Perfume Diary: Diptyque L'Ombre dans L'Eau Eau de Toilette

Friday, February 14, 2014

Good afternoon! As it is Valentine's Day, I thought it might be appropriate to tell a love story. Or rather, a tale of falling out of obsessive love.

Diptyque L'Ombre dans L'Eau was my among my first perfume purchases. It was in fact the priciest fragrance I bought at time the time which is rather odd because I didn't think that it smelled particularly appealing. Does that sound slightly crazy?

Here's what happened. I somehow ended up with a small sample spray of this scent and was instantly addicted. Not because I happened to love how it smelled and wanted to experience it over and over, but because it had such an different, odd opening that I kept obsessively sniffing my wrist. For you see, L'Ombre Dans L'eau ("shadow in the water") initially has a leafy, green smell.

When I was younger, my parents had a hastily thrown together garden in the backyard. They grew - or should I say, they attempted- green onions, cucumbers, and tomatoes. This small little attempt to cultivate a small part of our yard was in rather in vain as weeds grew rampant and deer as well as rabbits murdered most of what they grew. However a few small tomato plants survived and it is the smell of those greens on a hot, humid day that reminds me of how LdL opens.

A bit later, roses creep into bloom. Their fragrance approaches slowly, but relentless until you're surrounded by an English garden. Imagine soft petals laden with dew. There are supposed to be a few other notes too; namely blackcurrant and hints of citrus but I don't really get much of that. Perhaps the leafy portion (cassis) but I don't really get any of the berry. Citrus is really a hard scent for me, it always runs and hides when it encounters my skin.

Strangely enough, I bought this fragrance because I was infatuated and perplexed by the green opening. I didn't find it pleasant, I didn't really want others to smell it on me. I was just captivated by the top notes and just wanted to sniff it over and over again, just to gain an understanding of what it was.

And so, that is how I ended up with 3.4 fl. oz. of an EdT that I rarely wear. The longer I have it, the less it interests me. I'm not bewitched anymore. Not being a rose lover (at all), I hardly ever reach for it. What was I thinking, buying the 3.4? The bottle I have is of the old packaging. The new bottle is rounder and has a more aesthetically pleasing design.

Sillage: Mild
Lasting Power: Very short lived, 4 hours or less on me.

What do you think of Diptyque L'Ombre dans L'Eau? I've heard that those who like it also love the Bais candle, I can't comment because I detest roses.

On that note, happy Valentine's Day from a rose hating blogger!

Products featured were purchased by me.

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