Thursday, December 19, 2013

Diptyque Eau Duelle Solid Perfume


I recently ordered Diptyque Eau Duelle Solid Perfume ($48 for 4.05 g/0.14 oz). It's a very soft earthy vanilla. I had tested this a few months ago at the San Francisco Boutique and South Coast Plaza stores. I found it less intense and not quite as sweet as the Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum versions. Vanillas can be difficult for me to tolerate so I usually have to do sampling on various occasions by spritzing at the counter and wearing the scent for a few hours. My sensitive nose tends to react very strongly to sweet vanilla scents (in a bad way). It took me several months of thinking about Eau Duelle before I decided to buy. By the time I decided to purchase, all the counters and stores near me were sold out. I could only find it online at Neiman Marcus. Although the Diptyque reps have assured me it's only temporarily sold out, a couple readers have told me that the solid version is being discontinued. At this time I'm not sure which is true.

I was lucky to get a few samples of the different versions of Eau Duelle. The liquid sprays are significantly stronger and sweeter in scent. The Eau de Parfum has an almost incense-like smell to it. The Eau de Toilette is lighter and sweeter. I prefer the Solid Perfume by far as it's the softest, however I feel I may be in the minority in my preference. The lasting power is medium. Since I prefer softer vanillas I don't mind that this one fades within a few hours.



I'm still on the hunt for the perfect vanilla fragrance. I love Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille on others. It's a bit too dark for me. Others are too sweet or strong. For now the sweeter round scents I like are Tom Ford's Oud Wood and Jo Malone's Dark Amber and Ginger Lily. Not exactly vanilla-like, but there is a slight vanilla-ish undertone to each one (review on these soon).

I'm happy I purchased Diptyque's Solid Perfume version of Eau Duelle, but I'm still on the hunt for my perfect vanilla scent. If you have one you love I'm all ears for your recommendations.

9 comments:

  1. Hi Sabrina,

    I found Diptyque Eau Duelle to be such a unique vanilla fragrance... and I agree, the vanilla itself is quite light! I really enjoyed the sweet spices, esp the saffron, which unfortunately didn't last very long on me. The green resin, on the other hand, was quite strong and does take getting used to!

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  2. SAs at the Dyptique shop in Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris told me indeed few weeks ago that the Eau Duelle solid version was indeed discontinued. I'm so sad as I really loved the long-lasting sweet perfume it left on the skin, which I've not been able to achieve with the other versions.

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  3. Annick Goutal Songes edp, Le Labo Vanille 44, Parfums de Nicolai Vanille Tonka,
    L'Artisan Parfumeur Vanille Absolument

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  4. Have you read Patty's post on Vanilla over at Perfume Posse ?http://perfumeposse.com/2012/10/01/vanilla-perfume-guide-to-the-best-vanilla-perfumes-2/
    I like Nez a Nez Bal Musque ( tho I'm not fond of vanilla frags this is nice )
    Try Monotheme Te Nero y Vaniglia , Indult Tihota , Parfums de Nicolai Vanille Intense ,Santa Maria Novella Vaniglia . Good luck finding your vanilla

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  5. I love spray perfumes and oils, but I'ver never tried solid perfume. This looks like a good one to start out with :)

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  6. Atelier Cologne Vanille Incensee is another good one. I'm actually testing it on one wrist against Eau Duelle EDT on the other today. Vanille Incensee is more linear than Eau Duelle but has a similar dry woodsy feel. I already own VI and am trying to justify Eau Duelle. Eau Duelle seems like a more traditional vanilla scent but VI is woodsy citrusy? scent with vanilla on the side. At least to my nose! :)
    Another very popular vanilla is CB I Hate Perfume 7 Billion Hearts.

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  7. Hey Sabrina! Happy holidays and hope you're well! I love vanilla too and wanted something that didn't make me smell like a cupcake! So far my favorite has been the Kiehl's Vanilla Cedarwood body lotion: its got a mix of vanilla with a smoky tobacco note from the cedarwood, simply lovely! I find the lotion to be very moisturizing and the fragrance lingers on for several hours (until your next shower, basically). Give it a try the next time you're at a Kiehl's counter/store!
    xoxo

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  8. Off topic - I really (!) love the butterfly print, I would frame something similar actually :)

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