A scent from the past
Diptyque's journey and region-inspired scent library is a unique concept in its own way. But recreating scents based on historical accounts is in a totally different world, in my opinion.
As historical accounts go, Pedanius Dioscorides, a physician, pharmacologist and botanist (c. 40-90AD), wrote De Materia Medica in his native Greek - Opoponax is described in it several times for its "medical properties".
Whether or not Alexander the Great or his generals enjoyed the scent that Eau Lente is today I'll leave up to you to decide. But I will say that I have struggled to find an incense or myrrh-based scent that reminds me of anything close to Orthodox incense. The sweet, baby-powder like scent of opoponax, spices and cinnamon are very strongly reminiscent of Orthodox Church incense. To me the scent instantly conjures up images of ancient Greece, Byzantine churches and indeed the landscape of a once Imperial Empire.
Don't get me wrong though. Eau Lente is not everyone's cup of tea. You could easily mistake this for a sweet incense scent; it's simplicity is what is most notable as is the quality of the ingredients. I would struggle to wear this at times, but perhaps my most envisaged moment would be to church during Holy Week.
Those who like Eau Duelle's mystical vanilla or Tam Dao's woody-ambery base could easily be seduced by Eau Lente's powdery-soapy trail. May your journey through history be as fragrant as the churches of Mystra!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)