The Daily Beauty: Diptyque Sablier (Hourglass) in 34

by Sasha Wilkins on November 10, 2012 · 9 comments

Diptyque Sablier

Just over a year after I moved into my rented North London flat, I still can’t quite get my head around the fact that I live in such a lovely space, surrounded by all my treasured possessions. Although I owned a flat in London for nearly ten years, I rented it out when I moved to America, and latterly spent two years of living out of a suitcase as I travelled around America after I left my last magazine position.

The legacy of all that suitcase and storage locker living is that my home space has become extremely important to me, and I take enormous pleasure from having beautiful things at hand. And that includes lots of fresh flowers and scented candles.

My latest indulgence is the new Sablier by Diptyque. I was introduced to it when I visited the original Diptyque shop at 34 boulevard Saint Germain back in August. Of course, we all know the glorious scented candles, but this is something quite new from the purveyors of scented loveliness, which they launched this September.

Diptyque Sablier

Several years in production, the Sablier – or Hourglass, is Diptyque’s take on diffused scent. They knew that they didn’t want to go down the route of scented sticks, as so many home perfumers did, and so developed a beautiful glass vessel that would diffuse the scent in a different way. This works by simply tipping the vessel over to allow the liquid to run through a complex diffusing piece into the bottom glass.

Of course, although it looks simple, inside it is anything but. That’s because scent diffuses into the air differently this way, and it took months to re-formulate 34, the house fragrance, so that it smelt correct as the volatile fragrance oils dispersed into the air through the central part of the Sablier device.

Diptyque Sablier

That’s why, for the moment, the Sablier is only available in the one scent, although they are currently developing others in the Diptyque family which will be launched soon.

I wanted to test mine out thoroughly before I wrote about it. I took the photos in my hallway last week, which means that the Sablier’s contents have lasted just over two months so far,  – although I haven’t been turning it over every day. The diffused scent is noticeable in my flat, but not over-powering, and I love how the glass vessel looks on my hall table. (I would definitely buy a replacement.)

Diptyque Sablier

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Emma November 10, 2012 at 04:06

I love scented candles & diffusers, so will definitely be trying this out – thanks so much! xoxo


Becky | November 10, 2012 at 04:22

It really is beautifully designed – infinitely prettier than sticks or those horrid plug-in air fresheners!


Duck November 10, 2012 at 07:15

This is really a great idea, it looks perfectly chic and practical. I’ll need to smell it in a store though to see if it’s for me. I do love their candles but I find they tend to smoke a lot and burn quite quickly. I’ve moved onto the scented sprays which last forever, but you do have to spray quite regularly. I hope they make this diffuser in Choisya, my scent of choice…


Angela November 10, 2012 at 08:38

As an ardent fan of scented candles, I will definitely being trying this out. It looks great on your sidetable!


Jackie November 10, 2012 at 10:55

….you have good taste in scent!

Jackie @ Minerva Collection UK Handbags&Jewellery


janie November 10, 2012 at 12:33

I always have the 34 candle in my bathroom these days such a sophisticated scent for Autumn /winter
Its taken over from Jo Malone’s lime basil manderin for summer/spring in our house


Angela November 10, 2012 at 13:11

I am ardent fan of scented candles and this just seems awesome, one more item added to my shopping list!


Anna November 11, 2012 at 12:28

Love! Can you buy in uk? I can’t find a link…thanks – A.


Holly November 12, 2012 at 09:16

Hello LLG – so, is it re-fillable? If it is, I’m in (reaches for credit card…). Love your blog, am a regular reader, but this is my very first comment, so, nice to meet you. x


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