Alrighty folks, I had a nice piece about the Diptyque Hourglass Diffuser that was all set to publish today when poof! my blog disappeared. Thank you to those of you on Twitter and Facebook who helped me check! It was gone for almost a day, and here’s a tip for all bloggers amongst you – BACK UP! Quick, go do your backups now. I’ll wait.
Back? Ok, so I was going to tell you about this product that I’d had my eye on for the longest time. There was something about the hourglass aesthetic, the heavy glass containers and just the whole idea of a non-exposed home fragrance diffuser that captured my imagination.
I first saw this during the launch of the L’Eau du Trente-Quarte (which is a more musical, more romantic way of saying Water 34) and it had stuck in my mind ever since. It was so bad that at the end of last year, I sucked it up and bought me the Sablier (Hourglass) Home Diffuser in 34.
I love my home fragrances and I usually do scented candles, as many amongst you will know, but I’m always open to alternatives. The only alternatives I knew of was reed diffusers and you know what? I hate them. Hate! They look flimsy and are liable to fall over if you so much as look at them and the reeds gather dust like nothing I’ve ever known. So when I’m introduced to an enclosed, aesthetically pleasing diffuser, I fell.
The problem is that when you fall so hard for something this expensive, you want it to work. And you won’t stand for any truck if it doesn’t. Oh boy, Diptyque. You are in trouble
The Hourglass Home Diffuser works in a clever way. The fragrance is housed in a refillable glass bottle which forms half of the hourglass. The other is attached to the bit that diffuses the scent. Like an hourglass, turn it over and allow the liquid fragrance to drip through to the bottom.
The scent will be diffused along the way, through the whorls of the black plastic bit in the middle. That is what I was told anyway. I was also told that the scent should last and linger for at least 20 minutes or more and it will take 10-15 minutes for it to drip through so you get about an hour of scent. Long enough to relax and wind down after the day.
Or so I thought.
It currently comes in 3 popular Diptyque scents – Baies, Figuier and 34 Boulevard Saint Germain. I picked 34 because it is the least sweet and fruity smelling of the 3 scents available. I love the scent of the perfume and the candle, and logically therefore, I would love the scent wafting around my home.
Boy, was I wrong.
Ok, to be fair, there’s nothing wrong with the scent. It has the same spicy, woody, warm scent that I like, that feels at the same time warm yet fresh. It smells lovely. When the diffuser works that is. And it doesn’t.
I’d saved this to be opened in my new home so I was understandably excited the day I finally set it up. I had images in my head of walking into my living room with the fragrant scent of 34 wafting in the air. In reality, there was nothing. I turned the hourglass over a few times, just to be sure and yep, I smelled nothing.
Ok, so maybe my living room was too big (which it by no stretch of imagination is) so I took it to my room. A smaller place, so it should work right? Wrong. Again, there was nothing. It just sat on my dresser looking like a pretty ornament (and pretty expensive) and not working.
I decided to try again, in an even smaller room and stuck it in the bathroom. This time, I could smell it. A faint, familiar scent of 34 in the air. What was Diptyque thinking making a diffuser that would work in a room as small as a bathroom I have no idea. It could perhaps accompany me during my bath or it might even work to banish toilet smells. But you know what? So does Febreeze and that doesn’t cost an arm, leg and kidney.
They haven’t invented smell-o-vision yet, but if you stick your nose close to that black bit, you will smell what I smell. Nothing. And I have the real thing! Ok, yes I do smell something if I get that close but it’s not what I bought a home fragrance diffuser for right? I expected it to fragrance a room. I didn’t expect to have to stick my nose right into it to smell anything.
Perhaps Baies or Figuier might work better, I don’t know. They are stronger, sweeter scents. Perhaps it works better in a colder environment, but again I wouldn’t know since the weather here is mostly hot and humid. But it doesn’t work even in an air-conditioned room so I’m not holding out a lot of hope, and I’m not about to try to find out if the other scents work.
Fool me once Diptyque, shame on you; but there won’t be a second time.
Let’s just say therefore that if you are tempted by the alluring aesthetics of this Diptyque Hourglass Home Fragrance Diffuser and are thinking of putting down good money for it, don’t. I did it so you don’t have to
Do you use home fragrance diffusers? Do you have others to recommend aside from the reed ones?
I’m still stocking up on scented candles but it’s nice to have alternatives. Reed diffusers really bug me so I’m sorry if you like them, I just can’t handle anything that looks like chopsticks sticking out from a bottle
Diptyque Sablier (Hourglass) Home Fragrance Diffuser comes in Baies, Figuier and 34 Boulevard Saint Germain scents Price: RM799 (or so, OUCH!) Refills available separately at about RM350 or thereabouts Availability: Diptyque at Pavilion KL and Ken’s Apothecary