European cafés just hit different, for wont of a better – more sophisticated - phrase. From the excellent coffee to the perfect table size and excellent people watching, sitting inside or outside a café in cities like Paris, Barcelona and Milan is pure joy, and one I’ll never get enough of. Which brings me to the news that Diptyque has infused its herbarium with some truly, delicious new gourmet scents.
In 1963, two years after the opening of the original boutique at 34 boulevard Saint Germain (yes, I have made the pilgrimage!), Diptyque shared its first scented candles with the world: Thé (Tea), Cannelle (Cinnamon) and Aubépine (Hawthorn). Since then, the house’s classic candles have held out the promise of an enchanting experience, a unique olfactory journey to discover in the comfort of our homes. Now it has added new scents and a limited-edition collection to its existing gourmet palette for an appetising interlude with a truly Diptyque touch, in collaboration with iconic Parisian destination, Café Verlet.
Celebrating the French art of living, the new candles are inspired by the sweet delights served at Café Verlet – the oldest purveyor of coffees in Paris and the capital’s first roastery – where time seems to stand still. Several generations of craft roasters have perpetuated a tradition that has made the café, founded by the Verlet family, a byword for taste. Tucked behind the gardens of the Palais Royal, Maison Verlet continues to roast its own coffee in its quest for delicate harmonies and the perfect balance of flavours, where you can savour a coffee along with a chocolate or seasonal pastry.
Renowned for its exceptional coffees, Café Verlet shares the same passion for authenticity, excellence and travel as Diptyque, and now the two have merged to create a unique sensory experience that I for one can’t wait to experience.

The scents in this collection – Café (Coffee), Chantilly (Whipped Cream), Biscuit (Biscuit), and Fruits Confits (Candied Fruits) – are inspired by the menu of Café Verlet and its selection of no less than thirty pure-origin coffees. The Café candle transports us to the warmth of the historic cafe, with its irresistible notes of roasted coffee beans accented with toasted cereals, like the first sip of a perfect espresso. The Chantilly candle is smooth and airy with a dash of vanilla that recalls the sweetness of whipped cream, while Biscuit mingles the spiciness of Verlet’s signature gâteaux de voyage with voluptuous notes of patchouli. Lastly, the Fruits Confits candle, available exclusively in Diptyque boutiques and at Nordstrom in the U.S. and Holt Renfrew in Canada, exudes the tangy fragrance of a succulent plum scented with sandalwood, patchouli, and balsam accents.
No limited edition Diptyque collection would be complete without an artist’s touch, and for this one the imaginative drawings by British illustrator Clym Evernden bring the labels, vessels and boxes of Diptyque to vivid life. Evernden invites us to rediscover the classic candle through a series of spontaneous, creative drawings, like a whimsical Parisian tale in which the facades of Café Verlet echo those of the original Diptyque boutique opposite. Just gorgeous!

The collection is available now at Mecca, and


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