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Eau de Minthé Eau de Parfum (2019)
by Diptyque

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Eau de Minthé Eau de Parfum information

Year of Launch2019
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
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HouseDiptyque
PerfumerFabrice Pellegrin
Parent CompanyManzanita

About Eau de Minthé Eau de Parfum

Inspired by a Greek myth, Eau de Minthé reinvents an emblematic perfumery accord, fougère, drawing on the scent of mint.

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Diptyque has entered the time-honored world of the fougère once again on their own terms with the release of Eau de Minthé (2019). As with everything this house does, Eau de Minthé is "very Diptyque" in the sense that there is a singular focus on a note, as was the case with their previous fougère Geranium Oderata (2014). Eau de Minthé puts a lovely smooth spearmint front and center, then builds a fougère accord around it, giving this a fresher sort of barbershop feel than traditional varieties focused on spice and wood. I don't think vintage fougère fans will appreciate this as much as fans of niche perfume who are overall more open to the interpretation of the fougère accord, as there are heavy aromatics, no fat tonka and oakmoss base, no skanky or dandy florals, and no musky vanillic or clove riff midway, but fans of mint will sure take notice. Eau de Minthé really feels like a nod to male wet shaver culture and that's the demographic I can see going after this scent the most, but anyone who appreciates the minty aspects of scents like Cartier Roadster (2008) or Concentrée d'Orange Verte (2004) should also investigate.

Eau de Minthé opens swiftly with that lovely spearmint, sourced from Oregon according to Diptyque advertising (sourcing claims are always dubious in the industry anymore), with a bit of IFRA-approved vacuum-distilled bergamot to convey rather than the sharp bergamot oils of old. Rose and geranium deliver a dose of geraniol without feeling dandy thanks to the dry sage standing in for lavender, leaving none of the spiky opening or rounded sweetness usually occuring in old-school fougères that might nullify the mint if present. Fans of Dirty by Lush (2004) should take note, as a similar aerosol shaving cream vibe occurs midway in, with nutmeg replacing the tarragon found in dirty to make Eau de Minthé feel more prim and proper than the rugged DIY nature of the Lush scent. There are slivers of oakmoss and tonka in the base, but a dry patchouli, vetiver, and Australian/New Caledonian sandalwood finish do most of the talking, giving Eau de Minthé a teeny bit of callback to Diptyque Tam Dao (2003). Wear time is average at about 7+ hours and sillage is also about median in power, as most mint-focused scents lack any deep gravity, with Eau de Minthé being no different.

Something fresh but non-aquatic like this would have made an excellent eau de toilette and eau de parfum pair for the house, but it seems like Diptyque is uninterested in making any new eau de toilettes anymore since like so many of the other older niche houses (hello Serge Lutens), Diptyque wants to get in on that nouveau riche tech industry money in lieu of their hardcore fanbase by slowly sliding upmarket with pricier exclusive eau de parfum lines being the only option to try their latest creations, and may shelve EdT varieties althougher like Creed has. I see it making sense with ouds and other rich orientals, but not something so "blue collar" as what is more or less just fancy Mennen Skin Bracer (1931) with a small dab of Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Pour Homme (2002). Still, this is really freaking good for a mint scent, despite not having a ton of complexity. Eau de Minthé is simply a good after-bath spritz or daily no-nonsense fresh wear for somebody tired of citrus or aquatic colognes. Diptyque Eau de Minthé is worthy of a sniff for anyone looking into minty scents or barbershop fougères but apprehensive about grandfather's bottle of Canoe (1936). Thumbs up!
16th May, 2019

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