There are few fragrance notes that get me as excited as jasmine does, and there are few brands that produce beautiful jasmine scents as well as Diptyque, so when I clocked the new Essences Insensées was a fragrance built around jasmine, I couldn’t really stop thinking about it until I had it in my hands, which was thankfully very soon after I first found out about it!
I might have this wrong, but Diptyque Essences Insensées appears to be a yearly release, as there’s a 2014 version that’s completely different to the 2015 version that I have. Presumably this will make it a limited edition fragrance (alas) but I’m just speculating, so I could be wrong.
The reason Diptyque do jasmine fragrances so well is because they rarely overdress them, instead just adding notes that work to allow the jasmine to reach its full potential. The inspiration behind the fragrance is jasmine that’s picked at the very end of the season, when it’s at its sweetest. The additional, complimentary notes are orange blossom and basil, but much like Diptyque’s other amazing jasmine fragrance, Olene, the other notes are completely overtaken by the jasmine. As I’m sure you’ve worked out, this is a fragrance for the jasmine-lovers; if you’re not one then you won’t like this at all, but if you are one then you need this in your collection immediately.
I’ve never tried a solid fragrance before (that I can recall) but how beautifully presented is this one? The case is sturdy and feels weighty in your hand, it comes in a lovely little pouch for travel and using the product itself is very easy – just swipe a finger across and then apply it to your pulse points. I actually think fragrance lasts a little longer in solid form as it seems to linger, but at the very least, it’s a great way to try the perfume without spending a fortune. Diptyque Essences Insensées solid perfume is £38 here – link.