Silent Flowers (Perfume Thoughts: Fleur de Peau, Diptyque)

375x500.48681I was trying to figure out what the flower is on Diptyque’s ‘Fleur de peau’ when I first spritzed it, when I realized it was iris – the paper-y kind (I always joke it smells like a library) and as I processed the perfume, I asked myself, do I need another iris scent? I mean, does the world need another iris scent?

Apparently I do, because I liked Fleur de Peau…a lot. It is light and airy but gives a very potent impression – the iris is joined by some sweet rose, and angelica, and some ambrette – it all blends very gauzy, as if you were wearing a veil. It all comes done to a musk base, but a clean one. Normally, I am not a fan of these clean white musks, but here there is enough of the flowers to make it work/ Perhaps I am getting older, as I probably would have thought this a ‘safe’ scent maybe ten years ago. But this is Diptyque, and you can really smell the quality of the perfume. This stays close to my skin, and I wish it projected more, but don’t get me wrong, I would be happy to wear this every day. This perfume marks the house’s 50th anniversary of its first perfume, and it’s a silent beauty.

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