Worth the Splurge? | Diptyque


This time last year I didn't even know that £40 candles were a thing. On a student budget, a large Yankee candle jar was a guilt-inducing purchase. If £40 candles existed, I certainly wasn't the kind of insane person who'd buy one. Fast forward 12 months and I'm eating my words! From the first sniff of my first ever Diptyque candle, I knew there was no going back...

I won't dress it up; Diptyque is a splurge. It's a birthday present or a very special treat to yourself. It's a lot of money however in all honesty I've spent similar amounts on meals I didn't think were all that great or dresses I've never worn, so it it really that bad to spend it on fragrances that will bring me hours of happiness?

I have two of the Standard Candles (£40 each): Noisetier and Figuier. Noisetier is just the most beautiful hazelnut scent with a tiny touch of fruitiness. It's so full and multi-dimensional I really will be sad to see the end of it. The throw is amazing but the scent isn't overpowering at all. Figuier is a more subtle summery fig fragrance which I'm loving at the moment. 

The candles aren't huge and whilst the wax has a good burn-time, they aren't going to last forever. However I find they burn perfectly evenly, which means no bit of wax goes to waste (I absolutely hate when candles tunnel, it really does ruin them). I also love the simple, stylish glass jars these come in with Diptyque's signature oval emblem.

I also have two 100ml Eau de Toilette Fragrances (£75 each): Philosykos and Oyedo. I have never come across such complex and beautiful fragrances. I was never much of a fragrance person as the standard scents you come across in Boots and Debenhams just never seemed to do it for me. I like something that's slightly different and unusual and Diptyque definitely fits the bill. Philosykos's main notes are cedar wood and fig and it's the personal fragrance equivalent to Figuier. It's a beautiful woody-but-fruity scent for summer and I find myself swooning every time I catch a waft of it on myself. Oyedo also had the cedar wood notes (which means they layer together really nicely) however has an overriding citric scent. It's absolutely beautiful and again there are so many layers to it. I'm very tempted by the candle version... 

Every time I wear each of these fragrances I feel like I notice a new aspect of them. They last pretty well throughout the day however I do notice a bit of a fade by the time I get home in the evening. I would always recommend the 100ml bottles (unless you specifically want something travel-sized) as the 50ml bottles are still £58 so essentially you're only paying £17 more for double the product and if you can spend £58 on a fragrance, what's another £17? Again the packaging is effortlessly stylish and each scent has it's own accompanying illustration and typeface to fit in with the theme (Philosykos has a Greek Island feel, whereas Oyedo is Japanese-inspired).

If you understandably can't afford or don't want to buy Diptyque products, you really shouldn't feel like you're missing out on some essential life experience. If splashing out so much on scents is going to make you feel bad: don't do it! As the point is that it makes you feel good! However if you have a birthday coming up or Space NK points to blow, I don't think you will be disappointed! I'm itching to expand my collection but just can't justify it at the moment.


Have you tried Diptyque products? Were they worth the splurge?


 


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  1. I have never tried them but I really want to! I think Jo Malone ones are similar in price and quality, I love them a lot too! ;)

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

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  2. Totally with you on this Jasmine, Philosykos is my all time fave, so I must try your other rec as don't think I've noticed Oyedo before. If Diptyque perfumes were half the price I'd buy several in a heartbeat! I've never purchase one of the candles, though swooned over them many times!

    Nic x

    StrawberryBlondeBeauty

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  3. I don't own any but I have had a sniff and I have to admit that I wasn't that taken with them but as you have said it is each to their own. I would really have a huge problem spending the money but I have to find something great that I was in love with :)

    Pams Stuff and Things | Ance Ultra Clear Giveaway

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  4. I don't think any candle could make me spend £40 of my own money. I don't even think I would request it for a present as I can think of better things to spend money on! Although I haven't actually had a sniff so I could be eating (or smelling) my words!
    x x | daisydaisyxxo

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    1. Haha well I was the same before I went and had a sniff! xx

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  5. I am currently using the roses candle and after a few days, I am completely sold x

    www.pintsizedbeauty.com

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  6. I have not tried anything from Diptyque but I know it won't be long until I make a really naughty purchase. I have smelt them in store and I completely agree that they are complex fragrances but very unique. Their packaging is exquisite and they always look good on a dresser. I think I would try with a candle first because they look so enticing....lovely overview...xx

