24 posts tagged "Diptyque"
Despite the enviable genes that destined her for runway superstardom, Georgia May Jagger—the youngest daughter of Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger—didn’t start modeling until the ripe old age of 17. It didn’t take her long to transcend the ranks of the rag trade, though: Her first year in, Jagger nabbed spreads in British, French, Italian, and RussianVogue, not to mention a slew of campaigns (for Hudson Jeans, Rimmel London, and Paris’ Polo de Deauville), as well as the Model of the Year award from the British Fashion Council. A little turn on Karl Lagerfeld’s 2011 Chanel Resort runway in St. Tropez followed, as did a starring role as the face of the collection’s lookbook. “Miss Jagger is the modern girl. She is the girl of today,” Lagerfeld told British Vogue at the time. A full year later, and it would appear as though Jagger is the girl of tomorrow, too. A fulltime student, the 19-year-old has found time to strike a pose for the September issues of U.S. Harper’s Bazaar, Pop, Vogue Italia and Brazilian Vogue, for which she graces the cover. “I’m either in school or I’m working, so I don’t have a ton of time to do stuff,” Jagger says of maintaining any kind of regular primping rituals. But the lippy blonde who loves Vivienne Westood and Isabel Marant—”Pretty much 50 percent of every collection she does, I want,” she says of Marant—does have a few local beauty breaks she can’t live without. Here, just in time for LFW, the down-to-earth sociology and photography major shares her favorite destinations in Londontown—and this thoughtful beauty tip: “Be confident as yourself and do what works for you, not what works for other people.”
The Makeup Bag Must-Haves: Practice What You Preach
“I always have mascara with me. Rimmel’s new ScandalEyes Mascara is my favorite, because it’s got a massive brush, which means you can just put it on really quickly. I also can’t be without lip gloss or lipstick. I like the Rimmel Vinyl Max Lip Gloss in Breathless, because it’s quite nude-y.”
Available at www.rimmellondon.com.
The All-Natural Multi-Tasker: Egyptian Magic
“My mom is always saying things like, ‘Your body is a temple.’ She’s really on it like that, so I know about natural stuff. I like things like Egyptian Magic. It’s an organic Vaseline, which is quite nice. I use it as a lip balm.”
The Hair Heroes: Jo Hansford
“Once you start modeling and people start messing around with your hair so much, you kind of need to have someone who just knows what to do. I’ve had a few ups and down with my hair, as everyone has, and I kept going to places that I heard were good. But I don’t think you should pick your hairdresser on their status. I love Jo Hansford for color and cuts, even though my new year’s resolution was to not cut my hair.”
19 Mount Street London W1K 2RN, UK, +44 020 7495 7774; www.johansford.com.
Diptyque has taken us on many fragrant journeys; last year’s scented bodycare collection evoked the floral fields and sunny breezes of Grasse, Carthage, and Corinth. This summer, the Paris perfume house has the Greek isles and the southern tip of Italy on the brain. Among its new offerings is the amber-hued Revitalizing Shower Gel for Body and Hair, which combines crisp and toning bergamot sourced from the ancient Italian port of Reggio de Calabre with nourishing almond extract and peppermint essence for shiny strands and refreshed skin. The Satin Oil for Body and Hair is designed to be its ultra-moisturizing complement, boasting a scented homage to the Greek city of Rhodes with notes of star jasmine, an aromatic flower that’s been used in balms and ointments for centuries. A few drops of the rich-but-not-greasy oil, which is layered with subtle whiffs of ylang-ylang and saffron, hydrates dull hair and imparts a silky finish to parched legs, elbows, and shoulders. It’s also lovely as a leave-in hair treatment: Just comb through hair and wrap into a bun before heading out in to the sun, which will hopefully be returning to the Isle of Manhattan soon.
There are certain shopping destinations in Paris that are not to be missed—Les Puces, which are open on Sundays, as we learned the hard way (no vintage furs for us this trip), Colette, Isabel Marant, Celine (it actually does hurt to look here but we can’t help ourselves), and, of course, Diptyque. The French fragrance house’s original flagship at 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain is the epicenter of the brand’s soul, where wafts of all of its deliciously scented candles and its library of eaux de toilettes mingle together with kilim rugs and old wood shelves to create a singular scent unlike anything that’s ever been bottled. Until now, that is. Even if you’re not in Paris for the shows, you can still enjoy this unique experience with 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain the fragrance, an olfactory achievement in which a space has actually been captured through scent. Boasting the best elements of nearly every fan-favorite Diptyque fragrance on the market, there are traces of blackcurrant and green leaf notes from L’Ombre dans l’Eau and Philosykos; fresh floral bursts of rose, pepper, and citrus from L’Eau; and spicy hints of clove, cinnamon, and cardamom, which are tempered by the tuberose, iris, and violet from the complex Do Son. A base of woods and resins rounds things out for a warm finish. The coolest part about the rather ambitious endeavor is that the scent exists in two incarnations—one for your body, in spritzable and solid form, and for your home, for which the formula has been slightly tweaked for a “rustic” effect, according to Givaudan perfumer Olivier Pecheux. Our favorite piece of the collection has to be the Scented Oval, a twenty-first-century form of potpourri that hangs perfectly in closet spaces, where it ever so slightly releases its fresh, green, and spicy aroma onto all of your hangables. Our dresses have never had it so good.
Diptyque, for those of you not in the know, was founded by three artist friends who originally set out to produce fabrics in Paris. In 1963, they introduced a line of colored candles to match their textiles, and decided to add a drop of perfume to the wax. The scented candles were such a hit, the trio was persuaded to focus on fragrance. The brand was born. Today, Diptyque carries more than 50 candles, along with other perfumed beauties like bathing waters, hand soaps, and body care creams. The latest installment to the range is a collection of solid fragrances for the holidays in four best-selling blends, including Eau Duelle, Do Son, L’Ombre dans L’Eau, and Philosykos. Each scent has a unique back story. The mixture of crumpled blackcurrant leaves and rose petals at the heart of L’Ombre dans L’Eau, for instance, is inspired by Mrs. Merwin, a friend of the Diptyque brand who was often seen pruning her fruits and flower bushes. Philosykos, meanwhile, is redolent of the fig trees that grew on Mount Pelion in Thessaly, where the founders shared a house. Dabbing on the solids feels exquisite, too, since they’re housed in elegant black tins imprinted with the design of the perfume label. Let the art/fragrance collecting begin—while supplies last.
Vanilla has the power to woo in desserts—particularly age-old classics like crème brûlée or homemade ice cream—but the same doesn’t necessarily hold true with fragrances. As a perfume note, it’s often simply too sweet, too cloying, too reminiscent of, well, baked goods to be worn on the skin. Diptyque’s latest olfactory creation is out to defy those stereotypes. Presented against a backdrop of exotic spices, Eau Duelle’s vanilla feels darker, more nuanced, and, most importantly, not so saccharine. The key to its mastery appears to be twofold. First, there are the stars of the scent: two dueling vanilla notes—the powdery Firnat and the more heady, smoky bourbon variety—which offer a rich base. Then, a supporting cast of singular notes plucked from locations around the globe—elemi from the Philippines, saffron from Iran, black tea from Ceylon, and cardamom and calamus reed from India—brings woodsy and spicy elements for complexity. Yes, vanilla dominates, but it’s not overbearing, which means the eau works equally well on men and women. The best part: The aroma is said to be a nerve settler, possessing anxiety-assuaging properties. Take deep whiffs, fashion warriors, and trudge on.