Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Diptyque "Eau Duelle"

Have I mentioned that I'm slightly grey/pink colorblind? (I don't know the scientific term for this - well maybe I did at some point, but because it is very slight I never remember)

This is telling especially if you take a step in an odd direction and think about my sense of smell.

I think I'm also grey/pink scentblind.

What I mean by that is that I have a difficult time picking out nuances in some perfumes.

For instance, Eau Duelle.  Luckyscent.com states these notes: Cardamom, Asian cyprus, elemi, juniper, saffron, calamus, black tea, black African olibanum, amber, Firnat Vanilla, Bourbon Vanilla, white musk

All I get is a bit of juniper and then fluffy vanilla.  And I tested it for two days!

Sigh.

13 comments:

  1. Eau Duelle is getting a huge amount of praise. It's not that sophisticated though is it? All I really get is something quite mentholy with a sweet edge. Kind of like sucking a mint whilst wearing a sweet lip balm. From the teenage school of scent making I think.

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  2. I love vanilla, but all I smell with this is peppery alcohol. Not a huge fan.

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  3. Not to worry, I can't pick out half the notes either. It helps to figure out what "family" the scent is -- that narrows the field! And for me it helps to smell two scents at a time.

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  4. MPL, it DOES seem like that!

    Geordan - I with I got boozy with this fragrance - mostly what I get is vanilla. *whines*

    Olfacta - phewww, glad I'm not alone. And yes, two scents at once DO help a lot for me. Thanks!

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  5. Bloody Frida, I did get some of the nuances, but they go by in the blink of an eye -- and like you, I found that Eau Duelle very quickly became a fluffy vanilla, which isn't something that has a lot of appeal for me. I think it will be most appealing to people looking for a comfort scent (I gave my sample to a friend who loves it and described it that way.)

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  6. hello Suzanne! (btw, my feed to your blog got corrupted or something - I haven't been getting your updates for weeks and weeks - I'll have to fix that). I think I know of the perfect person to give my sample to, too!

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  7. So you weren't digging it either. Wouldn't it be wonderful if all those listed notes were there in full force? The sort of thing I'd buy unsniffed. In this case, glad I didn't.

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  8. Hello March!! Nope, wasn't digging it and you're absolutely right - if all those notes were more apparent, it could be something awesome. Maybe I'm not as 'scent blind' as I initially thought!

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  9. Frida, I quite liked Eau Duelle, but have to admit that I've only tried it once. On my skin I did get mostly vanilla though, as with you, although I did detect what I thought smelled a lot like Iris, even though it's not listed. So depending on one's point of view, perhaps one could remove the 'e's from the name, and see what you get!

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  10. A friend texted me one day saying I HAD to smell this. But everything else I've heard has been lukewarm or worse. I miss the tanks Diptyque once put out. Their latest fragrances seem so uninspired to me. I tend to like five scents at once. But I'm a little nutty.

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  11. Michael!! thankfully I wasn't drinking anything when I read your post...I cannot stop laughing!!

    Hello Brian - thanks for stopping by. Since I believe we're from the same regionally marginalized place in the US, I too am a little nutty!

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  12. I had a similar experience! The press stuff was emphasizing frankincense (olibanum) but what I got was elemeni, juniper and then vanilla. No incense at all. To me it was like mixing a gin and tonic with a vanilla martini.

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  13. kj, love your analogy! *hmmm cocktail time?*

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