When I find myself reaching day after day for a sample vial of perfume, revelling in its scent yet almost afraid that I will one day spritz the sample vial and find it empty; when I feel uplifted with just a sniff of the fragrance that stays on me almost all day, changing its scent throughout the day so it never quite smells the same from morning to night.
When I come across a scent like this, I want the full size bottle, dammit! 😛
The one that has me feeling this way is the new Diptyque l’Eau du Trente-Quatre or the new Water 34 fragrance. This is a new scent that is a fresh interpretation of the mainstay, 34 Boulevard Saint Germain. I usually gravitate towards heavier, spicier, woody scents but I can’t quite explain why I am so taken with the freshness of this one.
The L’Eau du Trente-Quatre is a 2013 version of the 34 scent and is supposed to be a lighter version, almost made for warmer temperatures, if you ask me. In our hot, tropical weather Water 34 is almost perfect.
It spritzes out very lovely fresh citrus notes described as lemon, verbena, bitter orange and grapefruit. It is so refreshing, as if your senses just took a cool shower. I love the fresh notes that don’t smell too citrusy if you know my meaning. I love the smell of lemons and oranges but I don’t particularly want to walk around smelling like I doused myself in lemonade. I risk smelling like I fell into a vat of dishwashing liquid.
Yet, behind the fresh citrus notes hides a hint of mellow spice represented by lavender and cinnamon, that I think is what attracts me. Remember I said I love spicy scents? Well L’Eau du Trente-Quatre on me settles down to a slightly warmer scent with that hint of spice in the air and a touch of green offered by the birch tree leaf. It smells almost as if I have just taken a fresh shower!
It doesn’t smell soapy, if that’s what you’re wondering, but it does make me feel refreshed, as if I have just walked out of a shower (Have you been counting how many times I’ve used the word “shower”? 😛 ). It smells… for want of a better word, clean. Yet, there is a lingering powdery, spicy almost musky note that takes me well into the day, developed from the floral geranium and tuberose and resting on a base of cedarwood, patchouli and some incense, enveloping me in its scent. Despite it being an eau de toilette, it lasts me well into a full day. That’s just over 8 hours usually, and I still get the little hint here and there by the time I get home.
Its so complex and I. LOVE. IT! 😀 I just want to keep sniffing myself over and over every time I spritz it on. That didn’t come out right, did it? 😛
I think this is a great scent for when the weather is warming up (or when its hot as it is here) because it gives that wonderful fresh feeling without ever being cloying. I’ve worked out that most sweet, floral or gourmand scents aren’t my thing except some exceptions, and so I have also realised that many women’s scents don’t quite hit that spot for me.
Diptyque on the other hand, seems to fit the niche that my body chemistry and nose gravitates towards. Their scents are for both men and women without segregating them so a man could quite easily wear the same scent I do but yet, could smell quite different due to our different body chemistries. I do find that L’Eau du Trente-Quatre seems a little feminine, but my judgment may be clouded by the fact that I am the one wearing it. Absolutely nothing to stop a man who loves this scent from picking it up as well, and the rather masculine full size packaging does make it a little easier too.
I also personally think that L’Eau du Trente-Quatre is a scent that is potentially a little easier for most people to wear. Not every scent in Diptyque hits the spot because I do find them a little more unique and more niche than most, but this one has a little more mass appeal, I think.
I don’t plan to finish up this sample vial I have. I plan to save it to tote around when I travel, for a comforting, familiar scent. i tried, but the vial is not refillable so icant use it as a travel atomizer. But to fulfil my love for Water 34, I will be picking up the full size bottle. When you fall in love this hard, its worth it 🙂
Here’s something else that I wanted to share with you that I’m truly taken with – the Hourglass Home Diffuser. None of those reed things that collect dust and easily topple over when I’m not careful (yes, I speak from experience). This comes in a few different popular home scents but what I was really taken with, was that it came in 34 Boulevard Saint Germain! EEEKKKSSS! Now I can get my home to smell of this. So naturally, this has gone on my wishlist. Birthday maybe? I better start dropping hints LOL 😛
Fragrances are such personal things that I hesitate to tell you to try this one but if you do have a Diptyque counter near you, do take a sniff and have a little spray on your skin. Then, tell me if it captivates you as much as it has me 🙂
Have you smelled this new Diptyque L’eau du Trente-Quatre? Do you have a scent that you’ve fallen in love from just a sample?
As I’ve said above, I’ve found that Diptyque scents suit me, my skin and my personality better than other more feminine brands/scents so I’m planning to learn a little more about the perfumes they have and see what else I like. If you can’t pronounce it, just ask for Water 34 so the people at Diptyque know you want this version and not the original 34 Boulevard Saint Germain 🙂
Diptyque L’Eau du Trente-Quatre (Water 34) Eau de Toilette Price: RM369/50ml; RM469/100ml Availability: Ken’s Apothecary at Empire Shopping Gallery and Bangsar Village 2, Diptyque pop up store at Bangsar Village 2, Diptyque store at Pavilion KL and counter at Isetan KLCC