Friday, April 15, 2011

Diptyque - Olène

Pretty please!

I used to be quite the snob about pretty perfume. Not for me, I said, the simple floral bouquets. Give me spices and woods and leather! If I wore florals, they were complicated with bitter moss or animalic bases to make them darker, bitchier femme fatales. I didn't do girly. Boy, was I missing out.

Olène is girly and sweet, but without being stawberry/carmel/cotton candy dreck. It's a simple, romantic floral  based on three notes: wisteria, jasmine and narcissus.

I've never smelled wisteria, but they must smell like lilac, because the first few minutes of Olène smell exactly like burying your nose in a big bunch of fresh lilacs. It's intoxicating. Then, a short while later, it switches to rich jasmine, wafting it's gorgeous, gasoline-edged and narcotic prettiness everywhere. The narcissus in the base is barely there but it adds a slightly waxy, earthy strength.

And that's it. Simple but lovely. And what's wrong with a little prettiness?  In the spring, who can say no to a little romance? Olène makes me feel like mushy love songs and cartoon hearts and bunnies and flowers.

House: Diptyque
Nose:Serge Kalouguine
Notes: wisteria, jasmine, narcissus


  1. I'm saving up for a bottle of Olene. I recently compared it to über-jasmine À la nuit by Serge Lutens. There is no comparison... Olene wins hands down!


  2. Good to know! I haven't tried A la nuit yet, but Olene is on my "I want to buy" list too.

  3. I used to be a total snob too- about prettys and greens- now I love them both and am an anti snob- but prettys must be very good and not at all sugary/ sickly

  4. I'm done with my snobbery. I'm all about the pretty these days.

    This is a beautiful review. The sentence about the jasmine...oh, it makes me want a bottle right now!

    I have never smelled wisteria either, so I am also curious if it smells like lilac.

  5. If you trouble to stick with Olène until the deep drydown you might get to experience something wonderful. On me, the narcissus does not come out to play for several hours, by which time the jasmine and wisteria have gone in for their supper. It is as stunning as it is surprising - glorious, golden and magical.


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