Before panic sets in, and a stampede starts, the bad news is that no, genius that he is, Pierre Herme has not worked out how to make a calorie free macaron. He has, however, teamed up with two amazing perfumers to produce two wonderful scented candles.
I love a scented candle, and I think I would love these. Don’t go thinking sticky, sweet, sugary, these are proper, grown up, complex fragrances, in the best tradition of perfumery. “Sucre de Bois” (sugar of the wood?) has notes of muscovado sugar, maple, Bourbon vanilla and passion fruit. I imagine this one being sweet and warming, rather than sickly, possibly even some slight smoky darkness (oh yes, I worked on a fragrance counter in a past life).
“Herbe D’Amandes” apparently suggests a sophisticated bouquet of aromas. I can’t remember if Herbe is herbs or grass, but almonds and grass or herbs would be an interesting combination. The notes say it’s tonka bean with yerba maté, so creamy and grassy perhaps.
If you can’t decide then there is also a duo set with one of each in (UPDATE, sadly no longer available). And if you had stopped by the website to buy these, then a box of Christmas macarons might just need to fall into the basket too. Just don’t confuse what you’ve bought and burn or eat the wrong thing.