A deliciously warm, sweet and slightly powdery mist rising from the cobblestones, flower stands spilling with freshly cut lilies, bustling cafés serving smoky teas, cozy boulangeries waking up the mornings with crusty baguettes, the rich wood and crystal interiors of Versailles, the endless eras of history peaking out of the Louvre, women dressed in red lipstick and a splash of No. 5… is there any wonder that Paris is known as the city for love and lovers?
And know what… it’s easy to bring home a little of its magic with a sensory indulgence or two in the form of these enchanting candles.
Diptyque 34 Boulevard Saint Germain Candle
Created to celebrate the storied candlemaker’s 50th anniversary, 34 Boulevard Saint Germain encapsulates the scent of its first Parisian boutique with rare and precious fragrances that reveal themselves as fresh, green and spicy accords. Damp mosses, crumpled blackcurrant leaves, sun-dried fig leaves… so French, oui?
Christian Dior 30 Montaigne Candle
What could be more Parisian than haute couture and the House of Dior? Created by Hedi Slimane to scent Dior’s flagship boutique, 30 Montaigne is a perfect tribute to the soigné side of this uber-sophisticated city: think cardamom, incense, white amber, star anise, Madagascar vanilla and licorice. $75
Ladurée Caramel Candle
Hot and buttery caramel, the barest touch of salt and elegant bouquets of flowers… anyone who’s visited this cult Parisian bakery will recognise the signature aromas that waft through its Champs-Élysées flagship. $56
Astier de Villatte Commune de Paris Glass Candle
This one is all about Paris at springtime: a fragrant journey replete with notes of citrus, nutmeg and benjamin gum alongside touches of green almonds and coumarin. $83
Cire Trudon Solis Rex Candle
Paris is known for its perfumes, its fashion, its artists, its writers… and Cire Trudon, one of the world’s oldest candlemakers. They once crafted Marie Antoinette’s personal scent, so it comes as no surprise that their fragrant Solis Rex candle perfectly captures the rich polished wood floors, smoky incense and green lawns of Versailles. $85
Maxim’s de Paris Violette & Lavande Candle
Like an extravagant cocktail mixed by a tuxedoed bartender, Maxim’s de Paris Violette & Lavande candle is composed with layers of basil, mint and spicy clove topped with lavender and jasmine. $45
Hôtel Costes Brown Candle
If you want your house to smell as seductive as Paris’ perennially chic celebrity hangout, pick up this musk-tinged woodsy scent, which wafts through Hôtel Costes’ sleek halls 24/7. $85
Ritz Paris Amber Candle
This is the one to bring out when you want to feel like you’ve sunk into a soft-as-butter sofa in the lobby of a slightly smoky, slightly mysterious French chateau, listening to music and having a glass of Pinot Noir with an entrancing lover. $55