'Le Sablier' x Diptyque

Diptyque's new scent diffuser dispenses seductive fragrance by the hour

BY AMY BRADFORD

French fragrance brand Diptyque has added a third diffuser design to its home scent collection with the launch of ‘Le Sablier’, an elegant glass and gold vessel created in collaboration with Paris design studio Servaire & Co. Inspired by traditional hourglasses, it disperses scent through a cold-diffusion process that preserves the integrity of perfume notes. It has a 60-minute cycle and is intended to fragrance smaller spaces of up to 20 square metres, as the scent will reach an area of three to four metres around the hourglass. Just turn it over to begin again.

BELOW FROM LEFT: 'Fleur d'Oranger'; 'Baies'; '34 boulevard St-Germain'

ABOVE FROM LEFT: 'Roses'; 'Gingembre'; 'Figuier'

Diptyque has selected six scents to fill the diffuser, each one defined by a different coloured glass: Baies (smoky black), Figuier (green), Gingembre (yellow), Fleur d’Oranger (orange), 34 boulevard Saint-Germain and Roses (both clear). The perforated gold band, which recalls incense burners, lace fabrics and Diptyque’s signature oval, remains a constant. Each diffuser lasts about three months and can be refilled only once – like all the loveliest scents, it is a fleeting pleasure.
diptyqueparis.com

Diptyque 'Le Sablier', £120 each for 75ml; refill £36

D.S & Durga

Brooklyn duo D.S & Durga create unconventional small batch perfumes and scented candles inspired by everything from fireplaces to car interiors

BY AMY BRADFORD

We could hardly be more excited by the scents of NY husband-and-wife duo D.S. & Durga (aka self-taught perfumer David Seth Moltz and the brand’s designer Kavi Moltz, a former architect). Pioneers in the DIY scent movement that flourished in post-millennium Brooklyn, they now operate on the appealing principle that ‘perfume is armchair travel’, creating wearable scents and candles that ‘conjure unseen worlds’. Their influences include music, art, nature and design. Highlights among the wearables include 'Bowmakers', inspired by the 19th-century violin craftsmen of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, which fuses notes of violin varnish with mahogany and spiced tree resin; and 'Rose Atlantic', a bracing blend of salt spray and voluptuous roses that riffs on Sinatra’s song Summer Wind. Both come in appealingly graphic bottles with glossy black lids.

ABOVE RIGHT: Perfumer David Seth Moltz and designer Kavi Moltz
BELOW: D.S & Durga fragrances 'Bowmakers' and 'Rose Atlantic' and scented candles ''85 Diesel' and 'Portable Fireplace'

Thinking in 'angles, light, shadow and texture', Kavi seeks to create clarity in form and function for the houses of the brand's scents. The candles are packaged in apricot glass with evocative illustrations. 'Portable Fireplace' is a regular sellout, with its smoky whiff of dwarf pine, oak ash, copaiba resin and birch tar; '’85 Diesel' is a witty take on car interiors, with the notes listed as ‘saffron leather, suede, vinyl, diesel smoke and earth dirt’. If you like your scents down and dirty, this is where it’s at.
dsanddurga.com

'Bowmakers' and 'Rose Atlantic' fragrances from £139 for 50ml; 'Portable Fireplace', 'Spirit Lamp' and ''85 Diesel' candles, £58 for 200gm. Available from dsanddurga.com and libertylondon.com

Frédéric Malle x Alber Elbaz

A new collaboration between French fragrance house Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle and Israeli fashion designer Alber Elbaz has resulted in 'Superstitious'. Black, gold and sexy as hell...

BY AMY BRADFORD

ABOVE FROM LEFT: Alber Elbaz and Frédéric Malle

ABOVE FROM LEFT: Alber Elbaz and Frédéric Malle

When they hear the words ‘grand aldehydic floral’, perfume connoisseurs usually think of one scent: 'Chanel No5'. 'Superstitious' is nothing like 'Chanel No5', but it does belong to the same fragrance family. Intriguingly, it also shares something else in common with Ernest Beaux’s 1921 masterpiece: it was composed in the old-fashioned way, by a master perfumer working alone, and presented almost complete to the fashion designer for whom it was intended to await his final flourish.

