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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Perfume Review: Diptyque Eau Lente

Diptyque is one of the houses that, for some unforgivable reason, I tend to overlook in my never-ending search for the exotic and the unusual. And I really shouldn't, because the company has created some of the most interesting fragrances, comparable in their uniqueness to some of the weirdest Lutenses or SIPs, and some even surpassing these universally acknowledged masters of the odd.

Take Eau Lente, for example. Said to be inspired by the times of Alexander the Great, it is a spicy perfume extraordinaire. The spices, of which cinnamon is one and cumin, I would swear, is another, rest on a pillow-soft, powdery-sweet opoponax base, and the contrast of sharp and fluffy is as disconcerting as it is appealing. It is also a contrast of alluringly exotic and comfortingly familiar, of sensual, even animalic, and cozy. One could wear Eau Lente on a cold day to warm up and in the heat of summer to let the piquancy of the notes refresh the senses. If you love spicy-herbal, slightly dirty, quirky fragrance, don't make my mistake of overlooking Eau Lente.

Eau Lente is available at Beauty Habit, $70.00 for 50ml.

The painting, Dusk, is by Michael Parkes.

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14 Comments:

Blogger elle said...

This is one of my favorite comfort scents. And, like you, I do tend to overlook this line, but when I stopped right now to think about their scents, I realized how many I have and adore - among them my much loved John Galliano, L'Autre, L'Eau and Opone. Tam Dao used to be one of my favorite layering scents, but I seem to have been completely ignoring it for some time now. Need to go resniff it and figure out why it fell out of favor.

10:18 PM EDT  
Blogger chayaruchama said...

Agreed- in spades.
Such a lovely, warm thing of beauty and comfort...

6:10 AM EDT  
Anonymous Silvia said...

On the Saturday sniffage list, I don't remember ever trying this, sounds laaaaavly. I remember liking Virgilio a lot and thinking I'd revisit it in the summer.

9:40 AM EDT  
Blogger lady jane grey said...

I've been so focused on their candles (I LOVE them) that I haven't really noticed their perfumes... High time to change that !

10:33 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

You knoe, I'd love to smell these but I think I am over the day when I am willing to blindly forge in and just get it off the internets. I want them in my hot little hand!

11:13 AM EDT  
Anonymous leopoldo said...

It is fun, but it soooo doesn't work on me.

1:04 PM EDT  
Anonymous Flora said...

This sounds yummy - not sure if it's "moi" but still, one can always use another comfort scent!

1:12 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

L,
I don't know what it is with Diptyque. It is too quiet about itself :-)

8:36 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Ida,
I love when we agree.

8:52 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Silvia,
I adore Virgilio, and in summer it is just perfect.

8:53 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Melinda,
Well they did start as a candle-makers, and yes, the candles are great!

8:53 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Tom,
I am still into the ordering from the internets :-) But rarely blindly :-0

8:54 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Lee,
Why not? :-(

8:54 PM EDT  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Donna,
One certainly can!

8:55 PM EDT  

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