24 posts tagged "Diptyque"
Two years ago, Diptyque immortalized its iconic 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain flagship in Paris with a fragrance inspired by the way its library of deliciously scented candles and eaux de toilette (tinged with essences of fig tree, berries, blackcurrant leaves, spices, balms, honey, and damp moss) mingled with the store’s kilim rugs and wood shelves to create a singular scent unlike anything else in its arsenal. But as business proceeded as usual, and customers frequented the shop looking for different scents for different seasons, it became clear that the arrival of spring brought an increased interest in the brand’s fresher, livelier offerings—offerings that gave the store itself an entirely different aroma. Notes of crushed leaves,rose-scented geranium, and bright floral fragrances replaced the leather- and woody-based options of the winter months. Enter Diptyque’s new L’Eau de Trente-Quarte. With its bitter orange, verbena, lemon, lavender, nutmeg, cinnamon tree leaf, cedar wood, and musk scent, the new fragrance transports you to the Left Bank in spring—or the way you imagine spring might feel should it ever arrive in Western Europe, and on the American East Coast, for that matter. A few deep whiffs will make what has seemed like an endless barrage of cold, gray days magically disappear.
Here’s a little-known fact about me: I love kilim rugs, which becomes abundantly clear immediately upon stepping into my apartment. I have three of them—in my living room, kitchen and office, respectively. Wherever there is visible floor space in my humble Brooklyn abode, in fact, you’ll find a kilim—there’s even a small runner in my closet-of-a-bedroom. There’s just something about the intricate mix of bold colors and geometric shapes that makes them so appealing to me, I guess; put simply, they really tie a room together, which is presumably why the geniuses over at Diptyque have used the Persian, hand-woven floor coverings as inspiration for their Arabian Nights holiday candle collection. Available in three scents—Sapin Doré, which boasts balmy fresh hints of golden fir trees, Amber Oud, which exudes wafts of warm resins and rare spices, and Oliban, an homage to the iconic, religious aroma of frankincense—each luminary comes packaged in a gorgeous, kaleidoscopic glass vessel that happens to add a fun, colorful accent to any kind of home décor (specifically mine).
The ability to trigger olfactory memory is one of fine perfumery’s greatest assets—and what often makes it a subjective love affair. What might smell to one person like the simple intermingling of white flowers with sparkling citrus and musky vanilla accents can lead others down a path of nostalgia to a specific time, place, or person. For perfumers—and those in the business of selecting them—personal olfactory associations often make their way into the bottle. So it goes with Diptyque’s new Volutes, which was formulated from Yves Coueslant’s memories of the transatlantic trip from Marseille to Saigon that he used to make as a child. At the core of the eau is a specific honeyed tobacco accord that the brand’s co-founder asked nose Fabrice Pellegrin to create as a means of simulating the scent of the Egyptian cigarettes well-dressed women puffed on the ship’s balconies between the spice-laden ports of the Suez Canal, Djibouti, Colombo, and Singapore. The smoky note is infused with hints of dried fruit, honey, and wax and tempered by pink and Madagascan pepper that’s been dosed with saffron and myrrh. Additional infusions of iris and immortelle flower add a soft freshness while an earthy, resinous base reinforces the warmth of the tobacco heart. Like all Diptyque offerings, this one is meant to be unisex, despite its resemblance to a classic male composition. And in a first for the company, a corresponding eau de parfum has been released simultaneously to offer a different concentration of the same precious ingredients.
Despite having never traveled this specific sea route—or spent much time on ocean liners at all save for a few ill-advised Caribbean cruise excursions in the eighties—we can attest that there is indeed something transportive about both variations of this fragrance, which is helped along at least in part by the adorable “adventures on the high seas” drawings that grace the back of the labels on the deliberately transparent flacons.
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.