When it comes to candles, you’re either a wax burning lover or you’re not. I wholeheartedly fall into the former category and love nothing more than one flickering away while I curl up to bash out my posts or to add a touch of seduction to my beans on toast dinner (surprisingly, not Instagrammed). In a bizarre turn of events, it turns out the guys at Diptyque read my post all about my boyfriend burning expensive candles debacle and whisked over two replacements to ChÃ©z VDM. To say it was a good day when those arrived is a bit of an understatement (unsurprisingly documented on Instagram). One of the scents I’d tried before -Â Figuier, but the other Feu de Bois* I’d never burned…
That’s not to say I hadn’t sniffed it every time I found myself in a Space NK (at least once a week these days) after seeing multiple raves posted on multiple blogs. But I did in fact sniff at it. I wasn’t bowled over, it smelled a little funky for my tastes and it never made it home with me. But when it found itself propped up on my coffee table I thought I’d give it the benefit of the doubt, struck up a match and let it do its thang and you know what? I was pleasantly surprised. A little woody, a little musky with a hell of a load of smokey, it’s a nice winter substitute to my fireplace-less flat. I found it to blend perfectly when burnt in conjunction with the super sickly Laura Mercier Warm Roasted Chestnuts Signature Candle – the sweet and smokey balance each other out and if I try not to think about how much money is quite literally being burnt away then I’m a happy bunny with a delicious smelling flat indeed.
Moral of the story: never judge a candle by its unburning on-the-shelf scent. Gawd, that’s a catchy one to remember!