I've written before about my love for the Baies candle made by Diptyque. But I do not love the price! It's such a special smelling candle that I don't want to burn it... but then at the same time, it smells so good I *need* to burn it! The copycat I found is approximately half the price of Diptyque! This candle will make your home smell like a little slice of France!
By the way, "Baies" is pronounced like "Bay".
The "Baies" candle by Diptyque is made with Bulgarian roses and black currant leaves. It is $60 for 6.5 ounces with an estimated burn time of 60 hours. There is a smaller candle (the one I have, pictured below) that goes for $32 for 2.4 ounces. The smaller candle estimated burn time is $30 hours.
The copycat candle is the Henri Bendel "Black Currant" candle. This candle contains fresh rose, black currant, cassis, and musk. The top note is the black currant. It is really delightful! It is $30 for 9.4 ounces. The burn time is estimated to be 60 hours.
My final thoughts:
The Henri Bendel candle smells very similar to the Diptyque candle. The Dipytque has a little more hint of rose to it, but I think for half the price I'll stick with the Henri Bendel candle for most occasions. Although, the packaging on the Diptyque candle is more charming! If you love the Baies candle but don't love the price, I highly suggest buying the Bendel copycat instead! Get the Henri Bendel copycat Black currant candle here, or splurge and get the original Diptyque Baies here. If you don't like candles, I've just discovered Baies comes in a room spray that I just purchased and I love it! Get the room spray here!
Here are some hints about keeping your candle in tip-top burning shape! After all, even the copycat candle is not super cheap!
First Time Burning the Candle
Allow it to burn for 2 hours, until the whole top is liquid with wax. This helps it burn evenly in future burns.
Trimming the Wick
Before lighting your candle, trim the wick to 1/4 inch length. This helps it burn more slowly and avoids the ugly smoke marks on your candle.
Burning the Candle
Do not burn your candle for more than 3-4 hours at a time. I heard from the Diptyque salesman that the little candles are only supposed to be burned 1 hour at a time!
Realigning the Wick
After blowing out the candle, realign and straight the wick to the center, if it moved!
Oh, Henri Bendel and Diptyque both did not pay me to write this.
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