Byredo Mini Candle Trio Bibliothèque, Cotton Poplin and Fleur Fantôme

March 4, 2015

I’ve had this Byredo Trio of Minis on my wishlist for quite some time and finally caved and ordered them online. The trio includes three individually wrapped candles in Bibliothèque, Cotton Poplin and Fleur Fantôme. This specific set is currently exclusive to Net-A-Porter and Byredo.com ($120 for the set) but you can buy them individually in the mini size and full sizes at select locations. Based on what I’ve seen in person, stores seem to have limited inventory of the minis. Each mini has 8.4 oz /70 g with an approximate burn time of 14 hours each although I haven’t timed my burn lengths.

The three mini candles all have extremely good throw even at the small size. Based on my experience with the full-sized Fleur Fantôme, I can say the mini is just as strong in scent once it is burned. I’ve burned each of the minis over the past few weeks. These are lovely unique home scents but my heart still belongs to Diptyque and Henri Bendel.

Bibliothèque mimics the Bal D’Afrique perfume. To me this is a warm peachy plum that gives all sorts of warm fuzzy feelings. It is still very fruity so if you’re not a fan of sweet, I’d say skip this one.

Top notes: Peach, Plum
Middle: Violet, Peony
Base: Patchouli, Leather, Vanilla


Cotton Poplin resembles Blanche perfume. The candle is much better than the perfume version (in my opinion). It’s a fresh clean linen-like scent with a hint of powdery floral mixed in without feeling too powdery. This is quite unique and makes the entire room feel bright and clean.

Top notes: Blue Chamomile
Middle: Linen, White Cedarwood
Base: Sweet Musk


Fleur Fantôme is a unique floral. This is one of the most natural-smelling sweet floral candles I’ve burned, it makes you feel like you are in a spring garden. 

Top notes: Rhubarb, Lemon Petitgrain Leaves
Middle: Violet Leaves, Tulip Extract
Base: Galbanum, Heliotrope, Suede

The Byredo candles are comparable with Diptyque in terms of price per ounce. I no longer have the larger full-sized Byredo candle anymore to show you an image of but for reference here are the minis compared to the full-sized and mini Diptyque (full break down on Diptyque sizing here):

Price per ounce breakdown:

Byredo full size
240 g / 8.4 oz for $80 to $95
Burn time 60 hours
Price per oz $9.52 to $11.30/oz

Bydedo mini size
70 g / 2.4 oz for $40 each
Burn time 14 hours
Price per oz $16.67/oz

Diptyque full size
190 g / 6.5 oz for $60 to $68
Burn time 60 hours
Price per oz $9.23/oz

Diptyque Mini

70 g / 2.4 oz for $30
Burn time 30 hours
Price per oz $11.76/oz

While the minis are really adorable and are great to sample the scents or good for travel, the better buy is the larger size. Packaging-wise these are sleek and simple making beautiful home accents. Recycling the older versions proved to be tricky since the labels were made of paper and if you got them wet it ruined them completely. If you search for reviews or images you might notice that the packaging has changed slightly (older version shown here). The newer version seems to have a more sturdy label but it is still prone to smudging and staining.

My overall assessment of these Byredo Candles is that they are a luxurious splurge. Beautiful with strong throw and unique scents, but extremely pricey. Although you the price per oz of the full size is similar that of Diptyque, spending $80+ on a single candle is pretty hard to stomach. Out of all the Byredo candles, the three scents in this trio are among the softest and most soothing in overall feel although the scent itself is very strong. I have a full size Cotton Poplin on order but will probably not be ordering anymore for a while.

In case you missed it, be sure to check out my Candle Care Tips and Recycling Posts. I’ve included tips on how to avoid tunneling, burning the sides, excessive smoking and also how to recycle the candles after you finish burning them.

I ordered my Mini Candle Trio from Net-A-Porter. It’s also available at Byredo.com. Individual minis are available at select stores from Barneys New York and Neiman Marcus too but you may have to shop around to find all three in stock.

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  • Maria Mendez March 4, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Cotton poplin sounds so amazing! Going into my wishlist for sure. Gotta love Byredo.
    Maria // Fox and Arrow

  • Clever Girl Reviews March 4, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    They all sound really lovely and quite enjoyable for different activities. I'm not a huge fan of floral candles but when you say it smells natural, it really piques my interest!

  • Erin and Katherine March 4, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Didn't realize these are more pricey than Diptyque! Sound gorgeous though, Cotton Poplin especially.

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  • Anonymous March 5, 2015 at 1:36 am

    I'll stick to my Nest, Voluspa, and Aquiesse candles. I haven't burned a Breyedo candle, but I used to burn quite a few Diptyque candles. I found Diptyque is no better quality than the other ones I mentioned that cost far less. But, I'd love to be in the candle business charging almost seventeen dollars an ounce if people are falling for that.

  • Connie Bea March 5, 2015 at 3:57 am

    I absolutely love the packaging of these candles!

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  • Ashlyn | Let It Be Beautiful March 5, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    The packaging on these candles is gorgeous!

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  • Ellie March 6, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Bibliotheque is one of my favourite candles of all time! But I have to agree about them being harder to recycle, the paper labels always seem to get stained somehow. I think I just might get this trio though, as I love Bibliotheque and the other two I've always wanted to try! Thank you for such a great review! 🙂 xx

  • michelle March 6, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    This is a gorgeous post per usual (I don't know how I missed it!) I would love to try that Fleur but my candle splurges are over for the long-term as I burn through my new Ovando candles from SpaceNK. They are like nothing I've ever smelled before, excellent quality and fantastic throw. They have very unusual scents that I cannot even begin to describe and the company has an interesting story as it is actually a high-end flower shop that expanded into the candle line. I would say the Flora Mexicana would be the most universally accepted–it is gorgeous♥♥♥.

    When the scent is like no other, it is easier to accept the splurge for candles but now that I have done it, I am not so sure I will ever splurge again. I just bought some incredible candles from Marshalls that were $7! They have really unusual scents with great throw, beautiful, simple black glass packaging and come with amazing LIDS (why doesn't every nice candle come with a lid to keep dust out?) And only $7! I'm starting to scratch my head and wonder what am I doing paying this kind of money for candles-LOL! I've since made up my mind that I will enjoy the 10 fancy ones I have but after that, I won't spend that kind of money. Live and learn:)