Sometimes I just need to cleanse my olfactory palate, not to mention my mind, after trying too many perfumes in a short period and overthinking everything. This is the right time for me to remember the simple pleasures of a really good scented soap. Soap was one of my "gateway" products into living a fragranced life — remember the giant Fresh soaps that were sold at Anthropologie in the 1990s (Verbena!), or the colorful and affordable glycerine bars lined up in every Body Shop?
Diptyque's soaps require a bit more seeking out, not to mention more cash, but they're ideal for very occasional splurges or special gifts for appreciative friends. In fact, I received Eau des Sens soap as a gift, and I didn't even use it for a while: I admired the box, opened and sniffed it from time to time, set it in one of my drawers to lend its scent to my lingerie. I finally caved and placed the soap in a vintage white ceramic dish in the bathroom, where it can give me a moment of sensory delight whenever I wash my hands.
I haven't yet tried Diptyque's Eau des Sens Eau de Toilette, but in any case, the Eau des Sens scent is inspired by "bitter orange, in all its diversity, resonating with unexpected spicy and woody notes." That means orange blossom (the flower of the bitter orange tree) plus petitgrain (from the tree's leaves and twigs), for a pleasing balance of light floral and woody notes with just a hint of citrus. It's simple yet sophisticated, like the "effortlessly chic" French lifestyle we're always hearing about.
As usual, the quality of Diptyque's soap is high: this bar, embossed with a signature Diptyque "oval," feels substantial yet fits comfortably into the hand, and it produces a fine lather that rinses off without any residue, leaving just a faint layer of scent. It also doesn't feel drying to my skin, which I appreciate during this time of seesawing temperatures.
Using this Eau des Sens soap makes me wonder why I don't purchase Diptyque body products more often — I mean, why on earth don't I own L'Ombre dans L'Eau shower gel and body lotion?! It's the price, I suppose; so, thanks go out again to the kind friend who surprised me with this treat.
Do you have any favorite body products from favorite fragrance houses? Do mention them in the comments!
Diptyque Eau des Sens soap sells for $25 (150 g). For buying information, see the listing for Diptyque under Perfume Houses.