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  7. I haven't actually seen (smelled?) for myself what any of the scents are like from Diptyque but I'm open-minded about spending the money on a candle like this; if I really liked it and could afford it, then why not? I think people have a problem with spending money on things like candles and makeup etc because they run out, unlike clothes/furniture etc, but like you say, if it brings you happiness then you CAN justify it! Either way, it looks like i need to get to Space NK sooner rather than later!
    Rebecca | The Two Twenty Somethings
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    1. Haha! And yes I agree - if it makes you happy then whose business is it? xx

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  8. Being a student myself, the prices are a bit painful for just a candle... But I would never have a problem spending that on a meal, make up or clothing like you said! I think if I found a scent I loved I would take the plunge, I just haven't had the chance to sniff and find out honestly!

    allthatshimmers.co.uk xo

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  9. I didn't know anything about Dyptique candles/fragrances until last December myself too and I can't wait to splurge on them when I get back to the UK! ;) xx

    www.angerawrs.co.uk | A DATE WITH THAT GRACE GIRL

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  10. Philosykos is like a dream come true. I totally agree with you...Diptyque is worth every penny! So divine!


    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl's Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  11. I don't own any Dyptique candles or fragrances - I just can't justify them! But after reading this, I'm now thinking of all the times I've spent £40 on a dinner, like you've mentioned and feel like I might need a splurge now... Great post Jasmine x

    emily x ❤ | emilyloula

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  12. I've never spent this much on a candle, but I'm working up towards it, the more I use them the more I love them the more I'll spend lol

    RachelShuchatMakeup

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  13. Ouch, you weren't kidding about the price, it's crazy for a candle but sounds like the scent is worth it and I like that it burns evenly. I am more interested in the perfume, definitely have to look where I can pick these up.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  14. I'm afraid to buy one in case I love it! I already spend too much on cosmetics etc - although if I received one as a gift - well that's another story! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. Haha yeah it's something to put on the birthday list so you don't feel so bad ;) xx

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  15. I've never tried any Diptyque products and I've never had the chance to smell them so I can't comment if they're worth it or not. Personally I wouldn't buy such an expensive candle but if I got it as a gift then I would definitely enjoy it. The price of the fragrances is high but not as crazy considering a 100ml bottle will certainly last a few months. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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  16. I haven't tried anything from this brand, but after reading this, I'm defnitely going to give it a try, it sounds amazing and such an unique experience totally worth the splurge! Great post, Jasmine! xx

    http://alemint.blogspot.com/

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  17. I've never been obsessed with candles myself but I do love them and I always love smelling them in shops haha. I haven't heard about this brand before either so I'll keep an eye out for this! (: http://coffeeatmidnight13.blogspot.co.uk/

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  18. Ugh! You are sending me into full on shopper over-drive. I want them all! haha The sign of a great blogger.
    http://www.lipstickisalife.com/

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  19. I have been wanting to try these, but the price tag puts me off, but on the brighter side my birthday is round the corner, I can definitely indulge into a nice perfume yay...
    That candle though will fire up my house peace if I bought them, as is hubbzie doesn't like spending £10 on a candle leave alone £40 hahaha.

    Beautydetour

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    1. Haha my boyfriend stared at me in abject horror when I told him how much they cost xx

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  20. Thank you for all your comments - it was really interesting to read everyone's thoughts xx

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  21. It's always been a toss up between Jo Malone and Diptyque products. I have a couple JM products but am yet to purchase the beauty that is Diptyque. Every now and then I head to Liberty and visit the room it staves off the cravings for a little while! My favourite scents are Vervain, Eucalyptus and Mimosa :)

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  22. These are definite products on the wishlist. I would love to buy them, but the price still seems to steep for me.. of course there are items that cost a lot and I just drool over, I bet these could be them too. haha

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  23. I just bought Philosykos. I had a mini sample but put off buying the full size for ages because of the price. But I don't regret it in the slightest! I want to get the candle now :)

    Kirstie | Kimamely Beauty

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    1. I don't regret that purchase either haha the fragrances aren't bad value at all xx

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