Tidings of Joy

diptyque-Holiday-Collection-Candles-LitIt wouldn’t be winter without a fire burning bright—or, for those of us chimneyless city dwellers, the next best thing: diptyque’s quintessential winter candle, Feu de Bois. For anyone who loves scents (or knows how to set the mood for a holiday gathering), Feu de Bois is that inimitable smoldering aroma of burning embers layered with the smoky warmth of lapsang tea, which creates a most intoxicating and mysterious fragrance, like the traces of some faraway, snow-capped log cabin.

And it certainly wouldn’t be Christmas without the arrival of diptyque’s special seasonal offerings. This year, showing up like gifts from three kings in festively vibrant shades of purple, orange, and green, come the latest, greatest diptyque scents: Orange Chai, Warm Frankincense, and Pine Wood. Not that we want to put away our Feu de Bois just yet, but we’ll certainly be reaching for these glimmering tidings of joy as we invite friends and family over for dinners, parties, and more. What smells more like Christmas Eve than Warm Frankincense, a mystical, penetrating fragrance that’s simultaneously dark and floral, with rose and carnation balancing base notes of incense and myrrh? For a sweeter—though not cloyingly sweet—smell, reach for Orange Chai, offering a mellow accord of orange, quince, and a mixture of Indian spices. Finally, return to that faraway log cabin in the woods with Pine Wood—a clean, woody, smoky fragrance that combines pine and cedar with hinoki, the Japanese cypress.

Of course, diptyque makes the perfect hostess gift, so if you’re in need of something for the man or woman who already has everything, one of these luminous offerings (or all three) goes a long way. In fact, we’ve never not been invited back when wrapping up the gift of diptyque. Happy holidays!

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