Diptyque candles are wonderfully made and can enhance the scent experience in any home. But sometimes you simply want to try something new. Whether you’d prefer a smaller price tag or different scent experience, there’s nothing wrong with exploring new options.
While not every alternative will be made with the same attention to detail or premium materials, you may come to like some of these other brands even more than your diptyque candles.
Top 7 Diptyque Candle Alternatives
Diptyque candles are known for complex fragrance blends made from high quality materials. I think it’s impossible to replace a Diptyque Paris candle lighting experience. But there are a lot of great brands out there with their own unique contributions to the candle market.
When looking for Diptyque candle alternatives, you might want to compare price, scent intensity, and fragrance complexity.
The alternatives listed here will not be an exact match, but they will have a similar essence. Sizes vary as well, but I’ll make notes about the closest size comparisons.
1. Close Match to Diptyque’s Amber: Harlem Candle Company’s Langston Luxury Scented Candle
The Harlem Candle Company celebrates musicians and writers who were prolific during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.
This scent, Langston, is spicy, woody, smoky, and sweet. Named for Langston Hughes, the fragrance incorporates the essence of his favorite leather chair, habit of smoking tobacco, and hints of amber. Apparently, he frequently visited Mexico and loved to smell the amber incense in their churches.
When you first encounter the candle, you’ll smell cloves, nutmeg, and leather. The body of the candle is jasmine and cade. Cade smells like burning wood or tar, similar to tobacco. The underbelly of this scent escapade is sandalwood, vanilla, and amber.
It’s a complex scent experience that reminds me of Diptyque’s Amber candle.
Amber also spicy and woody. It incorporates tonka bean, which smells like spiced vanilla with nutty and woody nuances. There’s also vetiver, which is leathery and smoky, along with spicy sweet patchouli. They aren’t exactly the same, but have similar nuances, and they both hold their own.
The Langston candle is 12 oz (340 g) of hand-poured soy wax blend in a reusable glass container. It’s double-wicked for strong fragrance throw and can burn up to 80 hours. This candle costs slightly less than half the amount of an 11 oz Diptyque candle.
2. Subtle Match to Diptyque’s Figuier: P. F. Candle Black Fig Standard Candle
Another woman-owned candle company is P. F. Candle. Based in California, 100% soy wax is poured by hand into amber glass containers. It’s 7.2 oz (204 g) and burns between 40-50 hours. Their wicks have a cotton core and their fragrance oils are paraben- and phthalate-free.
This scent, Black Fig, is woody and sweet. It smells like evergreen trees, and a freshly baked fig and spice dessert.
I’m connecting it to Diptyque’s popular Figuier (Fig Tree) candle. It’s also woody and sweet, but includes leafy scent notes as well.
The P. F. Candle option is about half the price of a 6 oz Diptyque candle.
P. F. Candles have a more subtle fragrance. This isn’t so surprising since they use 100% soy wax. All natural soy wax doesn’t hold or release as much fragrance as a soy wax blend or paraffin wax candle.
This makes P. F. Candles a nice alternative if Diptyque candles are too strong for you or you simply want a break from the more intense scents.
3. Budget Alternative to Diptyque’s Roses: White Barn Rose Water & Ivy
Diptyque’s Roses candle smells like a garden full of dewy fresh rose bushes on a bright summer’s day.
The White Barn alternative offers more than twice as much wax for a third of the price. Rose Water & Ivy throws the scent of fresh green ivy crawling up a trellis of blooming English roses. There’s also a hint of powdery musk. You can expect this 14.5 oz (411 g) candle to burn for 25-45 hours.
An 11 oz (312 g) Diptyque Paris candle can burn up to 75 hours. But if you want a similar fragrance at a lower price point, you may have to sacrifice burn time.
Like Diptyque, White Barn also uses a blend of vegetable and paraffin waxes along with lead-free wicks. You can expect a strong fragrance throw that may not smell as authentically floral as Diptyque’s candles but it’s an acceptable alternative if you want to spend less.
4. Fruity Fresh Alternative to Diptyque’s Feu de Bois: WoodWick Fireside Candle
Crackling woods of a warm fire with a fresh, fruity twist of bergamot and apple peel makes for a nice twist on Diptyque’s Feu de Bois. But amber and black oak are the dominant notes here. Mahogany, vetiver, and musk are the base notes.
