Diptyque Burns Bright
Hand in hand with the holidays come many a limited-edition candle. Usually, it’s scented like some overly saccharine sugar cookie, toothpaste-like peppermint stick, or pine tree reminiscent of those that dangle from cab drivers’ rearview mirrors—none of which sound enticing now, or post-December 25. Enter Diptyque, a brand that never fails to add some nondenominational and sophisticated delights to the mix. This year, the French fragrance house partnered with Tsé & Tsé (a Parisian duo that designs everything from table lamps to jewelry) for its latest candle collection, which explores more exotic aromas, like Orange Chaya—a blend of quince, cinnamon and ginger reminiscent of the South Asian tea. The lustrous green jar, Écorce de Pin, mixes the scent of snow-covered firs with that of hinoki (a Japanese cypress), along with cedar and patchouli, to create a warm, smoky eau. Encens des Indes recalls the gifts of the Magi—incorporating notes of rose, cornflower and myrrh. These seasonal treats for the senses are guaranteed to please long after the presents have been unwrapped (and returned).
$68 each, diptyqueparis.com