Middle Eastern Baroque at Diptyque

Middle Eastern Baroque at Diptyque

The embellished, ultra-glam style of the Baroque era has been making its mark recently in the world of style—fabrics such as gold appliquéed-velvet at Dolce & Gabbana, feathers and fur at Gucci, and super-beaded trousers at Vuitton signalled the love of luxe; and a return to yellow metals in the world of décor (think gilded faucets, ornate mirrors and cutlery). No surprise that Baroque’s highly ornate patterns and rich, vivid palette have also found their way into the world of perfume.

Diptyque’s graphically designed holiday candles are case in point. They promise to infuse your home with warm and spicy notes inspired by Tales of the Arabian Nights—where Baroque meets the Middle East. Not only is the fragrance offering luxurious, so is the package, where the candles’ deeply ornamental Kilim rug-inspired decorated glass looks reminiscent of exotic magic-carpet rides. These are undoubtedly the chichi gift for the high-style hostess or art lover in your life.


Golden Fir (green) melds notes of Iranian galbanum, Eucalyptus camphor, Siberian pine, Moroccan absinthe and Canadian balsam fir. Watch the candle flicker sending shadows through the green and gold shapes of its adorned glass holder as perfume fills the air.

Amber Oud (red) is spicy, woody and delicious. Notes of saffron, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper, oud wood, patchouli, white pear, absinthe, amber, vanilla, tonka bean, rockrose and Somalian incense define this ruby-red holiday delight.

Oliban (purple) comes inspired by the gold, myrrh, and frankincense of the three Kings. Top notes of frankincense, Italian lemon, elemi resin, and aldehyde; a heart of Somalian incense, myrrh and Javan vetiver; and a base of Peruvian balms and benzoin define the perfume personality of this sultry candle.

To put it simply: Anything that smells so good and is housed in such a pretty, jewel-like package is good with us.

Ashley Kowalewski

Diptyque Holiday Candles in Golden Fir, Amber Oud, and Oliban, $82 (190 g) each, www.holtrenfrew.com, www.diptyqueparis.com


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Ash is a writer and editor based in Toronto. She loves testing out all the latest beauty products and is currently working her way through a 27-fragrance rotation and has more pink lipsticks, neon Post-its and daily cups of coffee than the average human. When she’s not wading through the beauty aisles of her local Shoppers, you can catch her at a yoga class or watching endless hours of Netflix.