Chicago is lucky to have one of only four Diptyque boutiques in the United States (two being in New York City on Bleecker St. and Madison Ave., and one on Maiden Lane in San Francisco). Chicago's boutique is nestled in Bucktown, which has a nice set of shops away from the hustle and bustle of North Michigan Avenue. Candles and perfumes packed in neat wooden displays decorate the cozy interior--- it's a bit more spare and streamlined than the glitzy Bleecker St. boutique, which I've also passed by. Recently, I stepped into the Chicago Diptyque boutique after seeing their brand new perfume, Diptyque Eau Mohéli, on display!
Diptyque Eau Mohéli Eau de Toilette is an exotic floral perfume inspired by its namesake island. Moheli is part of a three island archipelago that makes up the nation Comoros, located off the east coast of Africa between Mozambique and Madagascar. The island is rich in flora; visitors can enjoy the striking fragrance of ylang-ylang, and admire a bevy of local orchid species and endemic palms. Moheli is also home to baobob trees and a number of pepper and vanilla plantations.
Notes: Floral notes, Ylang-ylang, patchouli, pink pepper, ginger, vetiver, benzoin, incense.
The refreshing breath of hot fronds and pretty flowers combined with the warm medicinal feel of the roots and spice in Diptyque Eau Mohéli definitely channels the feel of an island jungle under the sun. The perfume is full but not heavy. I found that the heat of one's skin plays a significant role in the scent experience. On strips of fabric or cool skin, it's easier to appreciate the florals and lush green tones in Diptyque Eau Moheli. On warmer skin, the ginger and roots seem to predominate. If you're interested in Eau Moheli, I'd recommend trying the perfume on your skin first to see how it behaves.
Diptyque Eau Mohéli is a spicy ylang-ylang perfume that really captures the imagination. It's an off-the-beaten path type of scent that channels the ylang-ylang flowers, pepper plantations, and warm green vegetation of its namesake island. I'd definitely recommend a sniff of Eau Moheli this summer --- you might be surprised where it takes you! Thanks for reading! Have you tried Diptyque Eau Moheli? Have you ever visited a Diptyque boutique? What was the last Diptyque perfume or candle you tried?
P.S. For more Diptyque, be sure to check out my review of Diptyque Volutes!
Hey, Dovey. I gave this a sniff from the bottle and didn't pick up on any of the spiciness. It smelled quite lush to me, especially compared to rest of Diptyque's lineup. I thought it was a nice change of pace from them. :)ReplyDelete
Hi Liz, I had the same experience when I tested the perfume on strips in store! It was really jungle-esque, however when worn on my skin it turned much more spicy!Delete
Hey Dovey, I haven't been to a Diptyque counter for a while so I haven't sniffed this one yet! Unfortunately ylang ylang is a note that I can't really handle, so I'll most probably pass!ReplyDelete
Hi Sunny, Diptyque Eau Mohéli is def one for ylang lovers!Delete
That sounds yummy, but I think I'll have to wait until winter to try it. (Living in a hot climate means no spicy scents for June-September.)ReplyDelete
Hi Elizabeth, the spicy contrast would be intriguing for winter!Delete
Wow, look at that display, it gorgeous! The new scent really sounds like a great scent for the summer, I think I will love it! I really love ylang ylang, and I love how this scent is full but not heavy, definitely on my 'to test-list' ^^ReplyDelete
We visited a Diptyque counter at Nordstrom...lots of things to smell! I have a handful of samples but I haven't really made anyway headway with them T_TReplyDelete
Oh my! You have me curious - I love ylang and the idea of a tropical floral perfume for the summer months.ReplyDelete
Great review - you are totally encouraging me to take a stab at fragrance review again!ReplyDelete