, maybe floral or spicy, to keep the candle from being cloying. But I was wrong. Surprisingly this is a straight-forward gourmand candle with no other elements of floral, spicy, or earthy notes. If there is actually a lemon note, I don’t pick it up at all for some reason. To me that means it is a bit one dimensional and too sweet, so I like to burn it side by side with Feu de Bois (reviewed here)… I can’t help thinking that a sharp floral note would have been great in La Madeleine.

As it stands, Diptyque has only a few options that even approach gourmand. La Madeleine is the newest addition, and then there is Oyèdo (reviewed here) (which I find as sweet as candy), and Vanille (which is more woody than sweet, in truth).

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So, yes, it is appropriate to fill that gaping void for real, gourmand, scents. However, I still prefer Vanilla to La Madeleine. And I repeat: I wish Diptyque had made La Madeleine a little bit more sharp than sweet. Perhaps there is still hope on the horizon for a better Diptyque gourmand candle: part of this year’s holiday trio is “Épices et Délices” Candle (Delicious spices), which is described as “Warm gingerbread notes mingle with tasty honey laced in hints of star anise.” Sound good?

 

What do you think about Diptyque and gourmand scents in general?

Take care

-JGG

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Byredo Candles – Are They Worth the Price? A Review of Burning Rose, Loose Lips, Tree House, Loveless, and Carrousel
Jun28

Byredo Candles – Are They Worth the Price? A Review of Burning Rose, Loose Lips, Tree House, Loveless, and Carrousel

I know some of you out there wouldn’t dream of spending $60, $70, $80, and up for a candle. For those of you, Byredo candles obviously wouldn’t be worth the money. But then there are people like me, who would rather spend money on an excellent candle then on a night out for mediocre dinner and drinks. I get many, many hours of enjoyment from a good candle, and scent is a really powerful force in my life.

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Replica by Maison Martin Margiela – Beach Walk, Lazy Sunday Morning, and Jazz Club Candles: Review and Photos
May15

Replica by Maison Martin Margiela – Beach Walk, Lazy Sunday Morning, and Jazz Club Candles: Review and Photos

Replica by Maison Martin Margiela - Candles scented as Beach Walk, Jazz Club, and Lazy Sunday Morning

Replica by Maison Martin Margiela – Beach Walk, Jazz Club, and Lazy Sunday Morning scented candles

Even though I’m pretty sure nothing can top Diptyque’s candle offerings I still try out other brands that look good or that offer scent types Diptyque does not carry.

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How About them Eaux? Loving Diptyque’s Classic Eau Rose and Eau Plurielle, and Revisiting the Choisya Candle and Orange Blossom Inspired Scents

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I’ve heard that you have to introduce new foods to kids like 5 times or so before they can really decide if they like something (or hate it). You’d think that tidbit of trivia would be useful to me, but I still have any annoying habit of deciding right away that something is either “for me” or “not for me.” 

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A Trio from Diptyque’s Herbal Category: Tilleul (Linden Tree), Foin Coupe (Fresh Mown Hay), and Mousses (Moss) – Review and Photos

Diptyque candles from the Herbal family: Foin Coupe, Mousses, and Tilleul

Diptyque candles from the Herbal family: Foin Coupe, Mousses, and Tilleul

If you’ve been shopping for Diptyque candles this past year then maybe you’ve noticed three boutique exclusives that seem to go in and out of stock:

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Diptyque Jasmin, Tubereuse, Mimosa, and Violette Candles – The Floral Reviews Continued

Diptyque Jasmin candle, 6.5 oz

Diptyque Jasmin candle, 6.5 oz

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. 

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Diptyque Boutique Exclusives: The Beverly Hills Candle, and Tomas Maier’s West District Road & Palm Beach Candles – Review and Photos
Apr07

Diptyque Boutique Exclusives: The Beverly Hills Candle, and Tomas Maier’s West District Road & Palm Beach Candles – Review and Photos

The three Diptyque candles in this post are a bit tougher to find than others, but totally worth the effort.

Left to right: Diptyque / Tomas Maier Palm Beach candle, Diptyque Beverly Hills candle, and Diptyque / Tomas Maier West District Road candle.

Left to right: Diptyque / Tomas Maier Palm Beach candle, Diptyque Beverly Hills candle, and Diptyque / Tomas Maier West District Road candle.

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Diptyque Les Lilas (Lilac), Geranium Rosa (Rose Geranium), Gardenia, & Freesia Candles- the Floral Category Continued: Review and Photos
Apr02

Diptyque Les Lilas (Lilac), Geranium Rosa (Rose Geranium), Gardenia, & Freesia Candles- the Floral Category Continued: Review and Photos

Diptyque florals: Les Lilas, Geranium Rosa, Gardenia, and Freesia Candles

Diptyque florals: Les Lilas, Geranium Rosa, Gardenia, and Freesia Candles

I’ve come to appreciate Diptyque as a perfume house instead of as just a candle maker.

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Mar25

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Well, I did get my Diptyque Thé candle after-all (see the post where I discuss this). I was so relieved when it arrived and was in good shape. I have no idea when and if Diptyque will re-release the Thé Candle, so this could be my one and only chance to burn it.

 


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