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Casa Beta: Diptyque Pomander Candle

When I pulled the Diptyque Pomander Candle ($60) out of its box, I was overwhelmed by a feeling of nostalgia and a strong scent of . . . Christmas! With hints of tart orange peels, spicy cloves, and fresh cinnamon, the candle jogged memories of strolling through the Christmas markets in Strasbourg with a warm cup of mulled wine in hand.
You may never have found yourself at "le marché de Noël," but I'm sure Pomander's combination of spices has found its way into many a wintry recipe of yours. Unlit, the candle has an overpowering smell, but lit, the scent is quite subtle and relaxing — something Diptyque always wins a blue ribbon for. I wouldn't recommend this candle year-round, but its aroma is ideal for these chilly Fall and Winter days, or perhaps your upcoming holiday party: it'll put you in the mood for some "Oh Holy Night" and a big glass of Beaujolais.

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