Is there a room in your house with “bad breath” — a stuffy attic or closet, a damp basement, or maybe a hallway where the dogs sleep, or the nook where the litter box is kept? Even an entire house can suffer from architectural halitosis: a mountain cabin or beach house that’s been closed for months has a stale, musty smell. We’ve all entered a hotel room, inhaled too deeply, and smelled yesterday’s cigarettes and coffee, the previous guests’ hairspray or perfume that’s permeated the carpets, curtains, upholstery.
I have found the perfect “breath freshener” for such malodorous spaces and odeurs — Diptyque’s Feuille de Lavande (Lavender Leaf) Room Spray. It is bracing, astringent and energizing; it zaps the air of staleness.
The first ‘blast’ of Feuille de Lavande tingles the nostrils and smells of "Original" Listerine® mouthwash. Seconds after that high-pitched opening, the air smells of trampled wet grass, daisies and herbal lavender. After spraying Feuille de Lavande the air feels cleaner, scrubbed and “alive.” The scent settles into a pure herbal lavender fragrance only in the extreme dry-down.
For those who love "traditional" floral/powdery lavender, sample this in person before purchasing. If you usually hate lavender products because they bring to mind fusty drawer sachets or a prim “Lady Lavender” in lace with towering hair-bun, DO try Feuille de Lavande (the tough, mountain-climbing niece of Lady Lavender).
Feuille de Lavande’s lasting power is good (for a room spray) and I would even wear this as a cologne. This is one lavender product that will NOT induce sleep and calm. Spray it when you need a jolt, when you need to wake up.
Diptyque Feuille de Lavande Room Spray is $38 for 100 ml. For purchasing information, see the listing for Diptyque under Perfume Houses.
And I bet it beats Febreze with a stick!
Febreze will cower and raise the white flag, K
How fun! I just invested in the candle a month ago. and I love it. I use it in the evenings/before sleeping like I would a traditional lavender candle, but it feels like the grown up version–no scent of home spa but rather a fresh earth grounding of toes in the dirt while weeding around a lavender bed.
Are there other good lavender candles out there? I just tried Blue Chammomile from Pacifica, with alleged undertones of lavender, but the whole thing was too sweet/old fashioned for me.
Pia: This is the “roughest/toughest” lavender I've come across. If you are near an Aveda boutique…stop in and smell their Lavandou candle (herbaceous-green lavender with rose). K
Thanks Kevin! I will definitely look into that!
I think someone also once said that Red Flower has a nice lavender….don't know anything about their candles although I really liked a Spanish Gardenia shower gel someone gave me from them!
I have purchased the Diptyque tuberose candle three times and with all three purchases I have experienced the same problem. On the first couple of occasions that I’ve burned a new candle, that heady, intoxicating tuberose fragrance emanates from the candle. But on consecutive burnings after that, the candle develops an unpleasant, acrid undertone that remains to the bottom of the glass. I’ve bought three of these over the past six months or so, to see if they all develop the same unpleasant smell and they have, so it’s not just a dud batch. Has anyone else had this problem with Diptyque tuberose?