Olène (1988)
    by Diptyque


    • Launched: 1988
    • Type: Shared / Unisex / Unspecified
    • Availability: In Production
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    Average Rating: 3

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    Olène Fragrance notes

    Narcissus, Wistaria

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    Olène is a unisex fragrance by Diptyque. The scent was launched in 1988

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    Way Off Scenter's avatar

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    Genre: Floral

    Olène is a big, heady, indolic jasmine, and whether or not it contains the night-scented species, it creates a profoundly nocturnal ambience. It’s a touch clearer, cooler, and drier that Serge Lutens’s À la Nuit, but it is a similarly weighty fragrance. As it ages on the skin Olène's indoles grow even more potent and prominent, without the honey and spice that season the jasmine in À la Nuit’s floral oriental context. In this regard Olène comes close to being a true soliflore, one of relatively few in modern perfumery.

    As so many other Diptyque compositions, Olène is a relatively linear scent, sustaining its bold jasmine accord for hours before drying down to a musky, woody base. Olène is a potent fragrance: it projects well and leaves an ample cloud of sillage behind it. If you’re looking for a straightforward jasmine scent, I recommend you give Olène a try.

    21st June, 2014

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    Indoles- it took me some time to train in recognizing indoles. Not the generic "bad smell" some people invoke, nor the "faecal when concentrated and floral when diluted" as my Organic Chemistry textbook at University stated. As anybody who has smelt them in pureness can tell, indoles smell like naphtalene- not camphor, less subtle and minty and fresh, more gray green, more oppressive and sharp, with a certain bitter inkiness that justifies the comparison with some aromatic components of faeces. I had my initiation to indoles with a lemon flower, then under a wisteria branch, now I can recognize it pretty well even in flowers where other components add to complexity- jasmine, for example. The opening of Olène is a long lasting blast of indoles- Luca Turin says something about their masterly balanced dose in this fragrance. Tiny bubbles of pungent green bitterness covering a straightforward, radiant jasmine. The evolution of the fragrance is quite negligible, only becoming slightly soapy and musky in the drydown, while its projection and sillage are both good (Review based on a sample)

    17th April, 2014

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    I fell instantly in love with this beauty over in the Jasmin Sniff-Fest thread and it's already on order. It smells like a solifore, the luxurious, narcotic Jasmine main note supported by something green, and some kind of musk. Specifically: top is narcissus and honeysuckle; mid is wisteria and jasmine; base is green notes and white flowers. They don't list it, but there's gotta be a musk in there. I'd bet my nose on it. The overall effect is at once sultry, clean and uplifting, as if while out walking on a summer's day you suddenly encounter the one you'll marry. The attachment is instant and effortless. That's Olène. Must compare her to another,mJasmine soliflore that I find myself returning to again and again, Demeter's Jasmine. Similarly hypnotic, Olène is a tad more floral and Demeter a tad more green. Both lure and hold the nose in rapture.

    22nd December, 2013

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    Jasmine and tuberose heavyweight. In terms of development this is straight as an arrow. Serge Lutens' murkier, less glaring jasmine soliflore, A La Nuit, is engrossing in a way that Olène struggles to be.

    03rd September, 2012

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    Olene is one of my favorite perfumes for summer, I notice in some reviews that people think it's strong and cloying, I don't agree at all it's the best jasmine perfume for me, I think it's very fresh.
    I can't stand A la nuit by Serge Lutens and agree with Tania Sanches that it's "death by Jasmine". If you have a chance to compare them you will see what I mean.

    07th November, 2011

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    This is a gentle, lovely floral scent. I think if I met a lovely woman wearing it I would fall head-over-heels in love!
    It is a fairly sweet, spring-like floral with some green notes. The jasmine is accurately conveyed, along with heady wisteria and a spring-bulb note of narcissus. The scent has a youthful vibe.
    The dry-down is so gorgeous that it really makes my heat skip a beat. I don't think I'd ever wear it but I'd happily encounter it!

    17th October, 2011

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