Our series of holiday gift posts continues with home fragrance of all kinds, from candles to sachets. If you missed them, check out part 1 (scented body products) and part 2 (travel sizes & coffrets).
Maybe some year, Diptyque's holiday candles will look so dull that we'll leave them out, but that year has not yet arrived. This year's set includes Amber Oud (red; "...inspired by the Arabian Nights resembles a precious stone where rare spices infused with warming resins and balsams plunges the user into an Oriental dream world"), Oliban (purple; "A mysterious creation showcasing the precious resin frankincense. This fragrance will transport the user straight to the heart of the Arabian Nights.") and Sapin Doré (green; "...pays homage to the most celebrated fir tree in the world, it transports the user straight to the heart of a forest of golden spruce trees."). In mini candle (70g for $32) or full-sized (190g for $68), available at Nordstrom.
Also tempting, but harder to come by in the US: Molinard's Habanita candle. 180g for €35 at Molinard in France.
From Caswell Massey, Colibri sachets for natural moth protection, in cedar, lavender and classic fragrances. 3 for $12.
From Illume, "layerable" 176g soy candles in Naughty ("Exotic spices and woods are layered with rich, white musk. Burn with Nice for a warm, spicy scent.") and Nice ("A precious blend of Tahitian vanilla, spun sugar, and a hint of coconut cream. Burn with Naughty for a warm, spicy scent.") $15 each at Beautyhabit.
From Juniper Ridge, room sprays in Red Rock Canyon ("Mountain forest in a bottle. Not a clingy room perfume, but an Aromatic snapshot of the wild place itself. Bring New Mexico's high desert into your home."), Big Sur ("Big Sur in a bottle. Not a clingy room perfume, but an Aromatic snapshot of the wild place itself. Bring the coastal mountains of California into your home.") and Steep Ravine ("Mountain forest in a bottle. Not a clingy room perfume, but an Aromatic snapshot of the wild place itself. Bring the Redwood trails of Mt. Tamalpais into your home.") $20 each, 60 ml, also at Beautyhabit.
From Joya, a black porcelain candle developed in collaboration with designer Hervé L. Leroux (formerly known as Hervé Léger): "Giroflée is an ancient little flower with a powerful, spellbinding fragrance, captured in Hervé's garden especially by Joya to create the top note of the scent. Jasmine petals, magnolia blossom, gardenia and tubéreuse have been selected for the heart. Musk and cedarwood represent the drydown." $75.
At left, from Aedes, "A hand-poured artisanal candle housed in aubergine glass. Perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour designed the candle scent for sustained aromatization with a 40-50 hour burning time. The result is a richly infused paraffin wax with deep, powerful green and dark notes imbued with incense and ganja." $85. At right, from Cire Trudon, the Melchior limited edition candle for Holiday 2012: "Melchior was one of the three "kings" or "wise men" — the Persian scholar who brought gold to Bethlehem. In pure gold-leaf, Cire Trudon's Melchior candle features the delicate perfume of myrrh and benzoin, a healing resin. Melchior makes the perfect gift for the Holidays, for New Year's Eve, or for any other special occasion throughout the year, whenever celebration is in order!" $95, also at Aedes.
From Anya's Garden, a "room candy" starter kit, with tea light burner, organic beeswax tea light and a tin of (natural!) scented wax melts in Outlaw Perfume (oakmoss, bergamot and lime), Lemon Vetiver or Bay Rum & Honey. $40 for the set.