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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Diptyque Candles | Are They Worth It?

When I discovered beauty blogs, the Diptyque littered photos (or houses, I can't tell which one) had me swooning. I'm already attracted to pretty packaging, let alone these stunners. I'm happy to admit that I was able to restrain myself for a solid two years. I even bought my friend one as a gift--and I have a policy: Don't buy people gifts that you want for yourself--because I will steal them. Nevertheless, I'll dish that I fell into the beauty blogger cliché, which I have no problem with. I purchased a Diptyque candle, Diptyque's Figuier, to be exact. And as the crystal-like jar and French inscribed label sat in it's new place upon my Muji set (yes, another cliché) I felt a pang of disappointment.

Diptyque pros--both store staff and die-hard fans--always say: "They last so long...they fill the room with scent without you lighting them...they're so amazing." Well, the first annoying thing is that they do not last long; in fact, they burn quite quickly, and I know this because of the wick. The wick grows like my brother (and he's slap bang in the middle of puberty) and, since I don't want soot on my walls, I always have to blow out the flame, cut the wick, and relight it. And another annoying fact is that, for the first week of burning, I didn't smell the fruit of my cash. Nothing. Na dah. The wax just burned, and burned, and burned.

Now that I've had it for a month, I'm happy that I'm beginning to reap what I sowed--or, rather, what Diptyque sowed. I'm smelling the pleasant aroma even when it's not lit, and, therefore, I'm not lighting it as much, thus it's lasting a little longer. For the price, Figuier isn't as nice as I would wish, but the scent certainly is. I'm still up in arms whether I'll be the owner of its sister, twin, or parent. I don't think I'll buy another for myself, but I'll, perhaps, stick it on a birthday or Christmas list and hope my family gets the hint. Nevertheless, while I'm burning it at the moment, the wick still grows to a considerable length in a less than considerable amount of time, and I annoyingly have to relight it all the time. On the plus side of its quick burn, I will have that empty jar sooner rather than later, which is fantastique. Now, I just have to decide what I want to store in it once it's done.

33 comments :

  1. Ah I love Figuier. I'm so sorry that it wasn't what you expected, but I truly found my candle to last for ages. I once accidentally burned it the entire day whilst I was studying and only noticed it when it was time for dinner and it was barely burnt. I do agree that the scent can be a bit 'light' in the beginning, but it's definitely a keeper. That being said, I'm still debating whether I should purchase another Diptyque candle or try something from NEOM...


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  2. i haven't tried any of these candles but they have always interested me, mainly because the packaging is too pretty! it's a shame you didn't like it xx
    mollyox.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I guess yours is the first negative review for Le Diptyque! I still haven't fallen for the "pretty candles" craze so can't tell.. Its so hot here which candle can survive a thundering fan?!

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  4. I am still yet to join the Diptyque craze.. Every time I smell them in the shops I can hardly smell anything :\. Jo Malone candles smell incredible though I'm really tempted by them. I wonder how they would compare to Diptyque..!

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  5. They look so lovely and sleek, but i do find them overpriced x

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  6. Thank you for this review... I have been so tempted in the past, but having given them a sniff in store I was so underwhelmed (and then started telling myself they didn't smell because they weren't lit...) I think I'm giving them a hard pass!

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  7. Lets Talk BeautyJune 18, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    Im always so tempted by these, I have had a few Jo Malone ones over the years. I tend to ask for them as gifts or use vouchers. I think they're a little too expensive just to purchase even though they smell so good

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  8. I would love to be able to just go out and buy a diptyque candle, but they are so expensive! xx

    BerrieBlogs {beauty and lifestyle blog}

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  9. I really appreciate this review because i've always felt a desire for buying it but didn't think it would be worth it--turns out it's not! I'll pass for now!

    http://www.chelsealeigh.ca/

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  10. Hannah Finnigan-WalshJune 18, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    You need to try a Harley&Co candle. Homemade, ethcical, soy, burn for up to 50 hours and smell incredible. And comes in a glass jar! tick tick tick.

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  11. Can you believe I'm actually glad to read your negative review about this candle? I've wanted a Diptyque candle so bad, but they're so expensive and I think I'd rather want it because of the pretty packaging. Maybe saving up for one of their perfumes would be a better idea!

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  12. I do love the packaging of these candles, they look super cute!

    L&L - sisterblend

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  13. I have always lusted over a diptique candle and have also fallen for the cliché and so I've stuck it on my birthday list. But I could never justify buying one for myself because of the price. Thanks for your honest review, I tend to find negative reviews on blogs a lot more helpful than ones that rave about how good a product is!


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  14. Great review, Lillian! I've always wanted to take a moment to splurge on a Diptyque candle (what beauty blogger hasn't?), but you make a fantastic point about the wick. I don't see how a luxury candle could be "worth it" when you have to blow it out & trim it all the time!

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  15. It's refreshing to read a negative review on Diptyque candles, even though I, myself, am a lover of them and can't bring myself to purchase cheaper candles anymore. I find the scent hits me as soon as I open them from the packaging and I definitely get a faint fragrance in my room when they aren't lit. My Diptyque candles have lasted me ages too, but they may also be because they're so expensive and I like to "savour" them by not burning them everyday! I do, however, agree that the black smoke is a damn nuisance. After I light it once, I find myself having to cut the wick again and relight too just so it burns well. I think they're worth it, but there is still room for improvements!

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  16. I'd say go with Neom, those are next on my list. We'll have to see; maybe I'll fall in love with Figuier once it's gone. x

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  17. I'm really sad, too. And, yes, the packaging is such a winner. x

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  18. I know! I'm slightly embarrassed, but, y'know.... (: x

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  19. I agree on not being able to smell anything; that's why it took me so long to even choose which scent I wanted. x

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  20. It's truly my pleasure, Anna. I'm always glad when I can help. x

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  21. Yes, I agree. I use vouchers for...everything (that I can, at least). x

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  22. I'm glad it was helpful, Chelsea. x

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  23. Ah, you were the one who sent me the tweet, no? I really apologize if it wasn't you, eek. Regardless, I'll definitely check them out! x

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  24. I have it on my desk and it's such a beautiful touch. x

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  25. I agree. Sometimes I think it's good for a change in opinion, and I'm glad you liked it, Charlotte. x

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  26. I'm glad you found this helpful, Rae. Let me know if you have any other questions, as I'm always more than happy to help. x

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  27. I definitely agree on the "savour" part; I, for one, haven't lighten mine for over a week, I think. And I'm glad you liked it. On the other hand, I adore your blog; it's truly stunning! x

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  28. Haha, ah, Lys--I'm glad you enjoyed it. x

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  29. Aww, right back at you, hun! I remember when I first discovered your blog and saw the words, "Parisian to be", you had captured my heart already! xox

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  30. I think that Figuer is not one of the best, to be honest. I wasn't that impressed with mine either. Actually, my experience is that not all Diptyque candles are created equally. Baies is my very favourite, Patchouli is lovely in winter, and Cypress is a lovely fresh scent. I hated Gardenia, it was way too sweet, plus the candle turned a horrible shade of yellow. I have still to use it up. And Figuer, I couldn't smell for much of the time. They do not last long, so they really are a huge indulgence. But one that is very worthwhile when you hit the right moment. Buy them with gift cards :).

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  31. i agree, they are not all created equal! Some of them are lovely though

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