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 Chéz 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 - 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!

*PR Sample

  • Amelia

    The combination of the two burning together sounds like magic. I’d love an apartment that smelled of sweet chestnuts and wood fires, especially in the dreary winter months we’re yet to face! x

    http://thenonbrit.blogspot.com/

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      Haha I know – it makes me not want to leave! :)

  • Harriet Olivia

    Lol at your boyfriend playing fifa by candlelight! Definitely want to pick up a Diptyque candle this year although I am still loving my Christmas Cupcake yankee candle haha! xo

    Please check out my blog – dottymakeup.blogspot.co.uk

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      I don’t think he’ll ever be brave enough to light a candle in the flat again! ;)

  • Georgia Smith

    I am finally getting round to buying my first diptyque this week!
    I love candles at bedtime, its so relaxing!
    Georgialouisseloves.blogspot.co.uk
    x

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      Good choice! ;)

  • Laura

    Feu De Bois sounds like i wonderful scent. I think i might have to make a splurge on one of these candles (:

    xx

    http://laurathroughthelens.blogspot.co.uk/

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      The price does make you weep at the checkout a bit, but definitely worth the splurge ;)

  • http://www.bowsarecute.be/ BowsAreCute

    I really want to try these candles!

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      I highly recommend :)

  • meneksh.wordpress.com

    Love candles, always horrified at how much they cost! I’m a big fan of Yankee Candles – there are some looovely scents and the candles last a long time.

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      Yep I’m a lover of the Yankee Candles too – I have a Christmas Cookie one left over from years ago! :)

  • Shel D.

    Bought this by accident instead of Figuier but I love it :)

    • AngelDust

      Maybe because your’re pronouncing it with an English accent?

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      Figuier is delish too – made a good accident there ;)

  • Sophie Spurgeon

    Am I the only one that reads this as ‘for dee boyyz’??

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      Nope, me too ;)

  • Millie

    Really want to try Diptyque candles, they are raved about so much! : ) ♥

    http://abeautyromancee.blogspot.co.uk/

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      Much raved about and rightly do ;)

  • http://www.beautyandtheminibeasts/ BeautyAndTheMinibeasts

    AAAH I really want to try one of the Diptyque candles but don’t know if I can bring myself to spend that much on a candle?! x

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      They are pricey but they last so well and make the whole room smell delish! That’s how I justify it to myself anyway ;)

  • Hannah Burgess

    I really want to get a Diptyque candle heard so much about them!

    HannahMay xo

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      One to put on the Birthday and Christmas list for sure! :)

  • AngelDust

    I think only you can make a review on a candle sound remotely engaging =)

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      Haha – thank you :)

  • katherine.parkes

    so need to try a diptique candle, can’t choose between this one and figuier! x

    http://thebeautyvisual.blogspot.com

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      Ooooo I’d have to say that Figuier is my absolute favourite ;)

      • katherine.parkes

        I’m definitely leaning towards that one! x

        • nelle

          since i had never smelled any in person, i went for the sampler, it has three scents (and i like them all…bonus i got a small votive of feu de bois with my order!)

          • katherine.parkes

            oh wow, that sounds good! will look into that, thanks :) x

  • Laura Evelyne

    I have unfortunately never smelt a Diptyque candle but am really hoping to someday! The smells sound lovely and the packaging is so simple and chic.

    http://surlacinquieme.blogspot.ca/

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      If you’re ever in the presence of one then remember to have a sniff ;)

  • ZazaNyc

    My absolute face from dyptique but sadly waaaay too expensive for me. I found the bath and body works Fireside to be a pretty good,though, a little pale copy. And budget friendly. Thanks for reminding me how much I love feu de bois