|Diptyque Paris boutique, Chicago.|
Diptyque Eau Duelle is a clever concoction that recalls dessert --- after all, vanilla is involved! In the western world, many a sweet childhood memory builds from the piping hot aroma of baked goods emerging from an oven. Likewise, many a perfume builds upon the warm gourmand essence of vanilla. However, in Diptyque Eau Duelle, I was thrown for a turn by the cool and refreshing nature of the vanilla fragrance, seemingly inspired by South Asian desserts. It's more kheer than cake --- a cold treat to enjoy in hot equatorial climates!
|Notes: Cardamom, Elemi resin, Olibanum, Bergamot, Pink pepper, Juniper, Saffron, Black Tea, Musk, Ambergris, Bourbon vanilla.|
The perfume opens on an invigorating green resinous note, which is no doubt the Elemi. After its moment, a secondary round of green freshness arises from the juniper and tea, with trails of olibanum incense and a pinch of dewy spice from pink pepper. This cool green edge lingers well into the body of Eau Duelle.
In the body of the perfume, dessert is served. The milky vanilla is blended with the delightful complexity of cardamom and the sweet wafting fullness of saffron. The creamy wood and marine tones of ambergris dominate the base (especially on warm skin), and add fullness to the light vanilla. A touch of musk is also present.
|A selection of sweets from a recent brunch at India House, Chicago.|
If you love your gourmand fragrances, Diptyque Eau Duelle is certainly worth a sniff! However, as with Diptyque Eau Moheli (reviewed here), I will stress that the notes wear differently depending on your temperature. On cool skin and paper strips, you can appreciate the delicious vanilla and delicate saffron spice, while on heated skin you might find that the resins, incense, and ambergris dominate.
Thanks for reading! What was the last Diptyque fragrance or product you tried? What are your favorite vanilla fragrances?
P.S. For more reading on Diptyque perfumes, be sure to check out my reviews of Diptyque Eau Mohéli and Diptyque Volutes!