As part of its 60th anniversary celebrations, diptyque is releasing its latest eau de parfum – Orphéon. An homage to 1968, the Orphéon was a late-night spot for music, dancing and merriment frequented by diptyque’s founders Desmond, Christiane and Yves. Open only from eight in the evening to eight in the morning, the first floor offered live music, dancing and shows, while the ground floor cocktail bar was the ideal spot to meet people of all sorts – up-and-coming actors, writers, painters, and artists.
Alas, such exquisiteness never lasts but an olfactory portrait of the old club lives on in this new release. The space itself – dominated by its wooden trims and timber furniture – is evoked by cedar, vetiver and patchouli basenotes. The flowery sweet scent of ylang-ylang, Chinese magnolia and Arabian jasmine mix seductively with light hints of musk or amber, conjuring images of young men and young women singing, dancing and perhaps exploring something more under the cloud of tobacco smoke that epitomized the late-night indulgences of 1960s Paris.
Fresh, floral, sensual, woody and of course gender-neutral, diptyque continues to pay respects to its heritage and influences with this latest launch.
Eau de parfum Orphéon is available at diptyque Pavilion and all Ken’s Apothecary outlets for RM699 (75ml).