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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

Diptyque Paris 34 blvd Saint Germain Diptyque Paris 34 blvd Saint Germain

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,

Diptyque Paris 34 blvd Saint Germain

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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19 comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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