LLG Beauty: Diptyque Boutique at 34 Blvd. St Germain, Paris

by Sasha Wilkins on September 25, 2012 · 19 comments

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Back at the end of August I spent a magical day exploring the original Diptyque shop at 34 blvd Saint Germain. I wrote about my short trip to Paris here, but now I’ve got time to show you it properly today, tomorrow and Thursday.

Diptyque Paris 34 blvd Saint Germain

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It smells quite, quite heavenly in there. (So heavenly in there in fact that Diptyque recently launched 34, a scent that replicates the glorious myriad scents of the store in one bottle.)  There is every candle that Diptyque produces, including several that are only sold at 34. They are arranged by in groups that make sense together: here’s Cinnamon, Hawthorn, and Tea.

Diptyque Paris 34 blvd Saint Germain

(I wrote about great combinations of candles to burn together here.)

Diptyque Paris 34 blvd Saint Germain

And, whilst I browsed, I learned a new candle-inhaling technique: if you want to really smell the scent of the candle in-store before deciding because, really, it’s practically impossible to decide otherwise, then turn the candle over, tap it sharply on the cloth covered block until the candle slips out.

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Then raise the empty glass to your nose and inhale.

Ta da! The candle fragrance pure and simple.

Diptyque Paris 34 blvd Saint Germain

If you look closely, each scent has its own line drawing on the reverse:

Diptyque Paris 34 blvd Saint Germain

Diptyque Paris 34 blvd Saint Germain

But if you thought Diptyque was all about black and white, then think again.

The candles can be gift wrapped in gorgeous bright shades of tissue paper:

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The matches, er, match,

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and the soaps come hand wrapped in tissue rosettes.

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But this was my favourite corner:

Diptyque Paris 34 blvd Saint Germain

I often wear Diptyque’s eau de toilette L’Ombre dans L’Eau (the shadow in the water) with its heady yet sharp damask rose and blackcurrant notes. But recently Diptyque have increased the concentration of their eaux de toilettes, and accentuated their core notes, to create a few eaux de parfums so, since my trip, I have been wafting around in a cloud of even more delectable scent than normal.

What’s your favourite Diptyque candle or scent?

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Tomorrow: Inside the Diptyque Archives

Diptyque Paris 34 blvd Saint Germain

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Annabel September 26, 2012 at 02:37

Philosykos! but also like Jardin Clos. Candle – Chevrefeuille, which I havent seen for years.

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LLG September 28, 2012 at 18:44

@Annabel: oh I adore Chevrefeuille too – honeysuckle. Is blissful. I love all the flowery scents. LLGxx

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Rose September 26, 2012 at 04:55

My favourites are L’Ombre, like you- for the scent and the beautiful name- also Philosykos for hot days and nights

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LLG September 28, 2012 at 18:45

@Rose: It is *such* a beautiful name, isn’t it? And it’s such a transporting scent: to me nothing else smells quite like it. LLGxx

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Vicki September 26, 2012 at 08:18

What a really pretty store . They take such time in wrapping your purchases you’d never want to open them
I have never tried anything from them but I always pop in to Liberty to have a spray of the perfumes and lust over the candles.

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LLG September 28, 2012 at 18:51

@Vicki: They do mini candles too, which is a nice way to get into them. And I know what you mean about the packaging – it’s almost too lovely! LLGxx

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throughdododeyes September 26, 2012 at 14:05

Diptyque is truly a heavenly addition to the world. When I lived in London, I would regularly treat myself to a visit to their counter in Liberty, teasing and peppering myself in the beautiful fragrances but never purchasing. I was in Paris in July and got engaged..we went into this Diptyque boutique afterwards and now I own Tam Dao. Beautiful…

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LLG September 28, 2012 at 18:49

@throughdododeyes: Oh what a lovely story: thank you so much for sharing. And what a wonderful way to remember a perfect trip to Paris! LLGxx

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annie September 27, 2012 at 11:26

How funny I had no idea you could tip them out like that!
Roses is my favourite but i also like orangery, feu de bois and the cinnamon one. Well any really as long as it’s not the fig. Yuk.

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LLG September 28, 2012 at 18:46

@annie: I did try at home, but cldn’t get them to pop out. I need to find out if they loosen them in-store. I used to dislike the fig too, but I burn Figuier with Maquis now and I really like it. LLGxx

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Emma Lee-Potter September 27, 2012 at 14:26

I love this post. My daughter’s just moved to Paris and I’m definitely going to go to Diptyque when I visit her. She says she wishes I hadn’t forwarded your post to her – too tempting!

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LLG September 28, 2012 at 18:47

@Emma Lee-Potter: Oh you must! There’s a wonderful Diptyque store in the Marais too – with drawers full of candles you can pull out. LLGxx

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Bea Alabaster September 28, 2012 at 04:11

Oh my God I love this shop! I went there on my first trip to Paris and fell in love with it xxx

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LLG September 28, 2012 at 18:50

@Bea Alabaster: oh what a perfect shop to choose for a first visit! LLGxx

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Helen September 28, 2012 at 05:05

I love Figuier and Freesia. Diptyque blvd Saint German is my favourite shop ever.

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LLG September 28, 2012 at 18:48

@Helen: I think it may be on my favourites shortlist too! LLGxx

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LOLBeauty October 1, 2012 at 14:48

Mine is Do Son. I just discovered the Diptyque boutique on Bleecker St here in NYC. Love! Thanks for sharing.

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Mia October 16, 2012 at 03:37

Coriandre is my favourite – so fresh and green (and not widely available). I love the Saint Germain Diptyque store but even the Westbourne Grove one in London is lovely to visit.

I also love to visit Annick Goutal when in Paris.

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