The Parisian house of Diptyque is renowned for the heady perfume of its candles, which can transform a stale room in seconds. The fragrances are the creation of three friends – formerly an interior decorator, a painter and a theatre set designer. They’ve formed cult classics with their beautiful scents, which arrive in simple, chic bottles for display. For mum, try the grown-up scent of the 34 Boulevard Saint Germain Candle. It creates an intoxicating odour that will fill the house with the smell of blackcurrant leaves, fresh flowers, moss and spices. Diptyque is available at Mecca Cosmetica.