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.