In the earlier 2000s, I used to make frequent purchases of scented candles (and room sprays and "wax tarts") from any number of brands. Nowadays, I buy candles from an independent candle-maker in my own city and my home fragrance cravings are pretty much satisfied. One exception: my annual purchase of a holiday candle from Diptyque, an indulgence I never regret.
This year's Holiday 2019 collection is titled Porte Bonheur ("good-luck charm") and features illustrations by Olaf Hajek. I've chosen the "blue" option every year for nearly a decade, because it's usually something deep and incense-y. This time, after pondering all three candles in the Holiday 2019 collection, I gravitated towards the "red" choice. Its official name is Flora Fortuna and Diptyque recommends burning it "for good luck." Its glass canister is decorated with "symbols of good fortune from around the world such as the four-leaf clover and maneki-neko cat...while the red color brings us the energy needed to seize its luck."
Diptyque's red holiday candle often has some kind of citrus pomander fragrance, but this year, it's a spiced floral. Flora Fortuna is scented with rose, anise and clove. According to the Diptyque website,
Carefully crushing rose petals between their fingers, the soothsayers of antiquity predicted luck, love or success to those who consulted them. In the Middle East, the smoke of cloves purified a house and in the South of France, anise seeds were thrown at newlyweds to wish them prosperity.
Will this "lucky flower" bring success and prosperity to my household? I hope so. We're no longer newlyweds but we can always use a little extra good fortune. (Who can't?) This is a warmer and duskier rose scent than Diptyque's Roses candle — it's not really rich or strong (I actually wish it had more "throw"), but when I burn it in a smaller-sized room, I can detect the anise and cloves beneath the true rose note. The clove is smooth, not sharp, and the anise adds some subtle licorice-y sweetness.
I can't think of any other candle that smells quite like Flora Fortuna (and that's one reason I end up buying so few candles lately — they all smell alike). I wish I could also wear Flora Fortuna in perfume form, since a delicately spicy rose is always something I savor. So far, this candle been burning evenly and cleanly (I know Kevin has had some less-than-positive user experiences with Diptyque!). When I've used it up, which won't be for a while, I'll save the whimsical container and use it to hold a tealight candle or some perfume sample vials.
In the past I've always waited until Christmas to open and light my new Diptyque candle, but this year I decided to start enjoying it earlier. This felt like an appropriate gesture in memory of a friend who passed away last week. She loved good scents and small luxuries, and I think she would have approved.
Are you planning to enjoy any seasonal home fragrances in the coming weeks?
Diptyque's Flora Fortuna candle are available in a 70g mini (burn time 30 hours) or a full-size 190g candle ($72; burn time 60 hours).