This year, diptyque has introduced three new candles to light up the holiday season: a limited edition collection dedicated to the olfactory attributes of trees.
From their high-reaching branches, they root the sky to the ground, housing various essences at unexpected levels. Powerful yet delicate, these woody scents evoke memories, images of nature’s beauty, and the seasons… The Perfume House has invited Julien Colombier – a painter dedicated to mysterious forests and enchanted jungles – to accompany it on this new sensory adventure. He provides the flow, the light, the colours; diptyque provides the texture, the flavours, the fragrances; together they have developed three original and joyful ambiances.
A common creative flame burns within the perfumer and the artist who have collaborated to produce a series of timeless ambiances which express their individual sensibilities. Bound together by this decorative approach to art, their two worlds collide through the senses. In these fascinating olfactory or visual “settings”, nature intervenes as a constant catalyst: diptyque draws upon the noblest of its raw materials; the artist draws upon the interplay of lines and shapes, using universal geometry as a basis for smooth or angular forms.
The drawing of a tree trunk, a leaf or a fruit provides a backdrop for the burst of colour: the radiance of which is at the heart of the collection. Julien Colombier’s choice of palette is a source of light on the dark backgrounds, enhancing the visual impact and the after effect. The artist’s pastels tone down a red and the perfumer’s imagination takes them towards liquidambar, a flamboyant foliage-inspired scent. Twilight blue merges with the edges of wood, which will soon welcome the precious pools of oliban resin. Golden spheres hang at the end of needle-covered branches and the scent of the fir tree is topped off with a hint of citrus peel.
This collaboration is based on evocations free from naturalism and symbolism, relying on ongoing exchanges between the visual and the olfactory. These dreamy settings are illuminated by the flames of candles, spreading the mystery of the trees with enveloping, subtle and dense fragrances.
A series of poetic contrasts reminiscent of the holiday season is available in three fragrances: Sapin (fir tree), Liquidambar and Oliban.
The base of which draws back to childhood, to the beauty of winter and the memories of a Christmas gone by. The fragrant resin crystals are infused with a hint of mandarin: a familiar yet unprecedented meeting of citrus and woody notes.
A celebration of nature’s delights, which embraces the redness of this large autumnal tree. Its enveloping liquid amber is spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon, then cloaked in the scent of brown sugar, providing a sweet and warm veil of gourmand accents.
A thousand and one mysteries are released through the sweet oriental vapours of incense. The woody accents are set against fresh notes and balmy tones within this warm and soothing aromatic gem.