A spot for Diptyque's Holiday 2017 candle collection.
During the days I wrote this post: there were snow flurries and the temperature in Seattle went into the 20s (Fahrenheit); we set the clocks back an hour — the loooooong dark days crept up on me; I picked my last two roses of the year (images at the top of the post); and lots of our delicate plants, including a huge tree fern, were rolled into the garage for the freezing nights, starting a cycle of In, Out, In, Out that will go on till March or April. (Protecting the plants is worth it when summer arrives and the garden is full of scents you normally don’t encounter in the Pacific Northwest.)
‘Tis the time for a supine, and warming, fragrance to wear as I dream of milder weather and start the list of plants I’ll grow next year. Diptyque Eau Lente is a perfect perfume to enjoy as I peruse fat and heavy garden design books and seed catalogs, and re-read my favorite books that celebrate summer…
With the usual apologies for holiday creep, I’m starting our yearly roundup of advent calendars now, since they tend to launch early and then sell out quickly. If you want one, buy it soon. Part 2 will be coming up later this month. (Please note that some of these calendars are not available in the US. Advent calendars are more popular in the UK than in the US).
Diptyque’s 2017 Advent is out at Selfridges: “Make this year’s countdown to Christmas the most special yet with the anticipated Advent Calendar from Diptyque. Housing 25 little treasures to discover before the big day, it brings together the label’s beloved products in a unique discovery format. Look forward to a selection of cute miniatures including 10ml Vinaigre de Toilette, deluxe 15ml skin and body care, mini-candles in 35g format and a 70g candle make every day a celebration.” £300. (Most years, this ends up in the US as well but sells out fast…)
Do I want these? I have no idea. Diptyque's Scented Sticks in benjoin: "Inspired by an unprecedented technology, this surprising object offers a new way to perfume your home by trapping the fragrance concentrate in a sheet of paper. Several scented sheets are then rolled together to form a stick with a persistent sillage. The paper stem can be used on its own. A bouquet of them can also be placed together in a vase. Sold with three small paper cones, the perfumed stems of the Benjoin scent evoke creativity. The cones and stems can be arranged at different angles to create your own unique sculpture. It is a lightweight, surprising object that offers new ways to diffuse a scent in your home." $78.