Diptyque's Eau de Lierre, conceived as an homage to the ivy growing around the country homes of the line's founders, launches this week. The fragrance features fresh notes, pepper, ivy, water notes, musk and wood.
Eau de Lierre starts with ivy, heavily peppered. It is green and slightly bitter, but nothing like the explosion of green that opens L'Ombre dans L'Eau: this is considerably lighter and airier, and much less astringent. Although I prefer the more concentrated approach of L'Ombre, the Lierre is probably the more wearable of the two fragrances, at least in the early stages, and I rather liked the breezy quality of the top notes.
Once the top notes fade, the "fresh" and "water" notes intensify and the greenery begins to recede. In its place, we are left with a pale woody musk enlivened only by what remains of the pepper. It is not unpleasant, but nor is it lively (or unusual) enough to hold my interest. Mind you, if you're looking for a fresh woody musk, it might be just the thing. It lasted nearly forever on me — in fact, I found it no easy thing to remove.
Diptyque Eau de Lierre is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette. For buying information, see the listing for Diptyque under Perfume Houses.
For related reviews, see my St. Patrick's Day post on green fragrances, including some great suggestions in the comments.