21 posts tagged "Diptyque"
Over the past few weeks, we’ve run into a bunch of friends we haven’t seen for a while. After the usual pleasantries are exchanged, talk turns to making plans and the same question keeps coming up: “Are you here this summer?” Yes, we say, moderately perplexed by the question; where else would we be? Ideally, of course, we’d be gone for all of August. “Rented a boat off the coast of Crete with the boyfriend and plan to do a little sailing around the Mediterranean before the shows start up again in September,” we’d respond in a perfect world, a jaunt that would do justice to Diptyque’s new Art of Body Care travel collection that just launched and is waiting for an excuse to board a plane to some exotic locale. The reality is that we will be kicking it in New York for the next three months. It’s not too grim of a prospect; there are plenty of local beach haunts to frequent and there might even be a long weekend spent in the Blue Ridge mountains in our future, where we imagine mini sizes of the French fragrance brand’s delectably aromatic Smoothing Body Polish, Revitalizing Shower Gel, Fresh Lotion for the Body, and Luxurious Hand Balm will come in just as handy. It’s not Santorini, but lucky for us, proper pampering is a destination-neutral pastime.
There haven’t been a ton of April showers to bring out this spring’s May flowers, but unseasonably warm temperatures across the U.S. mean that they’re coming up anyway. Hyacinths, daffodils, crocuses, and tulips are popping up all over New York’s limited green space—which, combined with today’s bright sunshine and a brand-new offering from Diptyque’s Le Langage des Fleurs collection, has put us in a particularly good mood. The French fragrance brand is known the world over for its stellar floral compositions, which it refers to as “scent poems”; it never ceases to amaze us when we produce our Beauty Essentials feature how many well-heeled women—Emma Watson and Florence Welch among them—count one of its burnable blooms as a can’t-live-without part of their beauty routine. The latest release from the 12-piece range is Choisya, an unabashed tribute to orange blossoms. Available as a scented candle and scented oval—which can be suspended from your closet to slowly waft its delectable smell over all of your hangables—inhaling its sweet aroma is making us feel a little less bad about spending this glorious day indoors.
That Diptyque is fashion’s favorite home fragrance house is fairly well documented; take a peek through any “insider’s picks” story in any number of glossies and one of its scented votives reliably makes the cut. But the Boulevard Saint-Germain-based brand is making the relationship official this season by “scenting” a number of designers’ shows. The intoxicating, sweet aroma in the lobby at the New York Public Library yesterday at Victoria Beckham’s presentation came courtesy of 60 Diptyque candles in Figuier; Rachel Zoe chose five of the rose and black current-tinged Baies; Wes Gordon blended two of its woodsy Feu de Bois with two of the resinous Opopanax; while Jenni Kayne opted for a trio of Feu de Bois, Opopanax, and the warm and sensual Santal. Diptyque’s when-fragrance-met-fashion experiment won’t end in New York, either. Style.com has learned that wafts of its classic Roses and Figuiers luminaries will mingle as editors peruse Equipment’s new collection at Le Crillon in Paris come March.
People who typically wear rose fragrances don’t just like the flower’s sweet aroma; more often than not, they are obsessed with it. And it’s obsession, intermingled with a bit of fatal attraction, that has inspired Diptyque’s latest tangle with the storied bloom. Its new Rosa Mundi collection takes its name from the beautiful Rosamund Clifford, who was King Henry II’s beloved mistress until the Queen dosed her with a hit of poison. With his heart forever broken, the king commanded Rosamund’s grave be blanketed with Damask roses every year on the anniversary of their meeting. To commemorate this tale of ill-fated love, Diptyque has blended Damask and Centifolia roses with bergamot, lychee, geranium, and musk, which lends a surprising effect to to the composition of the eau so it never veers into old-timey, powdery territory as many more traditional rose elixirs can. Instead, the flacon smells of stepping into a dewy, verdant rose garden—a modern take on essences of the classic red-petaled flower that just may garner it a new crop of fanatical admirers.
Still stuck on what to buy for everyone on your list? Our favorite insiders share their picks for the best beauty gifts of the season. Ready, set, online shop.
Who: Nonie Creme, the nail art phenom who plays creative director for hip
lacquer brand Butter London.
What: “For my best girlfriends: Sephora makeup. Each girl gets a Champagne flute filled with a selection of beauty goodies and a baby bottle of Champagne that I then wrap in colorful cellophane with a bow. This year I bought gift sets of lip gloss and eye pencils at Sephora, then divided them up. My numero uno hubby is getting a Clarisonic—a manly, graphite one, with a corresponding face wash from Jack Black because frankly, I’m sick of watching him grind my pretty pink Mia into his beard stubble (ew).”
Sephora Ultra Shine Mini Lip Gloss Set, $22, and Sephora Nano Eyeliner Set,
$20, www.sephora.com; Clarisonic Skin Care Brush, $195, and Jack Black Daily
Facial Cleanser, $18, www.nordstrom.com.
Who: Kilian Hennessy, the always impeccably groomed and outfitted perfumer behind the eponymous By Kilian luxury fragrance line.
What: “By Kilian solid perfumes come in every scent of the L’Oeuvre Noire collection, so they are a great gift for anyone. I will give it to my two sisters for when they are out and about in Paris. The compact doesn’t scratch and is small enough to fit in their purses; plus it has a gorgeous mirror for touch-ups. For my business partner, Elisabeth Jones, I’m getting Fresh Brown Sugar—she is crazy about it! It offers her a luxurious way to wake up in the morning and I love the sweet smell all day. Who knows, maybe Santa will bring her the Brown Sugar Affair gift set.”