In ancient Greece, one myth stood out as the most passionate and sensual: the love between Psyche and Eros, the beauty's quest to meet with her lover and the happy outcome of their union which led to the birth of their daughter, Hedone. Only one scent can convey this legend as a fragrance, that of musks. Equally legendary, they have the unique ability to enhance the skin with their arousing carnal accents. They are at the very heart of Fleur de Peau, as cottony and light as they are soft and moist. — Diptyque
With the launch of Fleur de Peau1, Diptyque celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first perfume — L'Eau. I've gotten so many suggestions on the translation of the phrase à fleur de peau ("on edge") that I will use my own instinct regarding Eros and Psyche. Fleur de Peau = horny. So there. After wearing Fleur de Peau, I believe the agitated lovers are, in spirit, millennials.
In a recent New York Times article, The New Softies, Rachel Syme noted the types of minimalist perfumes (the 'softies') that appeal to millennials: fragrances that...
...help them smell like their glorious, unique selves, only better. (This is the olfactory equivalent of no-makeup makeup, in which people spend hundreds of hours, and dollars, to look effortless.) [...] Now the dream question to be asked is: Why do you smell so good? Is it new soap?
Fleur de Peau fits this soft spot perfectly; its notes smell as if they're being sniffed through a dense filter that makes everything smell light and far, far away. Fleur de Peau goes on downy and musky — at first the musk is fruity, then it's accompanied by peppered rose. In mid-development, which arrives quickly, musky ambrette seed is prominent; iris powder and white musk are Fleur de Peau's final destination (and the sweet, laundry-room WHITE musk is the strongest element of Fleur de Peau...Diptyque has finally "gone there"). Fleur de Peau is squeaky Clean and about as "carnal" as a cashmere teddy bear with a pink bow tie around his neck.
For me, Fleur de Peau is annoying and not sexy; but it does, true to name, put me "on edge." For those of you who love white musk (especially white musk paired with iris), you should investigate Fleur de Peau.
Diptyque Fleur de Peau is $165 for 75 ml Eau de Parfum. Hat tip to Diptyque for a great idea to deal with impulse/blind buyers (like many of us here at Now Smell This): each Diptyque fragrance purchase now includes a matching sample. Use the sample to test the fragrance on skin before opening the full-size bottle. If the fragrance does not please you, Diptyque will happily accept unopened returns within 14 days of original purchase.
Note: top image is detail from Cupid and Psyche by John Hoppner [cropped and altered] via Wikimedia Commons.