22 posts tagged "Diptyque"
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.
The New York subway is a daily reality for me, and while there are a few in-transit grooming rituals that I excuse—lip glossing and moisturizing hands, for instance—there are a few others that I’m simply not OK with. Topping this list is any kind of nail clipping or eyebrow tweezing (no, no, no, and never), followed closely by the spraying of perfume. You see, my dear public, the subway car is an enclosed vessel, one in which there is absolutely no fresh air. When you spray your perfume, however lovely it might be, it will soon waft into strangers’ mouths and eyes, causing extreme discomfort and, in some cases, a gag reaction (Drakkar Noir lover on the 2/3, I’m talking to you). In my dreams, every subway perfume applier would switch to Diptyque—partially because practically every scent in its repertoire smells heavenly, but also because the beloved fragrance house will introduce a convenient, highly portable gel roll-on format for its four colognes next month. Soon, you will be able to discreetly apply L’Eau de l’Eau, L’Eau de Neroli, L’Eau de Hesperides, and L’Eau de Tarocco even on the most crowded subway car and remain within the realm of appropriate public conduct.
Having attended my fair share of fragrance launches, I’ve become quite adept at perfumery jargon. “I can really smell the top notes,” I’ve been known to say with a tester in front of my nose. And after spritzing my pulse points, I usually offer something like this: “Oooh, it really evolves on the skin, doesn’t it?” Last week I had an actual conversation about the merits of vetiver, in which I discussed its versatile nature, spewing out something to the effect of, “I feel like most people consider it a purely masculine note, but I find it can be quite feminine when incorporated correctly.” (OK, that’s verbatim, and I am a huge nerd.) The cool, damp green essence is indeed having a moment with the fairer sex this summer, though, thanks in large part to Diptyque. The popular fragrance house—which just launched its first e-commerce site—recently released Vetyverio, an Indonesian vetiver eau de toilette that’s fleshed out with organic ylang-ylang from Madagascar, Turkish rose, and geranium, and given a slight pep from Italian mandarin, Florida grapefruit, and Sicilian lemon. It is lush, it is fresh, it is unisex. Vetyverio becomes warm and powdery when mixed with my female pheromones, but I’m sure the effect would be quite different on my S.O. Now if only he’d agree to dabble in fragrance.