French Favorites: Diptyque Carrousel
UPDATED WITH 2018 CARROUSEL INFO! The theme this year is “Légende du Nord” and is the work of Pierre Marie. The carrousel features three spirit characters that have been invented by Diptyque, as well as two compass medallions.
The three characters resemble a deer (spirit of the east), a bear (spirit of the south) and a snow queen (spirit of the west). You can pick up a booklet at the stores that tells the whole story made up for the collection.
The price is for the medium is 50€ this year, for the small you must buy a set with two candles totaling around 110€. I bought the medium to have something new. Happy carrousel hunting!
I’ve added more new photos to the original 2017 post below.
Diptyque, the chic Parisian candle and fragrance brand, has released its 2017 holiday candle carrousel and I am lucky to have gotten my hands on one. Rarely has a decorative item made me so happy.
I don’t normally write about products or shopping, but I had to share this because it is one my favorite French items. The gold carousel fits atop the small-sized Diptyque candles and when the candle is lit, the carousel rotates and reflects light (video here).
Last year was the first time Diptyque produced this candle carousel, in a duck theme. I had seen it in a magazine and fell in love, but sadly after calling multiple New York locations I was told it sold-out worldwide within days of being released. Still my husband knew it was my dream Christmas gift.
In a holiday miracle, my husband went to the Nolita store in NYC and was able to procure the floor model carousel from a dream-fulfilling employee, who gave it to my husband for free (they aren’t allowed to sell floor models). My husband has a French charm that translates well in English apparently. I couldn’t believe my eyes when the duck carrousel was under the Christmas tree for me, and have been obsessed with it since.
This year, I planned ahead. Since we live in Paris now, I went to the flagship Diptyque store on Boulevard Saint Germain in October and asked for the exact date it was being released. On Thursday, November 2nd at 11am I was the first person to purchase the 2017 carrousel at the Marais Diptyque store. I was able to unbox it this time as well which added to the joy.
Astrology-themed, the 2017 carrousel is a collaboration with artist Philippe Baudelocque and feels more Christmasy to me than the premier edition. I will always have a soft spot for my original duck carrousel, but I will be using this one more for the holidays.
This is a limited edition item and sells out quickly. There is always ebay, though expect a hefty markup.
I plan on making this a new Christmas tradition and can’t wait until my apartment has a carousel for every room. Hopefully my husband isn’t already regretting that he started this addiction 😉