Diptyque Eau Plurielle is designed as an all-purpose fragrance. You can spray it on linen, spritz it as an air freshener, and use it as a personal perfume. Need a whiff of rose garden in your stuffy office? Spritz spritz, and your cubicle walls waft June morning at Butchart Gardens. The dog’s bed smells a little feral? Toss it in the washer, anoint with Eau Plurielle, and now Fido could march in the Rose Parade. (Even better, with Eau Plurielle you can be twinsies, scent-wise.) Diptyque complemented Eau Plurielle’s launch with the Rosafolia candle and scented wax oval.
Those of us who love perfume have been making it do double-duty for a long time. I spray Guerlain Eau Impériale on my mattress when I change the sheets. Occasionally I toss a handkerchief dampened with Santa Maria Novella Acqua di Colonia in the dryer with my laundry, and perfume samples often find their way into my handwash. Once I even followed Nureyev’s move and sprayed my curtains with Guerlain Mitsouko, but I probably won’t do that again — it was a little too gothic for me.
Eau Plurielle, though, is all roses and linen and not a bit gothic. Eau Plurielle’s notes include Turkish rose, ivy, hesperidic notes, galbanum, geranium, musk, wood and cedar. In brief, it smells like a wet, green rose with a hint of fruity sweetness and a full head of steam-iron freshness.
On skin, Eau Plurielle’s clean, slightly metallic aldehydes hit my nose first. I used to steam dresses in a vintage clothing boutique, and if I had my way, this is how the steam would have smelled. Underlying this clean — but not soapy — scent is a summer rose with a tart edge. Eau Plurielle’s musk and cedar add the tiniest sliver of soap-like feel, but the fragrance doesn’t come off as laundry detergent.
Eau Plurielle is tart, but still full and rounded and smooth. It wears evenly and smells pretty much the same in the afternoon as it did in the morning. For what is billed as a light cologne, it wears at least five hours on my skin and a full day on my scarf, and it packs a surprisingly vigorous sillage.
So, is Eau Plurielle worth buying? For the upscale home not as obsessed with fragrance as many of us are, in my opinion Eau Plurielle is a must-buy. For them, a $90 bottle of air freshener/cologne is an affordable luxury worlds above an alternative like Febreze, and if they like rose, it's a pretty, if unexciting, personal perfume. For those of us who love more sophisticated scent, and for whom $90 is the gas bill, we might do better to stick to our standbys of line-dried laundry, the occasional stick of Japanese incense, and not-quite-favorite decants to liven our homes.
Do you use perfume around the home? Which “people” fragrances do you like best for the home?
Diptyque Eau Plurielle is $90 for 200 ml. The complementing Rosafolia candle is $65 for 190 grams (about a 90 hour burn time) and the Rosafolia scented oval is $50. For information on where to buy Eau Plurielle, see Diptyque under Perfume Houses.