Diptyque is one of those brands that I'm completely in love with. My first items from the line included a Trio Set with Figuier, Roses and Baies candles and it was love at first splurge. It took me probably over a year of debating whether or not to buy one, but for me it was well worth the price and I've been happy with almost everything I've tried from the line since then. Earlier this summer Diptyque launched a limited-edition collection called Les Voyages Travel Collection which features some of their best selling items in smaller travel-sizes inspired by different regions of the world. The items of interest to me were primarily the perfumes and skincare products because those are packaged in smaller sized options. There are a few candles that have been highlighted in the collection that come in the mini 2.4 oz version. This size is already available in a number of scents. The ones in the travel collection simply have a special-edition designed box which is a slide-off outer sleeve. It does add a special touch for gifting, but the size and design of the jars themselves is the same.
Over the past few months I've accumulated a few pieces from two boutiques. You've already seen the mini perfumes featured in Florabellio and L'Ombre Dans L'Eau (this is the Baies fragrance equivalent) here and here. Back in June I stopped by the Diptyque store at Grand Central Station in NYC which was a treat for me. The shopping experience is really different than shopping online or at a larger retailer. Each and every store I've visited has the best Diptyque reps who are extremely knowledgeable about the product line, very helpful, non-pushy and are really a joy to chat with. The displays are always amazing and inspirational too. To date I've been to the following Diptyque stores: San Francisco, South Coast Plaza, Larchmont, Beverly Hills, Paris and now Grand Central Station. Someday I hope to visit all the stores around the world.
The Voyages Travel Collection includes the following. You can find all the items online at Diptyque and other retailers like Nordstrom, Barneys New York and Neiman Marcus. Some pieces have sold out, so you may have to do a bit of searching to find items. They are all limited-edition at this point. You can still find items easily but I do recommend buying soon if you're contemplating any of these.
- Skincare and Body Care - travel sized
- Infused Facial Water $25
- Vinaigre de Toilette $29
- Nourishing Cleansing Balm $23
- Protective Moisturizing Lotion $26
- Satin Oil for Body and Hair $33
- Smoothing Body Polish $33
- Revitalizing Shower Gel $20 (my favorite!)
- Fresh Lotion for the Body $23
- Home Fragrance Travel Candles - 2.4 oz each
- Baies $32
- Figuier $32
- Mimosa $32
- Roses $32
- Tubereuse $32
- Perfumes Travel Size - 30 ml each
- Do Son $65
- Philosykos $65
- Tam Dao $65
- Florabellio $65
- L'Ombre dans l'Eau $65
A quick look at the beautiful displays, South Coast Plaza:
Grand Central Station in NY:
I stocked up on quite a few of the mini candles primarily because of the limited-edition packaging. For the home I prefer the larger standard size but the minis are nice to give as gifts for those who are new to the line or any particular scent. In my early discovery days of Diptyque, I bought a lot of the candles in the mini size or sets to try before buying the larger size. This trio set was my introduction into Diptyque. The ones from the Travel Collection come with a limited-edition sleeve. Other than the box, everything is the same as the regular ones.
For perfumes I bought L'Ombre Dans L'eau which is a blackcurrant and rose kind of scent. It's the equivalent of the Baies candle which I really love to wear for evening or daily during the fall to winter season. Another favorite is Florabellio which I already have in the full size, but the travel size was too cute to pass up. Size comparison between travel and full size in this post here.
For body care I was gifted a few items. The Nourishing Cleansing Balm is a thick balmy cleanser. When you massage it into the skin it turns into an oil cleanser. Add water and it becomes a lotion-like consistency that you wipe off afterwards. It's pretty much scent free although there is a very lightweight and faint fresh kind of scent. While adding water and rinsing it does feel like product is still on the skin, but once you wipe it off gently with a washcloth, skin feels clean and well hydrated without any film or residue. I do think this is best for normal to dry skin.
The Protective Moisture Lotion is a lightweight moisturizer that has SPF15. It's the best smelling face sunscreen I've ever smelled before - it has no sunscreen scent and doesn't leave a white cast. The scent is hard to describe but it's like a mix of a beachy fresh scent and rosewater. It adds enough moisture for my normal/combo skin but doesn't feel greasy after it dries down. I would give this one a 100% thumbs up if it had a higher SPF but I do like the way it feels and smells. I will definitely consider repurchasing this in the full size.
Last but not least is my favorite shower gel of all time, the Diptyque Revitalizing Shower Gel for Body and Hair. The only thing that prevents me from buying this more frequently is the high price tag and the fact that it's so good I go through these very quickly (plus my husband likes it and uses it as well). The travel size is very expensive at $20 for 1.7 fl oz. The full size is also pricey at $38 for 6.8 fl oz. If you're considering this - the full size is the way to go, I don't think you'll be disappointed with it.
Although Diptyque is on the pricey side, I do think it's worth the splurge. I have yet to try everything in the line - I tend to repurchase favorites rather than try new things although I do love their seasonal launches. Out of everything I've tried, I've found all the candles to be excellent quality and suitable for both men and women. The only one I did not love was Benjoin but I do know a lot of my friends like it.
If you're new to the line or looking for beautiful gift options, I think the Voyages Collection is a great option. I can't get over how adorable the perfumes are and they are small enough that you can carry them on the airplane.
Have you tried anything from the Voyages Collection yet? If not, do you have any Diptyque favorites? All the items in the line are limited-edition. You can find them in stores at Diptyque and other retailers like Nordstrom, Barneys New York and Neiman Marcus.