Saturday, 9 April 2016

Spring, Bottled: Diptyque Eau de Sens

A new Diptyque fragrance is always a joy.  If you read my review of YSL's new, almost monotonic Black Opium Nuit Blanche, you'll be pleased to know that Diptyque Eau de Sens is the absolute opposite - it has a complex harmony of notes which come together into something which is at once joyfully spring appropriate, but also a little rich and unexpected.

It's a citrus scent, based on orange blossom, and based on that I set my expectations rather low - I like citrus scents, but they're not my favourite family of fragrance; I prefer spicy, oriental scents with a bit of richness and power in them.  I was expecting Eau de Sens to be light, refreshing, a bit floral - and it is.  What I wasn't expecting was the richness, the spiciness, which comes from heart notes of patchouli and middle notes of juniper berries.  There's a slight powdery, amber-tinged muskiness when it settles on my skin, which brings a gorgeous warmth, turning a white flowers / citrus scent into something much more complex.

It's also very, very long lasting, and smells just as good on my husband as it does on me.   I can't stop smelling my wrists when I wear it.  Eau de Sens is my new favourite spring perfume - the perfect balance between the heavy winter-appropriate fragrances I prefer, and the lighter, brighter weather of spring.  Find it at the Diptyque website now, where it costs £60 for 50ml.

Disclosure:  PR sample

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