There are enough wood notes here to help you imagine that you’re sitting right next to a warm fireplace. One advantage to burning WoodWick candles is that you can also hear the crackling wood of a fireplace, which adds to the ambiance.
Diptyque’s Feu de Bois (Wood Fire) incorporates cade – which has an intense smell of burning wood. There are also juniper berry notes, offering the scent of fresh, slightly sweet sap. The Diptyque candle will smell more intense and earthier. But I think that WoodWick’s Fireside candle is an interesting, albeit somewhat lighter alternative, due to its fruity notes.
If you want a cozy, woody scented candle that isn’t too overwhelming, Fireside is an ideal option.
WoodWick’s Fireside candle is 16 oz (454 g) and made with a paraffin and soy wax blend. Its wide wooden wick quickly creates a wax pool that supports a strong scent throw and burns up to 80 hours.
5. More Complex than Diptyque’s Tuberose: Glasshouse’s A Tango in Barcelona
If you thought that Diptyque offered the most intensely complex fragrances out there, then you may not be familiar with Glasshouse Fragrances. This company is an exceedingly potent scent option for the olfactory daredevils out there.
I’m comparing Glasshouse’s “A Tango in Barcelona” candle to Diptyque’s Tubereuse (Tuberose) candle. Diptyque’s candle is a blend of the heady yet fresh tuberose and fruity scents combined with soft milky notes.
Glasshouse takes it a few steps further. Your initial impression will be of sweet and fruity apricot, coconut, and plum. Floral middle notes combine tuberose, lily of the valley, jasmine, rose, Brazilian rosewood, and caraway. Lingering base notes are nutty, sweet, and woody: almond, vanilla, sandalwood, and musk.
Glasshouse takes fragrance blending to the furthest extent possible. They do an excellent job of combining seemingly incompatible fragrances.
The burn time for this 13.4 oz (380 g) candle is 65 hours, which is longer than the White Barn alternative even though the Glasshouse candle has an ounce less wax.
6. Budget Diptyque Patchouli Alternative: Craft & Kin Patchouli & Amber Candle
Most reactions to patchouli is that it’s either irresistible or detestable. Although patchouli is from the mint family, it doesn’t have the menthol coolness that you would expect. It’s warmer, and sweet-smelling with a spicy kick. That’s why I chose Craft & Kin’s Patchouli & Amber scented candle. Amber lends earthiness to patchouli and complements its sweet notes. They both have warm musky layers as well.
This frosted glass jar holds 8 oz (227 g) of 100% soy wax that will burn up to 45 hours with its 100% wooden wick. Although the scent fills the room well, its fragrance isn’t overwhelming.
Diptyque’s Patchouli candle is heavier and woodier. Craft & Kin’s Patchouli & Amber is a lovely, relaxing scent that’s a great option for those who prefer not to burn very heavily scented candles.
7. Berry-er Alternative to Diptyque’s Baies: KOBO Winter Berry Candle
This KOBO candle is made with all soy wax. It’s an 11 oz (312 g) candle that will burn up to 80 hours – a long, slow burn that is characteristic of soy wax.
While there are some refreshing spruce fragrance notes, this candle is doubled up with berry scents. Both blackberries and cassis (blackcurrants) are used. This combination adds fruity richness to the candle’s fragrance notes.
Diptique’s Baies (Berries) candle is both fruity and earthy. There’s the velvety scent of blackcurrant, paired with fresh roses. Hints of leaves and sweet musk hide in between whiffs.
But if you prefer more of a berry fragrance at a lower price point, give the KOBO Winter Berry candle a try.
Even though it’s impossible to find exact replicas of Diptyque candles, there are a number of alternatives that can fill your home with unique fragrance combinations.
For those looking for the same scent intensity and complexity as Diptyque Paris candles, my first choice would be Harlem Candle Company. The Langston scented candle is woody, spicey, sweet, and smokey. These scent notes can fill your home with warmth and comfort in a short time.
My second choice would be WoodWick’s Fireside candle because I enjoy the multi-sensory experience and the smell of burning wood joined with lighter scent notes.