I love a good bazaar. I associate a bazaar with Slade blaring out of a cruddy school sound system and local mums tempting me to ice a Rich Tea biscuit in exchange for 5p. But drop an ‘a’ and shove the word Diptyque in front of it and you’re talking about the type of bazar that literally gets my heart racing.
I love Diptyque, it’s the first ‘posh brand’ I started buying waaaaaaay before I could afford to (many followed of course, but the fact I spent money on Diptyque candles when still at school is a little bit mental. My children will buy copies of J-17 and think themselves lucky, thank you very much).
If Diptyque launch something new then I’m genuinely interested, rather than interested for the sake of having something to write about. I hope I never become someone who can walk past a Diptyque display without stopping to smell things and spray things. It’s one of the few brands that is guaranteed to bring me joy.
So imagine my pleasure at being able to attend a launch of not just one new product, but heaps.
The new 34 Collection encompasses candles, scents and – for the first time – things. I never thought I’d be able to have a Diptyque exercise book or a marble candle stand. That’s where the ‘bazar’ element comes from. Although admittedly, this isn’t the kind of bazar shopping experience where you can borrow 50p from your mum and come back with three new things and pence to spare. Bric-a-brac this is not.
Three new candles have been released, each marking a new direction for Diptyque as they’re inspired by places rather than ingredients. My favourite is Curiosités (£48), which smells like posh pencil shavings. (It really does).
There are a further three candle holders which are superbly delightful, the Feuillage Photophore (£100, below left) being my first choice.
But it’s the limited edition perfume which is the show-stopper for me. I didn’t think it would be with such fierce competition from the decorative candle holders, but having worn it for the past couple of hours I have to declare it a winner. I’ve near enough devoured my own wrists.
You know when you’d borrow a jumper from someone you fancied at school and you’d spend the whole evening trying to breathe in as much of that heady mix of Lynx Africa, Daz and boydoom as you could inhale? That’s what I feel like I’m doing with my wrist. I can’t get enough of this scent. Blame the pink pepper, it does that to me.
The scent in question – Essences Insensées – takes its inspiration from a centuries-old tradition of taking any unsold flowers in an area to create a unique fragrance reflecting the flowers which had grown in abundance that season. The tradition of “mille fleurs” reminds me of when I’d insist on making ‘perfume’ for neighbours out of rose petals and water, but rest assured Diptyque’s version is a lot more sophisticated than mine. Mimosa flowers grew in abundance on the hills around Grasse in 2013, so it’s mimosas which have been used to create this beautiful new scent. There’s also a touch of violet and pink pepper, with Heliotrope and Provence rose to enhance the mimosa and vanilla, maté and beeswax to seal the deal.
It’s delicate and fresh and oh so pleasing.
At £100 for 100ml, I may save up and make this beaut my wedding day perfume.
No need to wait for ages for these bits to be yours, they’re on sale now and you can shop the full 34 Collection here.
What a treat Diptyque. Thank you.