By The Beauty Hub  |  October 13th, 2014  |  Company News,Editors Pick,News

At the origin of Essences Insensées (sensory essences) is a centuries-old tradition of master perfumers, the mille fleurs (thousand flowers). Inspired by this idea, diptyque collaborated with perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin to revisit the tradition at the Firmenich site in Grasse.

In 2013, mimosa flowers were of exceptional quality and particularly abundant on the hills around Grasse. So naturally, Fabrice chose the mimosa flower as the signature note in revisiting thousand flowers, creating the first in a series in which each fragrance is unique and ephemeral.

This edition of Essences Insensées starts out cool, and is slightly spiced-up by graceful violet and a touch of pink pepper. Heliotrope and Provence rose enhance the naturalness of the mimosa flower that is gradually softened by vanilla, maté and beeswax. To turn this unique fragrance into a perfume, a unique bottle also had to be found. To this end, diptyque patiently embarked on a treasure hunt that led to the archives of a master glass-maker, one of the last in France to work traditionally by hand, the century-old company Waltersperger. Sifting through hundreds of shapes, the perfect bottle was finally found. Elegant, timeless and engraved with a pattern of leaves and flowers unquestionably reminiscent of mimosas! For added elegance, the bottle is set with a black bulb pump.

Following in the tradition of master perfumers, Essences Insensées is also available as a solid perfume created in keeping with cold enfleurage techniques and presented in a jewel-like case with a brass finish.

With the 34 boulevard saint germain scent, diptyque launched an olfactory process almost unprecedented in the history of its scented candles: composing a fragrance around a place rather than an ingredient. A subtle process that gave rise to complex scents, crystallising all the raw materials into one. Continuing its quest towards new olfactory horizons, diptyque recently created three scented candles inspired by the places and objects dear to the founders.

Le Redouté Candles

Reminiscent of the potpourri sachets once found in the boutique this spicy woody floral fragrance  is truly enticing.

Les Lilas Candles

Draws inspiration from the  English garden of the founders. A floral fragrance with green accents. Elegant and refreshing.

Curiosités Candles

lose your eyes and let yourself be carried away to the workshop of Desmond Knox-Leet. Bright spicy accords enveloped by warm and woody notes. Eclectic and enticing.

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The 34 Bazaar

Creating refined objects that manifest a certain lifestyle, working the raw material to give rise to poetic and sensory wonders, all in complete creative freedom. Le Bazar du 34 embraces abundance and eclecticism and considers its path unique, guided by desires, whims and a touch of curiosity.

Paysage – Landscape candle holder

A poetic encounter with raw materials. In a ceramic workshop in Portugal a craftsman mixes porcelain of two colours on the wheel: one black and one white.  Each cylinder is unique. The contrast of the two materials creates abstract landscapes where each viewer sees something different: mountain, river, forest.

Plumage – Feather candle holder

This second candle holder is made in the same workshops as the Paysage candle holder, in Portugal, in the Aveiro region. Here, the material first calls to be touched. The cylinder is embossed with a peacock feather-inspired pattern. A pattern reminiscent of fabric and that almost invites you to close your eyes and explore it with your fingers. When you light a candle, the pattern reveals itself fully, at once both graphic and delicate. Like a lithophane revisited.

Feuillage – Leaves candle holder

After the ceramics comes brass, a simple yet noble material. It is revealed in this object like a plant inspired lace. To create an interplay between light and material, openwork was used to intricately ornament the cylinder with an abstract, almost random pattern of leaves. In the light of day, you can admire the material’s positive and negative spaces, its delicate detail, its golden shine. In the light of the candle, a warm and graphic interplay of light and shadow is set in motion.

Poetic forms capable of imparting fragrance.

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Experimenting tirelessly, even if it seems a little insane, even if it seems impossible at times. And through perseverance, creating beauty. In the beginning, there was a vision. Of light, slender and poetic forms capable of imparting fragrance.

For this unusual project, diptyque sought out two key people: a designer and a materials man. The designer was Jean-Marc Gady. The materials man was Claude Tribouillard, a specialist in palaeontology.

They had two powerful symbols in mind: an oval and the diptyque theme. And a bird, a reference to the decoy birds used in hunting, that Desmond Knox-Leet and Christiane Gautrot loved to paint with decorative designs and sell in their shop.

To turn these symbolic forms into cold water fragrance diffusers, the traditional reeds were replaced by plaster versions carefully designed to combine aesthetics with optimal diffusion. The fineness of the forms made developing the manufacturing process particularly difficult, which was all handmade, limiting production to a
few copies of each form.

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Each diffuser has a ceramic base, which holds the perfume. White for the reeds, black for the bird. These cold water fragrance diffusers are to be used with diptyque’s emblematic fragrances.

Poetic Stationery

Because patterns are at the heart of its story and because paper is a noble material, a medium for creation and dreaming, the idea of a line of stationery came naturally. Again, an encounter was pivotal in determining the outcome: the three creators of Papier Tigre, a young, original and inspired stationery brand, were given carte blanche to reinterpret the House’s iconic designs.

The union of these two worlds fulfilled all its promise: affiliation with the Praetorian and Legends themes (from the diptyque archives) was a sure bet, but Papier Tigre’s unique perspective gave rise to modern creations with a new graphic energy. Notebooks, postcards and a perpetual calendar form a joyful and colourful collection, all printed on recycled or environmentally friendly materials.