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Eau Lente (1986)
by Diptyque


Eau Lente information

Year of Launch1986
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 165 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerDesmond Knox-Leet
Parent CompanyManzanita

About Eau Lente

Based on a description of a scent used at the time of Alexander the Great

Eau Lente fragrance notes

Reviews of Eau Lente

Oh no...just not for me. Received this fragrance in a recent sampler of Incense Fragrances. Incense? Perhaps I'm missing something but this fragrance has little to do with incense, IMHO.

Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves...not in a good way. Smells like Glade Air Freshener, yes the cinnamon type.

Thankfully, it all fades away within 45-60 minutes. Uggggh. Not sure who would want to walk around smelling like this.
10th May, 2016
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
This is a lovely spice and incense scent, with cloves and a mild curry constituent, but soon the opoponax is added and gives us an interesting wrist. I find opoponax is not easy to depoly convincingly in a fragrance, and not all parfurmeurs do it as well as Tom Ford in Gucci's Envy. It is done nicely here.

Later in the cinnamon grows stronger and the scent increasingly sweeter, but this is a cinnamon-based sweetness that blends in very well; is is not a candy sweetness and is never cloying or unpleasant.

The performance is brilliant, with strong sillage, excellent projection and a splendid longevity of eleven hours in my skin. Great for cold winter days.
27th December, 2015
Mild spices and a touch of cinnamon. Doesn't stand out in the Diptyque family, but this is a nice fragrance. A touch of sweetness and vanilla make for a decent one. Smells like a chewing gum (in a good way). Nice, but not something I would reach for a lot.
11th December, 2015
Genre: Oriental

Eau Lente starts out smelling like an Indian curry - straight garam masala. Happily, within moments it reveals an opopanax heart that prevents it from continuing as a South Asian lunch buffet. Once the opopanax asserts itself, it dominates the scent completely, with controlled bursts of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and coriander occuring from time to time. Otherwise it's pretty linear all the way through.

Eau Lente is beautiful, but surely it's not for everyone. If you like Diptyque's opopanax candle (as I do), you're going to love this. If opopanax is not your thing, you can forget about it.
13th June, 2014
Herbal medicines and spices in an old woodbox - centuries old, stuffed in a Medieval alchemist worshop. The grandmother of Esprit du Tigre by Heeley. If you like herbal/dry woody scents, this is an essential!

30th January, 2014 (last edited: 05th April, 2014)
This one although a little spicy, is on the feminine side with none of delicious warm masculine spice notes of say a Tauer Eau d'Epices.
Very linear with little to recommend it. Best part of it is that I bought a sample rather than a whole bottle.
13th December, 2013

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