Monday, June 14, 2010

Diptyque - L'Ombre dans l'Eau

photo: roses
Perfume: L'Ombre dans l'Eau
House: Diptyque
Nose: Serge Kalouguine
Notes: Blackcurrant Leaves, Bulgarian Rose

Wet earth and roses beneath piles of dark green crushed leaves and cut stems.

When I first smelled L'Ombre dans l'Eau, from the cap at a boutique, my first thought was "dirt and roses." In fact, the SA even suggested "wet wellies and roses." It smelled like a walk in a wet garden, the dark soil covered in scattered rose petals. It was different than anything I had smelled so far, so I begged a sample.

When I wore it the next day, I smelled even more. Now it started with intense green notes, like crushed leaves and cuts stems. The green is so intense at the beginning, I even smelled tomato stems, the peculiar spicy green smell that is tied in my memory to summer. The tomato stem is only there for a couple of minutes; it quickly becomes green leaves with a hint of tartness. I wasn't sure what this tartness was until I read the notes: blackcurrant! Just a hint of blackcurrent to brighten the edge of the roses.

And, oh, what roses. Beautiful, high quality rose comes out from the green and shines. All afternoon I caught sniffs of rose and green leaves wafting up from my wrist. But the end of the day I was in love with L'Ombre dans l'Eau and I think I will be buying a full bottle soon.

The Diptyque website has a beautiful brief "history" of the perfume:

In her garden, Mrs. Merwin, a friend of diptyque, was pruning her blackcurrant bushes and rose trees. The mixture of crumpled blackcurrant leaves and rose petals was the inspiration for a perfume that is now one of the brand's best sellers. In L'Ombre dans l'Eau, the head note is the Bulgarian rose. To this lowery note are added the green notes of the blackcurrant leaves which provide its cool character.

Sample: Noor Boutique


  1. This is one that I'd love to try - I've been putting off a sample order at Aedes, but I think I may have to do that soon and add L'Ombre to it. I do love rose scents.

    Regarding the blackcurrant-rose blend, have you tried Cartier So Pretty? Or L'Arte di Gucci? I didn't get on well with So Pretty - fruity chypres don't seem to agree with me - but I absolutely adore L'Arte.

  2. I haven't tried either of those. I'll have to order list for samples too. I've heard good things about L'Arte.

  3. this is one of my all time favorites!

  4. Hi Bloody Frida: Me too! thanks for the comment, you've made me want to go and pull the bottle out right now.

  5. I cannot believe I haven't checked out your blog yet! I feel awful - but in my defense, I was rudderless during the summer/early autumn (personal issues). Hope you forgive me!

  6. Hey, there are only so many hours in the day and life gets pretty hairy sometimes, I know :)

  7. Oh this is quite a beauty- the shadow in the water? which hints at something slightly darker, or sadder perhaps- anyway I find it very lovely- this and Philosykos should be classics

  8. My favorite perfume ! And I just wrote a post on it ...
    you describe it so well :) It's simply gorgeous


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