Diptyque, purveyors of gloriously scented and wildly expensive candles (and other things), will release a new fragrance in May. It's called Florabellio, and it's absolutely perfect for spring. The initial spritz bursts with blossom, tempered with a sharp, invigorating, ocean-salty freshness. Once it dries down on the skin, the heart of the fragrance is revealed - apple blossom, not strong enough to shout APPLES, but soft and calm and tranquil, like walking though an orchard in the spring. Amongst the freshness, there's a slightly warmer note - coffee and sesame seeds, according to the scent notes, although I don't read it as coffee as much as I read it as a vague rich, roasted warmth sitting beneath the blossom.
As someone who's a confirmed lover of heavy spicy, oriental scents, I'm surprised to find that I really like Florabellio. It's not a traditional floral perfume - there's nothing sweet or overpoweringly floral about it, it's more of a soft caress of flowers with a bit of apple and salty ocean air mixed in. Weird, yes, but very definitely different, and enough to make even the most strident floral hater pause for a moment.
If I had to be critical, I'd bemoan the staying power of Florabellio - it's detectable and delectable for a couple of hours and then disappears, which is a shame, although perhaps not unexpected of a light eau de toilette. At £75 for 100ml, or £58 for 50ml, it's not a cheap scent, but for something so original, so perfectly spring without all the usual citrus, it's a price many fragrance lovers will be prepared to pay. Find it in May at the usual Diptyque stockists.
Disclosure: PR sample
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