Candle Review: Pine Bark, Diptyque (Festival of Lights)

Diptyque, Pine Bark
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Review Summary:

A dazzling holiday candle with the scent of pine and cedar.

diptyque-holiday-collection-candles-2013-resizedEach winter, Diptyque comes out with a special limited edition holiday collection – just in time for Christmas enjoyment. This year’s lineup is called the Festival of Lights, and they are beautiful indeed. They were created with the design gurus Tsé & Tsé and draw inspiration from a festival of lights. The three scents available are Pine Bark (Ecorce de pin), Orange Chai (Orange Chaya), and Indian Incense (Encens des Indes). I purchased the mini Pine Bark candle, which was 2.4 ounces and slated for a 30 hour burn time.

The candle was a thing of beauty, as expected. The colorful green box was a hint of things to come inside. The candle jar was a jeweled tone green, as opposed to the stark white/black in Diptyque’s main line up. The label was a familiar oval shape – the label was gold with an outside green ring and a black center. The center is what housed the Diptyque logo. What was incredibly nice about the label was that it had several holes scattered around that oval. I didn’t really notice the holes at first – they are blended well into the entire design (The label looks as if it is jewel-studded.) The importance of those holes would become very clear as I burned this candle.

The cold sniff was a mellow, earthy pine scent – as if literally placing your face against the bark of a pine tree and taking a whiff. I immediately wished I had purchased the larger candle.

The woody perfume emitted by snow-covered pine trees mixes in with the scents of hinoki, a Japanese cypress used to make simple, robust furniture. The perfume is raw, smoky and lightly veiled in galbanum, cedar and patchouli.

I lit this candle initially in my powder room and return a half hour later to this candle already putting out scent. The pine scent became a little more bold and I smelled a muskiness, too – perhaps the patchouli. This was not a harsh pine scent. As I mentioned earlier, it was rather mellow and incredibly warm and cozy. This mini candle did a fine job of scenting my powder room. Understandably, it did get lost when I moved it out to larger spaces like my laundry room and kitchen. It did scent a guest bathroom well, though, and that bathroom is quite a bit larger than my powder room. So it’s definitely possible to enjoy the lovely scent of this candle if placed appropriately or if perhaps using more than one at a time.

I did have a little trouble with the candle burn on this one. This little gem did not want to give me a full melt pool, which really was unacceptable for such a small candle. I had to “foil” this candle a couple of times before it righted itself and decided to play by the rules. Otherwise, no problems. I had a nice, tall (yet tame) flame and the candle burned without producing black soot or smoking. As for those holes in the label? Well, see for yourself…



Truly a thing of beauty. I enjoyed this candle from beginning to end, except for the initial problems with the incomplete wax melt pool. A lovely candle that I would repurchase.

The candle jar is just too pretty to toss. Any ideas?

Happy candle burning ~


Author: Andrea

Andrea is the voice behind Candle Scoop. She is a long-standing member of Candlefind and loves all things scented. While she enjoys scents across the spectrum, she is a die-hard bakery and fresh-scent fan. She enjoys rooting out bargains and candle discounts, but she won't hesitate to pamper herself with a luxury brand. When not writing or talking about candles, she enjoys spectator sports and playing with her pups. Andrea would love to hear from you, so don't hesitate to contact!

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  1. I am so glad I read your review of this. I thought the packaging on this line was absolutely beautiful and have smelled it in store a couple times and never noticed the holes. I really want the purple one. As far as the container I would put q-tips in it and keep it in the bathroom.

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    • Thanks for the suggestion, Bonnie. I think it would be perfect for q-tips! I want the purple one, too. Who am I kidding? I want them all!

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  2. Stunning! These candles in with their jewel tones are gorgeous! Andrea I want them ALL too!

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    • Very pretty, indeed! I put the last of this candle on a candle warmer and I am loving it even more.

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