27 posts tagged "Diptyque"
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.
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.