paris shopping: DiptyqueDecember 05, 2012
I hinted in an earlier post
our trip to Paris was not to be about
fancy dining or French cooking...and
it also wasn't about spending a fortune
in fancy shops.
However, since I was familiar
with their fabulously scented candles,
we knew we would
do serious damage at
34 Boulevard St. Germain,
just 'round the corner from our apartment.
I could tell you it's a chic fragrance house,
but it's so much more than that.
We hung out here a lot with
the kindest gentleman in the
reflection at top right.
My husband has a legendary 'nose'
and loved learning and trying out
Diptyque's unisex scents before choosing
a few to not just bring home, but to
become his signature scents.
My 'nose' is not so shabby either,
and I was in heaven inhaling
so many complex and understated
I am not a fan of flowery smells so the
abundance of natural and clean scents
at Diptyque was comforting.
We learned how to properly and accurately
smell the essence of the candles,
and Liberty London Girl has
a great post about what
Here are a few I brought home:
A basket of vibrant, sensual citrus fruit; named after the ancient name of Tokyo.
The warmth of fig wood, the freshness of its leaves and the milky sap.
Here's one you can buy!
I've been wearing L'eau des Hesperides
and loving it...
a playful, zesty Cologne full of green freshness with a contrasting, provocative touch. The citrusy notes of this fragrance are stirred up with intense, peppery mints. The metal ball intensifies the fresh nature of the Colognes, leaving a delicately dosed scented veil on the skin.
One of my husband's picks is Volutes:
The voyage of your dreams, on board a liner from Marseille to Saigon. A long haul crossing, stopping off at a number of places with magical names, all redolent of adventure and spice. The charm of life on board ship, where time does not exist. The labyrinth of polished passageways and the panelled walls of the lounges, the enigmatic elegant women leaning on the rail on top deck, indulging in the pleasure of Khedive cigarettes. A smell forever imprinted on the memory.
You can visit Diptyque at many locations
or shop online!
A location on North Damen in Chicago
just opened the other day, so I plan
to take my sons for a sniff during
their Christmas break.
I was hoping it would have all
the chartreuse magic like the one
on Saint Germain, so I will report
back to you on how the blue
Have a favorite scent (Diptyque or otherwise) to share?
Peace to you right where you are.