Starting off the month with my first ever sample from the Diptyque line; L'Ombre Dans l'Eau EDP. This one was recommended to me by the lovely cello way back in August 2011, when l mentioned that l'd love to find a perfume with an authentic tomato leaf note. And l must admit that the name; "The Shadow in the Water", fascinates me.
This does indeed start off intensely green, vegetal & almost sharp. l get mainly blackcurrant buds & leaves along with grapefruit to begin with, but the tomato leaf is certainly there. After an hour or so, as this accord begins to fade, a subdued, dark rose appears. The rose seems to peer out from the deep, damp shade of this summer garden, while the blackcurrant bushes & tomato vines take the full heat & dryness of the sun. After six hours, the tomato leaf dominates, although it's not quite the smell of my grandfather's greenhouse, which is what l hoped for. l think it needs less blackcurrant & more earth to evoke that special scent from my childhood.
An incredibly realistic evocation of a real English garden on a hot summer's day, this is far from my usual summer wardrobe of tropical florals & big white floral fragrances. l'm not sure it's really "me", but it's certainly interesting & very clever. l give it four stars.