In the world of personal fragrances, I am a newcomer. Finding the perfect scent is a task not to be underestimated, I believe. When a perfume or cologne drifts for the first time up to your nose, the encounter triggers memories, feelings, emotions unique to you. If you should decide to wear the fragrance, a marriage of your body’s chemistry and that of the perfume commences. The day goes on and the smell changes, shifts, and either grows or fades away. The experts talk about base notes, middle notes, top notes, and use a myriad of terms that we, the possessors of ordinary olfactory glands, just can’t be bothered to learn about… but the question we all ask ourselves when we encounter scents is essentially the same: do I like it?
For the longest time I was addicted to my Victoria’s Secret Coconut Passion body spray. I started using it back in high school and I still have a bottle of this in my bathroom. It’s a blend of vanilla and coconut which is pretty balanced in my opinion, though judging from the name of the scent, the coconut is probably meant to shine through more. I generally favor any scent that has a tinge of vanilla in it. Because this is a body spray, it’s really light and ideal for younger girls to use. That also means that the lasting power isn’t so great though, which is the only down side to using body sprays in general.
Just about a year ago, I started looking for something with more staying power–so I delved into the world of Eau de Toilettes and Parfums. I’ve come across several perfumes that I like a lot, but none that I really love and could stand to wear all the time. I don’t like citrus and floral scents, which happen to be the most common. Wearing citrus scents leaves me with massive headaches and floral scents are just more for room fragrances in my opinion. So I was left with the spicy scent family, but didn’t know exactly where to start.
Enter Diptyque’s Eau Duelle. The description for this scent goes like this:
Vanilla being an adventurous soul, diptyque has taken her along the Spice Route, the promise of dreams, distant horizons, and all that is exotic. On this imaginary journey, the original bean strikes out to experience an encounter of East and West. She revels in each enchanting port of call, in cities of legendary name, Babylon and Goa, Venice and Carthage, Constantinople and Baghdad…Over the course of vanilla’s wondrous wanderings, she drinks in the exhilarating spices, each blending with her essence in a fragrant fusion. As she becomes intoxicated with this multiplicity of meetings, vanilla finds her fuller self, one that is, at last, more precious than ever.
Essentially it’s a more sophisticated kind of vanilla, laced with a lot of spice and a little bit of an alcoholic tinge. I am particularly attracted to the cold spices and black frankincense in this. Again, those are from an official description of the scent as my nose can pinpoint almost nothing by name, except for the vanilla. I must stress though that it is much more than just a vanilla scent, which is what makes it 100x better than a simple just vanilla smell.
Though I knew I loved it from the start, it took a while before I bought myself a bottle of Eau Duelle. I tested the scent from the perfume counters whenever I got the chance and would stick paper tester strips sprayed with this stuff into my bags so that whenever I would open up a random bag, the smell would waft out and make me fall in love. I had to save up because I had never really spent more than $100 dollars for a perfume. On their website, this is priced at 120USD for 100ml, which comes out to be around 5,040php when converted. In Rustan’s Essenses though, this was selling for more than that– at around 5,500php. I was either going to have to wait to go abroad to get it or pray for a sale. Luckily, they did eventually go on sale because Dipytique decided to change their packaging.
So here she is! My first ever bottle of my not-so-new favourite scent! I could envelope myself in this 24/7. The discount brought it down to 4,165php, which is even lower than the listed price, yay! It still put a considerable dent in my wallet, but I do think it’s worth every peso. The new packaging is a rounded glass bottle instead of a rectangular one. I don’t mind having the old packaging since I think it’s just as lovely and the scent is what I am after anyway. :) The lasting power of this stuff is incredibly good. I can spray it on at 9am and it will still be lingering on my body at dinner time, and by around 10m it’s faint but still there. I also love that it clings to clothes. If I wear a sweater or jacket with this on, a faint trace of the scent will still be there the next time I put it on, which really puts a smile on my face.
I love Eau Duelle so much that aside from my being sure to repurchase this again and again in spray bottle form, I also really want it as a solid perfume. Diptyque’s solid perfume packaging is incredibly luxurious and absolutely gorgeous. I would keep it in my bag and use this for travel if I had it. It’s another $48 (even more if bought locally) so it’s something to save up for once again, but I don’t mind!
I’ve met my first love (perfume-wise) and you never ever forget your first love! :)