We're lusting after Diptyque's constellation-themed holiday collection
Stars in our eyes
For its Christmas collection, French candle-making stalwart Diptyque called on the talents of Parisian artist Philippe Baudelocque to re-create his famous celestial animals. The chosen three mythological creatures? The unicorn, the phoenix and the dragon, with each embodying a different coloured candle and unique olfactory landscape.
Embodied by the unicorn which represents harmony, order and beauty, this candle takes it green hue from an imaginary enchanted forest. Smelling like a stroll through a pine forest, this has notes of precious resin, Hinoki wood and mint to create that crisp, rare wintry aroma that will transform your living room into a green sanctuary.
Long before Daenerys Targaryen asked where her dragons were, the knowledge of this mythological beast was formed in our collective consciousness. To create the sensation of flames and fiery heat, the notes in this orange-toned candle include blood orange from Italy, smoky wood, juniper and clove for a sizzling, zesty and energetic combination.
Known for its links to religious offerings, incense takes centerstage in this bewitching concoction. Literally made from frankincense and myrhh — with a dash of cinnamon thrown in — this smells like a midnight service at church. This candle has a blue inner layer and is bedecked with the image of the enigmatic phoenix that rises from its ashes.
Hear more from the artist Philippe Baudelocque:
Which period of human history — "a distant land" as Racine would say — would you like to visit as an invisible tourist?
The birth of humankind.
What's your favorite smell?
I love the smell of Magnolia grandiflora in full bloom, that's one of my favorite trees.
If you were a musical instrument, which would it be?
A drum set.
Which animal do you find the most endearing?
Synesthesia: do you have sensory associations between shapes, colours, sounds and smells?
No, because for me synesthesia is more about vibrations and therefore indescribable.
To be absolutely yourself, is it necessary to completely forget yourself?
For me, what works is to focus on what I feel and to express it in every way possible.
What do you think about?
Those who live on the sun and the Seven Sisters.
Which activity keeps your mind so occupied that you no longer think?
The novel that opened the world for you like a book, that gave you new depth?
The Enchantress, by Han Suyin.
The music that brings to mind Paradise Lost?
Song of the Seas by Vangelis.
Your three favorite films?
Close Encounters of the Third Kind, K-Pax and Spirited Away.
What painting best depicts smells — in your opinion?
'A Summer Night on the Road', by François Cachoud, in 1921.
Which characters, past or present, real or fictional, inspire you?
What question would you like us to ask you? And would you please share the answer to it?Where are you from? Not here.
The Diptyque holiday collection is available at Escentials