Also known as the not-used-often-enough “Let Patty buy it so you don’t have to” post.
When we were at Barney’s in New York, sticking our noses deep in the Malle candles —
Wait, can I just say that as much as I love the Santal Cardamome candle, it’s almost too rich for me. Not quite, I can burn it for a while, but I have to shut it down after like 20 minutes. around the I hate saying that because it’s never happened before. The sandalwood is just jumping out of the candle, with the cardamom chasing it hard around the room. I understand from what I’ve read, these are the only two ingredients in the candle since Malle and Ropion were playing around with it and decided they went great together and needed nothing else. Yes, I guess so. One amps the other, and it is wicked potent.
Back to Barney’s in NYC with our noses stuck in candles. I spied this cute little red box with a round circle on the front. “Whats that?” I asked, figuring it carried a big price tag, and that it was probably some sort if scent blower thing for the times you didn’t want to burn candles. Well, yessirreebobka, that’s exactly what it was. It’s like $290’ish. I couldn’t bear to look at my receipt, but over $200, less than $300, I think. If it’s more, I don’t want to know, and you do have to have the Malle boutique in Paris or NYC send it to you, Barney’s doesn’t seem to have them on hand.. But you do get the scent of your choice in there, and I picked the Gardenia, the scent that’s taken over my mind lately. They do have a nonmechanical diffuser for some lesser amount that you just put the scent in and let it diffuse out in the nonjacked-up way. I picked the active red box instead of the passive thingie. The scent for the passive and active diffuser comes in the 30% solution or the 50%. I am a card-carrying charter member of the Not Screwing Around club, so I got the 50%, it’s not that much more, like $10.
You get the scent in the bottle, unscrew it, put on the wicking thing, shove it up in the red box, plug it in and turn it on. Out wafts gentle pillows of scent in about the perfect amount. Not so much that you’re choking on gardenia, but enough that you are smelling it delicately perfuming your room. You can plug it in and charge it, then unplug it so you can put it anywhere in your house or just keep moving it around. Well, yes, that is what I do, why do you ask?
I can’t make any comment on whether it’s worth it to you, but it is worth it to me. I’ve been a home scent hoyden for a couple of decades and spent a fortune on candles, incense, diffusers and all sorts of other gizmos to perfume my life. I want the rooms I spend so much time in to smell the way I want. I have linen spray for my sheets, the Le Labo Rose 31 laundry soap for my linens. It is worth it to me because I can use this when I don’t want to leave a candle burning or I want to use the same device to put different scents in different rooms. I did get another scent for the red box, the Rubrum Lily, which is truly the most gorgeous spiced lily scent in the world. The red box is plastic, but that nontacky Malle plastic, so you can blend it in, and it doesn’t look any sillier than a lot of the other things I have laying around my house that I like.
But, hey, the good news is! I can send out teeny samples of both the gardenia and the lily to two lucky comments who love home fragrance as much as I do and would like to sniff these two scents. The Diffusers don’t have all the scents available, just four, I believe. So leave a comment, give me some ideas of your favorite fall perfume (I need ideas!), and you’ll be entered in the draw.