Diptyque began with three creative spirits coming together: Christiane Montadre-Gautrot, Desmond Knox-Leet and Yves Coueslant. In the early 1960s the trio began a company, not knowing exactly how far they could go.What started as a company designing furnishing fabrics has grown into the candle makers we know and love. The company started in a former cafe, and after putting in two windows flanking the doorway, they decided on a name: Diptyque. The name comes from the word diptych, meaning two flat plates attached at a hinge.
The three friends had already designed candles in colors to match their fabrics. Their first luxury scented candles, created by Jean-Claude Bullens, were Aubepine, Canelle, and Thé. These became the first three scents offered by Diptyque candles, and are still available today. Floral, woody, spicy, fruity or herbaceous, Diptyque candles distill memories of places known, moments lived, journeys taken. From selecting the fragrance to the customer's purchase, each candle contains the excellence and elegance that they are known for. The candles are made entirely by hand: hand poured, the wick is hand straightened, and finally it is hand packaged.