These French Candles Can Always Be Found in the Most Stylish Homes

There are a few purchases that likely will always stand out in your memory: the first CD you ever bought (humblebrag, mine was The Most Beautiful Girl in the World by Prince), the first designer bag you acquire, and, perhaps, your wedding dress. For me, however, one of my fondest retail memories centres on something else: a candle. But not just any candle, a Diptyque candle. 

It was 2011. I was 21 and had just moved to London to start my career in fashion. I was a junior assistant at Look magazine working at the fashion desk, and I couldn't have been more excited. The first month passed in a blur, and when I woke to discover my pay had landed in my bank account, I hopped straight on the Tube and went to the fanciest shop I could: Liberty. Determined to treat myself to a luxurious candle (something that would mark my first-ever non-part-time paycheque), I chose Diptyque's Baies candle. I've been hooked on them ever since. 


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Diptyque was founded by interior designer Christiane Gautrot, theatre set designer Yves Coueslant and painter Desmond Knox-Leet. The trio opened their chic shop of curiosities—think far-flung fabrics and exotic treasures—at 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris in 1961.

It was unlike anything Paris had seen before, and as demand grew, in 1963, Diptyque's founders launched their own scented products—a selection of three candles. Today, Diptyque's vast candle collection is one of the most revered in the world and holds a special place not just in my heart but in anyone who has had the pleasure of smelling its beautiful scents.


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Each Diptyque candle is inspired by a time, place or story. For example, the Figuier (Fig Tree) candle was created to capture the memories of the founders' many holidays in Mount Pelion, Greece, where, each day, they crossed a natural grove of wild fig trees to reach the sea. 

There's no denying Diptyque candles have a certain je ne sais quoi about them, which can only be understood when you've burned one for yourself. Unsure which Diptyque candles you should invest in? Keep scrolling to discover the brand's best sellers, the three candles that started it all, and some of the Who What Wear UK team's all-time favourites. 


While some fragrance trends will come and go over time, others prove themselves to have lasting staying power. And that's the case with the following five candles. In no particular order, these are Diptyque's best-selling candles, all of which have become iconic in their own way. My favourites are undoubtedly Baies (Berries) and Feu de Bois (Wood Fire).


In 1963, Diptyque released its first three scented candle creations: Thé, Aubépine and Cannelle (Tea, Hawthorn and Cinnamon), all of which you can still purchase today. This edit would soon evolve into what was to become a vast repertoire of scents derived from rare and precious raw materials, all paying a simple, yet sincere, tribute to nature.


While there are plenty of other Diptyque candles to discover, below, you'll find the Who What Wear UK team's edit of the other Diptyque candles they love. 

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.