By now, I am sure most people who follow beauty blogs or read magazines have heard of Diptyque. The Parisian-based brand makes excellent scented candles (the first one I ever owned was Roses), but I never had any experience with their fragrances until very recently. Naturally, the first one you’ll read about is Eau Rose Eau de Toilette!
Eau Rose is part of the “les florales” line of their “les eaux” collection. Every scent in the les florales family comes both as a 100ml (3,4 oz) bottle, or as a 20ml (0.7 oz) roll-on. I suppose the roll-on will make reapplication easier, which you most probably have to do with Eau Rose.
Eau Rose is what I would call a fruity floral. The top notes include bergamot, black currant, and litchi (lychee). I can’t really detect the black currant here, simply because I am so distracted by lychee! If you’ve had any good lychees, you will agree with me that it is unforgettable. I haven’t had any since I left Taiwan (almost 6 years ago now), because the season is short and I can’t seem to be back at the right time. Besides lychee, there is a bit of bergamot somewhere in the background. As I already said though, the smell of lychee is the most prominent for me, and it reminds me of nice warm weather!
The heart notes are composed of three flowers, including jasmine, geranium, and rose. For my nose, the rose is the most dominant scent here. A little of the sweet (but not sugary) fruity notes are also carried over. The combination is youthful, feminine, and happy!
I’m afraid things kind of go downhill from there. The base notes of Diptyque Eau Rose include musk, Virginia cedar, and white honey. The problem is I can hardly smell any. I tested Eau Rose for more than a week, to the point that I ran out of the sample. Still, for me, once the happy fruity floral part is over, the fragrance pretty much dies on my skin. It feels like a piece of music that starts well, builds up better, and then stops abruptly. All of a sudden all you can hear is total silence.
All in all, I would say that Diptyque Eau Rose lasts around 4 hours on me, which is definitely not on the long-wearing side even for an eau de toilette. It doesn’t have much sillage so it is not intrusive, and the scent is beautiful. It is just a huge pity that all of a sudden, it disappears into the ether. Again, fragrances are very personal, and my experience will not necessarily be identical to yours. I would encourage you to give this one a sniff, but definitely spray some on yourself and see how it evolves before you decide to purchase!
Earlier this year, Diptyque launched the Eau Rose Body Veil and Eau Rose Hand Emulsion. The Eau Rose Body Veil is a runny lightweight body lotion that offers the skin some moisturization. The texture will be very pleasant as the weather turns warmer, and it smells like the wonderful fruity floral combination of the fragrance itself!
Have you tried any Diptyque fragrances? I got a sample of Eau de Lierre , which I am much more impressed with (I promise to write about it soon). There are two new additions to their les florales line-up, namely Geranium Odorata and Eau de Lavande. Both sound right up my alley, and I would like to take a whiff as soon as I can!