Like many people before me, I am obsessed with the cult-favorite Diptyque candles. I would gladly accept any and all candle scents from the iconic French brand, but Baies/Berries is my all-time favorite bae (sorry, had to). The only thing? The price tag. The standard size is $68 and, because it smells that good, I'd blow through the candle in only a few weeks — making it a habit I simply could not afford.
But, when I say I've found the dupe to end all dupes, I'm not exaggerating. And I'm going to be honest ... I've been sitting on this hack for quite some time and only decided to share because my fellow Hunker editors persuaded me.
The Madewell Rosewood Cassis is as close to an exact replica as you could hope for and it's a fraction of the price. The similarly-sized standard candle is only $24 and you can get a larger three-wick candle for only $38 (and, trust me, you're going to want the bigger size).
The scent is vaguely described as "a sunny afternoon in a French garden (cassis, green ivy, pear, rose)" on Madewell's site, which is as similarly vague as Diptyque's scent notes: "The tangy coolness of freshly picked blackcurrant berries. A few black bunches still have their leaves, their green and aromatic scent blending with the lively, flowery accents of rose."
I can't even begin to describe how heavenly the scent is, but even friends of mine who are unfamiliar with the Baies candle compliment me every time they come over while it's lit and ask me where I got it — and a fellow coworker purchased the candle after I recommended and agrees that it's a perfect dupe. It's suspiciously not always available online, so when it is, I stock up on a few to hold me over. I'm afraid to share the secret for fear of negative retributions, but it's just too good not to share with the world.
Even better, right now, it's on sale for 30% off when you use the code SPREETIME. Consider this your insider scoop into the perfect holiday gift for everyone you know. Now, excuse me while I go buy it in bulk before it sells out (you can thank me later).
Katie is a Los Angeles-based writer who covers shopping trends, deals, and product reviews for Hunker. She's written for PureWow, Food Network, and Well+Good. When not online shopping, you can find her collecting vintage glassware or rewatching Nancy Meyers' movies for design inspo.