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Wonderful as a signature scent
on February 16, 2014
I am a candle fanatic. I have tried all the best brands - Seda, Cire Trudon, Henri Bendel, Voluspa, Lisa Carrier... And this is one I always come back to. I love Diptyque and firmly stand behind their products, but I will focus this review on Baies and not the brand.
It is relevant, however, to note just how pretty the Diptyque packaging is. It looks great bedside or on a desk. I even keep one on top of my toilet in my all white bathroom, which makes the space feel elegant.
Baies is roses and berries. But its more than just that. Bulgarian rose is the rose used. It is incredibly luxurious - it takes 1300 roses to make ONE GRAM of pure oil. It has a fruitier quality than other rose varieties, and is a bit sweeter. It's a bit more pungent than your grocery store variety - in a good way. it's got plenty of strength.
The berries are currant. To me, currant is lovely, somewhere between a blueberry and blackberry in the smell. I really get a strong whiff of blackberry in this candle. But when the rose mixes with berry, they hug and dance in a beautiful way, and melt together in a way that becomes singular and new. It is more than just a mix of two plants - it is an entirely unique creation.
Just sitting out, you can smell this candle. To me this adds value. I am not just paying for burn time, but for a lovely faint lingering scent. For a small corridor, office, bathroom, bedroom, etc... it is roughly the strength of keeping a small sachet in the area. Not as strong as a diffuser, but its not like having a Yankee that only scents when burning and quickly fades when extinguised.
Please follow the guidelines for burning. It is best to burn the candle all the way to the edges whenever you light it. For some reason, burning it where the wax pool does not reach the glass on all edges is bad for the candle and the quality of the perfume oils in it. Furthermore, keep the wick trimmed. No need to buy a fancy trimmer, I use a small scissor or even a cuticle cutter when I do it. This is important. It must be trimmed before use or the flame gets to high, burns the wax unevenly, and releases smog. This goes for all candles from all brands. Always burn to the edge and keep wicks to 1/4" to avoid issues.
The scent released when burning is heavenly. It is strong, with a good throw. It really fills a room unlike any other candle I've had. It absolutely fills the space. My apartment is small, but you can smell this little candle all over. It takes me to an English garden, some magical special hidden place with shrubbery and petals abound. I imagine this as a garden in Alice in Wonderland. It's just joyous.
I love that its unique, and becomes a signature. Yes, its one of Diptyque's most popular, but most people don't buy Diptyque. This scent has become a signature that reminds people of me and my home. I love that people expect to smell this when they walk through my door, and associate my home with this lovely fragrance.