Looking for the perfect "one size fits all" gift? Indulge the deserving girl or guy in your life with a luxurious sensory experience. Our top-rated picks from iconic fragrance brands like Tocca, Le Labo, Jo Malone, and Voluspa are proof that not all candles are made the same. With options ranging from Diptyque's exotic limited-edition scents to Givenchy's chic and sensual floral notes, there's plenty to choose from. Peruse our stylish selection — all for under $75.
We all get the urge to nest when the Winter chill hits, but creating a cozy atmosphere involves more than just decking your halls. Engage all of the senses with wintry, woodsy scents that will delight the homebody in your life.
A Christmas-tree-shaped Rosemary Tree ($58, middle row, left) adds a piney freshness to any space and can even double as a no-hassle tree — just add white lights and a cluster of metallic spraypainted acorns and pine cones at the base.
Diptyque teamed up with esteemed porcelain manufacturer Virebent to create this indulgent, five-wick, Feu de Bois Large Candle ($275, bottom left), which can be used indoors and outdoors.
This Siskiyou Cedar Sachet ($10, middle) captures the intoxicating scent of these trees found only in the remote, Northwest coastal mountains. Also known as "Ginger Cedar," your closet and drawers will take on a similar spicy fragrance. My favorite gift for those with outdoor fire pits is this Fir Fragrance Log ($12, top right) made of dried rosemary, lavender, bay, and eucalyptus. A treat for fireside entertaining, your guests will feel like they're in a frosty forest instead of your backyard.
Cloves are one of those distinctly holiday aromas; spicy and a little sweet with a hint of nose-numbing chill. And since scent is one of the easiest ways to relax and brighten your mood, it follows that making the most out of wintry smells is a good way to avoid the cold weather doldrums. If you love the taste of cloves, try Burt's Bees Medicated Lip Balm With Clove Oil ($4) or Tom's of Maine Cinnamon Clove Toothpaste ($7). If you're a fan of warm home scents instead, this Diptyque Orange Spice Candle ($68) is a gorgeous, though pricey, option. And if you'd just like to smell like mulling spices all day, try Lush's Hot Toddy Bath Bomb ($7) or the warm, smoky scent of Puro Puro ($95).
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The prices of my beloved Diptyque candles have skyrocketed since I first came across them in Paris 10 years ago; a candle that burns for 40 hours now sells for at least $60. Some of my pals think it's absurd that I would even consider buying one, while others have a worse habit than me. Call me a snob, but I think the scintillating scent is totally worth it. What's your cut-off point when shopping for candles?
Last weekend we stopped by the first American brick and mortar Diptyque store, which opened this December in the West Village. The store enchanted us with it's beautifully packages soaps, sleek candles, and sophisticated gift sets. Here's a first look at the new space, and, for those you not in New York, a little online temptation!
When I pulled the Diptyque Pomander Candle ($60) out of its box, I was overwhelmed by a feeling of nostalgia and a strong scent of . . . Christmas! With hints of tart orange peels, spicy cloves, and fresh cinnamon, the candle jogged memories of strolling through the Christmas markets in Strasbourg with a warm cup of mulled wine in hand.
You may never have found yourself at "le marché de Noël," but I'm sure Pomander's combination of spices has found its way into many a wintry recipe of yours. Unlit, the candle has an overpowering smell, but lit, the scent is quite subtle and relaxing — something Diptyque always wins a blue ribbon for. I wouldn't recommend this candle year-round, but its aroma is ideal for these chilly Fall and Winter days, or perhaps your upcoming holiday party: it'll put you in the mood for some "Oh Holy Night" and a big glass of Beaujolais.