To say I’m a bit obsessed with orange blossom at the moment would be a mild understatement, so you might want to bear that in mind as you read this – basically, if it promises to smell of orange blossom, I’m bound to at least like it a lot. And if it delivers, as Diptyque’s Eau de Sens does (in spades), then it’s a full-blown affair of the heart.
Right, on with the review “proper”* (allegedly). Diptyque Eau de Sens is not quite a soliflore orange blossom, as the orange blossom here is backed up with notes of juniper berries (and some of you will know I’m a gin drinker, right?), patchouli and angelica. According to the press release, it promises to deliver the full smell of an orange tree in blossom, right down to the roots.
There’s a gloriously diaphanous waft of spicy orange on first spray, the juniper berries giving just a little not-quite-soapy zing to the citrussy concoction, before it settles to a woody-green aspect of orange blossom. This middle section is hugely reminiscent of petitgrain smelling, as it does, of both flowers and stems, with just a hint of something woodier beneath. The dry-down is a light and rather clean patchouli – there’s no dirt in this fragrance at all – and it’s all perfectly simple and incredibly linear. Eau de Sens is both uncomplicated and unsweet, but rather beautiful all the same.
The notes actually make it sound like it’ll be a rather dark and hard to wear fragrance, but Eau de Sens is actually surprisingly light and sheer (you’ll want multiple sprays, and regular ones, at that), and rather playful in wear. It’s an easy-going scent, perfectly attuned to wearing with jeans and a crisp white shirt, though I’ve worn it to all sorts of occasions since my bottle turned up, including to parliament, as it’s so perfectly at home everywhere. I’ve worn it so much that my bottle is now nearly empty – I can’t remember the last time I emptied a perfume bottle so quickly! A shame really, as this bottle has been engraved!
I want my entire house to smell of orange blossom now, I love this so much. Diptyque Eau de Sens is on sale now, and a 50ml bottle will cost £60, and 100ml is £80.
* To be honest, I’ve written so little this year, I’ve kind of lost the ability to think about anything in any kind of “proper” critical fashion, really. Sorry. Not sorry. Turns out I like not blogging almost as much as I like blogging. WOE!
The Fine Print: PR samples