The empties that keep on giving – Diptyque

There must be something I’m missing because I can’t seem to see joy in empty shampoo or body lotion containers.  I buy them, use them, throw them out and buy the same if I loved it or buy another if I didn’t.

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Now a Diptyque candle is another case entirely.  They burn evenly down the bottom of the glass jar (not burning a hole in the centre like some candles do) leaving pretty much just a thin layer of wax and the base of the wick when the light goes out.

You would be wrong in thinking that using up a much loved candle would be a cause for dismay. For one it means that you now have an excuse to buy ANOTHER candle, or in my case I now have an excuse to light the Feuille de Lavande I had waiting in my stash (gorgeous by the way!).  Secondly, the jar becomes home to anything that takes my fancy.  In this case, my NARS Velvet Matte and Satin Lip Pencils which have been rolling around in my drawer.

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I’ll leave it up to your imagination but take notes from the inspiring Sabrina’s The Beauty Look Book where she uses them to store anything from paperclips to cotton buds!

A cure for insomnia? Neom Organics and Aveda stress-fix

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Finding it hard to sleep between the warm evenings and thunderstorms this summer?  I’ve found a little aromatherapy does wonders to help me wind down and relax in the evenings.

If you’ve ever had an Aveda facial, the therapist begins by rubbing the aromatherapy concentrate of your choice to their palms and ask you to take 3-4 deep breaths to inhale the scent.  Not one to question the experts I try and do the same with the Aveda Stress-Fix Concentrate (French lavender and clary sage) before bed.  It comes in a little cylinder with a roller ball applicator which is also perfect for applying to your pulse points.

The Tranquility scented candle from NEOM Organics (English lavender, sweet basil and jasmine) reminds me of luxury day spas and given that I ALWAYS fall asleep during the course of a massage it’s perfect for sending me to a blissful sleep.

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Diptyque scented candles

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My sister and I have been obsessed with Diptyque candles lately.  One or two £40 candles may have flown under the radar but I’m afraid we’ve stepped over the invisible line delimiting the norm from the excessive and our significant others have started raising their eyebrows.  £40 for candles!?  I resist the temptation to correct him to say that the special edition Rose Duet candle was actually £42.

I’m usually a devotee of The White Company scented candles but I have to say the Diptyque candles are in a different league (and price range yes).  The fragrance is rich yet subtle, but most importantly the scent is consistent throughout its 50-60 hour burning time.  Other candles I’ve tried smell amazing up until all the fragrance is burnt off in the first couple of hours and I’m left with a very pretty candle with a love scent of … wax.  The candle burns down the glass jar elegantly as long as you keep the wick trimmed and for the stronger scents, the warm wax continues to effuse its fragrance as it cools down.

My favourites are the rose or white flower scented offerings like Roses, Gardenia, Baies and my most recent acquisition Tubereuse.

Summer is gracing ole Londontown with its presence and there is nothing better than lighting a fragrance and throwing all the windows open to let in the cool summer evening breeze.  The only downfall is that all manner of bugs and little flying creatures take this as an invitation to come in and say hello.  What can I say they have good taste!

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On the Wishlist:  Coriandre, Feuille de Lavande, Mimosa, Figiuer and… all of them really!

Rococo Funghi di Bosco chocolates

chocolate-rococco-funghi-di-boscoIt is only fitting that I dedicate a post to Rococo’s Funghi di Bosco chocolate pralines as this blog’s delicious muse.  I confess that as I sat with the wordpress registration page in front of me, next to me was a bag of these babies sitting half empty.  And yes I do mean half empty – chocolates whether in a box, a bag or a bar cannot attain a state of half full.  It mysteriously goes from full to half empty after the first piece has been devoured (it’s true -check wikipedia).

In the age of the revolutionary Mr Heston Blumenthal who marries science to gastronomy to produce food to confuse the senses, here we have lovely bite size hazelnut pralines covered in marbled milk chocolate in the shape of humble button mushrooms.  I know, I know – we’ve seen pralines in the shape of seashells for years so it’s nothing new.  But forgive a self confessed chocoholic for falling for the novelty.  They were certainly delectable enough to crave and repurchase (once by me and twice bought for me by my sister because I don’t stop going on about them), and of course charming enough to inspire the name for my blog.

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