One of my quests has always been a lilac-focused fragrance that would not only capture the opulent indolic sweetness of lilac, but also display its dewy freshness. A related wish was to find a candle that would allow me to recreate the evenings spent walking through my grandmother’s garden. Overgrown with ancient lilac bushes, it would be filled with the lush intoxicating aroma emanating from the blossom studded boughs. Yet, while Frederic Malle En Passant, Jean Patou Vacances and Kenzo Summer have managed to satisfy my lilac cravings, I have been less fortunate in the home fragrance domain. Most lilac scented candles and room sprays are too similar to Glade Lilac Grove to be satisfying.
However, Diptyque Lilas is the best lilac scented candle I have discovered thus far. It releases a gorgeous fragrance of lilac in full bloom, with just a touch of crisp verdancy to prevent it from being too heady. Nevertheless, there are several criteria that predispose me against repurchasing Lilas. For one thing, the candle has a poor throw, especially in comparison to Tocca and L’Artisan candles. Although highly fragrant at first, the candle lost much of its scent after only a couple of weeks, which was disappointing, since most of the wax still remained in the jar. The candle also sends off a fair amount of soot, despite careful wick trimming. In the end, neither the lovely fragrance nor the appealing presentation could compensate for the obvious shortcomings.
Fortunately, Lilas is also available in the room spray, which is my preferred way of enjoying its lilac beauty. Diptyque room sprays have a fairly good tenacity and diffusion, and Lilas is among my favourites, which include Coing (Quince) and Feu de Bois (Firewood).
The 7 oz candle is priced at $48, while the 3.4 oz room spray is $38. For purchasing information, see the listing for Diptyque under Perfume Houses.