Several weeks ago I took a trip to San Francisco and as I was walking thru Union Square, a faint scent whispered toward me. The smell was so utterly familiar and comforting I recognized it at once, that of lavender just after the rain. And not just lavender blooms, this fragrance held the allure of a true lavender plant: the earthy stems and fresh leaves even perhaps the faint hint of dirt (which as a gardener, I happen to love). I couldn't avoid where my nose was leading me and I ended up within the doors of Diptyque, a Parisian fragrance company. An olfactory treasure trove of scents that could easily be attached to any memory you may have. For me personally, Oyedo evoked memories of a childhood backyard tangerine tree that I would climb to pluck and devour as many citrus fruits as my 6 year old stomach could withstand. I find that scents are always associated with a time, place, and sacred memory, visiting Diptyque was potentially the best scrapbook I have ever smelled.
|The candle boutique was dimly lit with masculine furnishings and elaborate feminine textiles.|
|Jacinthe/Hyacinth was a favorite of mine that day. For once, my nose did not tire of smelling new things.|
|But the moment I suspected I had found the absolute best fragrance in the shop.....|
|Another special scent would find me. Jonquille/Daffodil smells exactly like my favorite flowers|
and how often do you come across a candle with that unusual fragrance?
If you happen to live, or be visiting the San Francisco area, be sure to stop by The Diptyque fragrance boutique for a little bit of Paris also! This French company has been crafting exquisite candles and cultivating an elevated sense of home design for over 50 years. The shop is well worth a visit, your nose will thank you!