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Diptyque Vanille and Feuille de Lavande Candles

A year ago I received a tiny Feuille de Lavande candle as a gift during Nordstrom’s Anniversary event.

Today, I finally have the regular sized candle. So exciting it motivated me to blog about it.

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It’s an unsuspecting and if you ever came across a display candle and sniffed it – you’d be unimpressed. The candle when taken out of the box has the strongest herbal lavender scent, it’s to die for.

I also got hold of Vanille which is a new release. I think it’s fated because I was walking around one day and randomly thought ‘I love eau duelle, I should buy the candle version of it’. At that time, there was none and a month later ‘Voila!’. It smells like a smoky vanilla out of the box.

Diptyque is available at Mecca Cosmetica in Australia for $78 and I think RM240 at Ken’s Apothecary or Isetan KLCC.

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Jo Malone Limited Edition Rosemary & Rose Candle

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1 month after purchasing the candle from Byredo I felt like I needed another one. It never ends does it? Having just the one candle can be boring!

I might have mentioned before that I wasn’t entirely impressed by my first candle which happened to be Orange Blossom but the throw of this candle is really good. It has also been burning really well! My only gripe is the packaging. I get that this is for charity but nothing about this candle aside from the scent reminds me of luxury. Shame because it would’ve been nice to have a candle lid!

More about this candle fromĀ jomalone.co.uk:

Inspired by a rambling English garden. Our Limited Edition Rose & Rosemary Charity Candle is abundant with roses, enlivened with invigorating thyme and deepened with rosemary and woody sage. Rustic and aromatic.

I enjoy getting a whiff of roses in between all that herb. It’s fairly invigorating!

I am not sure if they have this in Malaysia or Australia as I purchased mine from the US. It costs a bit more at USD75.

On a side note…I just saw pictures of Jo Malone’s Rain collection. Such beauties!!! I doubt I’d get it if it’s in a 100ml bottle though, it’s just too much of an investment.

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Byredo Bibliotheque Candle

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Scents are a big part of my life so I was itching to scent my room with a candle. Mecca Cosmetica has always been my go to for niche brands just because it’s close to me, easy and I had a Myer gift cart left over from my Virgin points.

There I was tossing between Diptyque (Lavender), Le Labo (Fleur D’oranger) and this. I agonized for over and hour because I wanted all of them but only had enough money for one and guess what? It took a 30 sec conversation where the SA said “If you have many Diptyques, go for something different”. So I came home with this.

I asked her for the most popular one, gave it a sniff and because I wanted to be spontaneous I just went with her suggestion. This is not a scent I would usually go for. It reminds me a lot of Agent Provocateur’s perfume. Very feminine, musky, sweet.

Notes from Byredo.com:

TOP: PEACH, PLUM
HEART: VIOLET, PEONY
BASE: PATCHOULI, LEATHER, VANILLA

For AUD$98 you get 240g which is larger than your normal Jo Malone or Diptyque. Overall, I enjoy the scent. The throw is good and I always get a whiff of it when I walk by the candle. Problem is that it’s a tad sooty when you first light it and doesn’t burn as well as I’d like it to. So i’m in the middle mark and it’s starting to form a well which for candles is BAD BAD BAD. Pretty sure it’ll collapse really soon and render my candle useless.

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Nordstrom Anniversary 2013 Diptyque Offer

You would think having not worked for close to 2 months now I would have a lot of spare time to sort out my back dated posts but no…

I’m now busy packing up. It’s exhausting and annoying to say the least.

I met up with an ex colleague who is now a close friend in New York and I wanted to buy her something nice. I debated between Jo Malone because it is better presented than Diptyque but I couldn’t pass up on the offer Nordstrom had. So yeah, got myself another candle I said I would not buy.

Every year Nordstrom has its anniversary sale and they have a lot of different offers or sets in offer. This year 2 candles would get you a free candle wick trimmer and also a free lid. The retail for just the 2 items is about rm200!

I picked up Baies for her and Joie for myself because I didn’t know what to get as they no longer have Rose Duet. I doubt I will be burning this anytime soon though.

I really had fun chatting with the ladies trying on the different body products. I am head over heels in love with the body cream which is pretty expensive at USD90! Maybe next time.

On to the pics!

This is part of the Mina Perhonen collection and it is also available in Malaysia. Get it before its sold out!

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My free gifts – trimmer, lid, mini volutes solid, mini lavender candle (love love love), all sorts of body samples and a Philosykos EDP sample.
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Here’s the gift she got me, I was so touched also because I love L’occitane and this has everything I like from the brand and how cute is the basket?

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Space NK candle lighter

Space NK has been one space I’ve always ignored despite coming across their space in Bloomingdale’s many times.

I had a good time browsing through their store in SOHO this time and the service was friendly and not pushy. While I really wanted to try a lot of products, I don’t like to spend a lot of money on something I am not sure will work. How many times have we plopped money on something we didn’t need yet yielded less than stellar results? I’m still intrigued by Darphin’s Camellia Mask, maybe next time.

I did however leave with his nifty tool. It was something I had planned to get anyway because I didn’t like using standard lighters to light my candles.
I did contemplate getting the ones you would use to light the stove but they don’t look nice lying around in the bedroom.

This on the other hand looks sleek and well made.

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Image taken from uk.spacenk.com

My only gripe is the flame could be smaller and you can’t control it.
Edit: you can actually control it but I can’t make it budge.

Learn more here.

Cost: USD15 before tax.

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Diptyque Fieulle de Lavande Candle

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Currently on my bi-annual trip to the US. It’s been almost 2 weeks, something significantly horrible happened during my trip so I have sworn to not return to NYC anytime soon seeing 2 yrs ago when I was in NYC it was a pretty shitty 2 weeks I had to endure. To soothe myself while I make the best of my last day in NYC and to make the apartment smell nicer I couldn’t resist lighting this. It’s a mini that was a gift from a recent purchase (will blog about it later) and all I can say is – I am on cloud 9. Let me tell you, I barely get any hint of lavender while sniffing the unlit candle but after it is lit, O MI GAWD. The throw is amazing too. Doesn’t help that I’ve sprayed Chanel Jersey all over myself.

I am getting the full size when I have the cash. Oh wait I have sworn also not to buy any candles in 2013.

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Jo Malone Orange Blossom Candle

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I think I am soon running out of orange blossom products to buy from Jo Malone. I just need to get my hands on the dry oil that has been discontinued.

I decided to light this candle a few weeks ago when I was feeling really stressed. There’s nothing more painful than lighting something as beautiful as this, there was a bow tied to the candle lid!

I was slightly disappointed by the throw but glad to say it got better the 2nd time. This is personally my favourite Jo Malone scent so no complaints from me.

How does this compare to Diptyque candles? Diptyque has a much better throw and is cheaper to buy (in Malaysia but comparable overseas). Jo Malone comes with a classy lid and scents unique to to the range which are absolutely lovely. If you have a lot of candles a lid is really important to maintain the longevity of a candle.

Next on my list is Rosemary and Rose which is a limited edition. I wonder if it will ever hit our shores.

Price: GBP30.40 from Heathrow. I believe in Malaysia it’s around RM270 at Pavilion.