First of all, let me start this article by mentioning that my olfactory receptors were on full alert the moment I entered the 225 5th Ave sale space. With every deep breath I took, the intoxicating perfumes tingled my senses and the scent notes pulled me in every which direction. The scents and smells were so overwhelmingly lovely that I had to take a brief pause to orient myself. Once my mind was calm and I had adjusted to my surroundings, I headed directly for the standard candles section. Here I found a cornucopia of scents ranging from: Ciel, Myrrhe, Pomander, Gardénia, Maquis, Lilas, Tubéreuse, Cannelle, Verveine, Aubépine, Choisya, Cyprès, Opopanax, Foin Coupé, Pin, Chêne, Géranium Rosa, Feu de Bois, Héliotrope, Oranger, Oyédo, and Feuille de Lavande. As for pricing, standard candles were $35 each (a $5 increase from last year's sale). You'll also want to note that there was a limit of 15 standard candles allowed for each shopper.
In the colored candles section, I found: Tubéreuse Rouge, Figuier Verte, Baies Noire, and Feu de Bois Gris. Colored candles were $45 each--the same as last year's price.
Mini candles were priced $15 and were available in Verveine, Roses, Oranger, Choisya, Jasmin, Cypès, Baies, Tubéreuse, and Pomander.
In the holiday candles section, standard sizes were $35, minis were $16, mini pine ovals were $27, 10 candle votive sets were $65, candle sets of 5 were $33, AOBC holiday sets were $25, and candle/oval sets were $49. I was able to find Ambre Oud, Sapin Doré, Orange Chai, Ecorce de Pin, and Encens des Indes.
EDP (Eau de Parfum) bottles were available in L'Eau de L'Eau, L'Eau de Néroli, L'Eau des Hespérides, L'Eau de Tarocco, Eau Rose, and Eau Mohéli. As for prices, 75 ml bottles were $70, roll-ons were $28, and solid perfumes were $24.
EDT (Eau de Toilettes) bottles were available in Philosykos, Tam Dao, Vetyverio, L'Ombre dans l'Eau, Oyédo, Virgilio, Ofrésia, L'Eau, L'Autre, and Eau de Lierre. As for prices, 50 ml bottles were $44, 100 ml bottles were $60, and roll-ons were $24.
Scented ovals were $23 while room sprays were $35. There was a nice variety of Ambre, Baies, Feuille de Lavande, Roses, and Choisya available.
Body care products were divided into 11 categories. Fresh body lotions were $29, Precious Oils were $39, Crème Riche jars were $45, body scrubs were $34, velvet hand lotions were $21, hand soaps were $19, satin oils were $29, shower gels were $19, body washes were $21, scented body creams were $34, and scented body lotions were $28.
Over at the testers section, I found several different scents such as Ciel, Encens des Indes, Encorce de Pin, and Lierre. Testers were priced $27.
This year's Diptyque sample sale will run through this Friday. Last year, 260 Sample Sale was kind enough to open their doors early for shoppers who had to wait in the freezing rain. Since tomorrow's temps are expected to drop into the 20s, there's a possibility the sale will start before 10am. Regardless, you'll still have to get there early as I'm told the organizers have decided to let in only 10 shoppers at a time. Finally, you'll want to note that there is a total purchase limit of 40 items per shopper.