The fashion designer in question is Alber Elbaz, known for helming iconic French brands Yves Saint Laurent and Lanvin, and the perfumer is the great Dominique Ropion. Fragrance impresario Frédéric Malle has long admired the former, and long worked with the latter. Seeking a way to collaborate with Elbaz on a new scent, Malle decided to show him Ropion’s creation – and it was love at first sniff. We can see why. Its light-as-air opening – those aldehydes, which lend a perfume champagne-like effervescence – is quickly succeeded by an indolic whoosh of Egyptian jasmine and Turkish rose, and fleeting impressions of peach-skin, apricot, sandalwood and musk. It finally dries down to a Turkish delight-tinged softness.

As for the name, Malle’s explanation speaks for itself: ‘In a world where life seems programmed, organised and logical, Alber sees the irrational – neglected everywhere we are and in everything we do – as essential. Beyond words, images and reason, we must let ourselves be guided by a sixth sense – by our superstitions – free from judgment and unsuppressed. We must let ourselves go. We must trust our instincts. If [Alber and I] were to create a fragrance together, we said, it would possess this mysterious element.’ 

Ropion finished his composition with Elbaz in mind and it’s a huge hit, sexy as hell and utterly addictive. The bottle’s pretty fab, too, and like the scent it’s a fusion of creative visions: Malle’s idea of a black bottle adorned with a golden eye, the symbol of superstition; the eye itself sketched out by Elbaz in a style that recalls the work of American artist Alexander Calder. 'I transformed Alber's eye from red pen on white paper to antique gold on deep black lacquer,' recalls Malle. Timeless elegance meets modern mystique...
fredericmalle.com

'Superstitious' from £158 for 50ml. Available from fredericmalle.com and libertylondon.com
Portrait of Alber Elbaz and Frédéric Malle by Brigitte Lacombe

Vilhelm Parfumerie – New scented candles and eau de parfum

New York perfume house Vilhelm Parfumerie has launched five seductively scented candles and a figgy eau de parfum to satisfy our senses this Christmas

BY AMY BRADFORD

A while ago we featured the debut collection by Vilhelm Parfumerie, in our opinion one of the most interesting niche perfume labels to emerge in the past five years. It was founded in New York by Swedish-born former model and handbag designer Jan Ahlgren, who enlisted the talents of renowned nose Jerome Epinette after commissioning him to develop a custom fragrance to scent leather goods. Now the brand has unveiled five new scented candles, each with a story behind them and packaged in the perfumery’s signature fluted yellow glass. Top of our wish list are ‘Vilhelm’s Pipe’, which combines ginger, wild honey, tobacco leaves and sandalwood and is inspired by the lingering scent of pipe smoke at Ahlgren family gatherings; and ‘Art Deco’, a crisp scent that evokes the clean-lined elevators of the Empire State Building through notes of clove buds, cassis, papyrus and vetiver.

ABOVE: 'Vilhelm's Pipe', 'Lazy Sunday', 'Art Deco' scented candles, £60 each for 300gm
ABOVE RIGHT: 'West Coast', 'Moon Carnival' scented candles, £60 each for 300gm
BELOW: 'Purple Fig' eau de parfum, £145 for 100ml

Also new this winter is a very on-trend fig scent, ‘Purple Fig’, inspired by the Cité du Figuier, a tree-lined oasis on rue Oberkampf in Paris. Recreating the woody-milky scent of figs with notes of cassis, angelica seeds, galbanum and cedarwood, it has a fresh lemon top note and a floral aspect thanks to the inclusion of cyclamen. We think it’s a hit.
vilhelmparfumerie.com

Available in the UK from liberty.co.uk

Add:Wise

Stylish scented stocking fillers never fail. We're hoping to find a few of these in ours this Christmas...

BY AMY BRADFORD

Stockholm design brand Add:Wise was launched by architect Cecilia Falk after she found she was losing her passion for creating just 'another luxurious interior'. Now she produces notebooks, jewellery and beautifully packaged food and skincare, all made using sustainable materials and methods, with part of her profits being channelled into worthwhile causes. Our favourites from the line are the delicately scented orange-blossom bath products (including a pure shea butter infused with fragrance and a heavenly bath oil), and the bath salts containing real dried flowers (the lavender is super-relaxing). An understated geometric design on the unfussy packaging gives this range an air of pure Scandinavian goodness and we all need some of that in our lives...
addwise.se

ABOVE: 'Orange Blossom' shea butter, SEK 140
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Orange Blossom' soap, SEK 90

ABOVE FROM LEFT: 'Natural', 'Rose and Cornflower', and 'Lavender' bath salts, SEK 185 each