Diptyque - 34 Boulevard Saint Germain - La Madeleine
The Madeleine is that infamous baked good - a tender little sponge cookie in the shape of a shell and with a taste as equally delicate as its appearance - that prompted Marcel Proust's trip down memory lane described in one whole book in his "In Search of Lost Time."
"Les Lilas" is the name of the Normandy country estate of Diptyque's founder, and incidentally the home of the post office where Marcel Proust would send off his letters and correspondence. La Madeleine is a candle directly inspired by the little baked sponge cookies that, when dipped in locally-made linden blossom tea, is the taste that sent Proust hurtling back in time to his deepest, most suppressed memories.
This scent of this candle is all about the lush, slightly lemony aroma of freshly baked madeleines, namely the particularly delicious variation of the pastry invented in 1906 in Cazelle of Dax in south-western France. It is an aroma that has almost universal appeal, its tender, vanilla sponge and flecks of lemon calling up memories of being young and being given little baked cookies or cakes as a treat. The smell is evocative, personal, and above all, innocent. Fabrice Pellegrin was given the task of composing a wax candle that would cause one's mouth to water and one's childhood memories to flow as surely as smelling freshly-baked madeleines out of the oven might. A soft, buttery texture unites the aromas of simple vanilla sponge and bright, dessert-like lemon.
THE PORCELAIN VESSEL
The porcelain vessel for this candle was made for Diptyque by a Portuguese porcelain factory, NG Oficina de Porcelanas. Each vessel is unique, made by hand, and takes a total of three days to make. NG Oficina de Porcelanas agreed to make the porcelain vessels as a way to mark its own 30th year anniversary, and is cooperating with many museums worldwide to increase awareness of the art of porcelain sculpting and carving.
? For optimum scent dispersal, the candle should be allowed to burn for at least one hour.
? The wick should always be well cut and located in the center of the candle.
Burn time: 60 hours.