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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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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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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Diptyque Thé (Tea) Candle (Spicy Category Follow Up) and Diptyque Candle Tray DIY with Epoxy Resin
Mar25

Diptyque Thé (Tea) Candle (Spicy Category Follow Up) and Diptyque Candle Tray DIY with Epoxy Resin

 

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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Diptyque 34 Collection Review and Photos: La Prouveresse, Le Redoute, & 34 Blvd Saint Germain, Clay and Porcelain Jar Candles
Mar18

Diptyque 34 Collection Review and Photos: La Prouveresse, Le Redoute, & 34 Blvd Saint Germain, Clay and Porcelain Jar Candles

You are looking at three gorgeous jar candles from Diptyque’s Collection 34. Each of La Prouveresse, 34 Boulevard Saint Germain, and Le Redouté come in oval shaped, non-standard jars (where the standard for Diptyque is a round, glass jar). La Prouveresse and Le Redouté are poured into one of a kind, clay jars, made by the “mixed clay” (terre mêlée) method. 34 Blvd Saint Germain comes in a white, porcelain jar. At 7.3 oz each, these three candle are slightly larger than the standard 6.5 oz candles.

Diptyque Collection 34: Left to right, La Prouveresse, 34 Blvd Saint Germain, and Le Redoute

Diptyque Collection 34: Left to right, La Prouveresse, 34 Blvd Saint Germain, and Le Redouté

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Some Spring Flowers: Diptyque Choisya (Mexican Orange Blossom) and Muguet (Lily of the Valley) – Review and Photos

Diptyque floral candles- front: Choisya; back from left to right: Jasmine, Violette, and Muguet; and Top left to right: Choisya box and Aubepine (Hawthorn).

Diptyque floral candles- front: Choisya; Back row from left to right: Jasmine, Violette, and Muguet; and Top from left to right: the Choisya box and Aubepine (Hawthorn).

Even when I’m not writing about Diptyque candles I’m often thinking about them… Sometimes I’m figuring out how to get more. Or I’m smelling them, and dreaming about the ones I don’t have. Or gazing at the ones I do. Does this sound like an obsession? Huh. Actually, it really does. Oh well.

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Aquiesse No. 017 – Boardwalk Candle – Review and Photos
Feb23

Aquiesse No. 017 – Boardwalk Candle – Review and Photos

Mid-Priced Luxury: Aquiesse “Boardwalk” and thoughts about Henri Bendel Vanilla Bean and Tocca Yma

I happened upon a handsome candle today.  I first noticed it on the shelf, with the little silver shield on the front gleaming. It had a commanding presence surrounded by some punier candles. I picked it up and felt that it was heavy with a thick glass jar. When I turned the candle box over I saw that it was made in the USA, and I was impressed. It’s name is Aquiesse No 017 Boardwalk, and is described as “surf & sand; spun sugar; caramel & drift wood.” I like all of those things, although I’ve never thought about caramel and drift wood in the same sentence. But I decided to take it home anyway.

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Diptyque Chêne (Oak Tree) Candle – Review and Photos

Diptyque Chêne, the Woody Category, My Inner Turmoil, and My Austen Personality

Perhaps because it’s Sunday, I awoke feeling flimsy and shallow about writing this post. So, I’m writing in a moment to ponder real world problems and appreciate things for which I’m thankful.

 

[A LONG MOMENT]

 

Ok, now on to the more frivolous.

Dear Reader, allow me to tell you how I find myself in a most bewildering predicament. I finally fell in love with a limited edition candle. It’s name is Diptyque Chêne (Oak Tree) and must not be confused with the similar French word, “chien” (dog). Yes, I do love to amuse myself.

Diptyque Chêne Candle (Oak Tree) Review

Diptyque Chêne Candle (Oak Tree) Review

I will describe a scene forever engraved into my plate of memories: I held in my hands a small but weighty white box wrapped in plastic, containing 6.5 oz of wax inside of an elegant glass jar. I thought to myself: “Now is the great moment. This is the part that keeps me coming back. This is what makes me a ‘haulic.'” Feeling the candle’s delicious weight, I slowly and reverently unwrapped the cellophane. Putting it aside, I gently pulled up the top of the white paper box, while simultaneously losing my grip on the outside world. By the time I held the candle in my hands, my eyes were blurred with joyous tears and I was weak at the knees. I closed my eyes, inhaling deeply and smiling. That smell. It was so familiar and yet so unusual. There wasn’t a hint of perfume, spice or the Artificial. No. Not that. Instead I was engulfed by the scent of raw, cut wood.

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Diptyque – Menthe Verte (Green Mint) Candle Review and Photos
Feb17

Diptyque – Menthe Verte (Green Mint) Candle Review and Photos

Diptyque – Menthe Verte (Green Mint) Candle – Review and Photos

Diptyque Menthe Verte Candle

Diptyque Menthe Verte Candle – 6.5 0z

Although Diptyque’s Menthe Verte is not new to its collection, the name  sounded refreshingly different. I bought the candle on a whim after a long spell of burning through woody candles. I hadn’t heard much about Menthe Verte in particular, but I interpreted the name as “mint green” using my college French, which sounded good. Diptyque, however, sub-titles it as “Green Mint” instead of “mint green,” which elegantly turns it from a color into a scent.

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Be the Light NYC by Petra Nemcova – American Bluebell Bliss Candle (“Gratitude”) Review and Pictures
Feb10

Be the Light NYC by Petra Nemcova – American Bluebell Bliss Candle (“Gratitude”) Review and Pictures

I have something totally brand new to share today: a candle from “Be the Light NYC,” called the American Bluebell Bliss candle. Have you heard of this brand from Petra Nemcova? Do you even know who Petra Nemcova is? I didn’t, so of course I looked it up. Turns out she is a model and actress and was on Dancing with the Stars. If you don’t yet know me, take this one thing to heart: I do not watch Dancing with the Stars. But I also learned that Ms. Nemcova is a philanthropist, which is something I appreciate.

Be the Light NYC - American Bluebell Bliss Candle ("Gratitude")

Be the Light NYC – American Bluebell Bliss Candle (“Gratitude”)

Anyhow. I digress. So, I came across this candle while perusing the candles online from Neiman Marcus. I was intrigued by Be the Light’s beautiful jars and generous candle size (16 oz). So, guess what I did? If you guessed that I hauled it, you’re correct!

Let’s look at this beauty.

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