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July 31 2014

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Diptyque’s Surprising Twist on Spring Blooms

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As Miranda Priestly so dryly uttered in The Devil Wears Prada, “Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.” And yet, Diptyque’s new offerings, Geranium Odorata and Eau de Lavande, make for surprisingly compelling additions to warm-weather fragrance wardrobes.

Geranium Odorata contains not one, but two varieties of its namesake flower: Egypt’s African version, as well as Réunion Island’s prized bourbon geranium, paired with tonka bean for a slightly creamy, green edge. A core of bergamot, cedar, and a kiss of Haitian vetiver temper the floral notes and make for a woody, sensual drydown.

Eau de Lavande isn’t exactly your lavender-scented Downy, either. Both dynamic and realistic, it’s a blend that will no doubt delight even discerning noses. Spices like coriander, cinnamon, and nutmeg aren’t loud but add plenty of depth. A heart of famed and sought-after Provencal lavender essence makes for a winning, quietly luxurious combination. Here’s to new takes on old standbys.

Available in May, Diptyque Geranium Odorata and Eau de Lavande, $98 for eau de toilette, $48 for roll-on; diptyqueparis.com.

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