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Sneak Peek: Diptyque Paris's Holiday Collection

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The diptyque paris boutique in Bucktown is a study in luxe candle shopping. Oh, yes—there's a high-end way to shop for home fragrances, and we didn't know it until we popped into the Art-Deco-style shop.

Forget the gauche practice of holding a candle up to your nose, darlings. Here, staffers place the scented goods on a small, round pillow and offer a whiff of the glass in which it was held. The glass holds the essential oils of the candle, and gives a more accurate read of its fragrance-when-burned.

We popped in recently for a preview of the Parisian line's winter collection, which hits stores on November 1. In cozy, spicy fragrances including Indian incense, Orange chai, and Pine bark, the candles come in limited-edition glasses from French design duo Tsé & Tsé. Inspired by the international festival of lights, the glasses are in vibrant, holiday-ready hues of orange, purple, and green; they also have delicate hints of gold.

Other gift-able items: sets of five to 10 mini candles that celebrate the brand's 52-year-old history. (In the sets, each fragrance celebrates the decade in which it was made.) And, how's this for haute tree trimmings? The winter collection also offers wax ovals in the Pine tree scent to hang from branches.
· diptyque paris [Official Site]